AWT News Update

The AWT News Update brings you Apple-related news that you may not read about on the Apple World Today website. Updated M-F (except on US holidays), we'll keep you on top of the news in five minutes or less!
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Feb 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day! I'm glad to be hear to give you the news today after missing two podcasts last week; one was a scheduling messup while on Friday I was in the local hospital ER with chest pains. Don't worry, it takes more than a medical problem to keep me down, so here's the news for today:

  • The rumored iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens camera might be called the "iPhone 7 Pro" to differentiate it from the less capable iPhone 7 models
  • Google Maps gets the ability to make pit stops!
  • MacRumors is starting to see a lot of activity from iOS 10 and OS X 10.12
Feb 24, 2016

A Netflix update, advertisements in an operating system, and a firmware update for an accessory:

  • Netflix made a lot of changes to the iOS app today, adding features for owners of the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad Pro
  • Aren't you glad you don't get ads on OS X?
  • The iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard gets a firmware update!
Feb 23, 2016

With today's Apple news, you can breathe a sigh of relief if you're an iPad Pro owner:

  • Apple says full functionality will be coming back to the iPad Pro for using the Apple Pencil for navigation
  • The YouTube app receives a minor update for iPad Pro
  • Apple delivered all of the public betas for OS X, iOS, watchOS and tvOS one day before we expected them
  • FreshBooks gets a card reader
Feb 22, 2016

Just a couple of stories for you today:

  • Mark Zuckerberg throws his support behind Apple in a speech about encryption at Mobile World Congress today
  • Show your support for Apple by signing this petition at
  • IBM announces some new Swift tools
Feb 19, 2016

We missed yesterday's podcast due to a scheduling conflict, but we're back today with a handful of fun news stories from the world of Apple:

  • PayPal's new app is a welcome change from the former version
  • Android and Windows Phone users can now "Trade Up With Installments" to an iPhone
  • Hair Boy wants us to boycott Apple
  • A visit from a TV station has toned down the strict security around an Apple facility in Sunnyvale, CA
Feb 17, 2016

A refreshing change from earlier this week, with a lot more interesting news items from the world of Apple:

  • The US Government files suit against counterfeiters who brought fake Apple and Samsung products into the country
  • Twitter adds just what you needed to its official app: a GIF button
  • Two organizations join up to move ahead with universal acceptance of NFC payments (including Apple Pay) to pay for fares on public transportation
  • Apple's doing a great job of recycling old iPhones
Feb 16, 2016

On this slow February news day, we take a look at Wall Street and food in that order:

  • One Wall Street analyst is backing off of the gloom and doom for Apple after getting info from Taiwanese suppliers about a rather strong January
  • Professional food photographers shoot with iPhones for Bon Appetit magazine's March issue
Feb 15, 2016

It's a slow news day, with just a pair of little news bits coming your way in this 2-minute podcast:

  • Apple Pay is launching in China this week, but guess what European country may be next for the contactless pay system?
  • One of Apple's largest retail stores was closed today due to a power outage
Feb 11, 2016

Today's Apple news is all over the map:

  • Don't try this, but there's a way to brick just about any 64-bit iOS device by just changing the date
  • According to officials, Sunnyvale, CA residents have complained about noise emanating from the alleged site of Apple's car project
  • Apple's Maps vans are now driving day and night to capture information
  • Vevo updated its Apple TV app for the 4th-generation device, now providing access to over 150,000 HD music videos
Feb 10, 2016

Dang, another slow news day for the world of Apple. Here's what we have:

  • Latest public betas of OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3 arrive
  • Apple Pay had issues accepting new Visa debit and credit cards this morning
  • Apple Music is now available on Sonos speakers
  • Vine adds 3D Touch support
  • Twitter started rolling out its new "best tweets" timeline today
Feb 9, 2016

It's National Pizza Day in the USA, which has nothing to do with anything, but it's good to know...and it's also Pancake Day and Mardi Gras! We have Apple stories for you today from around the globe:

  • Irish hackers are willing to pay for Apple employee user IDs and passwords
  • Apple's looking for a watch face engineer
  • Russia is playing hardball with American tech companies
Feb 8, 2016

Fresh off of a Super Bowl 50 victory by the Denver Broncos, it's the AWT News Update from the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. Today's stories include:

  • A new tvOS beta allows users to dictate names and passwords using Siri dictation
  • Instagram app now allows multiple user accounts
  • Apple has filed a motion for a mistrial in that lawsuit that awarded $625 million to a patent troll
Feb 5, 2016

The first week of February has come and gone. Today we have a few news items about upcoming technologies, as well as business deals gone bad:

  • CloudKit gets new server-to-server web service request support
  • Rumors on who might be Apple's partner for extended range wireless charging
  • The iTunes Movie Trailers app is updated for a BIG reason
  • Never sell out of a startup in exchange for a bicycle
Feb 4, 2016

It's a short and sweet podcast today, covering some news about an Apple "all-hands meeting" that was held after the earnings call last week. Key points include:

  • Apple expects to start moving employees into Apple Campus 2 in January of 2017
  • The company will now provide paid leave for caring for an ill family member
  • All metals used in the products since early 2015 are either certified as conflict-free or as coming from smelters that are in the process of being certified.
  • Tim Cook sees potential for continued growth and sales of iPhone
Feb 3, 2016

We've made it to mid-week, and though the news cycle has been a bit slow today, there are still some fun and fascinating stories in the world of Apple:

  • Sony CFO says "major smartphone players" will soon be using the company's dual-lens camera technology
  • SwiftKey is purchased by Microsoft
  • iPhone storage upgrades on the Shenzhen, China
  • Lynn University will equip undergrads and faculty with iPad Pros
Feb 2, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day! We have a new sponsor this week (Winning WordPress) and plenty of fun news and rumors for the day.

Happy Groundhog Day! We have a new sponsor this week (Winning WordPress) and plenty of fun news and rumors for the day.

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  • MacRumors has word that the iPhone 7 will lose the camera bump of the iPhone 6 and 6s, as well as a few of the antenna bands that stretch across the back of the existing phones
  • A veteran Mac app developer updates a Mac CAD program that's been getting new features and updates since 1988
  • Everybody's favorite Apple analyst, Gene Munster, thinks the Apple Watch might get a hardware upgrade in March
  • A new Safe Harbor agreement is in place for data transfers between the US and EU
Feb 1, 2016

It's a slow, sleepy and snowy February day with just a little news about Apple today:

  • Don't look now, but Alphabet is about to take over Apple's spot as the world's most valuable company
  • The NHL 7.0 app for iOS is out now (and on Apple TV, too), and it's AWESOME!
  • Just one model of the iPad -- the iPad Pro -- sold more units in the holiday quarter than all models of the Microsoft Surface
  • The FCC has granted approval for Verizon and Qualcomm to begin testing of LTE-U