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Now displaying: December, 2015
Dec 22, 2015

This is the last Apple World Today News Update for the year, and it's a doozy:

  • Readdle puts five of its great apps on sale for 50% off (see links on the website)
  • Apple adds some 2008-2009 devices to its "vintage and obsolete" list
  • A rumor says that the 4-inch "iPhone 7c" will be out in April, 2016
  • Google and Ford may announce a self-driving car deal at CES 2016 in a few weeks
  • We'll be back on January 4th. Please have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!
Dec 21, 2015

Lots of Apple news today on this first day of winter (Northern Hemisphere)!

  • We have a deal worth $50 off on a pre-owned, certified iPhone 5s from Gazelle. Check it out on Appleworld.today
  • An excellent photo app for iPhone just got updated with some new features and blazing speed
  • Happy 25th birthday (plus a day) to the World Wide Web
  • A new Apple Museum opened last Thursday in Prague, Czech Republic
  • AWT News Update will be taking a holiday breather between Wednesday, December 23 and Monday, January 4. 
Dec 18, 2015

There was no AWT News Update yesterday because... well, there wasn't a lot of Apple news. Today, however, was a different matter:

  • Adobe Photoshop Fix gets a "fix" to improve using it on an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available for pre-order on iTunes, and you can purchase the soundtrack today. Be sure to use the links on Apple World Today to purchase both!
  • Apple's secret design lab will be featured on 60 Minutes this upcoming Sunday
  • iTunes can chew up a surprising amount of your MacBook's CPU and battery; we tell you what blogger Kirk McElhearn found
Dec 16, 2015

In your Apple news today:

  • Apple is invited to bid for digital broadcasting rights to NFL's Thursday Night Football
  • There's a dedicated Star Wars radio station on Apple Music
  • Missed the "Steve Jobs" movie? It'll be out on digital February 2, 2016 and on Blu-ray and DVD February 16.
  • Do you like Facebook Messenger? You can now use it to order an Uber ride!

 

Dec 16, 2015

In your Apple news today:

  • Apple is invited to bid for digital broadcasting rights to NFL's Thursday Night Football
  • There's a dedicated Star Wars radio station on Apple Music
  • Missed the "Steve Jobs" movie? It'll be out on digital February 2, 2016 and on Blu-ray and DVD February 16.
  • Do you like Facebook Messenger? You can now use it to order an Uber ride!

 

Dec 15, 2015

In Apple news headlines today:

  • AAPL is taking a hit this week, with Wall Street analysts concerned about lagging iPhone demand
  • Google's Project Fi MVNO experiment adds a couple of Apple devices
  • The iPad Pro gets Defender love from OtterBox

 

Dec 14, 2015

On this bright wintry December day, we have news about the FAA requiring drone registration, how Apple's CarPlay is helping one manufacturer sell cars, and a new radio station from Pandora.

  • The FAA finally announces drone registration plans, and if you own a drone that you just love to control from your iPhone or iPad, you'll need to get it registered soon if it meets weight criteria
  • One car manufacturer told the Wall Street Journal that Apple's Car Play is helping it sell cars
  • Pandora announces Thumbprint Radio, which will recommend new songs and mix them with old favorites
Dec 11, 2015

On this quiet news day, we have the following updates for you:

  • The iOS App Store is being updated to let buyers know when an app has a companion universal app for the Apple TV
  • The 35th anniversary of Apple's IPO is tomorrow, and the stock has really blossomed in value since that time
  • Bloomberg's Professional app gains iPad Pro features
  • Apple updated its web portal for Apple ID to make it more user friendly
Dec 10, 2015

On this Thursday afternoon, we have news from all over Apple-dom:

  • The movie "Steve Jobs" didn't do so well at the box office, but it's received a lot of nominations for Golden Globe awards
  • iFixit tears down the Apple Smart Battery Case and finds that it's actually pretty simple
  • Live Photos come to Tumblr
  • HBO GO adds support for autoplay and PIP
Dec 9, 2015

Lots of news today, especially about the Apple TV:

  • Content providers are the logjam keeping Apple from selling a low-cost bundle of channels on the Apple TV
  • Eddy Cue says that an iOS app replicating the functions of the Siri Remote will be out next year
  • Microsoft ships Cortana for iOS, the company's digital assistant
  • WSJ says AppleCare isn't worth the cost

 

Dec 8, 2015

Along with all of the Apple operating system updates today (four in total), there were a slew of improvements to some of the functions and apps associated with those apps. We'll cover some of those changes and other news:

  • The News app gets some updates for both readers and publishers
  • AT&T NumberSync means you'll be able to call from your iPad, Mac or Apple Watch... even when your iPhone isn't around
  • Mail Drop comes to the iOS 9.2 Mail app
  • tvOS 9.1 brings Siri Voice Control and searching to the Apple TV, and lets you actually type text into text fields on the Apple TV from the Apple Remote app for iOS
  • Apple's shutting down One to One group training soon
  • The 28th Apple Store in China opens this Saturday
Dec 7, 2015

Today's Apple news...and a little bit from yesterday, too:

  • Facebook is shutting down three apps
  • Apple employees will be getting the gift of sound this Christmas
  • TSMC plans to build a $3 billion chip factory in Nanjing, China to expand its production
  • A bomb threat closes down an event at the Ginza Apple Store in Tokyo, Japan
Dec 4, 2015

Friday afternoons are a great time for Swift Sandboxes, bad rumors, and pants catching on fire:

  • Apple makes Swift open source, IBM creates an online development tool (that isn't working today...)
  • Sony buys Toshiba's camera sensor manufacturing to bolster production for Apple
  • Digitimes has a dumb rumor...
  • A man has to pull his pants off in a Home Depot parking lot when his iPhone 6 Plus catches on fire
Dec 2, 2015

The podcast is a little early today due to some offsite work that needs to be done, so here's what we have for you:

  • Three popular apps add 3D Touch features to streamline your life
  • Apple adds another 40 financial institutions to Apple Pay
  • Rumor has it that TSMC will produce all of the A10 processors for the next-generation iPhones
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation files a complaint against Google
  • A Chinese website cites sources within Foxconn saying that a metal-body iPhone 6c will be available in February
Dec 1, 2015

It's the first of December, the start of meteorological Winter, although the Winter Solstice won't occur for another three weeks. In non weather-related news, we have some good Apple (and general tech) stories for you:

  • Congress is hoping to pass a new bill that will revise the 1986 Electronic Communication Privacy Act and bring it into the 21st Century
  • Apple's Personal Pickup program is now available in six new European countries
  • British Airways updates its boarding pass scanners at the terminals at Heathrow to better accommodate its Apple Watch app
  • Death to Adobe Flash may be coming sooner than we think
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