AWT News Update: March 1, 2016

Disturbing photo mashup by Steve sande

Disturbing photo mashup by Steve sande

A new month and we have some fun Apple-related news items for you today:

  • Drone manufacturer DJI intros the new DJI Phantom 4, which uses an iPad to set up a number of autonomous flight modes
  • Beta 5 of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, watch OS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2 showed up today for public and developer beta testers
  • Pebble dropped the price on its two smartwatches today
  • A visual: every new baby born on earth holding an iPhone in each hand...

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for March 1, 2016

At the risk of droning on, I love drones. I think they’re one of the greatest inventions of recent years, and they’re fun to fly and a blast to watch video from. One of the big suppliers of drones is DJI, and the company has introduced its fourth generation drone — the Phantom 4. You can now use your iPad to set up autonomous tracking of moving objects, while the DJI Phantom 4 avoids anything that’s a possible collision hazard. With a built-in 4K camera, faster top speed (44 miles per hour) and improved battery life (28 minutes per charge), we’ll be seeing a lot of footage from this little quadcopter. It’s available on the online Apple Store for $1,400, and will be in physical Apple Stores starting on March 15 for a limited time.

You’ll be happy to know that the beta 5 versions of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, watchOS 2.2 and tvOS 9.2 for public and developer beta testers have arrived today. We still expect that the final versions of these new operating systems will be delivered to the public prior to or alongside revamped iPad hardware and a new, smaller iPhone model.

Apple Watch competitor Pebble has cut the price on two of its smartwatch models by $50. The Pebble Time is now a real bargain at just $149.99, and the much better looking Pebble Time Round is $199.99. If you purchased either of these watches after January 21st, you can get back the price difference by emailing the company at [email protected] and using the term “Price Adjustment” in the subject line. Be sure to include the original order number for the smartwatch in your email.

Do you love odd statistics? Good. About four years ago, Apple was selling about the same number of iPhones every day as there were babies born on Planet Earth. Well, the iPhone population boom is still happening, as Cult of Mac’s George Tinari points out. Looking at just the last quarter for which Apple published sales figures, the company sold 74.8 million iPhones. That boils down to 821,978 iPhones sold each and every day of the quarter. The UN estimates that 360,000 babies are born each day around the world, so about 2.28 iPhones were sold for each baby born during Apple’s first 2016 fiscal quarter.

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