AWT News Update: September 1, 2015

Image of the existing Saddle Creek Apple Store in Germantown, TN. Via

Image of the existing Saddle Creek Apple Store in Germantown, TN. Via

The first day of September brings a request from Apple World Today as well as some fun stories for today:

  • A next generation Apple Store is coming to Memphis... and hopefully a city near you
  • GoPro updated its official app today with new editing and sharing capabilities
  • iPads are the tour guides at the One World Trrade Center Observatory

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 1, 2015.

Just a short note to start off the podcast today; Apple World Today is looking for support from its readers and listeners. We’re basically at the point that if we don’t drastically improve revenues within the next month, we may have to shut down operations. So far, the response from the Apple community has been wonderful, but we’re only at about half the revenue we need to keep the doors open. How can you help? One way is to pledge a monthly gift to the site on Patreon. The address is You can also tell your friends about Apple World Today on Facebook or Twitter, follow us on Facebook at, and on Twitter at Patrons get a special Slack channel to talk with us or provide ideas, are automatically entered in giveaways, and will also be invited to join live video chats during Apple events. Thank you in advance for your help!

Apple Stores have been around since May 19, 2001, and many of the stores still look similar to their original design inside and out. Apple is poised to shake things up a bit with a new next-generation design. The first store of this type will be located in Memphis, Tennesee at the Shops of Saddle Creek South. The new design includes a matte granite reinforced panel on the exterior, natural oak tables inside, live plants at times, TV displays that change, and artwork.

Have a GoPro camera? There’s a new version of the official GoPro app for iPhone and iPad today, with a smart edit feature allowing users to create and share clips from within the app. Formerly, users had to use third-party apps to do that; the new feature can create edited videos that are 5, 15 or 30 seconds in length, and share them instantly to Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and more social networking sites.

Visitors to the Big Apple may want to check out the One World Trade Center Observatory, not only for the amazing view from 100 floors above Manhattan, but also for the iPad technology used as a personal tour guide. Guests can rent a One World Explorer, which is an iPad encases in a special plastic case. The internal gyroscopes can detect what a user is pointing at, giving them a virtual view of the skyline with landmarks pinpointed. With a tap, the iPad app shows a virtual helicopter tour from the top of the building to the destination. History and stories about each location are provided as well. The gift shop at the observatory also uses iPads as terminals for purchasing goodies.

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