AWT News Update: January 11, 2016

A short Apple news update for you today:

  • tvOS 9.2 beta includes some welcome new features
  • Want to know what 2016/2017 car models have CarPlay? Apple released a full list
  • Facebook might be looking at a Facebook Messenger for Mac app
  • Apple responds to rumors that they're working on an Android-to-iPhone migration app

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 11, 2016.

iOS 9.3 beta has added quite a few new features to Apple’s mobile operating system, and now we’re starting to see what’s in the other betas that arrived today. tvOS 9.2 adds the ability to pair Bluetooth keyboards with the Apple TV, the ability to create and use folders for apps on the Home Screen, a new UI for app switching, and a native Podcasts app. Siri support also now includes US Spanish and Canadian French.

Apple also released a list of every car manufacturer and car model that either supports CarPlay now or is expected to support it in the very near future. The manufacturer that appears to be leading the way with CarPlay support is VW, which shows 18 models that can work with the Apple infotainment system. The next biggest is Chevrolet, with 14 models. Other notable car companies include Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Cadillac. At this point, over 100 CarPlay compatible models are available.

There’s one good piece of news that came out on Saturday for those who use the Facebook Messenger app and would like to see a native app on their Macs. TechCrunch obtained an image and eyewitness account of a Facebook employee using FaceBook Messenger for Mac. As the article notes, it’s unknown when Facebook might release Messenger for Mac or even if the company is thinking about releasing it. Facebook Messenger has become a wildly popular way for people to communicate since the company split it out of the main Facebook app, and releasing a desktop app like this could easily help the social networking company kick out competing instant messaging services.

An Apple spokesperson responded today to rumors that Apple was working on a migration app to help iPhone users switch to Android. The Telegraph apparently started the rumor, saying that this was being done for European phone carriers who were concerned that customers were being locked into iOS and weren’t considering Android devices. Apple’s Trudy Muller told BuzzFeed that “There is no truth to this rumor. We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great.”

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