AWT News Update: August 31, 2015

Short and sweet news blast from the AWT News Update:

  • Android Wear smartwatches are now compatible with iPhones... at least ONE, that is
  • OS X El Capitan beta version 8 ships to developers (and public beta version 6 goes to the rest of the beta testers)
  • Apple Camp will now become a year-round educational fun spot for kids
  • The University of Oklahoma becomes the first university to go campus-wide with Apple Pay

The text version of this podcast can be found below.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 30, 2015.

You know those Android Wear smartwatches you don’t hear about? Well, they now work with your iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus running any version of iOS after 8.2. The official Android Wear for iOS app works with the LG Watch Urbane today and will support future Android Wear watches from Huawei, Asus, and Motorola soon.

It’s getting closer to the release date for OS X El Capitan, and today Apple released the eight beta version to developers… and the sixth beta version to everyone else on the public beta program. Like the last release over two weeks ago, it appears that the major changes are all performance and bug fixes, as the actual look of the operating system remains almost identical to what we first saw almost three months ago at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference.

Apple has run a summer “Apple Camp” program for students or the past few years, and now the word from Apple Retail chief Angela Ahrendts is that the program will go year-round starting in September. The push has two focuses - helping emphasize Apple’s involvement in Education and in improving the free workshops provided by the company. Apple Camp also includes field trips and special programs for teachers.

Now here’s a way to have your college student spend your money: the University of Oklahoma will start offering Apple Pay campus wide later this week. The university touts some 400 point of sale locations on the campus, including restaurants, the OU Bookstore, and the One University Store. The latter store sells and showcases technology from a number of corporate partners, including Apple.

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