AWT News Update: September 28, 2015

Photo by ArbitrarilyO. Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA_3

Photo by ArbitrarilyO. Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA_3

iPads in baseball, cameras, and India all make it into this Monday's AWT News Update:

  • MLB gives managers the green light to take iPads into the dugout during games
  • Camera+ co-founder and pro photographer Lisa Bettany compares every iPhone camera since the first
  • GoPro has a new model out that is almost affordable for everyone
  • Tim Cook meets with the Indian Prime Minister

The text edition can be viewed below.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 28, 2015. Our sponsor this week has been Bushel, providing organizations of all sizes with Mobile Device Management tools that are low-cost and easy to use. Learn more at

It’s official; Major League Baseball managers can now take iPads out to the ballgame. The go-ahead to use Apple’s technology came last week, and there’s only one gotcha — teams can’t connect the devices to WiFi, so only information downloaded prior to the first pitch can be used. St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has used a trio of iPads for pregame preparation and scouting, but has always had to leave the gear in the locker room once games begin. Now he’ll be able to call up stored statistics, scouting reports, spray charts and more. Since the regular MLB season is winding down, the league gave teams the go-ahead to use iPads in the postseason action coming up.

If you’ve ever wondered just how good the camera in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus really is, well, there’s no person better to ask than a professional photographer. Camera+ co-founder and pro photographer Lisa Bettany has published a series of comparison shots showing how the iPhone has improved over the years, with shots taken with every camera from the original iPhone and ending with the iPhone 6s. The photos include pictures taken with the Camera+ app in eight categories including Macro, Backlit, Backlit Macro, Daylight, Portrait, Sunset, Low-Light and Low-Light Surise. The surprising thing is that it’s possible to see additional detail improvements between photos taken with the iPhone 6 and 6s. You can view the image comparisons here.

Videographers lusting after one of GoPro’s wonderful waterproof action cameras have often looked at the price tag and decided to wait. Well, they don’t have to wait anymore. The new GoPro HERO+ is $200 and comes with 1080p 60 frame per second video recording capabilities and Wi-Fi connectivity. The latter will be useful, as the HERO+ doesn’t have an LCD screen on the back of it so you’ll need to link up to your favorite iOS device to see what’s up. The new camera will be available on October 4th. And by the way, GoPro also reduced the price on the tiny HERO4 Session from $400 down to $300.

The Times of India reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook recently had a meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi invited Cook to open a new manufacturing base in India, and Cook apparently responded positively to the idea. One other discussion apparently wrapped around bringing Apple Pay to India, and it was confirmed that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be launched in the country on October 16.

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