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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Oct 31, 2016

We have some ghoulishly good stories for you today on the Apple World Today News Update:

  • We tell you about the design decision that resulted in the new MacBook Pros having a maximum of 16GB of RAM and leaving half of the Thunderbolt 3 ports on the 13-inch model with limited bandwidth
  • There's something else missing from the new MacBook Pro that has been in every Mac since the first one back in 1984...
  • Twitter's testing a new feature in the iOS app that might make it easier to read linked webpages
Oct 28, 2016

We end this week's string of podcasts with a shorter episode than yesterday's marathon, but throw a bit of opinion into the mix:

  • We take Bloomberg to task for putting all of the blame for price increases in the UK on the Brexit, when it appears that most of the increase is an adjustment for the 20% VAT in the country
  • Apple is officially out of the monitor business
  • Opinion: 16GB of non-expandable RAM in a "creative pro" MacBook Pro is insane
Oct 27, 2016

Well, the livestream is done, the Apple web store is showing off the shiny new products, and all is over until the next Apple Event... We heard about some new Apple TV features, saw a bit of Apple history 101, and got to see the new and exciting MacBook Pro. But there are a number of things that did not get discussed during today's event, and in my super-sized podcast du jour, I'll cover both the things seen and unseen.

Today's podcast will not be available in text format on the Apple World Today website-- it's almost 24 minutes long and I "winged it" instead of using a script -- but you don't have the time to sit down and watch Apple's livestream rerun or do a lot of research on your own, be sure to tune in for the details. 

Oct 26, 2016

Today's the lull before the storm -- tomorrow, of course, is the day that Apple holds an event at which we expect to see some updated Macs. We'll have plenty of news tomorrow, but today you can feast your ears on a short podcast about:

  • Apple Pay appears to be getting close to launch in Germany
  • Apple VP Jennifer Bailey will speak about Apple Pay at a conference in Las Vegas in December
  • AirPods have been delayed; we give you a few options if you're really in need of some W1-equipped wireless headphones
Oct 25, 2016

Ahhh, the joy of earnings calls. They provide a lot of information, and are usually as dry as Death Valley National Park. Today's Apple Q4 2016 Earnings Call was no exception, so today we're taking that one-hour phone call and condensing it down to a bit over 7 minutes. Highlights? Read the rest of this post and listen to the podcast.

Apple "kinda" beat the street estimates, slightly over for earnings per share and iPhone units sold, but was just a hair under estimates for revenues at "only" $46.9 billion.

One of the key points is that supply is constrained on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7. Apple is expecting the iPhone 7 to "catch up" during the quarter, but it sounds like supplies of the iPhone 7 Plus could be low until early in 2017.

Services now account for a huge percentage of Apple's revenues, and Apple CFO Luca Maestri noted that Apple Pay transactions were up over 500% since 2015. The company did more transactions in September of 2016 than in all of 2015.

The iOS App Store also contributed to that services revenue jump, creating 100% more revenue than the competing Google Pay app store.

There's more, so be sure to click the play button and listen to that podcast!


Oct 24, 2016

Today was a "kinda slow" news day to start off what should be a rather exciting week of Apple news. Tomorrow's the Q4 2016 Earnings Call, while Thursday Apple is holding its "hello again" Mac event. So what happened on this slow Monday?

  • Some readers reported having issues connecting to Apple's iCloud Music Library today
  • The Apple Watch Nike+ will be available on Friday, October 28
  • T-Mobile says the iPhone 7 was partially responsible for better-than-expected quarterly earnings
  • Mac sales are expected to be down yet again for the quarter that ended on September 30, but Thursday's event will hopefully provide a much needed boost to the Mac line's bottom line. 
Oct 21, 2016

It's Friday! Before you head to your favorite local watering hole or restaurant for some Friday Afternoon Club libations or a nice meal, get up to speed on the latest in Apple News:

  • The latest in a series of Apple Store heists happens in a mall in Natick, Massachusetts
  • Apple's pop-up Watch Edition store in the swanky Galeries Lafayette in Paris will close in January
  • Germany appears poised to be the latest country to get Apple Pay
Oct 20, 2016

The AWT News Update is back to the short & sweet again today, with four stories that cover the world of Apple, and beyond:

  • AT&T is reportedly in talks to merge with Time Warner
  • Intel modems used in some versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are showing poor performance compared with modems built by Qualcomm
  • 2016 12-inch Retina MacBooks are having issues when connected to external HDMI monitors with an Apple adapter
  • IBM is saving anywhere from $273 to $543 per installed Mac over a four-year lifetime...and they have a ton of Macs
Oct 19, 2016

It's happening - Apple has officially announced a Mac-oriented event to be held on Thursday, October 27, and we're as excited as we can be. 

In today's special edition, we look at some of the more persistent and logical rumors about the expected MacBook Pro and MacBook Air updates, as well as make some educated guesses about what might be done to refresh the rest of the Mac line. 

Could we see a new iMac? Maybe a new 5K Thunderbolt Display? How about refreshed Mac mini and Mac Pro models? The Mac Pro is really getting long in the tooth, having not had a refresh since 2013. 

Check out this slightly-longer-than-usual podcast and see what we think might come out of next week's event.

Oct 18, 2016

More on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle, a sunny outlook for iPhone sales, and an NFL coach who's punting the Microsoft Surface tablet:

  • Samsung is setting up stations at airports so travelers can exchange their Note 7s -- banned on flights in many countries -- before getting on flights
  • UBS Research analyst sees a sunny future for iPhone sales based on early orders for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick goes on an epic rant and says he'll go back to binders after having nothing but problems with the Microsoft Surface tablets provided by the NFL
Oct 17, 2016

Happy Monday! Even if it wasn't a good start to the week, we have lots of Apple news to hopefully cheer you up:

  • A class action lawsuit brought by disgruntled Apple employees in California goes to court tomorrow
  • Your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus has a way to "fail over" to a software home button if the actual solid-state button fails
  • Want to live in Jamaica and get access to Apple trademarks well in advance of them appearing in the US? Could be a nice job idea...
  • AT&T will begin providing same-day "cracked screen repair" for iPhones on November 15th
Oct 14, 2016

Ending up the week with news of a product launch, Tim Cook on AR, and an Apple Store in the Herald Square flagship Macy's Store in New York:

  • The Apple Watch Nike+ edition will arrive at your local Apple Store on October 28, unless you live in NYC...
  • Tim Cook is bullish on augmented reality, not virtual reality
  • There's an Apple "store within a store" in an iconic Macy's store in NYC
Oct 13, 2016

For a slow Apple news day, we have some fun stories for you:

  • A new feature in Facebook for iOS will have you multitasking
  • The newly renovated Regent Street Apple Store in London is reopening this Saturday, with some nice new features
  • Those Australian Apple Store employees we talked about yesterday? Turns out they didn't steal customer photos
  • A fun new GIPHY channel features GIFs from the US National Archives
Oct 12, 2016

Our thanks again to our sponsor for the past week, Pagico 8. Check out this powerful cross-platform data and task management app for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android by clicking here. In today's news:

  • Rumors of a future Magic Keyboard with e-ink displays in each key begin to float around...
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle will have a long-lasting effect on Samsung's mobile bottom line
  • Employees at an Apple Store in Brisbane, Australia are fired after taking explicit photos and stealing others from customers' iPhones, then "rating" females in the photos
Oct 11, 2016

Apple and Samsung argue in front of the Supremes, Dropbox adds tons of features for iOS users, and we find out what a Phish and an iPhone have in common:

  • The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments today on the long-running Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement case
  • Dropbox updates its iOS app, including a Messages app for including documents and files in chats and improved multitasking support for iPads
  • A track on the latest album by Phish was recorded on an iPhone
Oct 10, 2016

A quiet day on the Apple news front before what might be a quite impressive display of legal expertise in front of the Supreme Court dealing with the Apple-Samsung patent dispute that's been going on for years. So what do we have for you today?

  • Two-thirds of all iOS users are now using iOS 10
  • iOS 10.1 is getting closer to release with a new beta today
  • Facebook announces a new app -- Events for iPhone


Oct 7, 2016

Have three minutes? We have just a pair of short Apple-related stories for you today, as it is not only Fashion Friday, but Slow News Friday™ as well! 

  • Apple is getting back a jury award that was nabbed from it by three judges in February; and more patent lawsuit fun happens next week
  • Alton Brown's latest cookbook was photographed entirely using an iPhone 6s Plus
Oct 6, 2016

A lot of amazing stories in our podcast today, including one about the guy who designed the Apple World Today logo...who is now one of the executive producers of an Amazon Video project that just got greenlit.

  • The Orchard apparently got chopped down
  • Prisma supports video!
  • Buy your Aeroflot tickets and Russian gas with Apple Pay
  • Aaron Mahnke goes Hollywood!
Oct 5, 2016

Today we welcome Pagico 8 as our sponsor of Apple World Today and our podcasts. Be sure to check out this cross-platform data and task management app that will keep you and your business running smoothly. In our Apple-related news bits today:

  • A Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owner moves to iPhone 7 after his replacement phone catches on fire and a plane is evacuated as a result
  • Apple assembly partner Foxconn now has 40,000 robots working in factories
  • Apple's first iOS Developer Academy opens this week near Naples, Italy
  • Apple assures everyone that the iPhone 7 camera lenses are indeed covered with sapphire


Oct 4, 2016

Did we say "Apple World Today News Update"? We're sorry, but all of the news today is about Google's announcements. Of course, they DO have an impact on Apple and there are some comparisons we can make both pro and con. Here's what came out today:

  • Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones; probably the biggest impact to Apple will be the fact that the Pixel phones have a very good camera rating
  • Google Daydream, a VR headset that will hopefully be given iOS compatibility in the future
  • Google Home; think of this as Amazon Echo without Alexa and using Google Assistant instead
  • Google Wi-Fi, a router that can be bought in a 3-pack for network extension
  • and last but not least, the Google Chromecast Ultra, which unlike the 4th-generation Apple TV, actually supports 4K streaming
Oct 3, 2016

October starts with a whimper from some of Apple's competitors, who are either getting out of competing markets or about to jump into them. We also look a new product for those who love that "new Mac smell":

  • Microsoft bows out of the smartwatch market, with no plans to make a third-generation Microsoft Band (were there really first- and second-generation Bands?)
  • KGI's crack analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to be making forecasts for the past
  • The new Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones come out tomorrow, and you are excused if you think they look pretty much like an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • Twelve South outs a new line of novelty items for Apple fans