AWT News Update: August 8, 2016

The week starts off with a bang for Apple fans:

  • Hyundai adds support for Apple CarPlay in several older models and announces that all 2017 models with proper dash interfaces will be supported as well
  • You can get your choice really cool Rio-themed Apple Watch bands or iPhone cases from this vendor
  • No Thunderbolt 3 products have been announced by Apple yet, but Akitio will be ready when they do make an announcement
  • Tim Cook and Eddy Cue explain why we all get to test iOS and macOS now

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 8, 2016.

Hyundai keeps updating vehicles for Apple’s CarPlay, and today several models got the nod for Apple’s infotainment system. The 2015 and 2016 models of the Azera and the 2016 models of the Veloster and Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid can all be updated to work with CarPlay by following instructions on the MyHyundai website, or by paying a dealer to do the work for you. Other Hyundai models that work with CarPlay include the Genesis, Tuscon, Elantra GT and several other Sonata models. The 2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport have CarPlay installed by default, and most other Hyundai 2017 models with the proper dash interfaces will be supported as well.

Apple Watch site WatchAware has some good news for folks who have seen the limited-edition Olympics Apple Watch Bands that Apple is only selling in Rio de Janeiro. Casetify has released a line of Olympics-themed Apple Watch Bands and iPhone cases that feature flag-style patterns representing countries participating in this year’s games. The $49 bands are not identical to Apple’s bands, and are more similar to Apple Sport Bands in terms of the materials used to make them. Apple’s Rio bands use a nylon material instead.

Even though no Apple computer or tablet currently supports the new Thunderbolt 3 standard, one manufacturer is getting a jump on a future announcement. Akitio announced the Thunder3 PCIe Box, which is an external PCI Express expansion chassis that can provide a PCIe slot for Thunderbolt 3 computers that need an extra PCIe card. This could be particularly useful for laptops like Apple’s MacBook Pro line, where there is no option to add PCIe cards. The box has a 1x16 slot supporting half-length, full-height, and double width cards. The slot supplies up to 25 watts of power to the card. The box also has a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining up to six devices in addition to a DisplayPort for adding an additional monitor. An empty Thunder3 PCIe Box will run you $299.99, and includes a 40Gbps active Thunderbolt 3 cable.

In an interview with Fast Company published today, Apple execs Tim Cook and Eddy Cue talked a bit about what they see for the future. While not saying anything about products or product categories that the company might expand into, Cue said that “We want to be there from when you wake up till when you decide to go to sleep.” Cook agreed, saying that “Our strategy is to help you in every part of your life that we can, whether you’re sitting in the living room, on your desktop, on your phone or in your car.” Probably the most interesting bit of the interview is when Cue revealed that the botched relaunch of Apple Maps in 2012 without Google Maps content is the reason why Apple now does public beta testing of iOS and macOS. Cue said “To all of us living in Cupertino, the maps for here were pretty darn good. Right? So the problem wasn’t obvious to us. We were never able to take it out to a large number of users to get that feedback. Now we do. The reason you as a customer are going to be able to test iOS is because of Maps.”

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