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Now displaying: November, 2017
Nov 30, 2017

A few interesting stories for you on this last day of November:

  • Apple releases yet another macOS update, this one to fix a bug introduced by yesterday's update
  • Taylor Swift fans should be happy to hear that they'll be able to stream the new "reputation" album starting at midnight tonight on Spotify and Apple Music. Yay.
  • Google Maps for iOS was updated today to take advantage of all the screen space on the iPhone X
  • The SiriusXM app for iOS now supports CarPlay, perfect for those who may not have a SiriusXM receiver in their vehicle
Nov 29, 2017

On today's podcast, we applaud Turkish developer Lemi Ergin for "outing" the macOS High Sierra root authentication bug, talk about an upcoming art exhibit featuring ARKit content, and have news about the new Sports section in the TV app for iOS and tvOS:

  • No good deed goes unpunished, with a lot of developers criticizing Lemi Ergin for publicly tweeting about the root authentication bug to get Apple's attention
  • At the start of Miami's Art Week on December 5, the Perez Art Museum Miami will open an exhibit that uses Apple hardware, software, and development tools to emphasize the impact of invasive species
  • The latest betas of iOS and tvOS feature the long-awaited Sports section in the TV app
Nov 28, 2017

It's a buggy world after all! On today's Apple World Today News Update Podcast, we have news about some bugs that have worked their way into iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra:

  • Would you believe I.T.? An iOS bug is causing the word "it" to be autocorrected to "I.T."
  • A newly-discovered flaw in macOS High Sierra gives anyone the capability of signing onto a Mac using the username "root" and no password!
  • One of the Australian banks that wanted access to the NFC chips in Apple devices for its own wallet app has now embraced Apple Pay
Nov 27, 2017

Welcome to Cyber Monday! Today's podcast give you a quick hint on one place you can find some great deals, and then recounts some of the Apple news for the day:

  • Apple released four new TV ads today, all of which focus on iPhone X, Face ID and Animoji
  • Four cities around the world will honor the 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers with sketch walks provided by Apple retail stores in those locales
  • A new Apple store will open in Brooklyn, NY this Saturday. Remember, you can usually get free and special commemorative t-shirts at store openings!
  • A Japanese Mac blog says that Apple may be opening more stores in Kyoto and Tokyo in the next three years
Nov 24, 2017

Today's Black Friday edition of the AWT News Update is short and sweet, with a few fun news items for you to digest along with yesterday's turkey:

  • Apple began selling the iPhone X in 14 new markets today, bringing the total number of countries where the new phone is available up to 71
  • There's still time to take advantage of Apple's Black Friday shopping event, where you'll get gift cards up to $150 in value with your purchase of Apple gear
  • Apple opened its first re-designed retail store in Australia today, a new store replacing the 9-year-old Chadstone location in Melbourne
Nov 22, 2017

A short podcast today, the day before a national holiday in the USA. We talk about where to watch huge balloons careening around the streets of Manhattan online, iPhones made in India, and a Jony Ive talk that you can't attend:

  • Want to watch a mammoth balloon of Olaf from Frozen online instead of standing in the streets of NYC? We tell you who will probably have the parade available on your Mac, iOS devices or Apple TV
  • A new iPhone SE could be out in the next three to four months, and this one will be manufactured in India
  • Jony Ive will be speaking at Washington, DC's Hirshorn Museum, but tickets to the talk will be harder to come by than an iPhone X
Nov 21, 2017

We've got all sorts of fun stories for you today...and even a few ideas for Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals:

  • Sonnet is selling the "eGFX Breakaway Box - Developer Edition" (AKA Apple External Graphics Development Kit) for $100, and you don't need to be a developer to get one
  • Quartz finds out that Android devices gather location data even with location services turned off, when apps aren't being used, and even without a SIM installed
  • Google's Fuchsia OS is being designed so that Swift apps can run on the OS
  • Gamevice announces that its controller for iPhone and iPad is now fully compatible with the DJI Spark drone
Nov 20, 2017

As we start the week of Black Friday and Thanksgiving, we have some fascinating news bits for you:

  • An anonymous Apple blogger says the iMac Pro has some sort of "Find My iMac Pro theft protection" that can't be switched off, possibly including a built-in SIM card for calling home
  • The iMac Pro is also set to have an A10 Fusion chip built in for "Hey, Siri" support
  • The Apple TV app is set to gain live streaming ESPN sports when it's introduced on December 4 in iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2
  • Google likes Apple's location for its second Danish data center so much it bought land next door
Nov 17, 2017

A very light news day today, so you'll be able to listen to this podcast quickly on your way to drinks with your buddies!

  • The new Apple Park Visitor's Center opened to the public today, complete with swag you can buy
  • Tesla introduces a set of new products that could be very useful to iPhone users
  • Developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2 are out
Nov 16, 2017

5G cell phone modems, keyboard controllers, and questionable "inventions" make it to the Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • Intel outlines its new modem chip roadmap, including 5G NR modems that could be used in Apple products by 2019-2020
  • IK Multimedia announced two new keyboard controllers for use with iOS, Mac, and Windows
  • We take a jaundiced look at some of the other items on Time's "25 best inventions of 2017" list
Nov 15, 2017

On today's Apple World Today News Update podcast, we have news of a couple of deals that you might want to take advantage of before Black Friday next week:

  • DirecTV Now will be offering a free 32GB Apple TV 4K if you prepay for 4 months of the service
  • The iPhone X is now shipping in 2 to 3 weeks...which could be good or bad news
  • Apple retail stores are selling an Alpine White DJI Mavic Pro drone combo for $1049.95, and it's a pretty good deal
  • GymKit is starting to roll out at a group of fitness centers in Australia
Nov 14, 2017

A Tuesday in November with no Apple events in the foreseeable future means...a short Apple World Today New Update podcast!

  • Steven Soderbergh has filmed a full-length movie to be released in March of 2018...on an iPhone
  • Mozilla released Firefox Quantum today, and it's getting rave reviews for speed, RAM usage and privacy. It's available for Mac and iOS
  • Have an iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? iOS 11.2 beta 3 switched on 7.5W wireless charging on the devices, which speeds up charging time considerably
Nov 13, 2017

Welcome to another week! We have all of the fun stories to make your afternoon or evening more enjoyable, and it takes less than five minutes to hear 'em all. 

  • Inventec's president says that "future smart speakers will have facial and image recognition"
  • A California-based kiteboarder gets rescued after a couple Apple Watch Series 3 calls
  • YouTube's working on fixing a bug in its iOS app
  • iOS 11.2 beta 3 provides explanatory dialogs for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in Control Center
Nov 10, 2017

It's a Slow News Friday™ but we still have news for you about several Apple store renovations that are complete, green lines on the edges of iPhone X displays, and spoofing Face ID

  • Burlingame and Burlington -- two cities on opposite sides of the US -- will see newly renovated Apple retail stores next week
  • A tiny fraction of iPhone X screens are displaying a thin green line on either side
  • Vietnamese security firm Bkav says they can spoof Face ID with a sophisticated 3D mask
Nov 9, 2017

The road to a $1 trillion company, an interview with Jony Ive, and the opening of the Apple Park Visitor Center all make today's news on the Apple World Today News Update Podcast:

  • Apple closed for the second day at a share price that gives the company a market cap of over $900 billion
  • Jony Ive talks with Wallpaper* about the iPhone X and Apple Park from a designer's viewpoint
  • Cupertino residents get a special preview of Apple Park's Visitor Center next Thursday
Nov 8, 2017

Cloning APFS drives, looking at purchase history on iOS, bezel-less Face ID iPad Pros, using the iPhone X to see what glasses look good on you, and iOS 11 adoption rates all make the news on this pleasant autumn day...

  • Beloved backup/clone app SuperDuper! receives an update to make it compatible with macOS High Sierra and APFS
  • It's now possible to look up a complete history of iTunes/App Store purchases on an iOS device
  • Bloomberg and KGI agree: the iPad Pro line will be updated next year with Face ID, no bezel and no home button
  • Warby Parker's app now measures your face if you have an iPhone X, then suggests what glasses might look good on you
  • Adoption of iOS 11 have climbed over 50%
Nov 7, 2017

After a two-day lapse in the podcast, we're back today with more news from the world of Apple:

  • The iPhone X sold out on Friday morning in 20 major US cities, and Steve lets you know how his pickup experience went
  • AAPL closed up 56¢ a share today, closing at $174.81 and edging the company's market cap tantalizingly close to $900 billion
  • Apple Pay Cash arrives in the public beta of iOS 11.1
  • Austin, Texas is getting a new Apple retail outlet this Saturday
  • Apple is selling $7 billion worth of bonds to fund the stock buyback program and green energy initiatives
Nov 2, 2017

Apple's Q4 2017 earnings call was today, and the company continues to soar, briefly touching the $900 billion market cap level after the close of trading today. It was good news all around!

  • Revenues and EPS beat the company's guidance and the street's estimates
  • While the iPhone still accounts for more than half of the company's revenues, the oldest member of the family -- the Mac line -- generated 14% of revenues
  • iPad sales have stopped their slide, primarily thanks to enterprise embracing the device as a laptop alternative
  • Guidance for Q1 2018 (ending December 31, 2017) is bullish, based on forecasted sales of iPhone X
  • We talk about Qualcomm's latest lawsuit against Apple
Nov 1, 2017

Welcome to November! We have some fun news for you today, although it's making us think that the website name should change to "iPhone X Today":

  • We've got the new iPhone X ringtone for you. It's called "Reflection" and it's actually quite nice
  • The design for Apple's newest iPhone (due on Friday) was actually locked in place a year ago, and the idea of the neural engine in the A11 Bionic processor was hatched in 2014
  • iOS 11.2 public beta 1 is now available, as is tvOS 11.2. Get 'em today!
  • How long can you run with an Apple Watch Series 3 while streaming music and using GPS? We tell you...but you have to listen to the podcast (or at least read the text version!)
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