AWT News Update: June 21, 2016

Today's the first full day of summer after the summer solstice at 3:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time yesterday afternoon, and we have some hot news to go along with the hot weather:

  • OWC announces that they're putting 10TB Enterprise class drives into their RAID solutions
  • Drobo launches the Drobo 5D Turbo Edition, AKA Drobo 5Dt
  • People who bought Kindle books between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 are getting refunds from Amazon today, funded by Apple
  • Twitter and Vine go to a 140-second video length limit
  • That drastically different iPhone 7 you through you were going to get this year? Aint' gonna happen, says the Wall Street Journal.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 21, 2016. 

Have a big need for storage? The good folks over at OWC announced today that they are putting 10TB enterprise class drives into some of their RAID solutions in order to provide a total capacity of 40TB. The company’s ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 solution will be available in the convenient 40TB super size for $3,679.99, the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 USB 3.0/FireWire 800/eSATA solution is $3,599.99, and the OWC Mercury Rack Pro 1U 4-Bay RAID solution is $3,679.99. Do you know how much 4K video you can store in 40TB of storage? Our calculations show about 320 hours. Sweet. Find out more at

Speaking of big storage, Drobo today announced the Drobo 5D Turbo Edition, also known as the Drobo 5Dt. The device features a 3 times performance increase over the Drobo 5D, has both Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 connections, and can hold up to 5 3.5-inch SATA HDDs or SSDs. Drobo also added 128GB of mSATA SSD as a big cache for the device, and the 5Dt supports 4K monitor displays. You can get more info at

If you purchased a lot of Kindle ebooks in the period between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012, you might be getting an email from Amazon today with a nice little refund. Amazon is sending out an email that says “In November 2014, a federal court approved a Settlement of antitrust lawsuits brought against Apple by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of electronic books. Those settlements resulted in credits for qualifying Kindle books purchased between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012. These credits are funded by Apple.” Me? I ended up with $10.07. 

Would-be film directors who likes post their videos to Twitter and Vine are going to be happy with this news. Starting today, you can post 140-second long videos, up from the 30-second video limit of the past. Can you tell a good story in 2 minutes and 20 seconds? Of course you can. 

And one final story today — the Wall Street Journal is throwing cold water all over a lot of the iPhone 7 rumors today by saying that they have the word that the iPhone 7 will look remarkably like the iPhone 6 and 6s, except the headphone jack will be removed. The WSJ thinks that the design will be slightly thinner than that of the existing phones, and much more water-resistant. When the Wall Street Journal thinks the big changes is in 2017, with an OLED display like the Apple Watch, an embedded Touch ID sensor in the display, and a virtual Home button. The Journal thinks that the current plans for 2017 iPhones will eliminate most of the bezel around the display.