We start off the week with a couple of good rumors and a nice free ice-cold drink:
- One new rumor still shows the 3.5 mm headphone jack and dual SIM cards for the iPhone 7
- MyCokeRewards comes to Apple Wallet and Apple Pay
- It looks as if the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro is on the verge of bing removed from stores.
- Sweden's Spotify reported that it now has twice the number of paying customers that Apple Pay does
The text version of the podcast can be found below.
Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 20, 2016.
Rumors are fun, although sometimes the reality is far from what we hear about months in advance. Take, for example, new rumors today from Engadget, which grabbed photos from Chinese iPhone repair company RockFix as proof of what features will be on the iPhone 7 to be released this fall. Probably the two biggest problems with the new rumor are that it still shows the 3.5mm headphone jack — which is supposed to be replaced by the existing Lightning port and new Lightning-connected EarPods — and dual trays for SIM cards. The latter is highly suspect, since Apple has never shown any interest in doubling up on SIM cards, and in fact is going in the opposite direction with the newest iPads with an embedded Apple SIM that does away with the need for a physical card. On the plus side, the rumor does add weight to the previous suggestions that the new model could come with up to 256 GB of storage and that there will be a dual-lens camera on the Plus model of the iPhone 7.
Is the heat making you feel thirsty? Last year, Coca-Cola started accepting debit and credit cards through Apple Pay on many of its vending machines, and now they’ve announced that you can add your MyCokeRewards loyalty card to Apple Pay and get a free drink as a result. If you make a purchase at a supported Coca-Cola vending machine, you’ll get 3 points towards a free drink, which will come your way when you’ve purchased 10 (30 points). To start it off, though, they’re giving you 30 points just for signing up, so you can pay for your drink immediately. You can sign up for the rewards program at mycokerewards.com, and if you’re not into sugary drinks, the free reward can be used towards other Coca-Cola products like Powerade and Dasani.
If you’re a fan of the 13-inch non-Retina-display MacBook Pro, you might want to go pick one up as soon as you can because Apple Stores are starting to remove the laptops from their displays. Apple could be planning on phasing out the device, which would make sense since the company’s direction seems to be pointed toward a Retina display future. All of Apple’s major products can now be purchased with Retina displays except for the MacBook Air and some models of the iMac. The company has been pushing non-Retina versions from the website and in Apple Stores, so we might finally see the demise of the lower resolution displays. There are also persistent rumors that Apple is working on a redesigned MacBook Pro that has a reconfigurable OLED touch bar at the top of the keyboard, and that it should be available later this year.
Spotify is keeping the pressure on Apple Music, today announcing that it has 100 million subscribers, 30 million of whom pay for the service instead of opting for the ad-supported free version. Apple Music currently has 15 million paying subscribers, although it has only been available for a year while Spotify has been around for 8 years. Spotify has never been profitable, paying over 80 percent of revenue to labels and artists, and at the present time it is spending a lot of money expanding internationally. While Apple Music may not be profitable — Apple doesn’t release direct financial information for the service — it keeps people tied to Apple platforms.
That’s all for today; We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.