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: October, 2017
Oct 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! Everyone must be getting ready to Trick or Treat tonight, since there were very few big news items for today's Apple World Today News Update podcast. Here's what we have:

  • Apple denies that it was ever working on anything but Face ID for the iPhone X
  • A biometric technology expert is skeptical of some reviewer reports saying that the iPhone X's Face ID is inaccurate in bright sunlight
  • A developer with a great idea for using an underused iPad component has the idea rejected by Apple
Oct 30, 2017

As October winds down things are starting to perk up in the world of Apple. Today we have stories about a historic high, a famous used car, iOS 11.2, and some early first impressions of the iPhone X:

  • AAPL reached a new high today, peaking at $168.07 before closing at $166.72
  • A BMW Z8 that once belonged to Steve Jobs is up for auction
  • iOS 11.2 developer beta 1 is now available, along with new watchOS and tvOS betas
  • Some very early first impressions of the iPhone X are out, with Apple using a different approach towards marketing the newest iPhone than it's ever used in the past
Oct 27, 2017

As you'd expect, today's Apple World Today News Update podcast is mostly about...the iPhone X. In related news, we talk about an older product that's about to go on the Apple obsolete and vintage tech list:

  • Apple shares rose sharply today after word of unprecedented demand for the new iPhone X
  • Didn't get an iPhone X? Head over to eBay, where some people are scalping their pre-orders at ridiculous prices
  • Be sure to get AppleCare+ for that iPhone X you just picked up, because repairs out of warranty are going to cost you big bucks
  • There's a new Apple product out that isn't the iPhone X, and it's made out of leather
  • The iPad 3 becomes official obsolete on Halloween Day
Oct 26, 2017

Planning on waking up at 12:01 AM PT tomorrow morning to pre-order an iPhone X? We think a lot of people will be and we give you some tips and other news in today's Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • You might want to consider a Silver 64GB iPhone X if you want a good chance of getting one
  • Concurrent with the iPhone X release on November 3, Apple will be unveiling the revamped Century City store in Los Angeles
  • Another beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 (the fifth) was released today
  • A Google engineer shows a proof of concept app that can use social engineering to make it possible for a malicious developer to capture photos or videos from an iOS device camera
Oct 25, 2017

The leaves have all fallen from the trees at Apple World Today headquarters in Colorado, and Steve's been spending too much time getting them rounded up. But he did have enough time today to gather some stories for another episode of the AWT News Update podcast:

  • The 2018 Honda GoldWing touring motorcycle will come with an option for Apple CarPlay integration
  • watchOS 4.1 is getting close to release, and the golden master release notes were leaked today, showing support for GymKit, Apple Music and iCloud Music Library streaming, and more...
  • Huge US retailer Walmart is planning a huge deployment of Macs that could reach 100,000 employees over the next year
Oct 24, 2017

Today you'll learn where 1 + 2 + 3 = 24, where the iPhone 8 Plus is the best-selling smartphone, and where you can get the software to turn many common or home-built PCs into Macs:

  • An unfixed iOS 11 calculator bug means that for at least now, 1 + 2 + 3 equals 24...unless you are a slow calculator user
  • Taiwanese consumers are snapping up the iPhone 8 Plus, and Apple's the top-selling smartphone manufacturer
  • Want to build a Hackintosh? You can now run macOS High Sierra on it thanks to the latest version of the popular utility UniBeast
Oct 23, 2017

Happy Monday! We're back with new from the world of Apple. Here's what we have for the Apple World Today News Update podcast today:

  • Are you an iPhone Upgrade Program member who wants to order an iPhone X this Friday? You can get pre-approved for the phone now using the Apple Store app, leaving just the final push of the button early Friday morning
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray isn't happy that the FBI hasn't been able to get encrypted information from 6,900 mobile devices over the past 11 months
  • Facebook Messenger adds another new feature; the ability to manage your TD Ameritrade stock portfolio from the app
Oct 20, 2017

We have an abbreviated podcast for today, thanks to a shortage of news that we hadn't already published on the website. Here's what we've got for you:

  • Be sure to check out Live Home 3D from BeLight Software, our sponsor for the past week. 
  • With one week to go until the start of iPhone X pre-orders, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that component shortages will result in only about 2 to 3 million of the new phones being available at launch
  • New beta versions of iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1 are available, with iOS 11.1 bringing hundreds of new emoji to the world once the final version ships
Oct 19, 2017

Wow, only eight days until the pre-orders for the iPhone X. We have some news about the newest iPhone and other topics for you today!

  • Imagine creating your own 3D renderings of your home or a dream home. It's all possible with Live Home 3D from BeLight Software, this week's AWT sponsor
  • Tim Cook told a Mac mini fan that "we plan for Mac mini to be an important part of our product line," whatever that vague statement means...
  • The CEO of Canadian telecom company Rogers says the company is seeing "anemic appetite" for the iPhone 8 while customers appear to be saving their money for the iPhone X
  • Soon you won't have to sign an electronic or paper receipt for purchases made with Apple Pay on a MasterCard
Oct 18, 2017

Hump Day! And it's a slow news day as well. That didn't keep us from getting three stories put together for the Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • We ❤️ Live Home 3D from BeLight Software, our sponsor for this week. Be sure to give it a free trial and see how easy it is to design and envision your own home or interior. 🏡
  • A new paper published on Apple's Machine Learning Journal website talks about how "Hey, Siri" works
  • Apple's Project Titan test cars have new gear mounted on top, which could very well house all of the computing hardware being used in addition to the obvious sensors
  • The new Chicago Michigan Avenue flagship Apple retail store has been sold...but don't worry, it's still opening on Friday, October 20
Oct 17, 2017

Today's Apple World Today News Update podcast looks at proof that some people have no sense of humor, a messaging bug in macOS High Sierra, and Swedish Apple Pay:

  • We're sponsored this week by BeLight Software and its Live Home 3D app for Mac. Read more about this amazing home design application here.
  • Google tests a Maps feature that measures walks in calories and "mini cupcakes", gets publicly lambasted on Twitter
  • A Messaging bug is affecting some users of macOS High Sierra, and it may be related to an upcoming switch to Messages in iCloud
  • Apple Pay may be available in Sweden as soon as the end of this month
Oct 16, 2017

Happy Monday! We have just a few stories for you today, but you'll find them all quite interesting...

  • Design a new home or a home improvement with BeLight Software's Live Home 3D, this week's AWT sponsor. 
  • iPod co-creator Tony Fadell is suing Android co-creator Andy Rubin, saying that he stole trade secrets
  • Another manufacturer joins the HomeKit parade, with Sylvania adding a soft white LED smartbulb and an LED flex strip
  • Ireland gains Apple Maps transit instructions
Oct 13, 2017

It may be Friday the 13th, but there's very little bad luck involved with today's Apple World Today News Update podcast, with the exception of a scarcity of news:

  • AR Tape Measure has been our sponsor this week. Be sure to pick up this free app and see how augmented reality can help you in your daily life
  • Certain 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina displays from mid-2012 and early 2013 are eligible for free -- but extremely slow -- repairs if they need battery service
  • Hungry? Facebook now lets you order food for delivery or pickup from a variety of local restaurants in the USA
Oct 12, 2017

Tablet drivers, Beats Academy, and the Tim Cook Euro tour are all topics today on the Apple World Today News Update Podcast:

  • Interested in AR? Check out the free AR Tape Measure app from this month's sponsor, It's About Time Products
  • Wacom releases High Sierra-compatible drivers for its broad line of graphics tablets
  • Apple executives Jimmy Iovine and Andre "Dr. Dre" Young break ground on a new USC academy that will bear their names
  • Tim Cook visits Sweden, says students should learn to code, and cuts down the tallest tree in the forest...with a herring (apologies to Monty Python)
Oct 11, 2017

On today's podcast, we discuss a slightly less pricey Oculus headset, an update to Twitter for Apple TV, and how you can take notes on your Apple Watch:

  • But first, a note from our sponsor this week -- AR Tape Measure from It's About Time Products
  • Facebook's Oculus today introduced a $199 VR Headset called Go that doesn't require a powerful PC to operate
  • Tweet and watch TV at the same time with the new Apple TV Twitter app
  • Popular cross-platform notes app Bear gets an Apple Watch client for creating and appending notes right from your wrist
Oct 10, 2017

Steve's in a grumpy mood today, so we have a personal opinion piece wedged between two news items as a snarky sandwich:

  • Measure almost anything with your iPhone or iPad with AR Tape Measure from this week's sponsor, It's About Time Products
  • The innovative SmartHalo bike accessory is showing up in Apple Stores
  • RANT: Why is Apple making deals for questionable TV shows that nobody is watching, while ignoring its key products and services?
  • Did you know that Google is buying Apple? It isn't, but if you had seen the Dow Jones Newswires this morning that's what you would have heard
Oct 9, 2017

It's a slow news day in the Apple world today, but we have a few stories to educate and entertain you:

  • Be sure to check out this week's sponsor, AR Tape Measure, a free app for measuring distances, angles and areas from your iOS device. 
  • iOS 11.1 developer beta 2 shipped today, adding a host of new emoji and returning 3D Touch gestures to the user interface
  • Intel is getting out of the augmented-reality eyewear business
  • Sightings of the new iPhone X in the wild are being reported
  • Face ID is likely to come to the iPad Pro line in 2018
Oct 6, 2017

A fun fall Friday with plenty of ripe Apple news!

  • Try out WordSwipe, our sponsor this week and a fun game you can play with friends through Messages
  • Pixelmator has been updated so you can now edit photos with its tools in the Photos app, and there's more goodness in the app
  • Futuremark says that the "slowdown" of iPhones after iOS upgrades is all in the minds of users
  • Apple and Ohio State University team up for The Digital Flagship University
Oct 5, 2017

A thunderstorm cut recording of this podcast short today, but we still have a few good stories from the world of Apple:

  • Try WordSwipe, a fun and challenging word game you play with friends via Messages. Free to try, $0.99 to buy. 
  • A security research discovers that Uber was given permission -- by Apple -- to use a special API in its app that could have been used maliciously
  • A CNN reporter tweets a photo of an iPhone 7 Plus that allegedly stopped a bullet during the Sunday night Las Vegas shooting tragedy
  • Facebook is rolling out an Apple Music chat extension for Facebook Messenger
Oct 4, 2017

A lot of hardware was announced today; sadly, not by Apple. Today's podcast looks at one of our sponsor's products, a change in categories in the iOS App Store, a ton of hardware products from Google targeting Apple, and a new smart speaker from Sonos:

  • Tired of the same old green or blue text bubbles? Get Color Text Bubbles (free to try, $0.99 to buy) to spark things up in Messages
  • Three sections of the iOS App Store are going away
  • Google announces everything but a smart, internet-enabled kitchen sink at a product reveal today
  • Sonos previewed the Sonos One, which may eventually get AirPlay 2 compatibility like some other products from the speaker manufacturer


Oct 3, 2017

Apple Pay Cash, Yahoo data breaches, and the man in the bunny suit are all part of today's AWT News Update podcast:

  • Apple employees are reportedly testing Apple Pay Cash internally in preparation for the public rollout
  • Verizon discloses that the 2013 Yahoo data breach actually affected all accounts
  • Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini, who worked with Steve Jobs to shift Macs to Intel CPUs, has died
Oct 2, 2017

Another month has passed, and we're now in October! We have a new sponsor for this month and a handful of interesting news bits for your listening pleasure:

  • Like iMessage? Try two new products from It's About Time Products made especially for your messaging pleasure -- Color Text Bubbles and WordSwipe. Find out more here!
  • Apple will announce the fourth quarter 2017 fiscal year results on November 2, 2017
  • LG has released a new version of its Mac utility for the UltraFine 4K and 5K displays
  • DJI is providing an update to its apps to prevent drones from connecting to the internet and sharing location data to servers
  • Safeway has announced that it's rolling out Apple Pay