AWT News Update: January 4, 2016

The first AWT News Update for 2016 is short, but full of great information:

  • The 4th-Generation Apple TV can now do Siri searches for PBS and PBS Kids shows
  • One investment firm is still bullish on Apple shares despite the hammering the stock has been taking
  • Another developer beta of iOS 9.2.1 has been released
  • Here's a tip on how to clear the cache in the iOS App Store app

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 4, 2016. This is the first podcast of the year, and I’m happy to be back. Please note that later this week, Apple World Today will be starting up a podcast solely for supporters of the website. You can find links for supporting the site on the right sidebar, or on the bottom of the page if you’re viewing the site via iPhone. Just a few dollars a month can help make a difference, so become a supporter today.

Apple has updated the fourth-generation Apple TV with a new feature - the ability to do Siri searches for shows on PBS and PBS Kids. You can now search for Downton Abbey or old reruns of Rick Steves shows and Siri will oblige by letting you watch them.

Apple’s stock price has been falling throughout the past several months, and is currently floating around just above $100 a share. Investment firm FBR released a positive note today, saying that the negative outlook for Apple shares on Wall Street isn’t justified. Analyst Daniel H. Ives said that although Apple’s stock is in a “turbulent” state right now, he thinks investors should buy shares while the price is down. Ives thinks that fears over slowing growth at Apple are “overblown”. However, news out of China today points to a slowing economy in Apple’s second largest market, and that has been slapping down share prices today. FBR is maintaining an “outperform” rating for the company’s stock with a price target of $150.

It looks like iOS 9.2.1 is inching closer to release. The second beta version of the update was released today to developers, and it is thought that the company is working to solve just a few issues for what’s widely expected to be a maintenance and security release.

If you’ve been having some odd issues with the iOS App Store not updating apps promptly or just otherwise acting weird, developer Zachary Drayer found something that might just help. Drayer discovered that tapping on any of the buttons on the bottom of the screen — Featured, Top Charts, Explore, Search or Updates — ten times quickly will cause the app to empty its cache, which seems to help in keeping the App Store app running smoothly. Apparently this trick also works in iBooks, the Apple Watch app, and in iTunes on the Mac.

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