AWT News Update:September 14, 2016

Logitech's K780 Keyboard

Logitech's K780 Keyboard

A short update today after the rush of craziness from the iOS 10 upgrade yesterday. 

  • Swatch wins; iWatch will not be an Apple trademark, at least in the UK
  • Apple Pay will be coming to Apple World Today soon
  • A new keyboard from Logitech lets you prop up and type to both an iPhone and iPad Pro
  • A shaky source says that Apple might manufacture as many as 100 million iPhone 7/7 Plus devices by year-end

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 14, 2016.

Well before the Apple Watch got that name, Apple attempted to trademark the term iWatch in a number of countries. There was one little problem with that, since Swiss watchmaker Swatch has long had a watch named iSwatch. Back in March of 2014, Swatch filed a complaint with the UK’s Intellectual Property Office about the name, even before Apple revealed the name “Apple Watch.” The IPO has now officially sided with Swatch and rejected Apple’s bid for the iWatch trademark…which it apparently never wanted anyway.

As you well know from reading Apple World Today, iOS 10 and macOS Sierra both include support for Apple Pay on the web, which allows users to make purchases from websites using Apple’s payment system and Touch ID fingerprint authentication on an iPhone. Several websites are rolling out Apple Pay on the web,including Apple World Today. First, Time Inc. noted that Apple Pay can be used to purchase subscriptions for Sports Illustrated, People, Entertainment Weekly and other magazines. Wayfair announced last week that shoppers will be able to use Apple Pay to purchase furniture and home decor products, and even Apple is accepting Apple Pay for purchases on its website. We are happy to announce that within the next few days, Apple World Today readers wishing to join our premium service Team AWT will be able to pay for that service with Apple Pay as well. We’ll be sure to let everyone know when it goes live.

Anyone who uses an iPad Pro and iPhone simultaneously might find a new product from Logitech interesting. The K780 Multi Device Bluetooth Keyboard is a full-sized keyboard — complete with a numeric keypad — with a notch in it to hold your iPad Pro and even an iPhone, side by side. The device can pair to multiple devices, so switching keyboard control between the iPhone, iPad and even your Mac is a piece of cake. The device is available for $80 and will be at Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers soon.

Finally, the usually wacky DigiTimes reported today that a supply-chain source says Apple is planning on manufacturing nearly 100 million iPhone 7 devices by the end of the year. Carrier reports have been saying that sales for the iPhone 7 are higher than expected — AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all reported good sales for the device, while Verizon’s numbers are lower. Original estimates of production in 2016 were in the range of 72 to 78 million units, so this would be a very big positive jump for Apple if the rumor is true.

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