AWT News Update: November 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

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 19, 2015. Hey, have you checked out our Apple World Today hoodies? Buy one in the next 19 days and you’ll not only stay warm, but help support our efforts at the website. 

Please try to keep your tears to a minimum, but Adele's new album, 25 will not be available on Apple Music when it debuts tomorrow. Apparently the singer has decided to ban the album from streaming services, meaning that Apple Music and Spotify will both be left out. If you're like me, you don't care about Adele and her music and find this news to be totally incomprehensible as to why it would be important anyway. 

Facebook keeps rolling out the new features, and this new one will be important for those of you who go through boyfriends or girlfriends as often as I change socks. The new feature will let you hide posts from your ex automatically -- or you can hide your posts from them -- when you change your relationship status back to single. Want to hide every single trace of your relationship with this person from the public forever? You can do that, too. When changing your relationship status back to single, Facebook will ask if you just want to "take a break" from that preson or see less of them. What's nice is that all of this is done incognito, so your ex won't know that you've made any changes. Aren't exes always the last to know anyway?

One of the more insightful pundits in our industry is Horace Dediu of Asymco, and I always enjoy reading his posts or watching his occasional video. Today, Dediu wrote a review of the Apple Pencil. That review, which there's a link to in the show notes, was handwritten with the Apple Pencil and goes through a history of the written word, from writing by hand, to typing, to electric typewriters, then computers... all while handwriting was getting disrupted. He ends his history with this handwritten screed: "After a few thousand years writing by hand was ending. Of those who enabled this disruption, perhaps nobody deserves more credit than Steve Jobs. It was he who unleashed the personal computer and the hand-held computer. But Steve Jobs was inspired to do this by art, not engineering. He admired calligraphy and wished to bring it to the masses. Well, he has finally succeeded. Thank you Steve"

If you're an iPad Pro owners, you might be one of the folks -- like myself -- who has run into a problem where the device becomes unresponsive after it has been charged. The only way to bring it back to life is to do a hard reset, which is done by holding both the sleep/wake and home buttons for at least 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears. Apple says it is aware of the problem and is investigating the cause. It's most likely a software issue, so hopefully an upcoming update to iOS 9 will provide a fix for owners of the Pro.

The Apple Watch seems to be doing rather well, with a report from China today saying that the company wants to pick up a second manufacturer for the device due to demand. At the present time, Quanta Computer is the sole source of the Watch, but the company is allegedly in talks with Inventec, Wistron, and Foxconn as a second source. The Chinese-language Apple Daily thinks that the possible second suppliers are concerned with reports that Quanta made smaller profits on the Watch than expected, even after investing heavily in equipment to manufacture the wearable. 

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