AWT News Update: May 10, 2016

Here's what's new in the world of Apple:

  • The iWork apps for iOS and OS X (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) were updated today
  • Canadian banks are now getting on board with Apple Pay
  • WWDC 2016 scholarship recipients are being notified
  • Apple shareholders of record as of yesterday will be paid a dividend of $0.57 per share on Thursday
  • Changes to the Apple News format for publishers bring channel art, support for older stories, and Map and Place components

The text version of the podcast is found below...

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 10, 2016.

Do you use the iWork suite of apps, which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS and OS X? If so, be sure to check out the App Stores today, as those apps have been updated. For OS X, the updates bump Keynote to version 6.6.2, Numbers to version 3.6.2, and Pages to version 5.6.2. There’s no word on what changes were made, other than “stability improvements and bug fixes.” The same change notes are used for the iOS versions, with all three apps going to version 2.6.2. The Keynote update for iOS weighs in at 567 MB, while the Numbers and Pages updates are both around 365 MB. The OS X updates are much smaller.

Our friends north of the border in Canada are finally getting some Apple Pay love today. Up to this point, Canadians who wanted to use Apple Pay to pay for their poutine purchases at Tim Horton’s (just kidding) had to use one card — an American Express card. Starting tomorrow, the first two of Canada’s five biggest banks — Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce — will support Apple Pay with major credit cards and the Interact debit cards. The other big three — Bank of Montreal, Toronto-Dominion Bank, and Bank of Nova Scotia — will be up and running soon. In addition to the big five taking on Apple Pay, two more financial institutions have joined in — ATB Financial and Canadian Tire Financial Services.

While many developers have the money to attend Apple’s WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) when their names are picked in the annual lottery, Apple also gives out 475 scholarships that allow people to attend at no cost. Yesterday, Apple started notifying the winners of the scholarships, who were required to submit an app demonstrating “creative use of Apple technologies” and write an essay about their coding process. 350 of the scholarships go to students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (or STEM) disciplines, while 125 are given to developers with financial limitations. WWDC will be held June 13 through 17 in San Francisco, with the conference starting off with the platform keynote on Monday, June 13th. Over 150 hands-on labs and events are planned, and attendees will have access to over a thousand Apple engineers.

Yesterday was the last day that Apple shareholders had to settle ownership of their shares to qualify for a quarterly dividend that will be paid on Thursday, May 12. Those shareholders of record will get a dividend of $0.57 per share, with Apple paying out $2.9 billion in dividends.

Finally, Apple today informed publishers that the Apple News format has been updated with custom channel art and support for older stories. This will come in handy when Apple World Today moves to a new publishing platform later this year, at which time all of our stories will become available on Apple News. Other changes include Map and Place components, which can be used to highlight areas or specific buildings and landmarks in articles.

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