AWT News Update: September 30, 2015

Whew, we almost didn't get this podcast out today thanks to an incompatibility with some software. But we did, and the news is:

  • Software updates come hard and fast from Apple today
  • iFixit gets its hands slapped and the keys to the car taken away
  • iFixit also found out that the iPhone 6s isn't waterproof, but it's certainly more water resistant
  • Several third-party apps get the El Capitan treatment

Text version of the podcast is listed below.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 30, 2015. I want to thank all of our listeners this month, as you pushed us to a new record number of podcast downloads. We appreciate everything you do for us!

Right on schedule, OS X El Capitan showed up today. Other than not being in the Updates section of the Mac App Store — which delayed my download a bit — the update has installed cleanly on a number of Macs at our office. The download may take a while depending on the number of other people trying to grab the same installer file, but be patient and you’ll be rewarded with a fairly fast installation. Apple also chose today to release iOS 9.0.2, another bug fix and security update for the mobile operating system.

Whenever new Apple hardware shows up, we can count on iFixit to buy one of the items and gently take it apart to show the world the innards of the device and also determine how repairable it is. Well, iFixit had its developer account taken away and its app removed from the app store after it took one of the developer fourth-generation Apple TVs that won’t be out for a few months, and subjected it to the iFixit treatment. The team realizes that it goofed up, and that even a teardown was subject to the strict non-disclosure agreement that all developer pre-release Apple TVs were under. We’re hoping that Apple eventually allows iFixit back into the developer program and the App Store.

Speaking of iFixit, the company found that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been given increased water resistance thanks to adhesive around the display that acts like a gasket and cable connectors on the logic board that are equipped with a silicone seal. While these features and others, like fully waterproof power and volume buttons, don’t mean that the phone can’t go for a swim with you, it does mean that the occasional accidental drop in the sink might not cause your iPhone to need repair or replacement.

We’re likely to see a lot of Mac app updates over the next week thanks to OS X El Capitan, and we’re already starting to see some well-known apps coming out with support for El Capitan features. Skype for Mac now supports Split View, meaning that you can talk with coworkers and write emails at the same time, while Things for Mac gained similar support and also supports Force Touch on newer Macs like the 12-inch Retina MacBook.

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