AWT News Update: May 20, 2016

"iPhone 7 Plus" dual camera design mockup by Feld & Volk.

"iPhone 7 Plus" dual camera design mockup by Feld & Volk.

A slow Apple news day means it's time for a few rumors:

  • The dual-lens camera system targeted for the iPhone 7 Plus is having production issues due to earthquake damage at a Sony facility
  • BMW may finally bring CarPlay support to the X5M and X6M series this year, along with the popular 3 series
  • Apple shares rebounded after last week's pummeling

The text version of the podcast can be found below.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 20, 2016.

As usual, Friday has been a slow news day in the Apple world, so we’ll give you “news” of a few rumors. First, even though we don’t know for sure that the next-generation plus-sized iPhone — probably called the iPhone 7 Plus — will have a dual-lens camera in it, but already we’re hearing rumors that supplier Sony is lagging in production and Apple will be turning to LG instead. The production issues are allegedly caused by an earthquake last month in Kumamoto, Japan which damaged a Sony camera module production facility. Furthermore, the rumor from Nomura Securities Chris Chang said that all of Apple’s new 5.5-inch iPhones will be equipped with the dual-lens cameras; previous rumors said that it would only be available on one high-end model.

If you’re in the market for a BMW, you might be lucky enough to get one with Apple CarPlay installed. A report at Bimmerpost News says that the German price list and catalog for the X5M and X6M show new technology options, including a touchscreen LCD and CarPlay. The price list also shows some reference to wireless CarPlay support, although that might just be a reference to the standard Bluetooth capabilities that are available in most modern car systems without CarPlay. Other press releases from BMW have said that the BMW 3 series will be included in CarPlay support with an update coming later this year.

Shares in Apple closed at $95.22 this afternoon, eight days after the stock dropped to a recent low of $90.34. Apple’s focus this week in India seems to be exciting investors, who are hopeful that the second-most populous nation on Earth will be a growth market for the company in future years.

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