AWT News Update: May 27, 2015

Whole lotta Apple news goin' on today:

  • The Apple Store App partners with Postmates to provide same-day delivery in a number of US cities
  • Jawbone is suing Fitbit for "systematically plundering" confidential info
  • GM CEO Mary Barra announces that 14 different 2016 Chevrolet car models will come with Apple's CarPlay built in
  • OWC announces a huge 8TB hard disk upgrade for iMac
  • Apple may be considering "Proactive", a more Google Now-like service using Siri and built-in/third-party apps to create a super-Spotlight search
  • Canada's CRTC wins an award for its "Text with 9-1-1" service

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 27, 2015.

Don’t have the time to go to the Apple Store to pick something up, but you need it today? The Apple Store app is now partnering with on-demand logistics service Postmates to offer customers same-day deliveries. If Postmates shows up as an Apple Store app delivery option for you, it’s possible to get your product delivered to home or office in anywhere from one hour to one day. The service is a $19.00 option, and is available in a number of cities where Postmates operates.

As if Fitbit wasn’t getting enough competition from the Apple Watch, the wearable health tracker company is now facing a legal attack from one of its other competitors — Jawbone. Jawbone, the maker of the Up fitness trackers, filed suit against Fitbit today in California State Court accusing the company of “systematically plundering” confidential information by poaching employees who brought with them sensitive materials. Fitbit is about to have its initial public offering, which means that the lawsuit could have a bad effect on the valuation of the company’s share price. It’s not as though Jawbone isn’t also having problems. The company has been around for 16 years and still isn’t profitable. Jawbone has also had production issues during its lifetime, first with its cellphone headsets, then with wireless speakers, and now with the Up3 fitness band. Apple may enjoy sitting back and watching while the two fitness tracker companies destroy each other in court.

Thinking about buying a 2016 model year Chevrolet car, truck or SUV? Chances are really good that your new vehicle will have Apple’s CarPlay built in. GM CEO Mary Barra announced that 14 different car models will come with CarPlay. Those models include the Camaro and Camaro Convertible, Colorado, Corvette and Corvette Convertible, Cruze, Impala, Malibu, SIlverado and Silverado HD, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe and Volt. Those car models accounted for 2.4 million units sold in 2014.

Have an iMac? You can now upgrade your device up to 8TB of storage thanks to a new drive option from Other World Computing at The company sells the upgrade kits with a 14-piece toolkit, two suction cups for removing the outer glass, and a microfiber cleaning cloth. The 8TB option uses an HGST 8.0TB Ultrastar He8 hard disk, which is sealed with helium inside it instead of air.

Rumor site 9to5Mac says that Apple is working on an initiative called Proactive that will integrate iOS features like Siri, Maps, Contacts, Calendar, Passbook and third-party apps into a super-Spotlight search. Proactive will do things like display certain apps at times based on usage habits. Maps may gain an augmented reality function that could show businesses on a street by simply holding an iPhone up. These services are all rumored — duh — and 9to5Mac says that they may not make it into iOS 9.

And now an Accessible Apple update from our Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen:

Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that it had received the Innovative Team Award from the Association of Professional Executive of the Public Service of Canada (APEX). The award was presented to the organization for its implementation of "Text with 9-1-1", a service that allows registered users of mobile devices, who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have speech impediments, to access emergency services. The service will be available across Canada by the end of the year.

If you'd like more information, here’s a link to an iPhone In Canada post on the subject.

We’ll be back tomorrow with another AWT News Update.