AWT News Update: September 18, 2015

A short news update for a rushed Friday afternoon:

  • Developer Marco Arment pulls his Peace ad blocker from the App Store
  • The Apple Watch heart monitor has saved another life
  • A pro fashion photographer gives the iPhone 6s Plus camera rave reviews

Text version is below. Periscope and iOS 9 are not playing together well, so we have no video today.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 18, 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

Two days after the iOS 9 content blocker Peace, by developer and podcaster Marco Arment, hit the App Store to great reviews, it has been pulled from the App Store. Arment is apparently feeling remorse over the fact that apps like Peace could potentially cause ad-reliant websites to fail, and said “It just doesn’t feel good.” Arment is offering a full refund to anyone who wants it. The other ad blocker developers apparently aren’t having a crisis of conscience, and the $0.99 Crystal ad blocker has now taken over the #1 spot on the Paid App list.

The Apple Watch has saved another life. Paul Houlie, Junior is a football player at Tabor Academy in Massachusetts, and was wearing his Apple Watch after football practice on September 8 when he noticed that his heart rate wasn’t going back down to normal. He mentioned this to the team’s head trainer, who sent him to the school’s health center for confirmation of the elevated heart rate. This led to a visit to the ER, where he was diagnosed with a severe case of rhabdomyolysis, a syndrome caused by muscle injury. Houlie noted that “At the hospital they told me that if I had gone to practice the next day that I would have lost all control of my muscles and there was a good chance I would have fallen down on the field and died right there. I’m very grateful for that heart rate monitor.”

Photographer and Videographer Kevin Lu was given an iPhone 6s Plus to photograph the runway at New York Fashion Week, and he came away from the experience in awe. Speaking to, Lu said “It's a lot quicker, so I can get more shots that I want, so I don't miss much. I also do videography, so the 4K video is really helpful because the quality is absolutely insane on a mobile phone and you can see a lot of detail. With a 12-megapixel camera, you can really get some incredible details, and you can zoom in a lot closer when you need to." It’s just one week until the camera will be available to the rest of us.

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