AWT News Update: August 22, 2016

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A quiet Monday, but we still have some great stories for you:

  • The developer and public betas for macOS Sierra have been updated today
  • Want Apple CarPlay in your car, but don't want to buy a new car to do so? Sony announced a new aftermarket receiver that will work great in your favorite car
  • The almost-one-year-old iPhone 6s trounces the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in a head-to-head speed test
  • Join Team AWT and keep the website -- and this podcast -- going!

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 22, 2016. Here are some of today’s Apple news highlights.

Following last week’s release of iOS 10 betas to both developers and public beta testers, Apple today released the sixth public and seventh developer beta of macOS Sierra. If you’re a beta tester, definitely take the time to get the latest version downloaded and installed in order to get the best possible macOS Sierra experience available so far.

Another aftermarket receiver with Apple CarPlay support has been announced. The Sony XAV-AX100 has a 6.4 inch 800x480 touchscreen, and will include both Bluetooth and USB connections. As its primary use is as a receiver, the device also provides 55 watts of audio output, a 10-band graphic equalizer, support for rear cameras, and the ability to connect external amps for much more complex audio setups. The most interesting feature that we’ve seen for Sony’s receiver is the price, which will be $500; most of the other units have been quite a bit more expensive. The North American launch of the AX100 is expected to happen in late November.

Hopefully, none of you are hoping to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after seeing ads for the new smartphone every ten minutes during the recent Rio Olympics. You might think that its 14-nanometer process Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core 64-bit processor would give it a speed advantage over the iPhone 6s, but you’d be wrong. Website PhoneBuff put together a video in which 14 apps — identical on both iPhone and Galaxy Note 7 — were launched and timed. The superior hardware/software integration of the iPhone beat the Note 7 big time — it completed the test in one minute and 21 seconds, while the Samsung phone took two minutes and four seconds to complete the same tasks. Since apps always load faster the second time around, the video team timed that as well — the iPhone completed two laps around the task list in one minute and 51 seconds, and the Note 7 took two minutes and 49 seconds. I can’t wait to see how the next-generation iPhone trounces the Samsung phones.

If you’re not a member of Team AWT yet, we have a reason for you to sign up today. Apple World Today is giving away a Drobo 5Dt RAID array with five 2TB drives. This is a super fast RAID box with twin Thunderbolt 2 ports, 128GB of SSD cache, and it’s expandable as drive capacities grow. The giveaway was announced in a post on AWT early in August and the prize is worth almost $1200. Join Team AWT for just $5 per month before August 31, enter the giveaway, and you’ll be eligible not only to receive all of the extras — like a weekly patron podcast and biweekly newsletter — that come along with membership, but get into this giveaway as well.

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