AWT News Update: March 9, 2016

This is not Dennis's MacPad - it's a $2100 Microsoft Surface Pad

This is not Dennis's MacPad - it's a $2100 Microsoft Surface Pad

Just a few short and sweet news items for today:

  • Microsoft gets snarky about Mac in an ad...and then steals music from a 2012 MacBook Pro ad
  • Google's doing some copying of their own, appropriating iOS 9 multitasking and picture-in-picture for the upcoming Android N
  • Let's raise a toast for three Macs that gained "vintage" status this week
  • Alleged iPhone 7 cases are starting to show up

Text version of the podcast is below.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for March 9, 2016

Microsoft has been on the defensive lately, with ads that have creative professionals making comments like “My Mac can’t do that”. In the ads, of course, Microsoft is making the case for the Surface Book device, which is a basically a laptop with a touch screen. Not only is Microsoft copying Apple’s ads by showing people actually using the devices in day-to-day work, but it’s even been noted that they copied the music from an Apple MacBook Pro ad from 2012 as well. That’s just plain pathetic.

Speaking of companies borrowing from Apple, the first developer preview for Android N is out for Google Nexus devices, and it features such iPad Pro and iOS 9 features as split-screen multitasking, picture-in-picture mode, and more. You know how iOS bundles notifications together by app? That’ll happen soon in Android N as well.

Three old Mac products gained vintage status this week. The 15 and 17-inch MacBook Pro from 2010 and the early 2009 Xserve are now on the vintage products list, which means that they’re no longer able to get hardware service unless the owners are in the State of California or country of Turkey, where owners can get service from authorized Apple service providers. In the rest of the world, these three products are obsolete and hardware service has been discontinued.

Away with the old vintage products and in with the new! Today, we’re happy to say that we’re starting to see leaked photos of iPhone 7 cases. The photos — if they’re actually of early prototypes or just someone’s afternoon fun with a 3D printer — show a case without a headphone jack and with a number of ports. The images also seem to show a bigger than usual cutout for the camera, which could either point to the rumored dual-lens iPhone 7 Pro or just a badly designed case. Oh, and one more thing. It’s slim. Even more slim than that dowdy old iPhone 6s you have.

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