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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Apr 29, 2016

In today's AWT News Update -- Phil Schiller tries to play grammar cop!

  • There's a new VP at Apple
  • Phil Schiller steps into the middle of a grammar debate on Twitter
  • Coach will be making Apple Watch bands soon
Apr 28, 2016

A surprising amount of action on this Thursday afternoon. What we haven't covered on the site is in today's AWT News Update:

  • Carl Icahn sells all his Apple stock, and we're sad (not really)
  • AWT unveils the shiny new Deals Shop, filled with deals for you
  • The Apple Music app for Android gets an update with new features, including the ability to sign up for a Family Membership
Apr 26, 2016

Some fascinating news in the world of Apple and tech today. Have you joined Team AWT yet? It's our new subscription service for supporters, bringing benefits that casual readers and listeners don't have access to. 

  • YouTube updates its iPhone and iPad app with bigger thumbnails and a powerful deep neural network back end
  • iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 makes it to developers today
  • Nokia is buying health and fitness accessory manufacturer Withings
  • Will the iPhone 7 include Smart Connector charging?
Apr 25, 2016

We skipped the podcast last Friday -- our apologies, but there just wasn't all that much news about Apple! Today we have a bit more:

  • Bid for lunch and an Apple Event with Apple CEO Tim Cook!
  • Apple supplier Pegatron is in hot water again with China Labor Watch
  • Rapper Drake and Apple Music -- working together
  • Those who won the chance to attend WWDC will find out by the end of today
Apr 21, 2016

Today's indirect Apple news is brought to you by the FBI, Griffin Technology, and Walmart... You'll know what we mean by indirect when you listen to the stories we have for you today.

  • That worthless FBI iPhone hack cost a lot of money...
  • Griffin's coming out with a new accessory on Monday that owners of the 12-inch MacBook will appreciate
  • Walmart updates its app to make contactless payments, but doesn't have all the necessary pieces in place to make it work
Apr 20, 2016

Today's news is accompanied by a healthy seasoning of rumors, which always makes for interesting conjecture about future Apple products:

  • New developer betas for all four Apple operating systems were released today
  • Apple, Daimler and BMW are apparently not collaborating on the mythical Project Titan electric car
  • Samsung is working on supplying Apple with NAND flash memory for the first time since 2012
  • The addition of powerful AMD Polaris Architecture GPU chips to upcoming Macs may make the Mac platform acceptable to Oculus Rift
Apr 19, 2016

Here's your daily dose of fresh news from the world of Apple:

  • Apple testifies in front of Congress about encryption
  • Intel, which makes processors for Macs, will lay off 11% of its workforce
  • Pinterest updates its iOS app with a little help from the original Mac icon designer
  • Apple Pay expands to its sixth country and adds more US banks and credit unions
  • Picking up a new MacBook tomorrow? There's an update for it already
Apr 18, 2016

A short update today with news from the world of Apple:

  • Apple has disabled code signing with iOS 9.3 firmware, meaning that downgrades from 9.3.1 to 9.3 are no longer possible.
  • Seattle is the latest beneficiary of Apple Maps transit directions
  • A really impressive "smart band" for Apple Watch won't ship since Apple disabled functionality with watchOS 2.0.1
Apr 15, 2016

We're ending the week with news from around the world, all about our favorite tech company:

  • Intel's rumored to be on the verge of layoffs in the near future, and we speculate if it's time for Apple to start using its own chip designs in future Macs
  • Apple starts Earth Day celebrations a week early with a green leaf on the logo and retail employees in green t-shirts
  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales are reportedly "sluggish" and rumors even say that Apple might release the iPhone 7 earlier than scheduled to revive sales
  • A fun rumor and some speculation about the fate of the MacBook line
Apr 14, 2016

Some of today's top Apple news stories, all delivered to your ears (and eyes if you're checking us out online) in less than 4 minutes:

  • Apple hires a political insider to run it's DC lobbying headquarters
  • The usually incorrect Digitimes says that Apple has signed component orders for a second-generation Apple Watch
  • Apple's Siri Remote can now search CBS content
  • WebRTC will soon be included in Apple's Safari web browser, making a huge variety of video and audio sharing capabilities as easy as opening a web page


Apr 13, 2016

News of some possible Apple Car details coming tomorrow:

  • Motor Trend says they'll have a report on the Apple Car tomorrow
  • The House is moving forward on the Email Privacy Act, which is designed to require a warrant for law enforcement agencies to get their hands on old emails and other communications
  • New York's MTA will accept proposals in June for a new contactless payment system, but will it accept Apple Pay?
  • Logitech buys Jaybird for its wireless audio wearables
Apr 12, 2016

We're just dripping news all over the place here:

  • Apple World Today and are happy to announce the latest issue of MyApple Magazine and our new iOS app.
  • Gene Munster surveys teens, finds out they like iPhones even more than they used to
  • Coming in the near future: Facebook Messenger bots and even more live video
  • Smile decides to give past TextExpander customers a break on pricing
Apr 11, 2016

It's a short, slow news day episode of the AWT News Update:

  • Portland, Oregon is the latest metropolitan area to get access to transit directions in Apple Maps
  • Apple sends out seven new Apple Watch ads, and you'll want to keep an eye out for some celebrities in these short TV spots
  • Boston-area running fans can visit the Boylston Street Apple Store this Saturday for a discussion moderated by Apple Director of Fitness and Health Technology Jay Blahnik. RSVP Here.
Apr 7, 2016

Due to a lot of work on the Patron Podcast today (available only to supporters of Apple World Today), there wasn't time to work up a script for today's show, so there won't be a text version of this podcast to read. However, you can enjoy the recorded version, which Steve ad-libbed! Today's news includes:

  • Cookie Monster is in a behind-the-scenes video!
  • Public betas of iOS and OS X are now available for download
  • The FBI's hacking tool only works with the iPhone 5c
  • iOS digital forensics expert published a letter to FBI Director James Comey, saying that it release the information about the tool as "keeping an exploit secret is impossible" and Apple would be able to fix that
  • Microsoft adds power to Outlook for Evernote, Facebook and Wunderlist
  • Drop everything; Disney Crossy Road is available
Apr 6, 2016

Today's Apple news covers transit, hiding apps, Google Chrome, beta versions of Apple operating systems, and Foxconn. Who says we don't get around? 

  • Apple Maps adds Montreal transit instructions, and Steve provides a tip for those who are still waiting for transit instructions for their city...
  • Code in a new beta seems to show that Apple may make it possible to remove or hide those built-in apps you're not fond of
  • Chrome appears to be close to supporting OS X native push notifications
  • A bunch of new developer betas have just been pushed out by Apple
  • Foxconn may have purchased Sharp just to make AMOLED displays for future iPhones
Apr 5, 2016

The AWT News Update has news about News. No, really. That and some other interesting short new bits.

  • Apple opens up @applenews on Twitter, highlighting top stories on the service
  • Are you a fan of Apple Music? Check out the 2 hour, 30 minute long 40th Anniversary playlist that has been published by the company
  • French consumer watchdogs want to fine Apple €48.5 million for having carrier contracts that are "too strict"
  • WhatsApp has turned on end-to-end encryption for its services
  • The Google Play app store let the Taliban sell a propaganda app
Apr 4, 2016

Thank you, listeners for a record month! Please tell your friends about the AWT News Update and keep our numbers growing. Today we bring you news from all around the world of Apple:

  • If you own a Nest Revolv home automation hub, you're not going to be a happy camper when you hear that they're totally shutting down your $300 device
  • Have you spit into the bottle for 23andMe to get genetic information? If so, you'll be able to anonymously link your genetic info to ResearchKit medical studies in the near future
  • Apple's plans to sell low-cost refurbished iPhones in India are being undermined by a lobbying group backed by local firms and Samsung