AWT News Update: August 18, 2016

Tekserve collection, image courtesy of Liveauctioneers

Tekserve collection, image courtesy of Liveauctioneers

We have some fun Apple news highlights for you today, as well as a good rumor! Well, no rumors are good, but it's an interesting one...

  • An amazing 35-piece collection of rare Macs and other Apple-related products is up for auction
  • Kanye West's pop-up stores in the US, Canada, and Australia will take Apple Pay
  • Battery life issues appear to be the reason why the next Apple Watch won't have cellular capability
  • A "Store" is missing from your local Apple Store
  • We conjecture about the iPhone 7 (or whatever it's going to be called) camera and how a two-lens camera might work to improve iPhone photos

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Text Version

Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 18, 2016. Here are some of today’s Apple news highlights.

One of the best collections of classic Macs ever was put together by the folks at Tekserve, a New York City-based Apple reseller/repair house that recently closed up shop. Well, the company is putting a 35-piece collection up for auction, including some rare machines. There’s a 128K Mac signed by Steve Wozniak, an Apple Lisa, and a NeXTcube. You can also get one of those horrible old Mac Portables, and I even see an Apple II and a 25th Anniversary Mac in the pile. At the current time, the high bid for the collection is about $31,000. If you’d like to make a bid and then donate the collection to Apple World Today, where we promise to take good care of it and write about it constantly, we have a link in the show notes.

Outspoken musician Kanye West has announced that he’s opening up 21 pop-up shops around the world this weekend to sell his music and merchandise. Despite his past arguments with Apple regarding Apple Music, his pop-up shops in the US, Canada and Australia will feature Square’s contactless readers, meaning that you can pay for your goodies with Apple Pay. These little temporary stores have been wildly popular — one in New York City generated $2 million in sales in one weekend — so it will be some great exposure for both Square and Apple Pay. You can find a full list of the pop-up shop locations and whether or not they will accept Apple Pay on

You’ve probably read the Apple World Today post about the Apple Watch 2 today, where we quote Bloomberg as saying that Apple will not include cellular connectivity in the device. The ability to use the Apple Watch 2 without an iPhone was one of the more exciting prospects for the second-generation Watch, but it appears that issues with battery life were the reason for pushing back this capability. There will be a second-generation Watch coming this year with built-in GPS capability that will improve navigation and health tracking, but it’s going to be a while until we’re able to use the Watch without an iPhone nearby.

Apple is beginning to drop the word “Store” from its retail stores. While Apple’s site still shows a link for “Apple Store” at the bottom of the page, visiting any individual store location’s web page will show that the stores now drop the word “Store”. For example, my local Apple Store nearby in Littleton, Colorado is now referred to as Apple Aspen Grove, and the big iconic New York 5th Avenue Store is now called Apple Fifth Avenue. The branding change may be indicative of Apple’s desire to make the facilities more of a community point for Apple fans than just a place to buy gear.

We can’t let a day go by without throwing out the latest iPhone 7 rumor, so here it is. An image was obtained by French website NWE, showing a purported iPhone 7 rear camera module that appears to support the theory that all models of the iPhone 7 — not just the Plus model — will have optical image stabilization. It’s expected that the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual-lens camera. What’s so great about that? Well, the few phones that currently have dual lenses can improve image quality by using a combination of one monochrome and one color sensor, capturing three times the light of ordinary smartphone cameras and providing better sharpness and clarity. In some cases, one of the lenses is used to provide a wide-angle view while the other has a more zoomed-in view. However Apple makes use of a second iPhone lens on the iPhone 7 Plus, it’s sure to make an already great smartphone camera even better.

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