AWT News Update: June 14, 2016

After yesterday's marathon podcast dealing with the Apple WWDC 2016 keynote address announcements, we're back to a somewhat more normal podcast. What do we have for you?

  • There's an alternative to using an Apple TV for a Home hub
  • Safari 10 doesn't like plugins and wants you to stop using them
  • Netflix got Picture-in-Picture support
  • We have a list of all of the stock Apple apps you'll be able to remove from iOS 10

The text version of this podcast can be found below.

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 14, 2016.

I promise you that today’s podcast will be back to the usual length of 3 to 5 minutes instead of yesterday’s 33-minute marathon.

During yesterday’s event Apple brought up the fact that the 4th-generation Apple TV will be able to be used as a remote home hub for HomeKit devices. Well, not everybody has a 4th-generation Apple TV, but it turns out that there’s another device that people have that can also serve as a hub — an iPad. If you have an iPad that will be able to run iOS 10 and the Apple Home app, and that iPad never leaves the house and is almost always plugged into power, then it can be set up as a Home hub.

Some other information we’ve found out today is that the next version of Safari — Safari 10 — will prefer HTML5 and will require users to manually activate Flash, Java, Microsoft Silverlight or even QuickTime plugins to use them on a website. In the past, Safari would tell websites that a plugin was available for your browser. Starting with Safari 10, that’s no longer true. If you happen to need a plugin to see something on a specific website, Safari will notify you that the plugin isn’t installed and offer a download link. Safari 10 will then ask if users want to activate the plugin once, overtime they visit, or just cancel. Once you’ve given the OK to use a plugin on a website, it will be used until Safari hasn’t seen a request for that plugin for a month or so. Apple’s doing this to try to get rid of the need for plugins, which are a known security risk.

People seem to like Picture-in-Picture, which has been available with specific video services on iOS 9 and will soon be coming to the Mac with macOS Sierra. Yesterday, Netflix for iOS was updated to take advantage of Picture in Picture so you’ll be able to watch your favorite Netflix series or movies, and still get work done.

iOS 10 will finally make it possible for users to remove most of the stock apps that Apple ships on every iPhone or iPad. Some apps cannot be removed as they’re an integral part of the operating system, but most will be able to be banished. So far, it appears that these apps can be removed: Apple Music, Calculator, Calendar, Compass, Contacts, FaceTime, Find Friends, Home, iBooks, iMovie, iTunes Store, Mail, Maps, Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Stocks, Tips, Videos, Voice memos, Watch and Weather. It’s fascinating that Mail will be removable, which should give third-party Mail apps a chance to thrive on iOS devices.

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