AWT News Update: September 17, 2015

Lots of fun little news items on today's podcast:

  • Honda announces that the 2016 Civic will come with CarPlay support
  • Microsoft's CEO does a demo with an iPhone
  • Apple - we need your help!
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta is released to developers
  • Samsung got its hand slapped again in an appeals court, once again over that same old case that's been going on since I was a little boy

The text edition is below!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 17, 2015. Our sponsor this month is MacPaw, developers of CleanYourMac, Gemini, Hider 2, and Encrypto for Mac. Check out their apps on the web at

You can now drive your Apple accessory. No, Apple hasn’t announced an Apple Car, but the 2016 Honda Civic that will arrive this fall will support CarPlay. The Civic comes with a 7-inch touchscreen that will support CarPlay from any phone iPhone 5 era or newer running at least iOS 8.4. This is the second Honda announced with the technology, the first being the 2016 Accord announced in July. With CarPlay, drivers see a simplified app interface that show the iPhone, Music, Messages, Podcasts, and Maps apps, as well as third party apps like Audible, Rdio, Spotify and Overcast.

Even Microsoft knows that Apple hardware is the best. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was at the Salesforce Dreamforce conference in San Francisco this week, and he demoed a bunch of Microsoft apps targeted at business customers. During part of the demo, Nadella used an iPhone (not his, of course) to demo Outlook, Skype and other Microsoft apps. He was quick to point out Outlook for iPhone, which he said was the best iOS email client. Despite the number of Apple customers who despise Microsoft, the company really is coming out with some sophisticated and useful apps for iOS.

If anyone from Apple’s News app team is listening to this podcast, could you please do Apple World Today a favor and approve our channel? We’ve been in the approval process for almost three months now, and have seen much smaller and non-Apple websites approved well before us. Thank you.

OS X El Capitan hasn’t yet been released, but Apple has already seeded OS X 10.11.1 to developers. While many in the Mac blogging community say that the actual ship date of El Capitan wasn’t announced during the recent Hey Siri event, there was a demo where Phil Schiller showed an email with a release date of September 30. That’s entirely plausible and two weeks to the date after the release of iOS 9, so I’m still targeting September 30 for El Capitan.

Finally, Samsung might actually be legally forbidden to copy Apple designs soon. In a two to one decision today, a federal appeals court ruled two things. First, the monetary damages of $119 million (that’s down from the original $2.2 billion awarded to Apple) were too low, and second, Samsung has to stop using design elements that infringe on Apple’s patents. Those design elements include swipe to unlock, autocomplete, and autolinking — otherwise known as data detectors. The ruling went on to say that “The right to exclude competitors from using one’s property rightsi s important. And the right to maintain exclusivity — a hallmark and crucial guarantee of patent rights deriving from the Constitution itself — is likewise important”.

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