AWT News Update: August 2, 2016

New Apple and Samsung products, a blast from the past goes out of business, a new way to listen to the AWT News Update, and how to enter to win a Drobo 5Dt:

  • International versions of the Smart Keyboards for iPad Pro arrive
  • Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, and company execs get a bit snarky at Apple's expense
  • Old-school online payment firm Kagi is out of business
  • This podcast is now available on iHeartRadio!
  • Join Team AWT and be eligible to enter a giveaway of a Drobo 5Dt

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

Text Version

Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 2, 2016.

Apple has released international versions of its Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro. The new keyboards are available in both 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions and like the English layout, take advantage of the Smart Connector port on the iPad Pro to provide wire-free and Bluetooth-free typing. The new keyboards have localized layouts in British English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Arabic, and it’s expected that other languages will be added soon.

Apple fans may be getting a little Samsung envy after the announcement today of the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung execs at the unveiling of the new device mocked Apple’s plans to remove the headphone jack from the forthcoming iPhone 7. Samsung marketing VP Justin Denison made his snarky comment during the stage event today, saying “Want to know what else it comes with? An audio jack. I’m just saying,” prompting laughter from the audience. The device does look good, though, with a 3,500 mAh battery, expandable storage, a 2,560 x 1,440 Super AMOLED dual curved display, 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera, wireless charging, IP-68 waterproofing, a USB-C connector and a built-in iris scanner. The iPhone 7 isn’t expected to look much different than the existing model, will probably have improved processors and faster LTE, and possibly better cameras than the iPhone 6s with a larger sensor for the iPhone 7 and a dual camera setup rumored for the iPhone 7 Plus.

Does the name Kagi sound familiar to you? If it does, you’ve probably been Mac fan for quite a few years, as the company was one of the first payment and delivery firms that allowed you to buy Mac software online. The company was primarily involved with shareware products, where you could try something out, then pay a token fee if you liked the product. Well, Kagi shut down abruptly on Sunday night, citing a 10 year long struggle with financial losses “due to a supplier fraud situation”. Developers who were still using Kagi for payments received no warning of the change, and word has it that some developers are owed money from Kagi for transactions that were made over the past month.

We’re not sure how you listen to the AWT News Update each day; some people listen to it on the website, others have subscribed to it and listen with podcatcher apps on their iOS devices or in iTunes on the Mac, while others click on the player while browsing through Apple World Today on Apple News. There’s a new way to listen as of today; we’re now available on iHeartRadio, so if you have the iHeartRadio app on your device or want to listen to other radio stations AND the AWT News Update on the web, just use the link in the show notes to get your listening fix.

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