AWT News Update: March 7, 2016

Apple Campus 2 Theatre Roof Being Lifted Into Place

Apple Campus 2 Theatre Roof Being Lifted Into Place

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  • The sixth betas for OS X,iOS, tvOS, and watchOS have all been released today. We're expecting the final versions to be released near the Apple Spring Event, hopefully as soon as next week or on 3/22-3/23 at the latest
  • The Theatre at Apple Campus 2 was recently topped off with a huge composite roof
  • Google Photos gets an update that adds Live Photos, Split View, and more

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for March 7, 2016

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Today Apple released the sixth developer and public-tester betas of OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3, as well as tvOS 9.2 and watchOS 2.2. At this point, the new versions of the operating systems are getting very close to release; we anticipate that they’ll be sent out around the same time that the Apple spring event is held, probably around March 22 or 23.

Many people tend to forget that Apple Campus 2 is made up of a lot of buildings, not just the big donut-shaped structure that we’re used to seeing. One space that has been somewhat ignored is the 1,000-seat event space that Apple calls the theatre. Apple shared images and information with Mashable, and one of the most spectacular engineering efforts is a carbon fiber roof that was placed over the cylindrical entrance to the theatre. The roof is apparently the largest composite roof ever made, weighing in at 80 tons and measuring 140 feet in diameter. The roof was designed and manufactured in Dubai, assembled onsite, and then picked up with a crane and gently placed atop the glass walls of the structure. The Theatre will be the location where Apple’s future products will be introduced to the press and the world, hopefully beginning early in 2017. At this year’s shareholder meeting held on February 26, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he hoped that the structure would be ready in time for the 2017 shareholder meeting next February.

iOS users are fortunate in that they don’t have to settle for just one Photos app. Not only does Apple have its own built-in app, but it’s possible for iOS users to become part of Google Photos as well. The service lets users back up and view an unlimited number of high-resolution pictures and photos for free, and the app has just been updated to add support for the newest software and hardware from Apple. First, if you’re a fan of Live Photos on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, you’ll be happy to know that Google Photos has added support for the feature — both in terms of accepting your photos and letting you view them. Google Photos now supports iOS 9 Split View on the iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro. For iPad Pro owners, the app supports native resolution — previously it would scale up images. The app is free on the app store.

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