AWT News Update: December 22, 2015

This is the last Apple World Today News Update for the year, and it's a doozy:

  • Readdle puts five of its great apps on sale for 50% off (see links below)
  • Apple adds some 2008-2009 devices to its "vintage and obsolete" list
  • A rumor says that the 4-inch "iPhone 7c" will be out in April, 2016
  • Google and Ford may announce a self-driving car deal at CES 2016 in a few weeks
  • We'll be back on January 4th. Please have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for December 22, 2015.

Readdle makes some incredibly good apps for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and for the next 48 hours they’re putting some of the best on sale. The apps include Scanner Pro, PDF Expert 5, Calendars 5, Printer Pro, and PDF Converter. How much off? 50% off. If you’ve been waiting for one or more of these apps because you thought the price was too high, now’s the time to get it because Readdle rarely puts its products on sale.

Apple updated its official “vintage and obsolete” product list today. The list is used to determine whether or not the company will repair or even support hardware problems. Vintage products have been out of production for more than five and less than seven years, which means that you may be able to get limited support in some regions. Apple’s home state of California is one of the areas where the company is legally required to provide support for Macs, iPhones and iPods. The products that went onto the list today are the 21.5-inch Late 2009 iMac, the 27-inch Late 2009 iMac, the mid-2009 MacBook Air, the Early 2009 Mac Pro, and the 2nd Generation Time Capsule 802.11n. Those products have some support in areas of the U.S. and Turkey, but are fully obsolete in Canada, Europe, Japan, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. Obsolete devices are those manufactured more than seven years ago, and the company discontinues all support for these items. The new additions to the unsupported list include the 23-inch and 30-inch DVI Cinema Display, the 13-, 15-, and 17-inch Early 2008 MacBook and MacBook Pro, the 1st Generation Time Capsule 802.11n, and the iPod touch with Jan SW UPG 32GB.

Since this is the last AWT News Update before 2016, I thought it would be a good idea to leave you with a rumor. A Chinese Website called “MyDrivers” said that China Mobile has laid out its product roadmap for 2016 and shows that in April 2016, Apple will launch something called the “iPhone 7c”. This is allegedly a 4-inch low-cost iPhone. Now Apple is also allegedly planning an event in March for the second generation of Apple Watch, and a new smaller iPhone could also be on tap for that event… if it’s actually held. This entire rumor depends on the iPhone 7c being released before the next-generation iPhone 7, which would most likely be released in the usual September timeframe. Me? I’d vote that any smaller device would be called the iPhone 6c, but I’ve been wrong before.

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show is just a little over a week away, but some rumors are starting to come out that have a bit of an impact on Apple. This rumor has to do with a self-driving car — not Apple’s, but one that would combine Ford’s vehicles with Google’s technology. What’s great about this idea, which may be announced at CES, is that Google wouldn’t have to develop or manufacture self-driving vehicles, but would concentrate on the AI technology that is used to keep the vehicles from crashing into their surroundings. The deal is non-exclusive, so if Google and Ford do announce that they’re doing the self-driving dance together, expect more announcements with other car manufacturers later in the year.

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 January 4th with another edition of the AWT News Update.