AWT News Update: April 25, 2016

We skipped the podcast last Friday -- our apologies, but there just wasn't all that much news about Apple! Today we have a bit more:

  • Bid for lunch and an Apple Event with Apple CEO Tim Cook!
  • Apple supplier Pegatron is in hot water again with China Labor Watch
  • Rapper Drake and Apple Music -- working together
  • Those who won the chance to attend WWDC will find out by the end of today

The text version of this podcast can be found below.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for April 25, 2016. Sorry about not having a podcast for you last Friday, April 22, but there just wasn’t a lot of news.

How would you like to have lunch with Tim Cook and have an invitation for an Apple event? You can, provided you bid more than the $110,000 top bid for a charity auction being done for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group. Cook is a board member for the group, and has raised well over a million dollars for the RFK campaign since 2013. The auction runs through next Thursday - go to to put in your bid today.

And speaking of human rights, Apple supplier Pegatron is still in hot water for having its labor force put in excessive overtime. China Labor Watch, a watchdog group that keeps an eye on workers at Foxconn, Pegatron and other large electronics contractors, said it collected 1,261 pay stubs with evidence of extreme overtime between September and October of 2015. The company says it limited workers to what Apple provides as a guideline for contractors — a total of 60 hours of total work per week. Pegatron says it follows that and the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition guidelines, which limit overtime hours to 80 per month. While Chinese law limits overtime to 36 hours per month, Pegatron says that it is exempt.

Apple Music will be backing rapper Drake’s upcoming Summer Sixteen Tour. The tour starts on July 20th with Apple Music as a main sponsor, and tickets go on sale this Friday. Drake and Apple Music are good buddies — his label OVO has a radio show on Beats 1, and his next album — Views from the 6 — will launch exclusively on Apple Music on Friday, April 29.

Those developers who put in for a chance to attend WWDC should find out by the end of today whether or not they won one of the treasured golden tickets. In other words, those who were lucky enough to win the lottery will get a charge for $1,600 on their credit cards today, and can start making air and hotel reservations for the event, which is scheduled for June 13 through 17.

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