AWT News Update: December 21, 2016

Slow news Tuesday™ -- it's a thing today, and we have a short podcast for you. Among the stories:

  • Apple starts taking orders for the LG UltraFine 5K monitor
  • The 4th-generation Apple TV gets a quiet update adding two new US networks to live tune-in and some universal search options for Norway and Sweden
  • Bloomberg says that the iMac might be getting an update in early 2017, possibly with USB-C ports and new AMD graphics cards

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Text Version

Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for December 20, 2016. We have a rather short podcast today, which is fine with me as I am still fighting whatever crud I picked up on my trip.

The 4th-generation Apple TV has been updated with two more live tune-in options and adding universal search entries for Norway and Sweden. The two new networks are TBS and TNT, bringing the total number of apps supporting the feature to 17. Apple TV owners running tvOS 9.2 or greater can use Siri to jump directly to broadcasts on all of those channels. For Norwegians and Swedes, it’s now possible to use universal search for Sweden’s SVT Play and Norway’s NRK TV and TV 2 Sumo.

Apple World Today’s Dennis Sellers reviewed the LG UltraFine 4K monitor today, saying that it’s OK but that he’d personally wait for the 5K model. Apple today began taking online orders for the LG UltraFine 5K monitor, although there’s no word on when the displays will actually make it to consumers.

One day after Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned in a message to employees that there are “great desktops” in its future roadmap, Bloomberg reported that updates to the iMac might be somewhat minimal. The iMac would adopt USB-C ports like the MacBooks, while new AMD graphics cards would be installed in the all-in-ones. Code has been discovered in macOS 10.12.2 showing support for those AMD cards. One other feature could be a Magic Keyboard with a Touch Bar and Touch ID. The Bloomberg report also said that there was tension between marketing and engineering, resulting in the lack of a Touch ID fingerprint scanner and second USB port in the 12-inch MacBook. In addition, a planned higher capacity battery pack for the new MacBook Pro didn’t make it to the laptop when it failed a key test. Apple wanted to meet the crucial holiday shopping season, so the device was shipped with square battery cells with less capacity instead of cells that conformed to the inside of the laptop.

That’s all for today; I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.