AWT News Update: September 8, 2016

While there's not as much exciting news as in yesterday's marathon podcast, today's can be listened to in its entirety in just a little over four minutes. Here's what we have for you today:

  • We take exception to a very clickbaitish article about AirPods on another website (we're looking at you, Business Insider) <--- don't click that!
  • GeekBench 4 results show the iPhone 7 Plus to be a fast smartphone, even faster than the iPad Pro!
  • Some features "advertised" at WWDC for macOS Sierra and iOS 10 don't appear to have made it to the first non-beta versions of the operating systems that shipped to developers and public beta testers today
  • The Taptic Engine in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will start getting used more often for feedback now that Apple has announced that an API will be available for developers

The text version of the podcast can be viewed 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 September 8, 2016.

So, what happens when you can’t write a real story? You do what Business Insider did. Dave Smith at BI wrote a clickbait article that is just ridiculous, titled “Here’s what happens if your Apple AirPods get lost or stolen”. To quote the article, “What happens if someone steals your AirPods? What if you’re on the subway and someone snatches one or both out of your ears and runs away? Does Apple have a way of preventing this kind of theft? The short answer, unfortunately, is no. Apple says that if AirPods are lost or stolen, you’ll have to buy new ones, just like any other Apple product. There’s no anti-theft measures in place to protect your shiny wireless earbuds.” This is just utter crap. Is Apple supposed to replace stolen personal property? No. And you won’t see any similar articles on Business Insider or any other site asking what to do if your Sennheiser, Bose or any other headphones are lost or stolen. It must have been a really slow news day over at Business Insider.

As expected, someone has run the popular GeekBench app on an iPhone 7 Plus, and it looks like a real speedster. According to the GeekBench database, an iPhone 9,4 was benchmarked at a Multi-Core Score of 5363 compared to the iPhone 6s Plus which scores a 4106. The key info, though, is that the system information included with the benchmark seems to indicate 3GB of RAM in the new iPhone. Oh, and if you want to compare Apples and Apples, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the A9X processor scores 4910 on the multiple core test, while the iMac 17,1 — which is the Mac I’m sitting at right now, a late 2015 Retina iMac 5K with 27-inch screen and 4 GHz i7 processor — clocks in at 16722.

The final Golden Master public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 were sent out to public beta testers today. These are basically what will be available to the public next Tuesday, September 13, but the public beta testers and developers get the final product a few days earlier. After just a bit of looking around, it appears that some of the features announced at WWDC back in June did not make it to the first versions of Sierra and iOS 10. Expect those missing features to arrive in an update sometime soon.

One interesting bit out of yesterday’s Apple event that didn’t receive a lot of press was the implementation of a solid state home button that uses the Taptic Engine to simulate the feel of a button press on a button that doesn’t actually move. While Apple touted the use of this for quick actions, messages, notifications, and ringtones, they also noted that it’s going to be available for third-party developers to use. Up to this point, the use of the Taptic Engine to provide haptic feedback has been limited to Apple. The information on how to use the Taptic Engine still hasn’t been released to developers, but will most likely appear in the next month or so.

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