AWT News Update: May 23, 2016

New ways to control your home lighting, the never-ending Facebook livestream, and more iPhone 7 rumors:

  • Philips ships its HomeKit-compatible White Ambiance bulbs and starter kits
  • Facebook Live Video adds a new API that provides endless livestreaming
  • New rumors based on what appear to be molds for the new iPhones show that the dual-camera arrangement will only happen with the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Apple share prices rebound on good financial news

The text version of this podcast is located below.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 23, 2016.

Here’s good news for people who want to get into Apple HomeKit control of their lighting. Philips is now shipping its Hue White Ambiance bulbs and starter kits, which are an addition to the company’s smart bulb lineup. The new bulbs are capable of integrating with HomeKit, and can be controlled with an iOS app or HomeKit as a replacement for standard 60W bulbs. The bulbs don’t provide a full spectrum of colors like other Hue bulbs; instead, they’re adjustable between cool daylight and warm white shades. The bulbs also provide dimming via the app or a dimmer switch included in a $129 starter kit. That starter kit also includes a Hue Hub and two bulbs, with individual additional bulbs coming in at a price tag of $29.95.

Are you a fan of Facebook Live Video? You’ll be glad to know that you can now use Facebook’s new Continuous Live Video API to offer continuous streaming beyond the company’s usual 90-minute limit. Facebook doesn’t save the video for future replay, but this is perfect for locations that may want to offer Facebook fans a 24/7 video stream from their location. Just a hint here - we may offer a video livestream of the AWT News Update on Facebook starting this summer.

As rumors have pointed out, it appears that only the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual-camera layout. Someone on Chinese web forum Baidu showed off metal molds used in the finishing of iPhone bodies that showed two interesting differences. First, the iPhone 7 shows a larger camera than the one used in the iPhone 6s, while the iPhone 7 Plus shows a dual camera arrangement. For those who have been hoping for the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector on the new iPhones, well, it ain’t gonna happen. Nothing showed up on the molds to indicate that the Smart Connector is there. Another component leak that showed up this weekend suggested that the iPhone 7 Plus may also get a 256GB storage option, although the same leak also shows a 16GB model that just can’t be true in this day and age.

Apple’s share price took a nice ride today, closing up 1.27% at $96.43 per share. At one point today, the stock reached a high of $97.19 on news that iPhone 7 production estimates for 2016 are much higher than expected.

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