AWT News Update: August 21, 2015

For a Friday, it's quite a busy Apple news day:

  • Apple hires a former senior engineer from Tesla Motors who was working on that company's autonomous vehicle firmware
  • Hip-hopper and Apple Beats executive Dr. Dre apologizes for his mistreatment of women during the 1990s
  • Samsung wants you to try one of its new phones for 30 days for a buck

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 21, 2015.

Reuters has reported that Apple has hired a senior engineer from Tesla Motors, Jamie Carlson, to work on a special project — presumably its own car project. At Tesla, Carlson reportedly worked on the company’s autonomous vehicle firmware project and could be working in a similar role at Apple. Apple allegedly has over 200 employees now working on the car project, code named “Project Titan.”

The release of the movie Straight Outta Compton, which deals with Apple Beats executive and hip-hop star Dr. Dre and focuses on his life during the 1990s. Since the release of the movie, critics have asked why it doesn’t discuss his abuse of women during those years. Today, Dr. Dre issued a statement to the New York Times, saying "Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I've been married for 19 years and every day I'm working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I'm doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again."

He added: "I apologize to the women I've hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives."

Apple also supplied a supportive statement to the Times, saying "Dre has apologized for the mistakes he's made in the past and he's said that he's not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed."

Although recent figures show that about 12% of Android users expect to switch to the next iPhone, that’s not keeping Apple arch-rival Samsung from trying to grab back some lost market share. The company has launched a promotion called Ultimate Test Drive coinciding with the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. For one dollar, possible switchers can try one of the new phones for 30 days with no obligation. The phone comes with an activated SIM card for any US carrier. Nobody is certain at this time if the company is also putting a hold on the credit cards of those who take advantage of the trial.

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