AWT News Update: June 17, 2016

As is typical with Fridays after big Apple events, today was a very slow news day. But we have a few stories for you to listen to in less than three minutes:

  • The "Apps for Earth" campaign that Apple and the World Wildlife Fund ran back in April made a tidy sum for the conservation group
  • Have the urge for luxury leather Apple Watch bands? Coach has released its bands to its online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets
  • Politico is trying a unique way to send out breaking news and poll results on the impending "Brexit" vote - using Apple's Wallet app

The text version of the podcast is below; otherwise, click the play button to listen.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and welcome to slow news Friday, also known as the AWT News Update for June 17, 2016.

Remember the Apps for Earth campaign that Apple ran back in April for Earth Day? The promotion, which took money from 27 apps created by 24 developers to help fund the World Wildlife Fund and its conservation efforts, raised more than $8 million this year. Apple has collaborated with WWF before, partnering last year to conserve up to a million acres of managed forests in an attempt to make up for the huge quantities of cardboard used to package its products.

In the market for a new Apple Watch band? Luxury fashion accessory company Coach has released its Apple Watch bands in nine different combinations starting at $125. There’s a Leather Watch Strap with Charms in black, saddle brown and chalk white; a Wild Beast Camo Leather Strap in denim blue, saddle brown and military green, and a Tea Rose Appliqué Leather Strap in black, tawny orange, and chalk white. The bands are available online and at Coach retails stores in limited quantities.

The UK will vote on June 23 on whether or not to remain in the European Union, and US political website Politico is testing a fascinating way of delivery breaking news on the subject. Instead of creating and publishing a special app, Politico is using a “pass” in Apple’s Wallet app as a single-issue news feed that gives users access to the latest polls or news on the lock screen if desired. By using the Wallet pass and selecting it as the default card, doing a double-press on the home button brings up the latest poll numbers and headlines. TO try the service, users must sign up on Politico’s website using an iOS device. Once signed up, a Wallet link is generated that creates and adds the pass to Wallet with a tap.

That’s all for today; We’ll be back Monday afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.