AWT News Update: February 10, 2016


Dang, another slow news day for the world of Apple. Here's what we have:

  • Latest public betas of OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3 arrive
  • Apple Pay had issues accepting new Visa debit and credit cards this morning
  • Apple Music is now available on Sonos speakers
  • Vine adds 3D Touch support
  • Twitter started rolling out its new "best tweets" timeline today

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for February 10, 2016.

As I mentioned on Monday when the third betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4 were made available to developers, it would only take two or so days for the betas to arrive for public beta testers. Today, beta 3 of both operating systems was seeded to those public testers, so you should see the update almost immediately.

Did you try to add a Visa debit or credit card to Apple Pay at any time between about 4:15 AM and 11 AM ET today? If you did, you may have ran into problems doing so, and it wasn’t your fault. Instead, it was an issue with Apple Pay that has now been resolved.

After a little over two months of public beta testing, Apple Music is now available on all Sonos speakers. Apple Music subscribers can add the service to their speakers simply by selecting “Add Music Services” from any Sonos controller app, then scrolling down to the Apple Music icon for login. The Sonos setup makes the For You, New, Radio and My Music categories visible just as they’d be on Apple devices. For those who own Sonos equipment, this is a pretty big deal as the entire Apple Music library will be streamable through the speakers.

Have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus? If you’re a Vine user and have one of those two phones, you’re in luck because Vine 5.3 adds 3D Touch capability to the app. With a 3D Touch, you can start recording a Vine or open Explore without jumping into the app.

After a lot of confusion and hysteria online, Twitter has rolled out its new timeline feature today, but most people are not going to notice the change. Using the official Twitter app, users will need to go to their profile page, select Settings, tap the account they want to change, tap Timeline Personalization, and then turn “Show me the best Tweets first” on. Of course, this feature is being rolled out slowly to Twitter users, so you shouldn’t even try enabling the best Tweets feature until you see a notification in your timeline.

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