What's news? Not much this Friday, but enough to record another episode of the AWT News Update:
- The iPod line may get a much-needed refresh next Tuesday
- Apple released a supplemental update to OS X El Capitan Beta 3 today
- Apple Pay will be a star of the 2015 MLB All-Star Game and FanFest
- The fruit company is leasing a huge space in San Jose, CA for unknown purposes
- Samsung may move up its launch of the Galaxy Note 5 phablet to avoid being overshadowed by Apple's expected release of an iPhone 6s in September
The text version of the podcast is located below if you'd rather not listen to my voice...
I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a short AWT News Update for July 10, 2015. What’s news today? That’s what I’m here to tell you about.
Rumors have it that the iPod line may actually get some attention next week, on Tuesday July 14 to be exact. The changes were reported by MacRumors and a French website — iGen.fr — and aren’t exactly carved in stone, but the sources are pretty sure this will happen. The big change will be to the iPod touch, which will finally get a full 64-bit processor, while the entire line will be decked in a bunch of new colors. Those colors include silver, space gray, a vibrant pink, deep red, a beige or gold color, and a new deep blue.
The third developer beta of OS X El Capitan that was released yesterday — and the first beta available to the public — received an update today. Apparently, some 32-bit apps were crashing, and the update resolves that issue. If you’ve taken on the mantle of beta tester, it’s time to get out there and update El Capitan to the latest version. Get to it, now!
Heading to Cincinnati for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game? Be sure to take your iPhone or Apple Watch with you, not only to get pictures of the FanFest, Home Run Derby, and the game itself, but to pay for your expensive beer, snacks, and souvenirs. That’s because MLB partnered with MasterCard to make it possible for Apple fans to pay with Apple Pay during the All-Star Week. MasterCard is adding some bonuses, by giving away things like prepaid cards, branded All-Star products, and autographed merchandise if you use one of its cards with Apple Pay.
Apple’s expanding in Silicon Valley. Of course, we know about the huge new spaceship-like headquarters building that will allegedly open late next year, but the San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Apple has made a deal to lease a 300,000 square foot property in North San Jose, California. This is the first time in literally decades that Apple has had a presence in San Jose, and should bolster the city’s efforts to try to attract other tech companies to San Jose. It’s unknown just how many people will move into the site, what they’ll be working on, or when the move will be made.
Finally, Samsung is reeling from a disappointing launch of its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and rumors abound that in order to get an edge — no pun intended — on Apple’s release of a new iPhone 6 model this fall, the company will bump up the announcement of the Galaxy Note 5 to mid-August. Last year, the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 was announced at the IFA Berlin conference in early September, but was largely ignored aftre Apple released the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus a few days later.
We’ll be back on Monday for another edition of the AWT News Update.