AWT News Update: September 3, 2015

Movies, rumors, rumors and rumors. Oh, yeah, and iTunes and Apple Music need work. That's all in today's AWT News Update:

  • "Steve Jobs" will premiere this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival
  • An iTunes international VP admits that iTunes and Apple Music need fixing
  • Philips has a HomeKit-compatible Hue Bridge coming out
  • Might be a 21.5-inch Retina display iMac coming in October, coinciding with the release of OS X El Capitan
  • Apple's sold over a million Apple Watches in China alone, and more...

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 3, 2015.

Are you going to be attending the Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado this weekend? You’re in luck - the new Aaron Sorkin scripted movie Steve Jobs will premiere at the festival on Saturday September 5, with an encore presentation on Sunday. It’s based on the biography by Walter Isaacson that was published about the time of Jobs’ death, and features Michal Fassbender as Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as former Apple marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, and Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The movie is directed by Danny Boyle, who is well known for directing movies like Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. The film will open to the public on October 9.

The iTunes app and Apple Music have been justly criticised for being somewhat clunky to use as well as buggy, and an iTunes international vice president — Oliver Schusser — today told The Guardian that Apple will be working throughout the rest of the year to fix problems with the app. Schusser noted that “we get a ton of feedback”, and that “we’re obviouslly trying to make it better every day.” The Apple Music service is expected to laundh on Android and Sonos devices this fall.

Philips has been a pioneer in the home automation market with its Hue lighting line, but appeared to be a no-show when it came to compatibility with Apple’s HomeKit platform. Today, images of an upcoming bridge device called the Hue bridge were briefly seen on a Dutch website, with the device being used to link Hue products to HomeKit. It looks surprisingly like an Apple TV, except decked out in white and silver instead of black. There’s some speculation that Apple itself will out a new Apple TV with HomeKit hub capabilities next Wednesday.

With rumors hitting a fever pitch just before the annoucements next week, yet another rumor has popped out. A 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K Retina display will be released at the end of October along with OS X El Capitan. This jives with what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in August, thinking that the entire iMac line would get a refresh with new processors and improved displays.

And one final rumor to get you all excited ahead of the upcoming weekend: Apple is believed to have sold over 1.07 million Apple Watches in China. This data comes from TalkingData, a company that is supported by over 80,000 mobile apps including the WeChat app — one that has over 1 billion registered users in China. In addition, the CEO of Japan Display Inc. has been quoted as saying that its biggest client — which most assume is Apple — keeps getting more and more orders for display screens for the next generation iPhones.

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