AWT News Update: June 29, 2016

This is one of the longer AWT News Updates in recent history. Today we cover:

  • A new sports video camera with build-in LTE connectivity
  • The 2017 Porsche Panamera will make a nice iPhone accessory...
  • New betas of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3 and tvOS 9.2.2 are out
  • Cirrus Logic announces a MFi Lightning development kit

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 29, 2016. This week’s sponsor of Apple World Today is Contexts, the simpler and faster window switcher for Mac. Find out more about Contexts and how to get a 25% discount on the app on the right sidebar of the Apple World Today website.

Everybody is trying to take on sports video camera leader GoPro, and one of the latest is a company called Sioeye. Today the company announced its Iris4G LTE iOS-connected action camera, which has an iOS application offering a live view from the camera as well as setup controls. The unique thing about the camera is that it has a built-in T-Mobile SIM and connects directly to the Internet for streaming without a need to use up valuable data on your iPhone plan. T-Mobile is supplying a 5-gigabyte starter pass for up to 10 hours of live streaming, and once that’s used up, T-Mobile is offering plans at $20 for 2 GB of LTE data or $10 per gigabyte one-time passes. While the new camera broadcasts at 480p resolution at 30 frames per second, it simultaneously stores 1080p at 30 frames per second. With live streaming turned off, it can capture 4K resolution at 30 frames per second or 1080p at 120 frames per second. The iOS app lets broadcasters set the title of a livestream and make announcements about a stream on social media. The price tag? $429.

Last week we told you about how Honda’s 2017 Accord was going to be able to work with Apple’s CarPlay in-car intelligent system after an update this fall. Well, another carmaker just announced CarPlay compatibility with a much less sedate car — the four-door Porsche Panamera. The vehicle launches in the US in January, and CarPlay will be controlled through a 12.3-inch touchscreen. It’s interesting to note that Porsche will install the new Advanced Cockpit in the car, which replaces the traditional buttons and dials with screens and touch panels. The Panamera will include a pair of 7-inch displays in the driver’s line of sight. Unlike most car manufacturers, Porsche is NOT supporting Android Auto in the new car. You’ll be able to get a Panamera 4S as a nice accessory for your iPhone for $99,900 before fees and taxes, or you can rev it up and get the Panamera Turbo for as little as $146,900.

With all of the hubbub about macOS 12 Sierra and iOS 10, most people have forgotten that betas for OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3 and tvOS 9.2.2 were making the rounds. Today the fourth beta of each of those operating systems appeared, both for developers and public testers. Developers alone can expect that the next beta versions of macOS and iOS will be coming their way in the next week or two — generally the beta cycle tends to run on a two-week period and it’s already been two weeks since WWDC, so we’re sure to see the new versions soon. The public beta of both Sierra and iOS 10 is expected in July sometime.

Rumors have been circulating that the next-generation iPhones will forgo the standard 3.5mm headphone jack for the Lightning port, and an announcement this week seems to confirm that conjecture. Supplier Cirrus Logic announced a new development kit that allows companies to create Made for iPhone-certified Lightning headphones. The development kit can be adapted to any form factor of headphones, including earbuds and over-the-ear designs. The kit is designed to let accessory manufacturers quickly transition way from the legacy headphone jack to Lightning. If you have a pair of wired headphones that you just can’t live without, don’t despair. Accessory manufacturers are already working on aftermarket adapters that allow traditional headphones to be connected directly to a Lightning jack.

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