AWT News Update: November 24, 2015

With Turkey Day approaching, it's been a slow news week. We've been able to pick up a few fun stories for you, though:

  • Apple TV App Store gets more categories, making discovery of apps easier
  • Vine comes to the Apple Watch
  • Developer and hacker Hamza Sood figures out a way to add 3D Touch to the iPad Pro
  • 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will come with Apple CarPlay

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 24, 2015.

We’re starting to post some Black Friday deals on Apple World Today as we hear about them. Be sure to visit the site frequently this week and through Cyber Monday as you’re sure to get some deals. We have a bunch today, that’s for sure.

It took a few weeks, but Apple TV users will soon notice a few more App Store categories when they look for new apps. Initially, there were no categories, then two — games and entertainment — and now it’s up to seven with the addition of education, health & fitness, lifestyle, news and sports. Note that while the categories don’t require a software update to see, you might need to reboot the device to force them to refresh.

And now for something completely different on the Apple Watch — Vine. Twitter’s short video sharing service has an Apple Watch app that brings two feeds to your wrist, favorites and featured. Favorites has clips from favorite creators, while featured is full of clips that are handpicked from all Vine channels. You can like and re-Vine clips from the Watch app, and you can see how your own Vines are doing with a Watch complication that shows your account’s total loops.

We’ve mentioned iOS developer and hacker Hamza Sood before, and he’s back with an amazing hack that brings 3D Touch to the iPad Pro. How? Well, he hooked relevant parts of the iOS system to pressure data from the Apple Pencil to get the pressure info needed for 3D Touch into the brains of the iPad Pro. Sadly, it doesn’t work without jailbreaking the device, but it is a very impressive hack nonetheless.

Planning on buying a Mitsubishi Mirage next year? The new hatchback is getting totally redesigned for the 2017 model year and will be available at dealers in the spring of 2016, complete with Apple CarPlay support. It’s the first car from Mitsubishi with CarPlay built in, giving iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages by voice or with a touch on the car’s screen.

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