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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Now displaying: September, 2017
Sep 29, 2017

Friday is usually a quiet day in the tech news business, and today -- the last weekday of September -- is no exception. We have a few short stories to end your week:

We've had antenna-gate and bend-gate in the past, could the iPhone 8 be introducing "split-gate" to the vernacular?

Thousands of Macs in a study sample were found to have the wrong EFI code, something that's troubling security researchers

Requests for information on Apple users by the US Government have doubled since last year

Be sure to check out AWT's reviews of the Apple TV 4K and Apple Watch Series 3 today

Sep 28, 2017

Cash, lenses, force restarts, flash memory and missing Sierra installers. That's what we've got for you today. Come and get it!

  • Apple Pay Cash may or may not be coming in late October
  • Olloclip says that its iPhone 7 / 7 Plus lens kits and cases work perfectly with the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • Have an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus? The way that you can restart the device has changed compared to previous iPhones. We tell you how...
  • Toshiba's flash chip business has apparently been sold and Apple's part of the consortium that bought it. Only problem? The consortium members can't agree on anything
  • Want to re-install macOS Sierra? Good luck finding an installer
Sep 27, 2017

There's no business like show business at Apple, unless you're talking about privacy or opening retail stores. We talk about all three topics on today's edition of the AWT News Update podcast:

  • Apple's new content acquisition and video strategy team is apparently making the rounds of actors, producers and directors in Hollywood
  • Apple has updated its privacy pages to provide detailed and easy-to-understand information to existing and potential customers on how seriously the company take personal privacy
  • The first Apple retail store in Bangkok, Thailand may open as soon as next year
Sep 26, 2017

As the month of September winds down and the daylight hours start getting shorter, we have a shorter than usual podcast for you today. 

  • iOS 11 is now installed on 25% of all iOS devices, a bit slower than last year but a much higher uptake rate than Android ever sees
  • You can now fill your Starbucks card from Apple Pay on the Apple Watch
  • Twitter is testing longer tweets, for even longer rants by unhinged individuals
  • Amazon and Apple are apparently best buds now, with the Apple TV reappearing on Amazon after a two-year hiatus
Sep 25, 2017

It's High Sierra Day, and we have a bit of info for owners of one particular model of Mac Pro. Everything else for today deals with other Apple products: iPhones, iPad Pros, the Apple TV 4K, and more!

  • Netflix has added HDR support for iOS on the iPhone 8, iPhone X and 2017 iPad Pros
  • Warning! All-glass iPhones like the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and upcoming iPhone X can and do break, so get a case for your phone and purchase AppleCare+
  • Have a 2012 - 2013 Mac Pro "cheese grater"? It gets a firmware update when you upgrade the device to macOS High Sierra
  • Amazon has drastically lowered prices on 4K movie titles
Sep 21, 2017

We'll be "off the air" tomorrow, but today we have a rumor, a note from Craig Federighi, a smartbulb that now uses HomeKit, and a fun hint:

  • Rumors are circulating about the AirPods case that will work with the AirPower charging mat that ships next year
  • Craig Federighi gives the official word that a gesture dropped from iOS 11 is only gone temporarily
  • LIFX adds HomeKit compatibility to a lot of its smart bulb product line
  • Want or need to type one-handed on an iPhone? We have a hint on how to do it
Sep 21, 2017

The construction's over at AWT HQ, and we take a look at some of the updates that have recently appeared or are about to arrive, as well as some new products from Nest

  • We tell you what's new in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS
  • Thinking about upgrading to macOS High Sierra on Monday? We give you a few pointers on things to do to prepare
  • Nest says Hello and wants to give you a Warm Welcome, as long as you're Secure
Sep 18, 2017

It's the day before three operating systems -- iOS, watchOS and tvOS -- get major upgrades, so we've got some fun and useful information for to help you along your way. In addition, if you were running macOS High Sierra beta in APFS on an iMac or other Fusion Drive Mac, Apple wants you to switch back to HFS+:

  • PCalc will have a fun augmented reality Easter egg built into it when iOS 11 is installed
  • What Apple Watches will watchOS 4 run on? What iOS devices will iOS 11 run on? We have the short list here in the podcast
  • If you're a bold person and plan on doing the iOS updates tomorrow, we've got some suggestions for you on how to get things prepared
  • Complete instructions on how to convert a Fusion Drive that was converted to APFS back to HFS+ are here, and they're not for the faint-hearted
Sep 15, 2017

Steve's office is a construction zone right now, so we apologize in advance for the sound of front-end loaders and backup horns in the background of the podcast.

  • Starbucks says that its stores worldwide should be able to handle wireless charging of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus starting next week
  • We have the definitive word on APFS compatibility under macOS High Sierra from Apple
  • Samsung's pricy Galaxy Note 8 went on pre-sale today, the same day as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
Sep 14, 2017

Here's a short podcast for all of you who are planning on going to sleep early tonight so you can wake up at 12:01 AM PT to pre-order the latest Apple products:

  • Be sure to get your pre-ordered items set up in the Apple Store app well before the pre-orders begin
  • Would you believe the batteries in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are smaller than those in the 7 and 7 Plus? They are, but still provide the same battery life
  • Apple Music will apparently be enabled in the Apple Watch Series 3 in October, and those who aren't Apple Music subscribers can always use iTunes Match
Sep 13, 2017

Suffering from a post-Apple event hangover? We'll sooth your aching brow with a few good stories about all that new Apple gear:

  • iOS 11 has a chance to make QR codes and NFC relevant again
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone X both support quick charging, but you'll need to purchase some other accessories to do so
  • The Apple TV 4K loses one port, but gains another
  • Are you part of the iPhone Upgrade Program? Apple wants you to do some prep work if you're planning on pre-ordering an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 plus early Friday morning
Sep 12, 2017

Today was the long-awaited event at which we had our first look at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, and saw a number of new and amazing products rolled out by Apple. In this special 23 minute edition of the Apple World Today News Update podcast, join Steve Sande for all of the news from today's event, including:

  • The introduction to the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park
  • The Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular
  • The Apple TV 4K
  • The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
  • The iPhone X (pronounced "iPhone Ten")
  • and more!


Sep 11, 2017

It's the day before a BIG Apple event, so today's podcast is a bit shorter than usual:

  • There's already at least one person in line for the new iPhone, although it won't ship for at least two weeks...
  • Apple World Today will have plenty of coverage of tomorrow's event, on Twitter, Facebook and tomorrow night on YouTube
  • The LTE Apple Watch may be able to send and receive calls on the same phone number you have for your iPhone
  • The Steve Jobs Theater only received a temporary occupancy permit on September 1, with the fire department providing "approval with conditions"
Sep 8, 2017

As we head into the weekend before an Apple event next Tuesday, we have a handful of short news items to keep you entertained and up-to-date:

  • Disney is pulling streaming rights for Star Wars and Marvel titles from other services, keeping them only for the upcoming Disney streaming service
  • Siri Remotes are on backorder or out of stock in a number of countries -- could a newly-designed Siri Remote be on tap for Tuesday?
  • Spotify won't give Apple Safari users access to its Web Player
  • A group of Microsoft interns has developed a new useful Mac app for users of Office 365
Sep 7, 2017

Things are a bit quiet this week, thanks to the anticipation of next week's Tuesday Apple event. But we still have enough unpublished news items to give you one of our patented News Updates!

  • Yesterday's hacker attack wasn't, and today there was an iCloud Mail outage that was never reported
  • More code has been found showing that there will be a fifth-generation Apple TV and that it will support High Dynamic Range content
  • Amazon has Apple Park envy and wants to spend $5 billion on a new "second headquarters" somewhere
Sep 6, 2017

Apple's developer portal appears to have been hacked, self-driving cars get a legislative boost, we know what you'll be doing a week from Friday, and another beta is delivered by Apple:

  • has been down for a while today, and many think it's due to a hacker attack. Many accounts had profile information changed to a Russian address
  • The US House of Representatives unanimously voted in approval of a proposal to accelerate autonomous vehicle testing and research
  • September 15 at midnight Pacific Time appears to be when pre-orders for new Apple products will be available
  • iOS 11 beta 10 makes it to developer devices less than a week before the golden master may be released
Sep 5, 2017

Welcome back to a shortened week of podcasts from Apple World Today. On today's podcast, we bring you another reason to hate the Boston Red Sox:

  • The Red Sox are caught using Apple Watches to steal signs from opposing catchers
  • Apple sets up another bond offering, this one for $5 billion
  • tvOS 11 beta 10 has arrived for developers
  • All signs point toward next year's iPhones with higher resolution camera modules
Sep 1, 2017

It's September, and the month will bring us some amazing new Apple devices. For now, we have some stories about your favorite fruit-flavored company:

  • The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus may be the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but who knows what the so-called "iPhone 8" will be called
  • The Simi Valley, CA Apple Store is closing on September 15
  • Apple's fitness guru Jay Blahnik talked to Men's Health about the company's amazing fitness lab