AWT News Update: January 7, 2016

A short podcast today due to circumstances that were totally under our control:

  • As expected, an innovative iOS screencasting app was yanked from the App Store
  • iPhone 7 rumors are heating up
  • Our first AWT patron podcast is now available to anyone who supports the site

The text version is below. No video was recorded today.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 7, 2016.

For Mac users, there are a number of apps available for making screencasts — recordings of what’s happening on the screen that are usually accompanied by a commentary. But for iOS bloggers and developers, making screencasts requires running a Mac app (usually something like Reflector) and then beaming the iOS device screen to the Mac via AirPlay. A developer came up with a unique app called Vidyo that sold for $4.99 and actually captures your AirPlay stream on the iOS device itself. Some Apple bloggers thought that the app will be yanked from the App Store since it violated some of Apple’s terms of use for AirPlay, and sure enough, it’s gone already. Let’s hope that the interest in such a product convinces Apple to change its guidelines or to build a screencast functionality into future iOS products.

We probably won’t see the next iPhone until September, but that’s not keeping the rumors from heating up. A source talked to Fast Company and said that Apple is going to get rid of the headphone jack on the next iPhone and use technology from Cirrus Logic to use the Lightning port for audio out. The new chipset will allegedly offer noise-cancellation capabilities when used with specific headphones made either by Apple, Beats, or licensed third-parties. Of course, dumping the headphone jack will make the future iPhone either thinner than the existing iPhone 6s body, or could add battery capacity. The rumors also say that Apple has finally decided to implement wireless charging in the next iPhones, something that has been available for years on high-end Android phones. Finally, and this one’s not a surprise considering the iPhone 6s series is very water resistant, it’s expected that the next round of iPhones will finally be waterproof. All of these are, of course, subject to change before the new iPhone finally sees the light of day.

If you’re a backer of Apple World Today on Patreon, you should have received an email a little while ago letting you know that our first weekly patron podcast is available for download. If you used another method to provide support for the website, don’t worry — as long as you’re one of the many people who hangs out in the Slack chatroom for patrons, you’ll find a link to get the podcast.

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