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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Dec 14, 2015

On this bright wintry December day, we have news about the FAA requiring drone registration, how Apple's CarPlay is helping one manufacturer sell cars, and a new radio station from Pandora.

  • The FAA finally announces drone registration plans, and if you own a drone that you just love to control from your iPhone or iPad, you'll need to get it registered soon if it meets weight criteria
  • One car manufacturer told the Wall Street Journal that Apple's Car Play is helping it sell cars
  • Pandora announces Thumbprint Radio, which will recommend new songs and mix them with old favorites
Dec 11, 2015

On this quiet news day, we have the following updates for you:

  • The iOS App Store is being updated to let buyers know when an app has a companion universal app for the Apple TV
  • The 35th anniversary of Apple's IPO is tomorrow, and the stock has really blossomed in value since that time
  • Bloomberg's Professional app gains iPad Pro features
  • Apple updated its web portal for Apple ID to make it more user friendly
Dec 10, 2015

On this Thursday afternoon, we have news from all over Apple-dom:

  • The movie "Steve Jobs" didn't do so well at the box office, but it's received a lot of nominations for Golden Globe awards
  • iFixit tears down the Apple Smart Battery Case and finds that it's actually pretty simple
  • Live Photos come to Tumblr
  • HBO GO adds support for autoplay and PIP
Dec 9, 2015

Lots of news today, especially about the Apple TV:

  • Content providers are the logjam keeping Apple from selling a low-cost bundle of channels on the Apple TV
  • Eddy Cue says that an iOS app replicating the functions of the Siri Remote will be out next year
  • Microsoft ships Cortana for iOS, the company's digital assistant
  • WSJ says AppleCare isn't worth the cost


Dec 8, 2015

Along with all of the Apple operating system updates today (four in total), there were a slew of improvements to some of the functions and apps associated with those apps. We'll cover some of those changes and other news:

  • The News app gets some updates for both readers and publishers
  • AT&T NumberSync means you'll be able to call from your iPad, Mac or Apple Watch... even when your iPhone isn't around
  • Mail Drop comes to the iOS 9.2 Mail app
  • tvOS 9.1 brings Siri Voice Control and searching to the Apple TV, and lets you actually type text into text fields on the Apple TV from the Apple Remote app for iOS
  • Apple's shutting down One to One group training soon
  • The 28th Apple Store in China opens this Saturday
Dec 7, 2015

Today's Apple news...and a little bit from yesterday, too:

  • Facebook is shutting down three apps
  • Apple employees will be getting the gift of sound this Christmas
  • TSMC plans to build a $3 billion chip factory in Nanjing, China to expand its production
  • A bomb threat closes down an event at the Ginza Apple Store in Tokyo, Japan
Dec 4, 2015

Friday afternoons are a great time for Swift Sandboxes, bad rumors, and pants catching on fire:

  • Apple makes Swift open source, IBM creates an online development tool (that isn't working today...)
  • Sony buys Toshiba's camera sensor manufacturing to bolster production for Apple
  • Digitimes has a dumb rumor...
  • A man has to pull his pants off in a Home Depot parking lot when his iPhone 6 Plus catches on fire
Dec 2, 2015

The podcast is a little early today due to some offsite work that needs to be done, so here's what we have for you:

  • Three popular apps add 3D Touch features to streamline your life
  • Apple adds another 40 financial institutions to Apple Pay
  • Rumor has it that TSMC will produce all of the A10 processors for the next-generation iPhones
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation files a complaint against Google
  • A Chinese website cites sources within Foxconn saying that a metal-body iPhone 6c will be available in February
Dec 1, 2015

It's the first of December, the start of meteorological Winter, although the Winter Solstice won't occur for another three weeks. In non weather-related news, we have some good Apple (and general tech) stories for you:

  • Congress is hoping to pass a new bill that will revise the 1986 Electronic Communication Privacy Act and bring it into the 21st Century
  • Apple's Personal Pickup program is now available in six new European countries
  • British Airways updates its boarding pass scanners at the terminals at Heathrow to better accommodate its Apple Watch app
  • Death to Adobe Flash may be coming sooner than we think
Nov 30, 2015

On this last day of November, we have some fascinating news bits that should make your day:

  • Advertisers, sponsors - we're now listed on Cast.Market. Sponsor the podcast for a song!
  • A new address system pinpoints any of the 57 trillion 3 square meter spots on earth with three short words
  • JCPenney is beta-testing Apple Pay in Texas, and will roll out nationwide next year
  • The Aaron Sorkin script for Steve Jobs is available for your downloading pleasure
  • Apple spent much less than its competitors on R&D, but there may be a reason...
Nov 25, 2015

A slow pre-Thanksgiving Apple news day, but there are still some nuggets of info to pass your way:

  • Apple may be planning a switch to OLEDs for the iPhone in 2018
  • Leo's Fortune makes the jump to Mac
  • JCET gets an order to assemble SiPs for Apple in 2016
  • Thank you for being a listener of the AWT News Update Podcast!
Nov 24, 2015

With Turkey Day approaching, it's been a slow news week. We've been able to pick up a few fun stories for you, though:

  • Apple TV App Store gets more categories, making discovery of apps easier
  • Vine comes to the Apple Watch
  • Developer and hacker Hamza Sood figures out a way to add 3D Touch to the iPad Pro
  • 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will come with Apple CarPlay
Nov 23, 2015

Today's AWT News Update goes from Black Friday to drone registration:

  • Check Apple World Today frequently for Black Friday deals
  • Fitbit does some app updating for its wearable activity trackers
  • Microsoft updates Skype for iPhone and iPad
  • A task force recommends what should be done in the US for drone registration
Nov 20, 2015

It's a Slow News Friday, so we have just a short podcast for your listening pleasure today:

  • iTunes Connect will be down for developers between December 22 - 29
  • Apple Pencils at Best Buy? Inconceivable!
  • Apple working on a troubleshooting and repair app?
  • LG Display to spend billions on a new OLED plant
Nov 19, 2015

News from Adele to Quanta, and all the Steve Jobs in between:

  • Adele snubs Apple Music (and Spotify) for her new album
  • Facebook lets you turn off exes.
  • Horace Dediu's classic handwritten review of the Apple Pencil
  • iPad Pros going dark after charging
  • Apple Watch doing so well, Apple wants a second company making them
Nov 18, 2015

There's all sorts of fun Apple-related news for you today. Let's take a look:

  • Sprint rolls out LTE Plus to 77 markets, could make those iPhone 6s/6s Plus phones ultra-speedy
  • Microsoft's Bing for iPhone has also received a speed boost, often answering questions before you're done asking them
  • Apple seems to be banning non-HomeKit home automation products from the real and online Apple Stores
  • Tweetbot for Mac just got all sorts of El Capitan love
  • Goldman Sachs thinks Apple's services revenues will skyrocket
Nov 17, 2015

We've got your Apple news right here!

  • 2-hour delivery in Manhattan from Apple can be yours for just $19
  • New 15-second Apple ads highlight games and content
  • A new Apple Watch charging dock appears to be on the way from Apple
  • Samsung "fixes" the Galaxy Note 5 "S Pen" issue
  • Apple Pay adds more banks in the US, partners with H&R Block
Nov 16, 2015

In today's roundup of Apple news:

  • Apple taps Foursquare as a data provider for Apple Maps
  • Two of the early Mac interface designers don't like Apple's current UI designs
  • Want an Apple Pencil? Take a look at eBay
  • A San Diego, CA Apple Store gets its hand slapped and must wear a badge of shame
  • Apple making a lot of iPhone profits
Nov 13, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th! While we're playing with black cats, smashing mirrors and working under ladders, we found this news for today's podcast:

  • A new Chrome beta is out for iOS, featuring some nice new goodies that are especially useful on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • Fossil Watches bought fitness and activity tracker maker Misfit
  • The iPad Pro has a USB 3.0 controller built in, a first for iOS devices... but will it ever be able to use USB 3.0 transfer speeds?
  • 128GB iPad Pros seem to be sold out, 32GB models are available, and no sign of Smart Keyboards or Apple Pencils
Nov 12, 2015

Big iPads, subscription apps, PDF Expert goes Mac, and errors on OS X:

  • iFixit tears down the iPad Pro, and they find big speakers!
  • Castro for iOS has gone the patronage model
  • Readdle introduced PDF Expert for Mac today, and makes PDF Expert for iOS free for a while
  • Certificate expiration errors galore
Nov 11, 2015

It was a surprise, and as a result, this is iPad Pro Day on Apple World Today:

  • iPad Pros are in stock except for some models, while the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard aren't available anywhere
  • Ars Technica did benchmarks, and the Pro is a monster in GPU performance
  • The Irish Independent catches Tim Cook calling the Microsoft Surface Book "deluded"
Nov 10, 2015

Developers are happy! Tim Cook is happy! John Legere is happy! It's a happy day all around on the AWT News Update:

  • Devs get Tech Talks for tvOS/Apple TV and a lot of TestFlight love
  • Tim Cook gives a long interview with The Telegraph and talks about cannibalization (of the iPad mini, don't worry)
  • T-Mo is going all video-happy with BingeON
Nov 9, 2015

Today in Apple news on the AWT News Update:

  • Facebook Messenger will soon be getting facial recognition and the ability to nag you to send your friends pictures of themselves
  • The horror...the horror. An iPhone 6s and the tire of a Ducati pocket bike meet.
  • There's a working Apple /// Plus for sale on eBay. Put in your bid to buy a piece of history!


Nov 6, 2015

Lots of fun Apple news for a Slow News Friday®:

  • The Apple TV is now the leader in the streaming TV hardware market
  • Rumors -- could Faraday Future actually be Apple, Inc?
  • Instagram testing 3D Touch-able ads
Nov 5, 2015

Rumors, we've got 'em. Also some news!

  • The second public beta of OS X 10.11.2 is out
  • Facebook wants you to tell Music Stories to your friends
  • Rumors say that Apple's next iPhone will still have a Home button
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