iOS 9 launch day didn't go off without a hitch, but things smoothed out quickly and there's a lot of Apple News as a result:
- watchOS 2 release is delayed due to "bugs"
- AT&T customers who were lucky enough to keep their grandfathered "unlimited" data plans now have a higher data cap
- Apple released its first Android app today
- 1Password gets a shiny new update
- iMovie for iOS now handles 4K video
The text version is available below for your reading pleasure, or you can watch me recording this live on Periscope video.
Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 16, 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 macpaw.com.
The update of iOS 9 got off to a rocky start today, but everything seems to have calmed down. Shortly after 10 AM PT, Apple released iOS 9, but many people saw a “Software Update Failed” notice when they tried to run the update. Some people reported success with performing the update through iTunes, and within about an hour over-the-air updates were working perfectly again.
The planned release of watchOS 2 didn’t go as planned, though. Apple reported earlier today that “we have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected. We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly.”
People who were lucky enough to get a grandfathered AT&T unlimited data plan had been miffed when the company capped the so-called unlimited plan at 5GB of data. Today, AT&T capitulated bringing that number up to 22GB per month. Before May of 2015, anyone going over the 5GB data cap found their device essentially throttled and unable to do much of anything. Now, AT&T is saying that once subscribers hit the 22GB per month cap, they’ll only have their usage throttled if the person is using his device at times and in areas where there is network congestion.
Apple’s first Android app was released today. It’s a tool to help Android users switch away from Android to iOS, and it’s smartly called “Move to iOS”. The app transfers contacts, calendars, photos, videos, browser bookmarks, email accounts, and SMS history between an Android device and an iOS device that are connected over an ad hoc Wi-Fi network. Move to iOS also searches for iOS counterparts to Android apps, downloads free ones, and places paid apps on a special iTunes Wish List. Apple’s expected to release an Apple Music app for Android soon, although they’d much rather have Android users switch.
Among all of the updates that have been coming out for various apps in preparation for iOS 9, one of the most anticipated was an update for 1Password. That app has been updated, and is available for free on the App Store. Some features require a $9.99 in-app purchase to unlock. The update lets you search for saved passwords directly through iOS Spotlight, a new password generator option for passwords that are easy to remember but still secure. For those using iPads or the iPhone 6 Plus, there’s a new landscape view, and iPad users also get the benefit of Slide Over and Split View. There are also changes for the Apple Watch, including Force Touch to lock the app and more categories that can be viewed.
Our last item today has to do with iMovie for iOS, which now has features for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in advance of their availability at the end of next week. 4K video that is captured by those phones can now be edited in the app. On the iPad Pro, performance is expected to be so good that iMovie will be able to edit three 4K video streams simultaneously. If you don’t already own the video editing app, it’s available on the App Store for just $4.99.
I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.