AWT News Update: June 24, 2016

Lots of fun Apple-related stories for a lazy, post-Brexit summer afternoon. 

  • Don't worry about the Thunderbolt Display being discontinued; its successor with a built-in GPU may be coming this fall
  • The 2017 Honda Accord will be here on Monday, and you can get Apple CarPlay in your vehicle if you order the Accord with a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen
  • Twitter will soon let you read tweets from specific locations on the iPhone and iPad apps

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 24, 2016.

Yes, the Thunderbolt Display was killed this week without a known replacement, but Apple Insider is reporting that Apple is working on a successor with its own internal integrated graphics card that will power a high-resolution Retina display. The info apparently came from John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed, one day after Apple discontinued the Thunderbolt Display and left prospective pro users scratching their heads. What would be helpful about an integrated GPU is that it would allow low-powered devices like the 12-inch MacBook to work properly with a large — presumably larger than the 27-inch iMac — Retina display. Other rumors are stating that the Display is held up until a redesigned MacBook Pro ships later this year. That device will have smaller USB-C ports, and USB-C can transfer data at Thunderbolt 3 speeds. We’ll probably see both a new display and the new MacBooks in the early fall prior to the start of the new school year.

If you’re waiting for the 2017 Honda Accord — which is expected to go on sale on Monday, June 27 — your wait is almost over. Get a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen in your new car and you’ll be able to use Apple’s CarPlay. Quite a few car manufacturers are now supporting CarPlay on a variety of models. One of the biggest issues appears to be the scarcity of CarPlay-ready apps from third-party developers. Other than Apple’s stock apps, there are a few manufacturer apps, and just 10 third-party titles. Apple is adding its redesigned iOS 10 Music app to CarPlay this fall, and is also expected to add Voice over IP (VoIP) services like Skype to CarPlay.

Twitter and Foursquare are teaming up to roll out a new feature today that will appear in the official Twitter iPhone and iPad app. You’ll be able to read tweets from a specific location. Say that you’re at a baseball or football game, or perhaps a concert — you’ll be able to search for and read tweets that are being sent by others at the same location. Called Twitter Location Feeds, you just need to look for a tweet with a tagged location. This means that in the future, you probably won’t need to search for a hashtag to find Tweets from others at the same venue. As of this afternoon, I personally couldn’t see the feature, but it may be rolling out in phases to Twitter users.

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That’s all for today; We’ll be back Monday afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.