AWT News Update: July 23, 2015

What's at the top of the Apple news today? Here's a good hint:

  • Apple announces the nice deal that will be part of the 2015 Back to School promotion
  • Meerkat and GoPro link up to provide livestreaming of video from GoPro action cams
  • Annual sales of iOS devices now equal total annual unit sales of Windows PCs
  • Apple adds 35 more US banks and credit unions to Apple Pay

Want to read the news and not listen to it? Take a look at the text version below.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 23, 2015.

Thinking about getting a new Mac soon? If you’re a student or educator, Apple has a deal for you as part of its Back to School promotion for 2015. If you buy a MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or Mac Pro — and you’ll get a small educational discount if you’re eligible — you can get a pair of Beats Solo2 Headphones valued at $199 for free. Those headphones come in gloss black, white, red, blue, gray or pink colors. A PDF containing the terms and conditions of the Back to School promotion can be downloaded here.

If this keeps up, I may have to switch from Periscope to Meerkat. At VidCon today, Meerkat announced a partnership with GoPro. The partnership will allow GoPro users to live stream on the Meerkat service using the GoPro3 cameras. In the near future, it’s expected that support for the GoPro4 cameras will be added. Can you imagine me reading the news as I jump out of an airplane, kayak down a mountain stream, or crash down a ski slope on a mountain bike? Meerkat also allows embedding of live video on web pages, so this show could be broadcast on the Apple World Today site if we move in that direction.

Here’s an interesting statistic: annual sales of Apple iOS devices now equal the total annual sales of Windows PCs. That tidbit came from analyst Benedict Evans, who grabbed information provided by Gartner, Apple, and a16z to show that while sales of Windows PCs have fluctuated around 250 to 300 million annually for the past seven years, sales of iOS devices in the same time frame have jumped from essentially zero to that same 300 million mark. Sales of Android devices reached the Windows PC milestone back in March of 2012, so we shouldn’t feel too smug.

Apple has added another 35 US banks and credit unions to the financial institutions supporting Apple Pay. Apple Pay now has over 375 participating debit and credit card issuers nationwide, with dozens more planning to support the service as soon as Apple gets around to them. My local credit union, Public Service Credit Union, has been waiting since Apple Pay launched to be added to the list — that’s despite having over $1 billion in assets, 139,000 members, and 28 branch offices. C’mon, Apple!

We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon for another edition of the AWT News Update.