AWT News Update: August 7, 2015

Another slow news day in the Apple world, but that means it's OK for all of you to go out and get a beer, then listen to the AWT News Update podcast:

  • Apple is expected to release new iPhones and the new Apple TV on September 9
  • Verizon drops subsidies, and also releases some data plans to go along with that announcement
  • comScore says the iPhone grabbed 1.5 percent more marketshare in the US in the June quarter

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 7, 2015. It’s a slow news day, so this is going to be short…

Apple is expected to hold a media event on September 9th at which the company will show off the new iPhone and Apple TV hardware, and might even unveil new iPads. Any new iPhones are expected to feature a Force Touch display and an A9 processor, but will look very similar to the iPhone 6 family. Longtime Apple watcher John Paczowski of Buzzfeed also thinks the company would reveal the next-generation Apple TV, which is expected to feature more storage, a faster processor, and a dedicated App Store. Finally, although iPads are usually introduced in October, Paczkowski thinks Apple might show off new versions of the iPad Air, iPad mini and possibly the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Verizon announced that it will simplify its rate plans by eliminating subsidies. That means that you’ll buy a new iPhone or iPad at full price or on an interest-free financing plan over 24 months, and then pay for a data plan. The plans are very simple: $30/month for 1 GB of data, $45/month for 3 GB of data, $60/month for 6 GB of data, or $80 for 12 GB of data. All data is sharable among devices or families.

Research firm comScore released figures today showing that Apple’s iPhone gained marketshare during the June quarter. iPhone is now commanding 44.1 percent of the US smartphone market, up 1.5 percent quarter over quarter. Android took a hit, dropping from 52.4 percent to 51.6 percent of the market. Much of the growth in iPhone marketshare has come from the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year.

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