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Now displaying: August, 2017
Aug 31, 2017

As we say goodbye to August, there's a lot of good news coming out from a variety of sources:

  • Apple makes it official by announcing an event on September 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park
  • The ninth developer betas of iOS 11 and tvOS 11 were shipped today
  • DJI announced updates to its drone line from the diminutive Spark all the way up to the Phantom 4 Pro
  • OWC is now shipping its highly-anticipated OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock
Aug 30, 2017

Steve's finally back from his eclipse and national parks trip, and in the process of trying to get caught up with his work he actually found some really good stories for today’s podcast:

  • A group of 17 automotive engineers working for Apple on the Project Titan autonomous car program have jumped ship for a Silicon Valley startup
  • The implementation of Siri on the fourth-generation Apple TV has won a special Emmy award
  • Bombich Software’s excellent Carbon Copy Cloner Mac backup app receives an update to prepare it for macOS High Sierra and APFS
Aug 17, 2017

This will be the last AWT News update podcast until August 30, 2017 -- be sure to visit the Apple World Today website at https://appleworld.today for a daily written update. 

  • YouTube TV scoots into 14 more markets, giving the streaming service coverage in a lot more of the USA
  • Need to disable Touch ID on your iPhone quickly? A new iOS 11 feature will let you do just that
  • Quanta will be the manufacturer of the third-generation Apple Watch, which is expected to make it to stores in the fourth quarter of 2017
  • McDonald's Australia must have a craving for the tenth-anniversary iPhone, as it has used a rendering of the device in a marketing email
Aug 16, 2017

Smart locks turn dumb after a failed firmware update, Tony Fadell is backing a high-speed wireless startup, and Mr. Blurrycam loves a big Apple TV set:

  • Some LockState smart locks were bricked due to a failed firmware update, proving once again that the Internet of Things is prone to human error
  • iPod creator Tony Fadell is back in the news, this time with Keyssa and its high-speed, short-distance data transfer product Keys
  • A 65-inch OLED Apple TV? We don't think so, especially after looking at blurry photos
Aug 15, 2017

We provide a public service announcement about our eclipse show from last night as well as counteracting the bad info from media sources about eclipse viewers, a change in Apple policy in Hong Kong, and slightly bigger iPhones:

  • Check out our special eclipse episode of AWT TV, and also get the definitive word on those eclipse viewing glasses from the American Astronomical Society
  • Apple changes its exchange policy in Hong Kong in an attempt to thwart scalpers prior to the release of the iPhone 8
  • According to case manufacturer leaks, the iPhone 7s will be slightly larger than the previous model...
Aug 14, 2017

it's a short Apple World Today News Update podcast today. Here's what we have for our listeners:

  • We'll be hosting a special pre-eclipse episode of the live AWT TV show tonight starting at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET. Be sure to join Steve & Marty as they get you ready to observe an amazing celestial event
  • Developer and Public Beta 6 of all of Apple's operating systems were released today
  • Swift inventor Chris Lattner is now working on Google's AI project
  • Inventec says that supplies of the Apple HomePod will be constrained in December
Aug 11, 2017

It's Friday, time to ponder pricing of future iPhones and Apple Watches, and hear about how "Game of Thrones" can get your heart racing:

  • A Barclays research note wonders if the high anticipated price of the iPhone 8 might dampen demand
  • 9to5Mac is running a survey on cellular-capable Apple Watch and service pricing, and it's showing that there might be some price elasticity for the upcoming device
  • Apple Watch data show that dramatic interactions between characters in "Game of Thrones" bump up pulse rates more than violent action scenes
Aug 10, 2017

Discounts on 13-inch MacBook Pros, new USB-C dongles, and disgruntled Apple employees are all in today's Apple World Today News Update:

  • Apple adds a number of 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro models to the refurbished products store
  • Satechi announces two new USB-C adapters
  • Daring Fireball's John Gruber says he's received numerous emails from Apple employees unhappy with the open floor plans at the Apple Park "spaceship" building
Aug 8, 2017

Not a lot of Apple news today, but we have descriptions of a few app updates that might get you excited!

  • AAPL closes at $160.08, a new record high
  • Developer Steve Troughton-Smith hacks the tvOS Simulator, finds that 4K is easy for developers to enable in a new Apple TV
  • The free iOS Wikipedia app gains a number of new usability features 
  • Foursquare's Swarm app also gets a nice update, adding an interactive map of where you've been
Aug 7, 2017

On today's Apple World Today News Update podcast - fashionably overpriced Apple Watch bands, new Intel chips that won't be used in the iMac Pro, better transit directions Down Under, and a really good deal for superannuated iPhone users:

  • Coach announces a new line of Apple Watch bands starting at $150 for the fall season
  • Intel announced a new series of desktop processors, but it's unlikely that the speedy chips are destined for the upcoming iMac Pro
  • In the Land Down Under, transit instructions in Apple Maps have now been added for Queensland and Western Australia
  • T-Mobile creates an unlimited plan for the over-55 crowd that has Steve ready to throw his walker at AT&T
Aug 4, 2017

A short Apple World Today News Update podcast for you today:

  • Not only is the 3rd-generation Apple Watch expected this fall with an LTE chip inside, but now rumors are flying that it will sport a new design as well
  • Some DirecTV Now users are getting invitations to beta-test a new DVR capability, with the function being available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV
  • OpenSignal finds that 4G LTE download speeds have slowed measurably since last year, mainly due to increased data traffic from unlimited plans launched in February
Aug 3, 2017

Today we look at employment possibilities with Apple, Fitbit's upcoming smart watch, and one blogger's view of how Apple accidentally leaked details of the upcoming iPhone:

  • Are you a mapping expert? Check out the 70+ job listings Apple has for those who have background in geospatial information services, navigational aids and fleet management
  • Fitbit says it will have its "Apple Watch-killer" smart watch ready for the holiday shopping season
  • Daring Fireball's John Gruber speculates on how Apple accidentally spilled the beans on some details of the upcoming 10th-anniversary iPhone

 

Aug 2, 2017

Apple's well on its way to becoming the world's first trillion-dollar company. That and more Apple news coming your way:

  • AAPL closes at $157.14, giving the company a market cap of $819.3 billion.
  • "Firmware mining" has brought some clarity to features expected in the upcoming iPhone 8
  • Was Microsoft working on a Bluetooth keyboard for iPad?
Aug 1, 2017

We have just two stories today; one that's quite alarming and another that is entirely upbeat!

  • Russia joins China in banning virtual private networks
  • Apple's Q3 FY 2017 financial results are in, and they beat all expectations. Hear just how good things went in the quarter ending July 1, 2017
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