AWT News Update: December 10, 2015

On this Thursday afternoon, we have news from all over Apple-dom:

  • The movie "Steve Jobs" didn't do so well at the box office, but it's received a lot of nominations for Golden Globe awards
  • iFixit tears down the Apple Smart Battery Case and finds that it's actually pretty simple
  • Live Photos come to Tumblr
  • HBO GO adds support for autoplay and PIP

The text version of the podcast is below, and video can be viewed here.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for December 10, 2015.

Even though it was a major bomb at the box office, the movie Steve Jobs appears to be capturing the hearts of critics who are showering nominations on the film for the Golden Globe awards. Michael Fassbender, who played the late Apple CEO, has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama. Both Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the juicy role, although it’s not assured they could have turned the financial fortunes of the movie around. Actress Kate Winslet, who plays a highly fictionalized Joanna Hoffman, received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. While Aaron Sorkin’s script was widely tagged as the reason that the movie failed, he received a nomination for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture. Finally, Daniel Pemberton got the nomination nod for Best Original Score - Motion Picture for his work. The winners will be announced on January 10, 2016 on NBC from 8 - 11 PM ET.

Speaking of unpopular products, iFixit subjected the new Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6 and 6s to one of its teardown and found that the design is quite simple. The battery in the case has a 1,877 milliamp-hour capacity, more than the regular iPhone 6s capacity of 1,715 milliamp-hours. The only smart components found in the Smart Battery Case were a couple of integrated circuit modules — an NXP NX20P3 load switch that’s found in Lightning to USB cables, and an NXP 1608A1 charging circuit found in the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Track Pad 2. Since the case is made of rubber, microfiber and hard plastic, Apple added an aluminum plate to act as a stiffener. The $99 case is one of the more controversial products to come from the company in a long time, with CEO Tim Cook explaining the hump-backed case as being easy to get on and off of the phone. Several sources have said that Apple may have been forced to go with the unique design due to patents held by iPhone battery case manufacturer mophie, although no specific patents have been cited.

When Live Photos were first demonstrated at the unveiling of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple noted that third-party developers would be allowed to use the short animated images in their apps. Today, Tumblr 5 for iOS was released, bringing along support for Live Photos and 3D Touch in the app. Live Photos appear with the standard Live Photo icon, and iPhone 6 and 6S Plus users can use 3D Touch to play back the short video and hear the audio playback as well. For older iPhones and all iPads, a tap and hold of the Live Photo icon performs the playback.

Meanwhile, the HBO GO app grabbed support for autoplay and Picture-in-Picture viewing on iOS 9. That means you can — if you have an iPad mini 2 or later, iPad Air or later, or iPad Pro — pull up shows like Game of Thrones, True Detective, Silicon Valley, or the Sopranos (the last, of course, being a discontinued classic that you’ll want to watch over and over again) and watch ‘em while you’re doing work.

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