AWT News Update: July 5, 2016

e're back from a short vacation, and hope that many of our listeners had a pleasant and fun extended weekend. There's not too much news today, so this is a shorter than usual AWT News Update:

  • The second round of betas for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 were sent out to developers today
  • Microsoft's Skype service added a new file-sharing feature today
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the next-generation iPhone 7 will ship this fall with a minimum 32GB of storage

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Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 5, 2016. We hope you all had a great weekend, and we definitely enjoyed our time off Thursday through Monday.

Apple sent out the next release of betas for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 to developers today. This was a bit slower than expected for a second beta, as they usually come within two weeks of the first release. At some point this month, Apple is expected to release the first public beta versions of at least iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. If you’re a developer and your test devices are known to Apple, the updates should appear over the air; if not, you will have to install the beta updates using iTunes.

As if we don’t have enough file sharing options already, Skype today added new features across all supported platforms that improve file sharing. Now, using the video calling app also allows you to share files, videos, or photos up to 300MB at a shot with Skype contacts. The files are sent and held if the contact is offline, and the users can access and download shared files multiple times. If you’re sharing more than 300MB of data, Skype will ask you to use Microsoft’s OneDrive.

The Wall Street Journal, which has a tendency to have a slightly better than average track record when it comes to Apple rumors, today reported that the iPhone 7 will ship with a minimum 32GB storage configuration. That’s a good rumor; Apple has been called out by reviewers for many years for making the entry level iPhone with just 16GB of storage, making the devices barely usable to a lot of people.

That’s it for our slow news Tuesday, we’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.