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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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
Jul 31, 2017

The last day of August, the first day of the week, and a day full of good news and rumors:

  • Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs buys a majority stake in The Atlantic
  • Log files, rumors, and now listings in the iTunes Store are all pointing towards release of a 4K HDR-capable fifth-generation Apple TV
  • Spotify announces that it has 60 million paid subscribers -- over double the number of Apple Music subscribers
  • Developers find code pointing to a small multicolor display in the top of the Apple HomePod, which will be quite the powerful smart speaker
Jul 27, 2017

There won't be an AWT News Update tomorrow because Steve is taking a break from family issues that have been keeping him really busy...and not with the website. Be sure to come back on Monday when we'll have the next edition of the AWT News Update podcast.

  • The Apple Store app has been updated with additional Touch ID support and an easier way to find out if specific iPhone configurations are available
  • The FCC has issued a license to Apple for testing of 5G cellular technology
  • The iPod touch is now the last remaining iPod, with the iPod nano and iPod shuffle being discontinued by Apple officially today
Jul 26, 2017

Hump Day! We've got a few stories for you in today's podcast:

  • A fairly reliable Japanese website says the new iPhone will be announced in September, but won't ship until late October/early November
  • iPads, MacBooks, and MacBook Airs no longer get to stay in a laptop bag due to stricter TSA rules
  • eBay's iOS app will gain eyes this fall
  • Chrome 60 for Mac is out, and provides support for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
Jul 24, 2017

The week starts with a flurry of activity in the world of Apple:

  • Samsung may be manufacturing some of the A12 chips for 2018 iPhones in a bid to gain more contract chipmaking marketshare
  • The fourth developer betas of iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4 were released today
  • iRobot wants to sell data collected by its Roomba 900-series vacuum robots to companies like Apple, Amazon and Google
  • Honda has added the 2018 Ridgeline pickup truck to its list of lines compatible with Apple CarPlay
Jul 21, 2017

Steve's back from a short hiatus; many thanks to Dennis for filling in with a non-verbal podcast of sorts! What do we have for you today?

  • Don't care about the upcoming iPhone 8 but would like an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus? T-Mobile has an amazing deal on the existing iPhones as part of a trade-in plan.
  • We've already told you that South Korea's LG Chem will be making iPhone batteries in the future, but did you know that the former supplier is allegedly working on electric car batteries with Apple?
  • Google Play Music subscribers can now take advantage of their music in CarPlay-equipped automobiles
Jul 18, 2017

Today's AWT News Update takes a closer look at AR, improvements in App Store customer service, and how Bluetooth LE will soon gain a lot of range:

  • A writeup on TechCrunch pointed out how Apple is well-positioned to "own" the augmented reality market
  • Apple adds a new role to iTunes Connect, letting developers designate a person to respond to App Store reviews
  • Bluetooth LE gains a mesh networking piece, which could vastly improve the capabilities of home automation networks including those using Apple's HomeKit framework
Jul 17, 2017

It's Monday, and here are our top stories for this afternoon:

  • Apple is sending mixed messages to developers of iMessage sticker packs
  • Several hospitals in the US are using iPads to give patients insights into their condition
  • olloclip and Incase team up for the new limited-edition Flimer's Kit, which includes lenses and a video grip mount.

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Jul 13, 2017

We have a few short stories that add up to a long podcast today:

  • Bloomberg reports that Apple's iOS will have a huge advantage in augmented reality over Android
  • Fast Company says that the upcoming iPhone 8 may use lasers for AR depth detection and faster autofocus
  • We tell you about a free photo filter app that's available to anyone with the Apple Store app loaded on their iOS device

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Jul 12, 2017

Talking eyes for the blind, iPhone 8 hysteria, a new Google app for Mac, and texting art; that's what you'll find on the Apple World Today podcast today:

  • Microsoft puts the Seeing AI app in the App Store, offering visually impaired iPhone users a way to have the world around them described accurately
  • Yet another pair of Wall Street analysts thinks the iPhone 8 will be late. Our question? Who cares?
  • Have a lot of photos or other files to back up? Google's Backup and Sync app for Mac has been updated
  • You're invited to look at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's collection through a new text message service

Many thanks to our sponsor this week, EverWeb!

Jul 11, 2017

Today's AWT News Update podcast is a bit longer than usual, with stories about both Apple and some of its competitors:

  • Intel's "Purley" Xeon processors were announced today...and the chips that Apple intends to use for the iMac Pro didn't appear to be part of the announcements
  • The Toshiba memory unit sale continues to be a confusing mess, with the company now reportedly talking to two of the "losers" in earlier bidding, including a Foxconn/Apple consortium
  • Apple's retail plans for India include two huge stores in New Delhi and Mumbai
  • What's Amazon doing to try to stave off competition from Apple HomePod and its HomeKit integration? Hiring employees to do consultations and installation

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Jul 10, 2017

Happy Monday! We start off this week with a new sponsor, a new region with Apple Maps transit directions, a deal on Oculus Rift, and a new rumor about the iPhone 8:

  • A big welcome to AWT sponsor of the week EverWeb
  • Vegas, Baby! And Reno, Sparks and Carson City, too! They're all covered by transit directions in Apple Maps now
  • There's a sale on Oculus Rift VR headsets and Oculus Touch controllers this week, $200 off the regular price. Get it now, because it will probably work with Mac soon
  • Bloomberg says the iPhone 8 might come with advanced facial recognition to replace Touch ID


Jul 7, 2017

We close out this week with a quick look at a few news items:

  • The Google Calendar app for iOS has added a Today Widget
  • Peripheral maker Jawbone is going out of business...but it's not totally dead yet
  • Hilton hotel group reports that lots of guests are using their iPhones and Apple Watches as room keys
  • Apple is updating many of its trademarks to cover AR and VR related products
Jul 6, 2017

A battle between corporations, a minor beta release, and a really expensive cruise are all in today's Apple news.

  • Qualcomm is seeking a ban on imports of the iPhone as a battle between it and Apple intensifies
  • The fifth developer beta of tvOS 10.2.2 slipped out of Cupertino today
  • Want to go on a 24-day cruise to Antarctica with Woz? You can, but you might choke at the fares...
Jul 5, 2017

A few Apple news items to make your first day of work after the Independence Day weekend a bit nicer!

  • Users of Skype on Macs running older versions of OS X (pre - 10.9) can no longer use the business communications tool. Microsoft now requires users to be running Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) if they wish to use Skype.
  • A pair of Apple stores in the northeastern US will reopen this weekend after major refurbishments that doubled their size
  • Apple News may soon be gaining ads, with publishers able to use major advertising platforms in their content
Jun 30, 2017

It's a Friday AND the last day of June, so we've got an extra-long (well, 5 minutes and change) podcast for you today:

  • Apple tells a developer that they intentionally removed a 3D Touch gesture from iOS 11
  • We give you a fun tip for finding out where Messages stickers are from
  • Facebook has now expanded its "Find Wi-Fi" feature globally
  • MacDailyNews provides us with some good laughs with their quotes about the iPhone from the early days when most people in the industry thought it would flop

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Jun 29, 2017

Commencement Day, Wireless CarPlay, official photos, and 64-bit apps are all in the news today:

  • The first graduates of the Apple Developer Academy are now out of class
  • Alpine ships its Wireless CarPlay receiver
  • French President Emmanuel Macron has his official portrait taken, carefully putting his two iPhones in the photo
  • Apple again reminds developers that their apps must be 64-bit compliant soon

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Jun 27, 2017

India, expensive pickup trucks, Apple Pencils and record antitrust fines are all in the news today:

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook and other tech industry leaders met with the Prime Minister of India on Sunday
  • CarPlay comes to the pickup truck in the upcoming high-end Ram Limited Tungsten Edition
  • Guess what? You can save $14 and get a refurbished Apple Pencil through Apple's refurb shop
  • Google is facing a record $2.72 billion antitrust fine dealing with promoting its comparison shopping service over those of competitors. 

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