AWT News Update: September 21, 2015

It's Monday, and not only did we get an Apple Watch update, but a lot of news, too:

  • The Apple Car project has apparently been green-lighted for a 2019 debut
  • Use your iPhone as a radar gun? Check out this Kickstarter project
  • Sports Illustrated photographer gets a chance to use the new iPhone 6s Plus at a baseball game
  • Unless you've already reserved an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus for pickup, you're probably not going to get one this Friday.

Text edition is below! No video until Periscope fixes the issues with the iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 9.

Text Version

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

Start saving your pennies. The Apple Car project, otherwise known as Project Titan, has been given a “committed project” label by the company’s board with hopes of selling the first vehicles in 2019. The news comes via the Wall Street Journal, which says that Apple is exploring autonomous, self-driving vehicles, but that the first car won’t be driverless. There’s been speculation that Apple might team with BMW to use the electric i3 as a basis for an Apple-branded car, but apparently those talks have stalled. Considering the difficulties with creating and manufacturing a vehicle of any sort in mass quantities, that 2019 date is probably a dream. Still, it’s good to hear that Apple is actively pursuing this project.

At ballparks across the country and around the world, it’s common to see iPhones being used, usually to record images or video of a baseball game in progress. If a former Slovenia national baseball team player has his way, the iPhone might be used as a radar gun to clock the speed of a thrown baseball. Miha Uhan is taking his Scoutee project to Kickstarter, where he’s already raised about $22,000 of his $50,000 crowdfunding goal. The device packs the brains of a traditional radar gun into a small box the size of a pack of playing cards, which then communicates to an iPhone and provides an app with speed, pitch count, location, and pitch type. Backers will be able to pick up a Scoutee for $129, while the retail price will be about $300. The good news? You may have one in your hands before opening day of baseball season in 2016.

On Friday we told you how Apple gave a Vogue fashion photographer an iPhone 6s Plus to give the improved camera a try; Sports Illustrated photographer Brad Mangin also got a chance to work with the new phone and shows just how incredible the new camera is in a series of photos on the SI website. Some of the photos appear to have been touched up and given frames in Instagram, and they look great.

However, if you want to get your hands on an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus and haven’t ordered it yet… well, you probably won’t get one for a while. The earliest date now showing for a new iPhone is September 29 for in-store pickup or delivery at home or office. There may still be on-hand stock at your local Apple Store this Friday, but Apple has already stated today that the phones are only available by reservation — meaning no in-store stock — in China, Hong Kong, Japan and four US states; Oregon, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Alaska. Those last four states don’t have a state sales tax, meaning that they’re attractive to brokers who often recruit homeless people and the elderly to wait in line to buy iPhones for resale. Likewise, Hong Kong has also been a hotbed of scalper sales who buy the phones, then move them into China.

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