AWT News Update: September 29, 2015

OS X El Capitan's coming tomorrow - are you ready to upgrade?

  • Make sure you get a good full backup or Time Machine backup of your favorite Mac tonight
  • Google Maps comes to Apple Watch
  • Pixar gets hands-on with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil
  • Apple Pay may end up in the Great White North in October

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 29, 2015. Our sponsor this week has been Bushel, providing organizations of all sizes with Mobile Device Management tools that are low-cost and easy to use. Learn more at [].

As you may have noticed on Apple World Today this afternoon, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan will be available for free starting tomorrow. Like other OS X updates, the El Capitan upgrade will show up in the Mac App Store for download and installation. Note that you should have a complete backup of your Mac just in case anything goes wrong… not that it will go wrong, but hey, I’m paranoid. We’ll have more information about the upgrade tomorrow.

Today was Google’s day to shine, with a corporate keynote that largely poked fun at Apple. The company did provide some nice updates, one of which brings Google Maps to the Apple Watch. If you have a Watch, just update the iPhone app, then add the Google Maps app to your Watch through the Apple Watch app.

If you wanted some real-world hands-on testing of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, what better place to take the devices than to another Steve Jobs company — Pixar. Apple brought the new hardware to the animation studio where it was given a thumbs up by the team. One of the concerns of the animators was how well the Pro and Pencil would reject palm presses on the screen as someone is writing with the stylus. This is a huge issue with most existing iPad styluses, which is why I personally don’t use them. Well, Michael Johnson of Pixar noted that the Pro had “Perfect palm rejection as far as we were able to see”.

It’s beginning to look like Apple Pay may officially arrive in Canada as soon as late October, according to iPhone in Canada. A number of payment processing companies are already advertising Apple Pay compatibility for their point of sale terminals, and people are reporting that contactless payments made with Apple Watch or iPhone for less than $100 are being accepted already. Most likely the official rollout will begin at Apple Stores and select restaurant chains in late October, with a much wider rollout in November.

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