AWT News Update: October 15, 2015

What's at the top of the Apple News today?

  • Yahoo releases a new Yahoo Mail client for iOS
  • Facebook's iOS app is eating power when it's not supposed to be
  • Samsung isn't copying Apple's popular rose gold finish on its premium Galaxy line... really...
  • IBM finds that Macs are saving the company money

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 15, 2015.

Do you Yahoo?! In particular, do you use Yahoo Mail? It’s been around for 18 years this month, and today the company shipped an all-new mail client. Not only will it pick up your Yahoo or Rocketmail emails, but it can also grab Hotmail, Outlook and AOL Mail at the same time… although we’d be wondering why anyone would use AOL Mail… The app has a new feature called the Yahoo Account Key, which Yahoo is describing as “a more secure and simple alternative to the old password.” It appears to use push notifications to grant users access to the secure emails. Yahoo Mail iis available for free.

Does it seem that your iPhone has been draining its battery a little too quickly lately? If you run Facebook’s iOS app, it could be that specific app that’s causing you to reach for the recharger more often. It appears that Facebook’s iOS app is now running processes in the background, even when users have disabled Background App Refresh. Some users are reporting that the app is being kept alive twice as long as their actual usage. One user, Nick Heer of PixelEnvy, found that he could actually improve battery life on his iPhone by turning on Background App Refresh for the Facebook app. Facebook says they’re aware of the issue and will be fixing it soon, but in the meantime you might want to try Paper, which is Facebook’s standalone app, or just log into Facebook using Safari or Chrome. Despite the fact that browsers are notoriously bad at chewing up battery power, it appears that Safari is still less consumption-happy than the Facebook app.

You might think that Samsung copies Apple, but I’m sure that there’s nothing further from the truth. And I’m sure that it’s just an odd coincidence that the company is rushing a rose gold Galaxy to market just before the release of the iPhone 6s in South Korea next week — excuse me, it’s called “pink gold” by the Korean manufacturer. The iPhone has been smashing sales of Samsung’s premium Galaxy phones both in Korea and around the world, so it appears that Samsung decided that a pink gold model of the Galaxy would be just the thing to perk up sales.

Guess who’s saving money by deploying Macs instead of PCs? IBM. The company announced this week that its internal deployment of Mac hardware has been a whopping success. Starting on June 1, Big Blue allowed employees to choose a Mac as their work machine. The company is now deploying 1,900 Macs per week, and the company supports a total of 130,000 iOS and Mac devices with a staff of just 24 people. Why so few people on the help desk? IBM’s numbers show that only 5 percent of Mac users will call the internal help desk for assistance, while 40 percent of PC users do. By the time IBM is done with its most recent round of MacBooks, the company expects to have between 150,000 and 200,000 of the laptops in service.

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.