AWT News Update: September 13, 2016

Image via Twitter user @aliansari

Image via Twitter user @aliansari

Sorry about the lack of a podcast yesterday, but sometimes foreign countries can interfere... Here's what we have for you on this BIG day in Apple history:

  • Today's iOS 10 update was marred with some issues that appear to have been fixed now, but not before a lot of iPhone users "bricked" their devices (see picture at right)
  • Three Apple retail outlets will be reopening on Friday, coinciding with the launch of the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • tvOS didn't get one of its key features during today's update
  • iWork's collaboration features are now live on iOS 10
  • Swift Playgrounds is available, and not just for kids!

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Text Version

Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 13, 2016. What? We skipped September 12? Yeah, you can blame Brazil for that. It’s a long story, but basically I had to dig up a bunch of personal documents so I can get a visa for a trip there.

Most of the crew at Apple World Today had issues today installing iOS 10 on iPhone 6s Pluses. All other devices seemed happy, but last year’s top iPhone had nothing but problems. My device had to be restored from an iTunes backup, which took some time and ended up re-installing some apps I had deleted years ago. A 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPhone 5s, and iPad mini 2 were updated with no issues. Apple apparently figured out what was wrong with the over the air update and got it fixed, but this does show the importance of having a good iTunes backup prior to doing any iOS update.

Apple’s been really busy - in addition to the new iPhones and watches going on sale this Friday and the updates to various operating systems, the company is re-opening three stores that had been closed for renovations. The three stores are Park Meadows in Lone Tree, CO (which just coincidentally happens to be about four miles from my home), Ridgedale in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Fashion Mall at Keystone in Indianapolis, Indiana. The stores are reopening at 8 AM local time, and all will be moving to larger spaces in the malls.

This is sad. One of the promised features for tvOS 10 was single sign-in, which was going to keep cable and satellite TV subscribers from having to typing in user names and passwords for every TV app. Well, sadly it’s not yet available in this version of tvOS, listed as coming soon. We’re sure to find other items in the various Apple operating systems that were promoted at WWDC in June that didn’t make the first deployment to the public.

The iWork suite — which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — was updated for iOS alongside all of the other improvements today to add the ability to collaborate in real-time with others. These features will work across iOS and macOS Sierra, as well as with the web version of iWork that’s available to Windows and Linux users. Other improvements to the apps include better display on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, improved iCloud downloading, and support for devices with Wide Color displays. Expect to see the Mac version on or around next Tuesday, September 20th. If you don’t currently have the iWork productivity suite, the apps have been free to purchasers of new iOS devices for a few years or can be purchased for $10 each.

Finally, you may have seen a note on Apple World Today about the availability of Swift Playgrounds, which is a tool designed to teach kids how to code in the Swift programming language on the iPad. Well, Swift Playgrounds has been very popular with adults as well, and Apple plans to add challenges as time goes on in order to give learners the ability to expand their knowledge. Swift Playgrounds is free from the iOS App Store and runs on all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, as well as the iPad mini 2 and later models. All devices must be running iOS 10.

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