AWT News Update: September 15, 2015

It's iOS 9 Eve (not to mention watchOS 2 Eve), and lots of developers are busy getting their updates in ahead of the official launches tomorrow. Here's what we have for the news today:

  • iOS 9 will show up tomorrow, but you might want to hold back just a little while before upgrading
  • Lots of iOS 9 and watchOS 2 app upgrades are available today
  • Tim Cook chats a bit with John Paczkowski at Buzzfeed about... a lot of things
  • CBS is planning to launch its All Access service for the new Apple TV

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 15, 2015. Our sponsor this month is MacPaw, developers of CleanYourMac, Gemini, Hider 2, and Encrypto for Mac. Check out their apps on the web at

Just a reminder that iOS 9 will be appearing tomorrow. You might want to hold back for a few hours just to make sure that the upgrade isn’t causing issues for specific devices; a few years ago I jumped right on an update that promptly bricked my iPhone. Once again, backups should be done just before you update your phone to ensure that you have the latest and greatest versions of everything available just in case the update fails.

Apple CEO Tim Cook talked with John Paczkowski at Buzzfeed for 20 minutes yesterday, and there were some fun little tidbits in their conversation. First, Apple’s looking at ways to let users delete stock apps that aren’t tied into the other apps on the iPhone. For example, you will probably never be able to delete Contacts since it’s part of the Phone app, but they might let you delete things like the Stocks, Voice Memos, and Calculator app for third-party apps. Cook also noted that he always drops into Apple Stores unannounced, that the iPhone 6s is more than “an off-year issue — this is a substantial change”, and that 3D Touch is a game changer. Cook told Paczkowski that “I find that my efficiency is way up with 3D Touch, because I can go through so many emails so quickly. It really does cut out a number of navigational steps to get where you’re going.” Cook will be a guest on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight.

The tipsters over at 9to5Mac are saying that CBS is planning to launch its All Access service for the Apple TV. The $6/month All Access subscription is already available on the Android TV and iOS platforms, but a deal couldn’t be worked out prior to the launch of the new Apple TV. Subscribers will get live streaming from local CBS TV stations plus an on-demand library of 6,500 TV episodes.

Quite a few iOS 9 and watchOS 2 app updates are hitting the App Store today in anticipation of the OS updates tomorrow. Notable apps include Star Walk 2, which allows Spotlight searching of any object in the app, Slide Over on the iPad, and a watch complication for seeing a stargazing index at a glance. PCalc 3.5 brings split-screen multitasking to the iPad and a native Apple Watch app. The Weather Channel’s Apple Watch app has a new watch face complication that displays the percent chance of precipitation coming to your location, and uses the Time Travel feature to show that percentage in the next 48 hours. Delivery tracking app Parcel now comes with a native Watch app and support for iPad multitasking, and will recognize tracking numbers in Mail, Safari and other apps. There will be a rush of other updates for the next several days, so be sure to keep checking the App Store Updates tab to see what’s available. So far today, I’ve had 20 updates installed…

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