AWT News Update: February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day! I'm glad to be hear to give you the news today after missing two podcasts last week; one was a scheduling messup while on Friday I was in the local hospital ER with chest pains. Don't worry, it takes more than a medical problem to keep me down, so here's the news for today:

  • The rumored iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens camera might be called the "iPhone 7 Pro" to differentiate it from the less capable iPhone 7 models
  • Google Maps gets the ability to make pit stops!
  • MacRumors is starting to see a lot of activity from iOS 10 and OS X 10.12

The text version of this podcast is available below for your reading pleasure. 

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for February 29, 2016. On this leap day I want to apologize for missing out on a couple of podcasts last week - Thursday was just an unavoidable schedule mishap, while Friday I was in the emergency room most of the day. I’m doing better today and the doctors still aren’t exactly sure what hit me, but Friday wasn’t exactly conducive to recording the podcast.

Your next iPhone might be an “iPhone Pro”. Along with the seemingly logical news that the next iPad Air may just be a “regular-sized” iPad Pro, there’s a rumor that one version of the iPhone 7 Plus may be called the “iPhone Pro”. The device would be quite different from current offerings, adding a dual-lens camera, a water resistant body, no headphone jack, getting rid of the rear antenna bands and making the camera lenses flush with the back of the device. A single lens iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 are reportedly in the works as well, with the dual-lens camera differentiating the product just enough to gain the “pro” moniker. This rumor comes from a site with no track record — that’s Chinese website MyDrivers — but eerily mirrors what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested with Apple’s plans for this model year’s iPhone release.

Google Maps has a nice new feature starting today; the ability to do pit stops while you’re navigating between two points. This would have come in very handy on a driving trip I took back in December, when I was using Apple Maps for navigation between cities on the trip. Whenever we decided it was time for a rest break, a stop to take a stretch, use the bathroom, or grab a bite to eat, Apple Maps would go into conniptions trying to get us back on track. With Google Maps for iOS, you’ll be able to add detours to your route without leaving navigation mode and still get the traffic updates and turn-by-turn directions you want. The update to Google Maps has also added the ability to 3D Touch the app icon to start navigation to your home address.

The folks over at MacRumors are seeing plenty of activity from the next generations of iOS and OS X in their site logs. The site says that they started seeing visits from devices running iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 in late 2015, but the numbers really started ramping up in February. This indicates that work on the new versions is reaching a fever pitch prior to WWDC, which is scheduled for June. There are also visits coming in from iOS 9.3.1, so expect a few more updates to iOS 9 before iOS 10 arrives this fall. What do we expect? Well, Apple will always spill the beans at WWDC, but one small change to expect will be the addition of some features that used to be in the iPhotos app but were removed from Photos. Of course on OS X 10.12, we expect to see Siri for Mac. I for one can’t wait to start saying “Siri, quit all my apps!” to my Mac.

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