AWT News Update: June 10, 2016

It's the Friday before a big Apple announcement, which means that our stories for today are all over the map:

  • Be sure to visit Apple World Today or our presence on Twitter or Facebook on Monday for more information about the Apple announcements
  • The 4th-generation Apple TV now supports four more networks in Universal Search
  • Bluetooth 5 is going to be officially announced next week
  • Faux Apple employees are behind two thefts of iPhones in New York

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 10, 2016.

Well, it’s our last podcast before the WWDC Keynote on Monday, and there’s all sorts of anticipation in our virtual newsroom today. Unlike past keynotes, we won’t be doing a meta-liveblog on Monday; Instead, we will be focusing on putting out posts as quickly as announcements are made at the event. Keep your web browser pointed at Apple World Today for all of the announcements, or check out our presence on Facebook or Twitter.

US owners of the 4th-generation Apple TV now have four more networks that they can search using universal search. Support was added today for Bravo, E!, SyFy, and USA. If you have the apps for each of these networks, you’ll see quick-launch options on your TV screen if they happen to host a show you discovered via search. We’re all hoping that a new version of tvOS will be announced on Monday, hopefully with better support for networks outside of the US. Any update to Siri — which has been rumored — would most likely improve the search capabilities on the Apple TV.

Although we’re not sure that it will be used in any upcoming Apple products, there will be an announcement next Thursday in London about Bluetooth 5. The new standard will be a successor to the current Bluetooth 4.2 and is expected to increase the range of the wireless connection by 4 times and double transfer rates for low energy connections. We may hear more about Apple’s iBeacons at WWDC, and the new Bluetooth 5 is expected to provide more functionality for connectionless services providing location information and navigation. Apple is a promoter member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and has an officer in the group.

We’ll end the week with a bizarre story. Thieves that were dressed as Apple Store staff members have stolen a total of $66,000 worth of iPhones in two separate incidents at retail stores in New York. The Upper West Side Apple Store was nailed first back in March, when 67 iPhones worth about $50,000 were stolen. Just last week, 19 iPhones valued at $16,000 were taken from the SoHo Apple Store. The police believe that the same thieves are responsible for both incidents. In both robberies, the suspects dressed in Apple employee t-shirts walked directly to drawers where new, unlocked iPhones were stored. The Upper West Side store is often used to train employees, so an employee who seemed unfamiliar but who was wearing the correct clothing wouldn’t be questioned.

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