AWT News Update: July 15, 2015

Even on this slow news day for Apple, there's plenty to hear about:

  • The new iPod touch brings 6x better performance than its predecessor, as well as new colors and capacities
  • Apple Watch will show up in New Zealand on July 31
  • A Hulu intern makes a cool Apple Watch app
  • I hope Neil Young will remember, Apple Music don't need him around anyhow...

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 15, 2015.

One day after all of the tech pundits guessed it would happen, Apple updated the iPod touch and added new colors across the entire iPod line. The new iPod touch is notable for using the same processor — the Apple A8 — and motion coprocessor — the M8 — as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It runs slightly slower than the iPhone 6, puttering along at 1.1 GHz per core instead of the 1.39 GHz per core seen on the iPhone. But don’t let that fool you; benchmarks run by TechCrunch show that the sixth-generation iPod touch is six times faster than the fifth-generation model. The touch also received a feature that isn’t on any other existing Apple product — Bluetooth 4.1. That latest iteration of Bluetooth provides better reliability, less interference with LTE bands, better power management, and faster data transfer. There is some speculation that the new iPod touch foretells the release this fall of a new iPhone 6c… but that’s just speculation.

I don’t know if any of our listeners live in New Zealand, but if you do, I’m happy to let you know that the Apple Watch will arrive in Kiwi-land on July 31. This Friday, the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand will get the Watch, following last month’s release in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Interns tend to get a bad rap, but an intern at Hulu should get a permanent job thanks to the app he wrote. That app is an Apple Watch app that can control playback of Hulu from your wrist. It not only lets you play and pause content, but also has a quick rewind button to take you back 10 seconds into your stream. The app also allows Hulu viewers to route video playback to a Chromecast-connected TV from the Apple Watch for big screen viewing. Hulu version 4.4 for iPhone with the new intern-approved Hulu remote for Apple Watch is available now on the App Store.

Vintage rocker Neil Young has pulled his albums from streaming music services, according to a post on Facebook. He says it’s not about money, but about sound quality. To quote, “I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution.” Neil apparently forgets that his albums were once released on cassettes, 8-tracks, and played on AM radio. Personally, I won’t miss his albums on Apple Music.

We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon for another edition of the AWT News Update.