AWT News Update: March 22, 2016

The AWT News Update is back to normal mode today, with a few followup stories from yesterday's torrent of product announcements and operating system updates:

  • YouTube for iOS gets an update that provides some iOS 9 multitasking support, but not the one feature that everyone wanted
  • The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a few shortcomings compared to its big brother, despite the fact that both devices use the same processors
  • In case you thought yesterday's OS X update was a bit wimpy, you weren't looking at the security updates that were included
  • Ever heard of an embedded SIM? That new iPad Pro has one, and it points to a future free from swapping or removing SIM cards

The text version of the podcast is back, and you can read it below.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for March 22, 2016.

YouTube for iOS received an update yesterday that appears to have been designed just for the announcement of Apple’s new iPad Pro. The video app has finally added some iOS 9 multitasking capabilities that will work on the new device. Slide Over, the feature that lets users swipe in a second app from the right-hand side of the screen, is now working. In addition, Split View is now working on devices that support it and only with those apps that work in true multitasking mode. In Split View, a video can be viewed in one half of the screen while another app is open on the other half. Sadly, YouTube does not support the one feature many people want to see — Picture in Picture.

You think that’s depressing? Well, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro apparently only has 2GB of RAM, half of what the 12.9-inch model packs. That seems to be causing the device to run benchmarks slightly slower than the 12.9-inch model along with the fact that the device is running at a slightly slower processor speed. Why? Since the smaller iPad has a smaller battery pack, it’s most likely to save battery power. Other people have found that the Lightning port on the 9.7-inch model doesn’t support USB 3 speeds like the 12.9-inch model does, so the bigger device is the way to go if you need to transfer large videos using a camera adapter.

So, you thought that the update to OS X El Capitan version 10.11.4 yesterday was lacking in features? Apparently you never looked at the security updates, because Apple’s crack security team has plugged a lot of holes. While I won’t read all of the updates — you can click a link in the show notes to see all the details — some fixes include patches to AppleRAID, Bluetooth, the Intel Graphics Driver, the OS X Kernel, Messages, Open SSH and Open SSL, QuickTime, Reminders, and even WiFi. It’s good to know they’ve got our backs.

All cellular data capable iPads in the past have needed a SIM card like those found in every iPhone. In 2014, Apple introduced the Apple SIM, which was a SIM card that can be used to select data service without contracts from any participating carrier in the world. Well, the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro does away with a physical SIM card, now building the SIM capability right into the main logic board of the device. Apple has been looking at embedded SIMs for years, even to the point that the company reportedly is teaming with Samsung on pushing the “e-sim” standard. We may even see the next-generation iPhone with an embedded SIM later this year.

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