AWT News Update: November 5, 2015

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Rumors, we've got 'em. Also some news!

  • The second public beta of OS X 10.11.2 is out
  • Facebook wants you to tell Music Stories to your friends
  • Rumors say that Apple's next iPhone will still have a Home button

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 5, 2015. Our sponsor this week is Bushel, providing inexpensive and comprehensive mobile device management that’s easy to use. [Find out more about Bushel today by checking out the website link in the show notes].

Have a desire to have the latest version of OS X El Capitan on your Mac? Then get yourself to that public beta test program and sign up, because Apple has release the second beta of OS X 10.11.2 to those testers. There aren’t many changes listed that will be visible, but it’s a pretty sure bet that the new version will include bug fixes, security enhancements and performance improvements discovered in 10.11.1. Apple asked testers to focus on Graphics, Wi-Fi, Calendar, USB, Notes, Photos and Spotlight, so those are probably the areas that have received attention.

Facebook really wants you to spend all of your life in its iOS app, so it added a new feature for the app called “Music Stories” to let users sample 30-second clips songs that their friends post to Facebook from services like Spotify, iTunes and of course Apple Music. Once you’ve listened to the song, you’ll be able to follow a link to purchase the music on iTunes or add the music to an Apple Music or Spotify playlist. Facebook says they’ll be adding support for other streaming music services soon.

Everyone loves rumors, right? Well, there have been persistent rumors that our favorite company was going to ditch the separate Touch ID home button on the iPhone by building that feature into the display. That would make it possible to unlock or authenticate on the device by just touching the screen, and Apple could theoretically do away with bezels. According to one source that is usually wrong — DigiTimes — Apple’s development of single-chip touch and display driver integration is behind schedule, so the company is placing orders for those 2016 iPhone 7 LCD drivers with Synaptics. So if any of you thought you were getting an iPhone 7 without a home button next year, think again.

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