AWT News Update: August 19, 2016

Happy Friday! Contrary to most Fridays, which we commonly refer to as "Slow News Fridays™", there was actually quite a bit of news out there in the world of Apple today.

  • iOS 9's adoption rate hits 87% in the days leading up to the anticipated release of iOS 10
  • And speaking of which, iOS 10 developer beta 7 and public beta 6 went live today
  • The 50th anniversary of the International Photography Hall of Fame brings the induction of Steve Jobs - we tell you what his contributions were to the art photography
  • Apple's taking donations for the Red Cross to help relief efforts for the flooding in Louisiana

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 19, 2016. Here are some of today’s Apple news highlights.

With iOS 10 on the near horizon — it’s probably going to be available for everyone in September — it’s interesting to find out how many iOS devices are currently using iOS 9. According to Apple’s figures, that number is now 87%, with iOS 8 versions accounting for another 10% and versions of iOS earlier than iOS 8 accounting for just 3%. The iOS 9 adoption rate is actually quite important, as it shows that most Apple devices are able to run the latest versions of the operating system and take advantage of apps that use the built-in features. This is much better than the Android world, where operating system fragmentation is a huge problem. Only 15.2% of Android smartphones and tablets are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow — the most recently released version — while 35.3% of Android devices are running the 2-year-old Android 5.0-5.1 Lollipop operating system. Almost half of Android users are using pre-Lollipop versions of Android. Why? Carriers and vendors in the Android world aren’t concerned about keeping their users up to date, and slowly roll out upgrades. Aren’t you glad you’re an Apple user?

Speaking of iOS 10, the 7th developer beta and 6th public beta of the new operating system was released today. This is just five days after the last release, and indicates that testing is reaching a fever pace in the weeks leading up to the release of the first production version of the operating system.

For the 50th Anniversary of the International Photography Hall of Fame in St. Louis, the museum and foundation is adding some well-known names to its list of inductees. This year sees Annie Leibowitz, Ernst Haas, Ken Burns, and others, including Apple co-founder and legend Steve Jobs. You might be asking yourself, “What does Steve Jobs have to do with photography?” Well, a lot — he was the driving force behind the current boom in mobile digital imaging with the iPhone, and before that, the Mac was used for design work and Adobe Photoshop was Mac-only for quite a few years. The Hall of Fame says this about Jobs: “Steve helped create products that revolutionized the creative world and became essential tools for designers, filmmakers, music producers and photographers. Passionate about photography both in his work and personal life, his most profound contribution to the artistic community and the world is the iPhone which, in less than a decade, has changed both the art of photography and the industry around it.”

Although the press seems to be ignoring the devastation in Louisiana caused by widespread flooding, Apple isn’t. The company today started taking donations to the American Red Cross via iTunes and the App Store to help out the thousands forced out of their homes by the flooding. Donations can be made in increments of $5, $10, $25 , $50, $100 or $200. There’s only one catch: you can’t use iTunes credit for the donations. All of the money donated will go directly to the Red Cross for relief efforts.

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