AWT News Update: May 4, 2016

In today's Apple news -- iPhone 7 popularity, a YouTube TV service, iOS must have IPv6, and a new official Twitter Mac app:

  • The iPhone 7 is months away, but a poll shows that interest in the new phone is high
  • Another company announces an impending live TV service -- YouTube
  • Developers need to make sure by June 1, 2016 that their iOS apps support IPv6-only networking
  • Twitter ships v4.1 of its official Mac app

The text of the podcast can be found below.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 4, 2016.

We’re still months away from the expected iPhone 7 launch, but a survey of prospective smartphone owners by UBS Evidence Lab shows that consumer interest and demand are high for the device, sight unseen. How much? In the US and China, respondents were more interested in the next generation iPhone 7 than they were for the iPhone 6s last year. However, interest is not as high as it was for the iPhone 6, which was Apple’s first large form factor phone. Oddly, would-be European buyers aren’t as interested in the iPhone 7 as they were for the iPhone 6s. UBS analyst and regular on the Apple earnings calls Steven Milunovich predicts that iPhone unit growth may be between 5 and 10 percent in Apple’s 2017 fiscal year, and the poll found that almost half of respondents are holding off on buying a new iPhone until the new model is on the market.

Apple may be a day late and more than a dollar short if the company doesn’t launch its own live TV subscription service soon. A report from Bloomberg today noted that YouTube is planning a new service called “Unplugged”, and like some of the other companies that are rumored to be trying out a similar service, YouTube is in talks with CBS, Viacom, NBC Universal, 20th Century Fox, and more. Apparently, though, the company is in the same boat as Apple, with no rights being secured at this time. YouTube is interested in pricing its bundle — which would probably throw in the four major US broadcast networks with some cable offerings — at under $35 per month. That’s about the same price as Apple’s rumored service, which has been talked about for years but never seems to be getting anywhere. If the YouTube service does launch, it may be in 2017, about the same time as the recently-announced Hulu live TV service.

Developers! There’s important news from Apple today. Effective on June 1st, all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. That means that any apps with IPv4 specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses will need to be changed. IPv6 is, of course, the successor to the common IPv4 addressing scheme that has run out of addresses. IPv4 only allowed 4.3 billion addresses, while IPv6 — which uses eight groups of four hexadecimal digits to denote an address — allows up to 3.4 x 10^38 addresses. That’s a huge number of IP addresses, so Apple is thinking ahead.

When it comes to using Twitter on the Mac, I’ve been a longtime user of Tweetbot. But after some news I heard today, I may be moving over to the official Twitter Mac app soon. Moments, which is Twitter’s curated news section, is now in the Mac app, as well as support for polls. The new app also has GIF search, which makes adding your favorite GIFs to tweets or DMs quite a bit easier. Twitter 4.1 is now available on the Mac App Store.

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