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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May 11, 2017

Microsoft Windows will make nice with iOS, the father of the iPod speaks, and the Sims are coming to an iPhone or iPad near you:

  • A fall release of Microsoft Windows 10 will add features that provide a lot of support for iOS devices
  • Tony Fadell, iPod designer and former Nest CEO, talked last night at a San Jose forum on the history and impact of the iPhone
  • EA announces The Sims Mobile, a new game in the franchise that will run on iOS
May 10, 2017

Kind of a slow news day in Apple land today -- with the exception of the rumor mills -- but we have a few stories for today's podcast:

  • A European homebuilder is added to the list of homebuilders offering turnkey HomeKit support for new home buyers
  • Google's iOS app and mobile search results can now give users ideas of events to go to in order to stay properly entertained
  • Readdle's PDF Expert 6 for iOS is released, with a lot of new and time-saving features
May 9, 2017

On today's episode of the Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • We ponder Apple's late entry into the "smart speaker" product category after today's reveal of the Amazon Echo Show, and quote Phil Schiller's comments about how worthless these devices are without a display...
  • Two Apple execs made a nice nest egg with some significant stock sales in the past week
  • Apple clarified its changes to the App Store affiliate program; it turns out that those reductions in commission rates are only for in-app purchases


May 8, 2017

It's Monday, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. At least you have another episode of the AWT News Update to listen to!

  • AAPL closes at $153.00 per share, with a record market cap of $811 billion
  • Microsoft announces a Cortana-based "smart speaker" to compete with Amazon and Google products, as well as Apple's rumored device
  • Apple will present plans tonight in Washington D.C. regarding its planned renovation of the historic Carnegie Library into a retail outlet 
  • The cost to break into the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone 5c? $900,000
May 5, 2017

TGIF! We have a few stories for you on today's podcast, including a very good close of the week for shares of AAPL, some mergers and acquisitions that could be appropriate for Apple, and some malware that's affecting a few Mac users:

  • Apple closes at $148.96 per share, and is trading above $149 in after-hours trading
  • A Citigroup analyst has seven ideas for interesting strategic mergers and acquisitions for Apple
  • The "Snake" malware that has bugged Windows users for some time is now causing some issues for Mac users, although Apple has shut down the certificate for the installer
  • Apple has raised $7 billion in a bond sale 
May 4, 2017

Not much Apple news today after the blast of hot, fresh tidbits on Tuesday. But we have the following for you:

  • Some analysis about the smartphone market in China provided by Counterpoint Research shows that Apple is killin' it in the high-end phone segment
  • Another tvOS beta showed up today. When will the final 10.2.1 version arrive?
  • Niantic will host community events to let Pokémon Go and Ingress players connect with real people 
May 3, 2017

A nice, calm day after the storm of an Apple earnings report. Here's today's news:

  • Apple closed slightly down from yesterday's near-record close
  • Quick! Run to the TV. Tim Cook is on CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer
  • Rumor has it that Inventec is building the alleged Apple Siri speaker that may be announced as soon as next month
  • Beware the Google Docs phishing attack!
  • Enterprise sales are booming for Apple
May 2, 2017

Today Apple announced its earnings for the second fiscal quarter of 2017 ending April 1, 2017. Rather than parrot back all of those results to you, we're inviting you to do two things:

  • Visit the Apple World Today site for more posts and information on topics from the earnings call
  • Watch the one-hour Facebook Live show we did today discussing the earnings and questions asked by analysts
May 1, 2017

Mayday! Mayday! We've got some fascinating news bits for you today, the first day of May.

  • Apple TV gains three new apps as well as three other apps that support universal search
  • Siri saves three more lives, this time thanks to a waterproof iPhone 7 on a capsized boat
  • AAPL shares close today at $146.58
  • Longtime Apple writer Joe Kissell purchases the Take Control Books publishing company from Adam and Tonya Engst of TidBITS
  • Some Apple Watch apps from big players are disappearing from the small screen
Apr 28, 2017

It's the last AWT News Update of the month! Today we have:

  • New photos emerge showing an alleged manufacturing mold for an iPhone 8 with all the right openings in all the right places
  • Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou met with President Donald Trump today, says that the iPhone manufacturer is planning several US investments
  • Apple's self-driving test cars are on the roads, and Apple responds to California DMV requests for comments on testing protocols and reporting requirements
Apr 27, 2017

Here on the AWT News Update podcast, it's not Throwback Thursday as we have fresh news for your listening pleasure:

  • The Apple Watch Emergency SOS feature saves the day for a Maryland college student
  • Google search results for movies, TV shows and music now show links to streaming services such as iTunes
  • Foreign exchange rate changes will make buying apps and in-app purchases more expensive for those in Denmark, Mexico, and all Euro countries
  • iPhone sales numbers were up slightly in the March quarter for Apple, but just barely
Apr 26, 2017

Leaked schematics, financial results, firing talking heads, and more HomeKit devices -- that's what's on the AWT News Update today:

  • A well-known provider of good leaked info sent out a tweet today showing a new iPhone 8 schematic
  • Twitter is apparently harvested a bumper crop of new users during its first quarter of 2017, most likely all parroting each other with stupid political comments
  • ESPN will cut 100 "on-air talent" positions and bolster its digital content
  • The HomeKit product page has been updated with some new products and a few no-shows have been eliminated
Apr 25, 2017

Artificial intelligence, app updates, and concerns from the supply chain -- that's what is the news here on the AWT News Update today:

  • Miss the AWT TV episode last night? It's available for your viewing pleasure out on YouTube.
  • Siri co-founder and Apple employee Tom Gruber gave a TED talk today about AI, and the possibilities are quite impressive
  • The three iWork apps -- Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- were all updated today
  • Some Apple suppliers are concerned that their billions of dollars in OLED-related plant may become obsolete if Apple decides to adopt a newer technology for future products
Apr 24, 2017

We have a variety of Apple and industry related news for you today on the AWT News Update:

  • Sling TV announces Cloud DVR support for the Apple TV
  • Happy birthday, Apple Watch! It's the second birthday of the beloved timepiece, and we'll be discussing it tonight (6:30 PM PDT/9:30 PM EDT) on AWT TV.
  • Some of Apple's self-driving car software testers are rocket scientists...really!
  • A problem with the flagship Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ has some users seeing red, and they probably won't be happy with the "fix"
Apr 21, 2017

A few fun stories to send you off on your Earth Day weekend:

  • Documents filed with the State of California show details on how Apple will test its autonomous vehicle software and interfaces
  • You can get a heck of a good deal on a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Apple's refurbished store
Apr 20, 2017

Leaked eye injuries, influential people, and paying cable bills with Apple Pay are all on today's AWT News Update:

  • A contractor leaked some documents that outline some eye injuries that might be related to testing of AR glasses or other technologies at Apple
  • Tim Cook wrote a nice statement about Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu, who made it to the 2017 TIME "Most Influential People" list
  • Time to pay your overly-expensive Comcast bill? Use Apple Pay!
Apr 19, 2017

Apple news for the day is rather light, but we have some good stories to convey to you:

  • The glass cube at the Apple store on 5th Avenue in NYC will be least for a while
  • Apple Watch users should look for the Earth Day activity challenge that will appear soon
  • Apple Maps gains new EV charging station and bike rental/dropoff information
  • Hulu is on the verge of introducing its new streaming package 
Apr 18, 2017

Death, taxes, rumors, taxes, more rumors, and more flaming batteries? That's what we might have today on this Tax Day, 2017:

  • Using smartphones while driving is probably behind the first rise in motor vehicle deaths in 40 years
  • Bloomberg says there are multiple iPhone 8 prototypes under consideration, but we think their assertion that Apple would ship a "top of the line" iPhone without Touch ID is stupid
  • Will the 2017 iPhone crop come with the Lighting to 3.5mm headphone adapter? That's the important question!
  • iFixit found that the battery used in the new Samsung Galaxy S8+ is almost identical to those in the Galaxy Note 7 "burner phones" last year
Apr 17, 2017

What's in Apple news of the day?

  • Wall Street analysts are optimistic about Apple's Q2 FY2017 financial results, which will be released on May 2nd
  • Developer betas of all of Apple's current operating systems were delivered today
  • Want to try out an Apple I? Head to Seattle's Living Computers Museum and Labs, where you can actually use one of the few remaining Apple I computers
Apr 14, 2017

We have a short AWT News Update for you on this Good Friday 2017:

  • Voice actress Susan Bennett, the voice of Siri, talks about her voice recording work for the AI that started back in 2005
  • Apple is cornering the market on high-quality trees
Apr 13, 2017

Friday the 13th is on a Thursday this month, so it's a lucky day for Apple news:

  • Apple is powering 96% of its facilities worldwide with renewable energy, and some suppliers sign on to make it 100% as soon as possible
  • Fitbit's planned smartwatch is not only delayed until fall, but it won't even have an App Store to start out with
  • iTunes Podcasts is now...Apple Podcasts
  • Workflow won't be getting any updates, and that's not surprising
  • NHL Teams are getting iPad Pros and Macs to help out during the Stanley Cup Playoffs
Apr 12, 2017

Bixby is a no-show, build-in yourself iPhones, and rumors about rumors - that's what we have for you today on the Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • Samsung's Bixby, the highly-touted AI for the Galaxy S8 smartphone, won't be available when the new phone ships
  • Visit Shenzhen, China a lot? Do what Scotty Allen did, and build your own iPhone 6s from parts purchased in the city's tech markets
  • The rumored iPhone 8/X/Pro/??? is now rumored to becoming later due to production issues
Apr 11, 2017

Tuesday brings us word of how Clips is doing in the App Store and more:

  • Clips did well in terms of downloads in its first four days, but that may not be a guarantee of success for the video editing/social sharing app
  • Apple's first Taiwan store is reportedly going in at the Taipei 101 mall
  • Google AutoDraw can make recognizable drawings out of unartistic scrawls
  • Fitbit's having problems with its planned Apple Watch competitor
Apr 10, 2017

Happy Monday! A lot of news to cover on today's podcast:

  • Be sure to watch AWT TV tonight at 6:30 PM PDT / 9:30 PM EDT live on our YouTube channel
  • Teenagers love their iPhones, and they're even more excited about the 2017 model
  • The FCC is dropping 2013's plans to let people use their phones on airplanes to make calls
  • AT&T purchases Straight Path Communications, a critical step in being first to market with a 5G cellular network
Apr 6, 2017

The interwebz have been abuzz all week about the new Apple re-commitment to the pro market; today we discuss a few rumors and ideas. By the way, there will NOT be an AWT News Update on Friday, April 7th due to other commitments.

  • Apparently Apple's planned 2018 Mac Pro has only been in development for a few weeks, and a lot of the sudden interest in the pro market appears to have been generated by a poor "pro" response to the 2017 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
  • Our readers have sent some ideas for a new Mac mini, and we replied with some ideas of our own
  • Move over GIPHY Says; Apple's Clips app has just arrived
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