AWT News Update: August 9, 2016

Today was a pretty slow day for Apple news, but there are some news bits and rumors that are rather interesting:

  • Google's Chrome browser and Safari 10 are teaming up to make the inefficient and insecure Adobe Flash format a thing of the past
  • Beta 5 versions of iOS 10, tvOS 10, watchOS 3, and macOS Sierra have been released to developers
  • Foxconn is apparently working on an all-glass enclosure for the 2017 "tenth anniversary" iPhone
  • Another rumor says that Apple has nixed the idea of a single-lens camera iPhone 7 Plus, instead going with a dual-lens design.

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 9, 2016.

Many of us have been hoping that Adobe Flash would die and go away, but sadly a lot of websites and web analytics tools still require the inefficient and insecure plugin to display pages, videos and ad content. There’s good news today, with Google announcing today that it will start winding down support of Flash in Chrome 53, which will be released in September. When Chrome 55 comes out in December of this year, the browser will default to HTML5 automatically unless a website will only work with Flash. At that point, users will be prompted to enable the plugin. Google plans to have the browser block Flash-based ads completely beginning in 2017, and has made other moves to kill Flash, like switching YouTube entirely to HTML5 in January of 2015. Apple is heading in the same direction with Safari 10, the browser that launches with macOS Sierra. It will default to HTML 5, require manual Flash activation, and will also display warning messages that say the plugin isn’t installed, even when it is.

Are you a developer who is running iOS, tvOS, watchOS or macOS betas? The fifth beta versions of all of these operating systems were released this morning, and can be downloaded from your device or developer account. It’s unknown if Apple plans to release the public beta versions in the near future, but if they are we will be sure to pass along that information.

Most of the rumors swirling about the iPhone 7 release seem to agree on one thing; the device will look very similar to the existing iPhone 6s line. That’s expected to change in 2017 with the tenth-anniversary models of the iPhone, which should feature a completely new design. Part of that design change may apparently be to go to an all-glass design, with rumors today stating that Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn is working on all-glass enclosures for the 2017 model. A glass casing would make the phone heavier than an aluminum casing, but the weight difference is expected to be minimal as Apple would use a lighter and more battery efficient AMOLED display.

There’s one more rumor going around today. At one point, we heard that there could be as many as three different models of the iPhone 7 — the regular 4.7-inch iPhone 7, the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus with a single-lens camera, and then a third, premium model with a dual-lens camera known as the iPhone 7 Pro. A report out of Japan indicates that Apple has killed off the single-lens camera iPhone 7 Plus, primarily due to intense competition. Apparently this in unprecedented in the months leading up to a product launch, pointing to how Apple needs to have a killer product available just to stave off even more competition from smartphones with pretty good cameras.

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