AWT News Update: January 25, 2016

The Broncos and Panthers are going to the Super Bowl, but that's not the news for today. Apple fans will like to know that:

  • The second developer betas of OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, watchOS 2.2, tvOS 9.2 and iOS 9.3 were released today
  • Apple's 1Q 2016 earnings call is tomorrow. Expect a record quarter, but things won't probably look as bright for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016
  • Apple gets support from an unexpected source
  • The Truth Is Out There™ and here's where to get it on your Apple devices.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 25, 2016. Our sponsor this week is younity, a powerful cross-platform personal cloud solution for Mac, PC and iOS. Check it out on the AWT website today, or click the link found in today’s show notes.

Apple today released second beta versions for OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, watchOS 2.2, tvOS 9.2 and iOS 9.3 to developers. Some of the changes included in the second betas are interesting to say the least. First, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta 2 now allows Live Photos taken on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to be viewed and shared on the Mac through iMessage using the Messages app. In the Notes app, individual notes can be secured with a single secure password, similar to the function available with iOS 9.3. tvOS 9.1.1, released to everyone earlier today, has added a Podcasts app. The new beta adds Bluetooth keyboard support and app folders. watchOS 2.2 beta 2 has enhanced the Maps application on the Apple Watch, adding a new screen of actions and a Nearby search powered by Yelp. Apple Watch will be able to instantly navigate to home and work addresses, and find local businesses organized by type. And finally, iOS 9.3 beta 2 has a new user interface for the Night Shift functionality that changes the display color temperature after sundown to make it easier for users to fall asleep. The beta also includes 3D Touch shortcuts for the Settings app, including one click access to battery, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and wallpaper options.

Tuesday afternoon we’ll have our liveblog of Apple’s first fiscal quarter 2016 earnings call, and we’d love to have you join us. The liveblog begins at 1:45 PM PT/4:45 PM ET on Apple World Today, and we’ll be offering our take on the news from Apple as well as answers provided by Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri to analyst questions during the call. With that in mind, Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt today noted that Apple will probably report the most profitable quarter in the history of capitalism, but that analysts are looking at the guidance for the second fiscal quarter ending March 30, 2016. That guidance is expected to show the first down quarter ever for the iPhone, which is likely to cause even more investors to shy away from the company’s stock, which is already taking a beating.

We’ve mentioned numerous times that Apple is being investigated by the European Commission for taking advantage of favorable tax laws in Ireland, and the company now has the support of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Johnson wrote an article in defense of Apple’s tax dealings in Ireland, saying that the company is just following the rules of tax systems across the European Union to its advantage. He also noted that the European Commission should not be trying to fix something that the Irish government intended to have happen, mainly that the lower tax rates would attract Apple facilities and jobs to its country.

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