AWT News Update: October 19, 2015

Apps seem to be in the news a lot today!

  • Would you be surprised to find out that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are popular in Samsung's home country of South Korea?
  • Apple Maps adds Amtrak routes, Boston transit, and Canadian local business data
  • A new app adds the ability to tap in a phone number on the Apple Watch
  • Waze got a major update to version 4.0
  • Have you downloaded your free copy of MyApple Magazine yet?

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 19, 2015.

Guess what’s popular in Samsung’s home country of South Korea. If you guessed the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, you may already be a winner! Today, pre-orders of the new phones were sold out in record time at South Korea’s three mobile carriers. KT Corp reported that pre-orders passed 10,000 within the first minute of the site going live, and had to shut down pre-orders less than 10 minutes later as the first 50,000 units for pre-orders were sold out. SK Telecom ended its pre-orders after 30 minutes, but declined to divulge the exact number of handsets sold early. LG Uplus also sold out pre-orders in about five minutes. Competitor and arch-rival Samsung tried to offset the iPhone craze ahead of today’s presales by cutting prices on the latest models and coming out with a rose gold version of the Galaxy Note 5.

Apple Maps has added Amtrak routes in the heavily-traveled northeastern corridor, making it simple for commuters to now pull up intercity transit instructions that use Amtrak trains. In addition, the app also turned on support for Boston’s buses, commuter rail, subways and trolleys, although some routes are not available on Apple Maps for Mac at this time. Finally, local business data for Canadians will improve in Apple Maps. Apple has partnered with Yellow Pages Canada to provide data such as open hours, contact information, ratings, and website links for a large number of local businesses.

Sure, it’s great to call someone from your Apple Watch when you’ve got them in your contact list, but what if you want to call a number that’s listed on a billboard or in a newspaper? A new watchOS 2 app called Watch Keypad will do the job for you. The app launches quickly and shows a simple keypad that you can use to tap in numbers and any symbols you may need for international calling such as the plus sign, “star” or “ound” keys. Each tap on the keypad provides tactile feedback and a soundp, and there’s even a way to use Watch Keypad to enter a number for a text message. The app also shows recent calls in a list. It’s a cool way to make up for the lack of a dial pad on the Watch, and it only costs $0.99. Find it here on the App Store.

In other app-related news today, do you use Waze? The free, crowdsourced map and navigation app got a major overhaul with today’s version 4.0, adding a new look for better app navigation, improved battery consumption, and a visual reporting menu. Need to report a hazard, road closure, accident, or hidden traffic cop? It’s now a tap away.

Finally, just a reminder that if you haven’t yet downloaded a copy of our free MyApple magazine, it’s available with a click from A subscribe popup will let you subscribe to updates about the magazine in the future. Our first issue has been widely downloaded and highly praised, so be sure to get your free copy today.

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.