AWT News Update: December 21, 2015

Lots of Apple news today on this first day of winter (Northern Hemisphere)!

  • We have a deal worth $50 off on a pre-owned, certified iPhone 5s from Gazelle. Check it out on
  • An excellent photo app for iPhone just got updated with some new features and blazing speed
  • Happy 25th birthday (plus a day) to the World Wide Web
  • A new Apple Museum opened last Thursday in Prague, Czech Republic
  • AWT News Update will be taking a holiday breather between Wednesday, December 23 and Monday, January 4. 

Text version follows, and we even have video for you!

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for December 21, 2015.

We just posted a little deal that’s actually pretty good if you’re looking for a last minute gift for someone on your Christmas gift list. Gazelle is offering $50 off on a pre-owned and certified iPhone 5s, either unlocked or on the AT&T network. These phones have gone through a rigorous 30-point inspection and they’re like new, and you don’t have a lot of the hassles of buying a phone through a carrier or an unscrupulous dealer you don’t know. Buying one of the phones is also a great way to support Apple World Today, so you’ll be giving two gifts with one purchase. Check out the Apple World Today home page for details.

There are probably as many photo apps for iPhone as there are developers in the world, but there are only a few really good ones. One of the best just got better. Camera Obscura from developer Ben McCarthy has gone from an in-app purchase model to a $4.99 paid model that includes all of the great filters that make the app so popular. For setting up manual photos, I can’t think of a better app as it has easy-to-understand exposure compensation, focus, and other controls. It’s now also a Photos extension so you can apply all of the filters to photos taken with the regular Camera app, and it’s much faster than before. A link to the app can be found in the show notes.

Yesterday was the 25th birthday of something very close to all of us — the World Wide Web. On December 20, 1990, Tim Berners-Lee set up a simple page showing how his hypertext-based project worked. The site wasn’t really public, as it was only live at the CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Berners-Lee is still involved with the web as the director of the World Wide Web Consortium he helped to create.

If you happen to be in Prague in the Czech Republic anytime soon, there’s a new Apple Museum that displays the world’s largest private collection of Apple products. The museum opened on December 17 and is located in a renovated historical building. The collection includes one of 100,000 Apple Lisas manufactured, an Apple II, and old Mac and NeXT products. There’s a section for the printers that Apple made, while others areas show all models of the iPod, iPhone and iPad on large tables in order of release. In honor of Steve Jobs, who was a vegan for most of his life, the museum includes a bistro that serves nothing but raw vegan foods.

The AWT News Update will be off the air between Wednesday, December 23 and Monday, January 4th. We want to take this opportunity to thank our thousands and thousands of listeners and subscribers, and we look forward to sharing the news with you in 2016.

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