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Sep 21, 2016

Today we take a look at a nifty new high-tech jacket from SCOTTeVEST, but most of the 6 minutes or so of this podcast is spent talking about what Steve thinks are some of the marquee features of macOS Sierra. If you haven't yet installed the latest version of the Mac operating system, you're in for a very nice surprise!

Sep 20, 2016

It's macOS Sierra day, so Apple's laptops and desktops are in the spotlight for once. Doing a bunch of upgrade work on a few Macs tied up a lot of Steve's day, but he managed to get some Sierra news for you:

  • Top features of macOS Sierra
  • Use Twitter? Get the newly-updated Tweetbot app for Mac
  • Hints on how to use Sierra's Picture-in-Picture video capability on one site that doesn't support the new feature -- YouTube!
Sep 19, 2016

Steve's iPhone 7 Plus finally arrived today -- don't ask -- so he's been playing with it in advance of a full review. That means that today's podcast is a bit shorter than usual!

  • We overview some rare bugs that are hitting some new iPhones
  • macOS Sierra will be here tomorrow. Are you ready?
  • Google releases Google Trips for iOS, great for business or personal travel
Sep 16, 2016

Steve's not happy that his iPhone 7 Plus didn't arrive on its scheduled date, but at least he didn't get caught up in the typhoon that delayed shipment. We have some good news stories for you, though:

  • Tests of the new Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones are showing that the Apple W1 chip inside the headphones can provide ranges of up to 800 feet away from an iPhone
  • Did you know that you can now ask Siri to take a picture?
  • We tell you how to reboot an iPhone 7 (hint - the old method doesn't work anymore)
  • Apple will pay a patent licensing firm at least $22.1 million for infringing on a cellular networking patent
Sep 15, 2016

'Twas the day before iPhone 7 and all through the house, everybody was waiting for the UPS guy, that louse... Sorry, but I couldn't think of anything that rhymed. Anyway, we have a lot of fun little stories for you on the podcast today:

  • Apple ships a second Golden Master of macOS Sierra
  • A look at a 2014 filing shows that a company that's creating long-distance wireless charging technology expects to get "Apple certification"
  • Planning on watching the NFL Thursday Night Football game on Twitter tonight?
  • IK Multimedia comes out with an audio interface that just happens to work with Lightning ports
Sep 14, 2016

A short update today after the rush of craziness from the iOS 10 upgrade yesterday. 

  • Swatch wins; iWatch will not be an Apple trademark, at least in the UK
  • Apple Pay will be coming to Apple World Today soon
  • A new keyboard from Logitech lets you prop up and type to both an iPhone and iPad Pro
  • A shaky source says that Apple might manufacture as many as 100 million iPhone 7/7 Plus devices by year-end
Sep 13, 2016

Sorry about the lack of a podcast yesterday, but sometimes foreign countries can interfere... Here's what we have for you on this BIG day in Apple history:

  • Today's iOS 10 update was marred with some issues that appear to have been fixed now, but not before a lot of iPhone users "bricked" their devices
  • Three Apple retail outlets will be reopening on Friday, coinciding with the launch of the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • tvOS didn't get one of its key features during today's update
  • iWork's collaboration features are now live on iOS 10
  • Swift Playgrounds is available, and not just for kids!
Sep 9, 2016

We're heading into the weekend with iPhone 7s and Apple Watches (Series 2) pre-ordered, so what else is happening? Give us 4 minutes and we'll give you some news:

  • Regardless of what brainless pundits are saying about the "lack of an audio port", the iPhone 7 appears to be an instant success
  • First the FAA recommends not taking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on airplanes. Today, the US CPSC issued an even stronger warning to the public at large -- "turn them off"
  • Tim Cook allegedly emails a concerned Mac fan to reassure him that upgrades are coming
  • Would you believe that an iPhone 7 Plus is actually faster than a 12-inch MacBook? It's true!
Sep 8, 2016

While there's not as much exciting news as in yesterday's marathon podcast, today's can be listened to in its entirety in just a little over four minutes. Here's what we have for you today:

  • We take exception to a very clickbaitish article about AirPods on another website
  • GeekBench 4 results show the iPhone 7 Plus to be a fast smartphone, even faster than the iPad Pro!
  • Some features "advertised" at WWDC for macOS Sierra and iOS 10 don't appear to have made it to the first non-beta versions of the operating systems that shipped to developers and public beta testers today
  • The Taptic Engine in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will start getting used more often for feedback now that Apple has announced that an API will be available for developers
Sep 7, 2016

Did you miss out on today's Apple event, and don't have time to watch the entire video? Apple World Today's Steve Sande provides you with the key items from the keynote in just 23 minutes of unscripted fun! Listen in on this special edition of the AWT News Update for a quick overview of almost everything that Apple announced at the event.

Sep 6, 2016

It's the day before a major Apple announcement, so we're going to fill you in on some fun news on what we'll be doing tomorrow, as well as some "regularly scheduled" Apple news:

  • It appears that the Chinese market is quite uninterested in the new iPhone
  • Apple World Today has a "stupendous, gigantic" roundup of accessories for the new iPhones that will be published tomorrow
  • A bunch of Apple trademark filings unveil some new and interesting names, like "Iris Engine" and "Smart Button"
  • No liveblog on Apple World Today tomorrow; we invite you to watch Apple's livestream of the event and then head to AWT for more information
Sep 2, 2016

Just a reminder -- due to the US Labor Day weekend, the next AWT News Update episode will appear on Tuesday, September 6. 

  • Some rather bogus looking "iPhone 7 boxes" from Hungary and Russia show that the devices come with wireless AirPods, but we'll just wait and see. Earlier bogus boxes showed them coming with "EarPods with Lightning Connector".
  • Just in time for the "iPhone 7" announcement, we're starting to hear rumors about the "iPhone 8" or "10th Anniversary iPhone". The big feature? An iris scanner for authentication.
  • Apple's Twitter account may have been finally activated after being set up in 2011, just for the purpose of either live-tweeting or live streaming the event next Wednesday.
Sep 1, 2016

You can tell that there's an Apple event coming soon, because news about the company is pretty nonexistent! We have just two news items for you today, making for a very quick listen:

  • An inadvertently-sent email confirms that new Beats products will be announced at next week's event
  • Apple starts up a new blog showing how third-party app integration with Siri works in iOS 10
Aug 31, 2016

The last day of August brings just a few stories for the AWT News Update:

  • CBS announces a new "commercial-free" tier for All Access, although viewers will be treated to some ads anyway...
  • Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is temporarily being withheld from specific markets due to exploding battery pack issues. We talk abut those issues and another problem with the flagship phone.
  • Tapbots delivers a public beta of its new Pastebot for Mac
Aug 30, 2016

Accessories are at the top of the Apple news today, along with a reminder...

  • Tomorrow -- AUGUST 31 -- is the last day for entries in our Team AWT Drobo 5Dt giveaway. Click here for information on joining Team AWT, or click here to enter the giveaway if you're already a member
  • Olloclip announces an articulating mobile video grip called the PIVOT that should be available in October.
  • Griffin Technology wants to make it easy for iPhone 7 listeners to use their favorite "wired" headphones without wires with the iTrip Clip.
  • Mophie announced a bunch of new members of its Powerstation battery pack family, including one with USB-C and another that works with a wireless charging battery pack for iPhone. 
Aug 29, 2016

Apple announces the September 7 event for the "iPhone 7", so today's show speculates on what we're likely to hear about:

  • The new iPhone might include a wireless charging technology, based on interest in Energous just after today's Apple announcement
  • The Apple Watch 2 is expected to have 35% more battery capacity, but don't expect longer battery life
  • It's unlikely that any new Macs will be announced at the event
  • Siri starts giving snarky responses when you ask about September 7

 

Aug 26, 2016

Slow new Friday brings us rumors of:

  • Alleged supply issues for "iPhone 7" components may hinder mass shipments of the as-yet unannounced phone
  • Intel may be grabbing a chunk of Apple's A-series chip manufacturing by 2018
  • And this isn't a rumor; a new Fox Sports app for Apple TV provides viewers with up to four games on the screen simultaneously
Aug 25, 2016

For a rather slow Thursday, we have some fascinating news from the world of Apple for you today.

  • We tell you about the exploits patched by iOS 9.3.5, and why it's a good idea to install the patch as soon as possible
  • That "Celebration Apple-1" sold at auction for $815,000
  • An eBay auction of some old Apple CDs ended up with the discs going to none other than Apple
  • Investment firm JP Morgan reports that Apple's back tax bill in its conflict with the European Commission could be as high as $19 billion
Aug 24, 2016

In our Apple news headlines for this afternoon:

  • Be sure to join Team AWT and enter into our giveaway for a Drobo 5Dt by clicking this link.
  • Apple wants some new "professional" emoji to be added to Unicode
  • Code hidden inside the latest macOS Sierra beta shows that future Macs may support second-generation USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3
  • Tim Cook unlocked a big, big bonus for himself today
  • The US Treasury Department chastised the European Commission's Competition Directorate in a white paper issued today, based on the directorate's pursuit of back taxes from Apple
Aug 23, 2016

In today's Apple headlines:

  • An apology to listeners for a missing edit...
  • Nike appears to have inadvertently confirmed that the Apple Watch 2 will have built-in GPS
  • Instapaper is sold to Pinterest
  • Remember the story that said Apple had passed on purchasing Lyft? Well, apparently the company is not for sale, and Lyft is blaming Uber's CEO for the rumors
  • We tell you about a quick and ad-free way to check your download speeds for streaming
Aug 22, 2016

A quiet Monday, but we still have some great stories for you:

  • The developer and public betas for macOS Sierra have been updated today
  • Want Apple CarPlay in your car, but don't want to buy a new car to do so? Sony announced a new aftermarket receiver that will work great in your favorite car
  • The almost-one-year-old iPhone 6s trounces the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in a head-to-head speed test
  • Join Team AWT and keep the website -- and this podcast -- going!
Aug 19, 2016

Happy Friday! Contrary to most Fridays, which we commonly refer to as "Slow News Fridays™", there was actually quite a bit of news out there in the world of Apple today.

  • iOS 9's adoption rate hits 87% in the days leading up to the anticipated release of iOS 10
  • And speaking of which, iOS 10 developer beta 7 and public beta 6 went live today
  • The 50th anniversary of the International Photography Hall of Fame brings the induction of Steve Jobs - we tell you what his contributions were to the art photography
  • Apple's taking donations for the Red Cross to help relief efforts for the flooding in Louisiana
Aug 18, 2016

We have some fun Apple news highlights for you today, as well as a good rumor! Well, no rumors are good, but it's an interesting one...

  • An amazing 35-piece collection of rare Macs and other Apple-related products is up for auction
  • Kanye West's pop-up stores in the US, Canada, and Australia will take Apple Pay
  • Battery life issues appear to be the reason why the next Apple Watch won't have cellular capability
  • A "Store" is missing from your local Apple Store
  • We conjecture about the iPhone 7 (or whatever it's going to be called) camera and how a two-lens camera might work to improve iPhone photos
Aug 17, 2016

Lots of great Apple news and rumors today that we've already covered on the website, but we have a few other stories we thought you'd find fascinating:

  • Target blames Apple for a drop in store sales during the previous quarter
  • AT&T announces new Mobile Share Advantage plans with more more data for less money, but be sure to read between the lines
  • Intel wants device manufacturers to adopt USB-C as an audio output standard
  • Apple adds 37 new US banks and credit unions to Apple Pay
  • Automatic goes Pro, adding a free 3G connection to it for car data logging and location tracking
Aug 16, 2016

What's happening in the world of Apple today? A lot, including news of a recent Apple Store opening, the upcoming iPhone launch, and a new video calling app from Google:

  • We tell you about last weekend's opening of the new One World Trade Center Apple Store in NYC, which features many of the new design cues found in recently built and renovated stores worldwide
  • An AT&T employee scheduling document may provide clues as to the preorder and availability dates for the iPhone 7
  • Google enters the video calling market with a new app called Duo
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