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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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
Aug 31, 2017

As we say goodbye to August, there's a lot of good news coming out from a variety of sources:

  • Apple makes it official by announcing an event on September 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park
  • The ninth developer betas of iOS 11 and tvOS 11 were shipped today
  • DJI announced updates to its drone line from the diminutive Spark all the way up to the Phantom 4 Pro
  • OWC is now shipping its highly-anticipated OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock
Aug 30, 2017

Steve's finally back from his eclipse and national parks trip, and in the process of trying to get caught up with his work he actually found some really good stories for today’s podcast:

  • A group of 17 automotive engineers working for Apple on the Project Titan autonomous car program have jumped ship for a Silicon Valley startup
  • The implementation of Siri on the fourth-generation Apple TV has won a special Emmy award
  • Bombich Software’s excellent Carbon Copy Cloner Mac backup app receives an update to prepare it for macOS High Sierra and APFS
Aug 17, 2017

This will be the last AWT News update podcast until August 30, 2017 -- be sure to visit the Apple World Today website at for a daily written update. 

  • YouTube TV scoots into 14 more markets, giving the streaming service coverage in a lot more of the USA
  • Need to disable Touch ID on your iPhone quickly? A new iOS 11 feature will let you do just that
  • Quanta will be the manufacturer of the third-generation Apple Watch, which is expected to make it to stores in the fourth quarter of 2017
  • McDonald's Australia must have a craving for the tenth-anniversary iPhone, as it has used a rendering of the device in a marketing email
Aug 16, 2017

Smart locks turn dumb after a failed firmware update, Tony Fadell is backing a high-speed wireless startup, and Mr. Blurrycam loves a big Apple TV set:

  • Some LockState smart locks were bricked due to a failed firmware update, proving once again that the Internet of Things is prone to human error
  • iPod creator Tony Fadell is back in the news, this time with Keyssa and its high-speed, short-distance data transfer product Keys
  • A 65-inch OLED Apple TV? We don't think so, especially after looking at blurry photos
Aug 15, 2017

We provide a public service announcement about our eclipse show from last night as well as counteracting the bad info from media sources about eclipse viewers, a change in Apple policy in Hong Kong, and slightly bigger iPhones:

  • Check out our special eclipse episode of AWT TV, and also get the definitive word on those eclipse viewing glasses from the American Astronomical Society
  • Apple changes its exchange policy in Hong Kong in an attempt to thwart scalpers prior to the release of the iPhone 8
  • According to case manufacturer leaks, the iPhone 7s will be slightly larger than the previous model...
Aug 14, 2017

it's a short Apple World Today News Update podcast today. Here's what we have for our listeners:

  • We'll be hosting a special pre-eclipse episode of the live AWT TV show tonight starting at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET. Be sure to join Steve & Marty as they get you ready to observe an amazing celestial event
  • Developer and Public Beta 6 of all of Apple's operating systems were released today
  • Swift inventor Chris Lattner is now working on Google's AI project
  • Inventec says that supplies of the Apple HomePod will be constrained in December
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
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