AWT News Update: July 15, 2016

Lots of little Apple-related news tidbits for you as we head into the weekend:

  • CBS adds an Apple TV-exclusive news app with Siri voice search
  • Katy Perry releases a new single exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes
  • Move over T-Mobile; Sprint is offering goodies for Pokémon players
  • Apple's share price closed near a quarterly high yesterday
  • Contactless cash withdrawals leveraging TouchID coming soon from a growing number of  ATMs

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 15, 2016.

The 4th-generation Apple TV received some attention today, with several announcements that are sure to make fans of the little black box happy. First, tvOS’s Universal Search has added support for Comedy Central, MTV and VH1 in the last day or so. But even more interesting is the new CBS Apple TV-exclusive news app with Siri voice search. While viewing live video in the new app, users can look at related content, subscribe to content or bookmark on-demand video for future viewing. The app can be launched by voice from the Apple TV home screen, and content can be searched by keyword or subject using Siri.

Pop singer Katy Perry released a new single called “Rise” today exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes. The song will be used as an anthem for the NBC coverage of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. It’s Perry’s first major single in about two years, so Apple and Capitol Records may have a hit on their hands. Apple likes to use exclusives like this as a come-on to lure listeners from the competing Spotify service to Apple Music.

Remember yesterday’s story about T-Mobile offering free data for the Pokémon Go app? Sprint jumped into the game as well, and will place lures at its stores. Both Sprint and Boost Mobile stores will also offer free charging stations so you can top off your iPhone battery before embarking on your Pokémon hunt. Sprint is also providing “experts” on-site to provide assistance in finding nearby Pokéstops.

Apple’s share price closed yesterday at $98.79 per share, near the high for the past quarter. You’ll remember that the stock price plummeted below $100 per share after the company’s Q2 earnings call. Apple’s announcing its third-quarter earnings in the next few weeks, and there’s hope for optimism both on how the iPhone SE is performing in the market and how strong demand may be for the forthcoming iPhone 7 expected this fall.

Finally, if you’re worried about card skimmers and shoulder surfers at your local ATM, a new partnership between FIS and Payment Alliance International should catch your attention. The two firms are going to be rolling out a QR code based mobile platform tied in with TouchID to allow cardless withdrawals at more than 70,000 US teller machines. There’s no rollout timeline available, but it’s good to see that these companies have our backs. Bank of America and Wells Fargo ATMs are also expected to support Apple Pay for contactless withdrawals later this year.

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