AWT News Update: June 2, 2015

A slow news day, but still enough for almost five minutes of Apple news straight to your ears:

  • Apple confirms that it will be livestreaming the WWDC 2015 Keynote, and Apple World Today confirms that it will be doing a Google Hangout during the event
  • Wunderlist developer 6Wunderkinder is acquired by none other than Microsoft
  • Apple has a new series of short ads highlighting the capabilities of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus camera
  • Remember Liquidmetal? Apple won a patent on a new manufacturing technique that uses bulk metallic glasses

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 2, 2015.

In case you missed it, Apple has confirmed that it will be livestreaming the WWDC 2015 Keynote on Monday morning, June 8, 2015 at 10 AM PT. We expect that most Apple World Today readers will be watching the livestream, and instead of doing a liveblog, we’re going to try a Google Hangout and share comments with readers. Details are forthcoming, so keep an eye on Apple World Today.

One longtime developer of a popular mobile to-do list app has been acquired by none other than Microsoft. German development house 6Wunderkinder, the makers of the Wunderlist app that started out on iPhone and Mac and then spread to iPad, Android, Windows, Kindle Fire and the web, was purchased for somewhat more than $100 million. Christian Reber, the founder and CEO of 6Wunderkinder, will continue to lead the development team in its Berlin home office and commented that “Over the next few months as Wunderlist becomes a part of the Microsoft family, we'll introduce a host of new features, continue growing the ecosystem of partner integrations and progress in delivering Wunderlist to billions of people.”

If you love your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus as much I do, one of your favorite features is probably the amazing camera that’s built into the device. With a fast f/2.2 aperture and large sensor pixels, it provides photos and videos that are incredibly good. When you’re not shooting video with the 60 frame per second 1080p capability, you’re probably grabbing slow-motion 240 frame per second videos or shooting time-lapse videos. Apple has created a series of seven 15-second ads called “Shot on iPhone 6” that feature work by iPhoneographers from around the world. You can view the videos by pointing your browser to — click on the World Gallery in Motion link to watch the ads.

This next story is via our friends at AppleInsider. They note that Apple won a US patent on a way of manufacturing products layer by layer using bulk metallic glasses — such as those created by Liquidmetal Technologies. Apple has used the company’s Liquidmetal capability for just one purpose; making the SIM card tray extraction tools that used to be provided with every iPhone. This patent describes a method of manufacturing with molten bulk metallic glass in a constant stream or in discrete droplets that can be applied in different positions on a product repeatedly and layer-over-layer. Think of it as a form of liquid metal 3D printing. Apple could be looking to use this capability to reduce costs in mass manufacturing.

We’ll be back tomorrow with another AWT News Update.