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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Jan 31, 2017

Today's podcast is designed to provide our listeners with the highlights of today's Apple first fiscal quarter 2017 earnings call in five minutes. We listened to the call so you didn't have to, then distilled the hour-long discussion down to a five-minute overview of the most salient points.

Jan 30, 2017

Monday's here, along with a handful of Apple news stories to fill you in on this last Monday of January:

  • iPhone revenues will most likely be up when announced tomorrow during Apple's Q1 2017 Earnings Call tomorrow, thanks to larger than expected sales of the iPhone 7 Plus
  • We invite our readers to listen to the Apple Earnings Call live at 2 PM PST tomorrow at this web page:
  • A complicated hack that was being used to bring locked iPads and iPhone back to life could be behind this weekend's shutdown of the Activation Lock web page on Apple's site
  • Fitbit announces that it will cut about 6% of its workforce
Jan 27, 2017

TGIF! We have some fascinating stories about the world of Apple to get your weekend started off right:

  • A UK insurance company that offered a discount on Apple Watches in return for customers being more active finds that its app isn't making those customers happy
  • One of the hackers caught in connection to a 2014 iCloud data theft was sentenced to jail yesterday
  • We tell you what Apple's doing around the globe to help celebrate this weekend's Chinese Lunar New Year festivities
Jan 26, 2017

Just three short news stories today to keep you up to date on what's happening in the world of Apple:

  • Do you drink enough water? Apple's made a hydration app free as part of the App of the Week promotion
  • An update to HBO Go enables support for Apple's TV app and brings single sign-on 
  • The UK's Ministry of Defence is switching from insecure Samsung phones to iPhone 7s for a secret communications device
Jan 25, 2017

We hope you listen to the Apple World Today News Update every day, but if you don't, you should listen in today just to hear AWT's Steve Sande absolutely fumble over a 7-syllable name...twice. 

  • Facebook is testing ads in Messenger
  • Apple files a second lawsuit against Qualcomm, this time in China
  • Things are looking up for an Apple manufacturing facility or two in India
  • Here's an Apple news story that should have never been published in the first place (and we never did publish it...)
Jan 24, 2017

What happened in the world of Apple today? The company released developer beta versions of all of its operating systems, and we're starting to see what new features will appear in the next few months:

  • watchOS 3.2 gains Theater Mode and more powerful third-party Siri requests
  • iOS 10.3 will add Find My AirPods and better third-party Siri integration, weather data in Maps, an update to Mail's conversation view, and a whole new file system
  • macOS 10.12.4 appears to be getting nothing more than Night Shift, so you can rest soundly after playing games all evening
  • tvOS 10.2 gets accelerated scrolling for Siri Remote
Jan 23, 2017

This Monday turned out to be rather eventful, with updates to all of Apple's operating systems, word of a mysterious Bluetooth/NFC device going through the FCC certification process, and news about an iPhone 7 Plus that went for a long swim in a very cold river and lived!

  • The watchOS 3.1.3 update might be the first update a lot of Watch owners have successfully installed since watchOS 3 first arrived
  • What could a mysterious Apple device with model number A1846 be? We think we have an idea
  • That iPhone 7 Plus of yours is probably much more waterproof than you think it is, with an unplanned test in a frozen-over Russian river showing just how hardy it is
Jan 20, 2017

Happy Inauguration Day! We have a few stories for this Friday afternoon that should keep you going into the weekend:

  • Tim Cook sold 30,000 shares of Apple stock, netting him a nice payday
  • Apple's hardware won't be the primary driver of the company's fortunes in the future
  • Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is building a plant in Shenzhen, China near an Apple R&D center
Jan 19, 2017

A light news day today...

  • Apple adds a few formatting and ad changes to Apple News...for publishers
  • Design resources for iOS 10 become available along with updated Human Interface Guidelines
  • Google's Pixel phones are hard to get...although they're selling at about 1/10th the rate of iPhones
Jan 18, 2017

Grumbling ex-Apple employees and Wall Street analysts with good imaginations are what we have for you on today's Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • An ex-Apple engineer thinks that Apple's not the innovative, problem-solving company it was in 2007
  • A Wall Street analyst sends out his wild guesses on this year's crop of iPhones
  • Another Wall Street analyst says iPhone revenues will be down slightly due to anticipation for the "iPhone 8"


Jan 17, 2017

On today's Apple World Today News Update, we talk about obsolete networks, smash and grabs, store renovations, and the idiots who keep using the recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones:

  • AT&T's 2G network shut down on January 1; nobody seemed to notice
  • The Apple Store Palo Alto (CA) is currently undergoing renovations due to an early December smash-and-grab burglary
  • The "glass cube" 5th Avenue Apple Store in NYC will be closed starting on January 20th for renovations
  • Verizon is planning to take drastic measures to stop people who are still using their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones
Jan 16, 2017

After missing the publication of last Friday's Apple World Today News Update, we're back with three stories from the world of Apple:

  • The latest beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 adds a feature to save battery power on MacBooks with a new setting in the battery menu
  • Samsung's woes continue; this time, the person next in line to be head of the conglomerate is to be arrested on suspicion of involvement in a government corruption scandal
  • The Eastern Texas patent trolls are on a roll again, this time accusing Apple's iMessage of infringing on a 2002 patent for part of a point-of-sale system
Jan 12, 2017

The world of Apple Inc was a bit more busy today, so we have some fascinating stories on today's podcast:

  • Go to with Safari and you'll no longer see an option to watch video in 4K resolution
  • Studio Neat's Dan Provost figures out that the rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro could pack the same resolution as the 12.9-inch model with the higher pixel density of the iPad mini
  • Sometimes, the hackers get hacked...
Jan 11, 2017

It was a rather slow Apple news day today, so we spend some time in today's podcast telling you about some new products and a survey that compares the cost of an iPhone around the world:

  • A new tool for diabetic blood glucose monitoring is now available in the online Apple Store
  • The best drawing tablet for the Mac? An iPad Pro running Astropad
  • While the average iPhone is more expensive in the US than Japan or China, it's totally out of reach for Venezuelans
Jan 10, 2017

Happy Tuesday! We have a few stories for today's Apple World Today News Update:

  • The ESPN and WatchESPN apps have adopted Apple's Single Sign-On feature, meaning you can sign in once to use the apps with your cable or satellite TV subscription
  • AT&T & Verizon are both making moves to make those grandfathered unlimited data plans a thing of the past
  • Three weeks to go until Apple's Q1 2017 Earnings Call. We look at Foxconn's results to see how Apple may fare for the year-end quarter
Jan 9, 2017

Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone! We have a few news stories that deal with things other than Apple's ubiquitous smartphone today, and one that looks at possible display technology for future iPhones:

  • A rumor about a lack of repair capability for the 2016 MacBook Pro turns out to be just that; a rumor...
  • Remember the Finder for AirPods app? Apple has yanked it from the App Store
  • A charging stand for AirPods? Yep.
  • An OLED plant being built in "iPhone City" may point to future display tech for iPhones
Jan 6, 2017

Today's news from the world of Apple:

  • MacBook Pros may be announced later in 2017 that use a new display technology for significantly better battery life and resolution
  • An Apple supplier reports great earnings, all from sales of components for the iPhone 7
  • Canada's Competition Bureau quietly ends a 2-year anti-competition probe after finding insufficient evidence that Apple was engaging in anticompetitive conduct
Jan 5, 2017

Although we've been hearing a lot about new products during the past week, it's actually day one of CES 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Here's what's new from CES and from the world of Apple:

  • We do a quick run through the myriad Apple-related announcements made today at CES 2017
  • A new version of the Google Calendar app for iOS devices adds integration to Apple's HealthKit framework
  • iOS 10 adoption is now at 76%, a huge leap from the end of November
Jan 4, 2017

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is officially underway tomorrow, but plenty of companies have made announcements about new products that will be of interest to fans of Apple. We have info about two of those products lines today, as well as about how Apple has acquiesced to the Communist government of China in removing The New York Times apps from the Chinese App Store:

  • Now you can toast bread, make coffee, and gaze into a connected mirror, all of these devices coming from Griffin Technology
  • Ring announces the Floodlight Cam, an outside security light, camera, and siren that works with the Ring app
  • China doesn't like the NYT's coverage, so they've told Apple to stop carrying the NYT apps
Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year! We're back, and on a more normal podcast schedule than during the past two months. You can expect to hear us every weekday afternoon, and here are a few pieces of Apple news for your listening pleasure today:

  • Apple's pop-up shops that were set up to sell the high-end Apple Watch Edition are being closed
  • Apple Pay has added 47 more new US financial institutions during the past few weeks, bringing the total in the country to over 1,600
  • Apple chip manufacturing partner TSMC is reportedly on schedule to start testing production of a 7nm process that will produce more efficient CPUs for future products starting in 2018