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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Jun 26, 2017

The last Monday in the month of June brings us stories about failed startups, Apple acquisitions, contested deals, and insurance discounts...

  • A startup launched by three ex-Apple iPod engineers closes down shop
  • Remember the Toshiba memory business sale we talked about last week? Western Digital isn't happy at all about who won the auction of the memory biz
  • A new Apple acquisition could have long-lasting impact on the company's VR and AR plans
  • Tim Cook, speaking at a Cisco event, promises enterprises discounts on cyber-security insurance if companies use both Apple and Cisco products
Jun 23, 2017

Friday's usually a slow day for Apple news, but we have a handful of stories for your listening pleasure:

  • Apple's celebrating Canada 150 by adding a special section to the Canadian iOS App Store highlighting apps that were developed by Canadians and in Canada
  • Google promises that it will stop scanning user emails in its free Gmail product in order to personalize advertising
  • That iPhone 8? It might be called the iPhone Decade Edition...or not
  • Google's YouTube TV is expanding to ten more metropolitan areas in the US in the next few weeks
Jun 22, 2017

In today's news, a few tidbits of info about Apple buildings that are nearing completion, and Apple and Foxconn lose out on their bid for Toshiba's flash memory business:

  • The new Chicago River Apple Store being built in the Windy City has a roof that looks like a MacBook Air and temporarily sported an Apple logo
  • Apple is hiring for the new Visitor Center Caffe near Apple Park
  • Bain Capital and a consortium of Japanese government investors snap up the Toshiba flash memory biz in an $18 billion deal
Jun 21, 2017

It's the first full day of Summer, and the living is really easy -- there's not too much to report from the world of Apple today:

  • Graphic files in iOS 11 seem to indicate where an embedded home button would appear on a bezel-less iPhone 8
  • One Wall Street analyst thinks that Apple is still having issues with that embedded home button and that the iPhone 8 will ship late
  • It's beta day! Beta 2 of macOS High Sierra, iOS 11, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11 all sowed up today, along with a new beta of Xcode 9.
Jun 20, 2017

We have some fascinating news stories for you from the world of Apple and other tech giants today:

  • Apple security has been successful at keeping new products from being leaked
  • Uber announces the first of many changes that hopefully will help the tarnished brand
  • Are your kids already bored of summer vacation? Send 'em to Apple Camp or the Kids Hour at the local Apple Store
Jun 19, 2017

Monday's here! We have a few bits of Apple news for you that weren't on the regular Apple World Today website, so listen up and you'll be informed:

  • Developer Beta 4 of macOS Sierra 10.12.6 was released to developers today
  • Apple's removed restrictions on NVMe flash storage, which means that next year's Mac Pro and the iMac Pro coming out later this year may be able to use many third-party NVMe drives for fast booting
  • There's a way to get Apple Music for less than $9.99 per month, and we tell you how
  • PayPal's CEO thinks that Apple's upcoming Apple Pay-based person-to-person payment system won't be able to compete with PayPal's Venmo

AWT is sponsored this week by Letter Opener, powerful macOS and iOS software for opening those winmail.dat, MSG, and XPS files from Windows PC users. Check it out online at []. 

Jun 15, 2017

Already halfway through the month of June? Tell us it's not true! At least we have some good news to keep you from getting too depressed. 

  • Apple World Today has just posted a video "first look" at macOS High Sierra that all Mac owners should watch
  • Those new iPad Pros are not only fast, but they're actually faster in many ways than Apple's top-of-the-line MacBook Pro
  • IBM is setting up "Garages" in which developers will create apps for the Apple-IBM MobileFirst initiative.
  • Alphabet's Nest may be looking at supporting Apple HomeKit after an announcement last week at WWDC that software authentication of accessories will now be accepted

AWT is sponsored this week by Letter Opener, powerful macOS and iOS software for opening those winmail.dat, MSG, and XPS files from Windows PC users. Check it out online at

Jun 14, 2017

It's all about sound today...well, almost. We have stories about the popularity of HomePod, an alternative device from Nativ, and more:

  • A marketing survey shows that the pricy HomePod does have a lot of consumer interest, especially among those who value sound quality over price
  • Electronics manufacturer Nativ introduces the Vita, a very pricy Apple Music-compatible device with its own screen and up to 4TB of storage
  • Comments from Wistron CEO Robert Hwang seem to validate the rumors of wireless charging in this year's iPhones

AWT is sponsored this week by Letter Opener, powerful macOS and iOS software for opening those winmail.dat, MSG, and XPS files from Windows PC users. Check it out online at

Jun 13, 2017

Friday the 13th landed on a Tuesday this month. Fortunately, we're lucky in that there was a lot of Apple news today, so things aren't all bad...

  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 won't be supported on macOS High Sierra at all, and the 2016 version will need an update as well
  • Sony announced a new brand -- PlayLink -- at E3 today that is made up of games that support cross-platform play between PS4 and iOS devices
  • Ever wondered what a fully loaded iMac Pro would put you back? ZDNet did the numbers, and they are as bad as you'd expect...
  • Third betas of the most recent operating systems have been released to developers
  • A new book about the development of the iPhone will arrive on June 20, just in time for celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone on June 29, 2007

AWT is sponsored this week by Letter Opener, powerful macOS and iOS software for opening those winmail.dat, MSG, and XPS files from Windows PC users. Check it out online at

Jun 12, 2017

It's the start of another week, and although we don't have quite the stories we did last Monday thanks to the WWDC 2017 keynote, we do have some news for you:

  • Apple is aggressively discounting older iPhone models in India in order to start making a dent in the smartphone market in the country
  • The first Apple retail store in Taiwan will open soon in the Taipei 101 skyscraper
  • Photos of what look like genuine iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus parts have been leaked by a case manufacturer
  • iOS 11 will not run on at least three "recent" iOS devices this fall -- the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPad 4

AWT is sponsored this week by Letter Opener, powerful macOS and iOS software for opening those winmail.dat, MSG, and XPS files from Windows PC users. Check it out at

Jun 9, 2017

Clouds, tips and inspiration -- that's what we have for this Friday afternoon on the AWT News Update podcast:

  • Dropbox plans to not only offer support for the iOS 11 Files app, but extend file capabilities for Dropbox system-wide
  • Apple will now allow developers to build "tip boxes" into apps, as long as the company gets its 30 percent cut
  • Inspiring words from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was the commencement speaker at MIT today

Our thanks to Tick, the sponsor of Apple World Today this week. Tick provides straightforward time management software to improve your bottom line. 

Jun 8, 2017

 🎶 It's getting beta all the time 🎶 

Today we talk about new features in tvOS 11, delve into the fees associated with using Apple Pay's upcoming person-to-person payments, an Amazon VP who wants Alexa and Siri to be BFFs, and how NFC works in iOS 11 and watchOS 4.

  • Apple TV and AirPods are now best buddies
  • Debit card transactions will be free with P2P payments, but credit cards won't
  • Amazon and Apple seem to be cooperating more, but will Apple open up to Alexa?
  • NFC pairing of iPhone and Apple Watch is now possible with the new operating systems

Our sponsor this week is Tick, providing straightforward time management software to help you improve your bottom line.

Jun 7, 2017

WWDC is still going on, and we're hearing some good details of what Apple's doing to help out developers and users. Today we have some stories on new technologies that may make it to Apple products soon:

  • Be sure to check out our video look at iOS 11 Developer Beta 1!
  • Apple may be moving to Micro LED technology for next year's Apple Watch
  • WebRTC makes it to Safari this fall
  • The new app store will give developers the opportunity to keep ratings and reviews when posting app updates

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Jun 6, 2017

Today we're taking a bit of a breather after yesterday's marathon podcast and today's iOS 11 beta testing, with just a few stories to share with you.

  • Are you in love with GIF animated images? The iOS 11 Photos app now has native support for GIFs, storing them in a special "animated images" folder
  • Anyone with a 1TB iCloud storage plan got a nice upgrade to 2TB today for the same $9.99 monthly charge

Our sponsor this week is Tick, powerful, straightforward time management software and tracking apps to boost your bottom line.

Jun 5, 2017

Today's AWT News Update broke the record and is now the longest -- at 25 minutes -- podcast we've done. Why? Well, in case you missed it there were a ton of announcements made in San Jose, California today -- the keynote was about two and a half hours long. We've compressed it all down to the details using our new AWTKit framework and squeezed the news into 25 minutes.

Be sure to join the entire AWT crew live on AWT TV tonight. Just point your browser to the AWT YouTube Channel at 6:30 PM PDT / 9:30 PM EDT, and we'll be discussing all of the announcements made today.

Jun 2, 2017

Happy Friday! As we go into the last weekend before WWDC, we have some fascinating, funny, and even disturbing news to pass along:

  • Apple is wrapping up testing of a program in which freelancers will be hired to help correct or verify places in Apple Maps for $0.54 per location
  • Apple Park chief arborist David Muffly had a remarkable amount of similarity in background to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs...which is why he was hired
  • What happened to all those recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7s? It appears Samsung may flood the South Korean market with refurbed Note 7s in September in a feeble attempt to counteract the iPhone 8

Our thanks this week to indie developer John Mackay and his amazing Looking FWD countdown timer app for sponsoring Apple World Today and the News Update podcast

Jun 1, 2017

Thanks for another record month of the AWT News Update podcast in May! Here are today's stories:

  • Decorations are popping up around the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA in preparation for WWDC next week
  • Developers have now received $70 billion on payments from Apple
  • Those Nike+ Apple Watch bands that matched some Nike shoes? They're now available...but sold out in many locations
  • A digital camera site has posted a review of Halide, a new iPhone app that lets photographers take more control of the photo-shooting process

Many thanks to Looking FWD from indie developer John Mackay for sponsoring this week of Apple World Today

May 31, 2017

As we say goodbye to May and look forward to the month of June, we have some great stories to share with you:

  • Two accessory manufacturers announced Thunderbolt 3 enclosures that should be out soon
  • Like platformers? Chameleon Run is available for free download, but you'll need to have the Apple Store app installed to get it
  • Microsoft announced that Microsoft Planner for iOS is now available to select subscription plans
  • New public betas for macOS and iOS are out now

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May 30, 2017

Welcome back from that 3-day weekend! Hopefully you had good weather, a lot of fun, and some time to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day. We have some stories from all across the spectrum of Apple and consumer electronics:

  • A North Korean iPad? Say it isn't so! It's obviously not made by Apple...
  • Apple Park now shows up in the Apple Maps app, complete with 3D depictions of the buildings at the new campus
  • Happy Birthday, Google Street View. We talk about the idea behind Street View and how those 360° photos will become even more prominent soon

Be sure to check out Looking FWD, the great new countdown timer app from indie developer John Mackay and our sponsor this week.

May 26, 2017

As we go into the Memorial Day weekend, enjoy these stories from around the world of Apple:

  • Apple's developing a dedicated AI processor called the "Apple Neural Engine"
  • Apple News gets an editor in chief, but can it get away from its liberal bias?
  • An investigation into EgyptAir Flight 804's 2016 crash suggests that an iPhone 6s and iPhone mini 4 may have been plugged in incorrectly and caused a cockpit fire
  • Tim Cook tweets out the latest New Yorker cover... drawn on an iPad

Many thanks this week to our sponsor, MNML, an easy-to-use and distraction-free Mac app for 


May 25, 2017

A rather busy Thursday, with a number of timely Apple news stories for you:

  • London Gatwick Airport installed about 2,000 Bluetooth beacons that will soon be providing precise indoor location information and AR directions around the airport
  • Apple has made several small changes to its website recently, updating Events, adding a full Newsroom for PR, and publishing full profiles on the Leadership page
  • Belkin revealed more of its plans to make WeMo home automation devices compatible with Apple HomeKit
  • Readdle adds drag-and-drop to iOS with their Documents 6 app released today

Many thanks this week to our sponsor, MNML, an easy-to-use and distraction-free Mac app for 

May 24, 2017

AirPods, Twitter, and Thunderbolt are all in the news today. Listen to the Apple World Today News Update podcast and hear all about them:

  • Apple's AirPods received a firmware update today, although it may not be apparent that it's actually been installed
  • Twitter's Apple TV app got an update with support for live 360 video and a new Periscope Global Map
  • Intel plans to push the Thunderbolt protocol by making the specification available to manufacturers nonexclusive and royalty-free

Many thanks this week to our sponsor, MNML, an easy-to-use and distraction-free Mac app for 

May 23, 2017

A quiet news day in the world of Apple, but some interesting stories nonetheless:

  • AgileBits announces a "travel mode" for its flagship 1Password app that keeps snooping customs and border protection officers from seeing your passwords
  • Apple has applied for a permit to test 5G cellular radio systems for use in future iPhones

Many thanks this week to our sponsor, MNML, an easy-to-use and distraction-free Mac app for 

May 22, 2017

Hopefully Monday isn't grinding you down too badly! We have some news that may cheer you up:

  • Ford Motor Co. changes CEOs, with autonomous car chief Jim Hackett taking over and a mandate to "seek alliances with Silicon Valley companies"
  • The YouTube TV app no longer requires a Chromecast for streaming. Today's update brings AirPlay to the app so those shows can use your Apple TV
  • Mobile Safari may see a major scrolling speed boost in the near future

The AWT News Update is sponsored this week by MNML, the new Mac app for writers who use Medium. Check it out on the web at today.

May 19, 2017

Thank Groot It's Friday! We come to the end of the week with stories about strangely persistent notes, iPhone owners who want another iPhone, and a "crapintosh". 

  • ElcomSoft finds that Apple is retaining those deleted notes a bit longer than 30 days...
  • Morgan Stanley finds that the iPhone retention rate is at 92 percent, up from last year's 86 percent, and analyst Katy Huberty sees no reason why the iPhone 8 shouldn't ship on schedule
  • Have $70 and a bit of time? Build a "crapintosh" that actually runs better than a brand new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
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