AWT News Update: July 29, 2016

A slow Friday for Apple News, but we have a few tasty nuggets to send your way:

  • The 2nd-generation Apple Watch that might be announced soon might use a new display technology
  • Microsoft is laying off 2,850 more employees as part of its move away from the smartphone business
  • Hyundai announces CarPlay support for two more vehicles
  • A look back at a Steve Jobs quirk

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 29, 2016.

The usually inaccurate DigiTimes has a new rumor today, but not about the next-generation iPhone. Instead, they're saying that the second-generation Apple Watch will use a "One Glass Solution" or OGS display technology rather than Glass on Glass (G/G) technology. The information comes from Apple supplier TPK Holding, which apparently says that the production of the OGS panels for the second-generation Apple Watch has run into some technical issues and low yield rates. The switch to OGS would let Apple save some space inside the next Apple Watch and possibly reduce the weight of the device. While a lot of Apple fans are hoping for cellular connectivity, a faster processor and vastly improved battery life, the device will probably only see minor design changes with some improvement in specifications.

Microsoft announced that it's laying off 2,850 employees as part of its continued move away from the disastrous acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone business in 2014. That acquisition cost $7.2 billion, not including restructuring charges that came later. These layoffs are in addition to 1,850 layoffs that were announced in May, and will eliminate most traces of the Nokia takeover. Microsoft still sells a few phones, but has changed its strategy to develop apps for iOS and Android phones that support its core businesses.

Hyundai has announced that two more of its 2017 model vehicles, the Tucson SUV and Sonata sedan, will add support for Apple CarPlay. Hyundai has been aggressively pursuing support of both CarPlay and Android Auto in its vehicles, adding software updates in May that allowed 2015 and 2016 vehicles with internal displays to join in on the fun. For the Tucson SUV, only the Limited editions of the vehicle will provide support. Apple has noted that iOS 10 will add many enhancements to CarPlay, such as an automatic parking marker when a car and iPhone disconnect from each other and the ability to hide and manage home screen icons.

Finally, a look back at one of Steve Jobs' many quirks. Ars Technica reports that the State of California has closed what's now known as the Steve Jobs license plate loophole. To quote the article, "One of the many things Steve Jobs was famous for was his refusal to put a license plate on the back of his car, a Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG. Jobs—or someone close to him—spotted a loophole in California DMV regulations allowing six months of grace before a license plate had to be attached to a new car. As a result, the Apple supremo maintained a rolling six-month lease on a series of new SL55 AMGs, replacing one with another just before the grace period ran out."

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