AWT News Update: March 18, 2016

Alleged iPhone 7 battery pack via

Alleged iPhone 7 battery pack via

It's the last work day before Apple's announcement event on Monday, and there's still time to get some rumors and news in...

  • Battery photos show that the iPhone 7 may have more battery capacity than the iPhone 6s
  • An app update confirms that the new iPads announced on Monday will support the Apple Pencil
  • Twitter says the 140-character limit is here to stay, and that they don't censor users

The text version of the podcast can be found below...

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a slow news day edition of the AWT News Update for March 18, 2016.

The next time you hear the AWT News Update, we’ll know what new has come out of Cupertino. But what about the rumors of new products expected later this year, like the new iPhone 7? A Chinese website has shared images of what they say is the battery for the device. The capacity of the battery is 7.04 watt-hours, which is larger than the 6.61 watt-hour capacity of the iPhone 6s and a tiny bit bigger than the capacity of the iPhone 6, which weighs in at 7.01 watt-hours. Depending on the voltage requirements of the new iPhone, that could translate to much better battery life. Other rumors, some of which we’ve relayed on this podcast before, say that the iPhone 7 will have a faster A10 chip, a Smart Connector, a storage option of 256GB, stereo speakers similar to those found on the iPad Pro, a speedier LTE modem, a thinner body, and a dual rear camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus. Only a half year left to go until we’ll know what the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus really have inside them…

Another piece of info sneaked out yesterday - we know that whatever new iPad or iPads are released tomorrow will support the Apple Pencil. An update for the Astropad Graphics Tablet app yesterday noted that it adds “Apple pencil support for new iPads (Spring 2016)”. Be sure to check out Apple World Today for another story on the expected pricing of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Remember when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said everyone was going to get 10,000 characters in which to write much meatier tweets? Well, he apparently misspoke, as he was seen on NBC’s Today show this morning saying that the 140-character limit is staying because it “allows for of-the-moment brevity.” Dorsey was also asked if Twitter censors users, answering “Absolutely not. Twitter has always been about controls. People can follow who they want, and it’s our job to make sure they see the most important things.” I’m calling shenanigans on Dorsey’s comment — a number of controversial Twitter users have had their verified user status removed lately, apparently because they’ve contradicted the politics of the members of the Twitter team who keep an eye on verified users. While the users are still allowed to tweet, the removal of the all-important checkmark is seen as a way for Twitter to remove celebrity status from users it doesn’t like.

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