AWT News Update: August 4, 2015


Some entertaining and informative Apple news for you this afternoon:

  • You can now use an Apple Watch to unlock a door equipped with the August Smart Lock
  • Australia's Telstra announced that anyone signing up for a new Go Mobile plan will get a one-year Apple Music subscription for free
  • Even more banks and credit unions have jumped on the Apple Pay bandwagon, bringing the US total to over 400
  • Happy Birthday to Readdle!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 4, 2015.

Besides telling the time, hounding you every hour to stand up and move around, and being able to run over 3,000 apps at the present time, the Apple Watch now has a new trick up its band — it can unlock a door. The inventors of the August Smart Lock announced that their new Apple Watch app can lock or unlock the device with a swipe and a tap. In addition, Apple Watch owners can see a log of who has entered or exited the home and when, and real-time notifications tell you immediately when the door is unlocked. If you have the $250 August Smart Lock, you now have a very compelling reason to get a $350 Apple Watch as a very stylish key.

Any Aussies listening to this podcast? If you are and you’re a Telstra customer, you will be getting a one-year Apple Music subscription for free when you sign up for post paid Go Mobile services. The deal applies to 12- to 24-month Go Mobile plans for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It appears that billing for the Apple Music offer will be handled by Telstra, as they will add the annual subscription charge to the customer’s bill at the end of the one year period. In the USA, T-Mobile announced it will add Apple Music to its Music Freedom plan. That plan lets users stream music from services without being it being counted against their data plan.

Apple Pay added 46 more banks and credit unions in the United States in the past few days, bringing the total to over 400 financial institutions that support the service.

Those of us at Apple World Today wish a happy birthday to Ukrainian software development firm Readdle. The company started up 8 years ago, and it wasn’t that much later that several of our blogging staff met Igor and Denis Zhadanov and some of the other folks at the Readdle team. The company was started by four people who quit their jobs to follow the Apple dream, and now they’re well known for their impressive product lineup including Scanner Pro, Documents, PDF Expert, and the new Spark email client.

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