AWT News Update: August 23, 2016

In today's Apple headlines:

  • An apology to listeners for a missing edit...
  • Nike appears to have inadvertently confirmed that the Apple Watch 2 will have built-in GPS
  • Instapaper is sold to Pinterest
  • Remember the story that said Apple had passed on purchasing Lyft? Well, apparently the company is not for sale, and Lyft is blaming Uber's CEO for the rumors
  • We tell you about a quick and ad-free way to check your download speeds for streaming

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Text Version

Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 23, 2016. Here are some of today’s Apple news highlights.

First, apologies for yesterday’s laughable podcast! At one point — where I was talking about Team AWT — I stumbled on my recording and started over…totally meaning to edit the mistake out. Later in the evening I received a note from Team AWT member Ben Roethig who thoughtfully pointed out the fact that I hadn’t edited the mistake. Sorry about that, but I hope you all got a good laugh!

One of the expected features of the second-generation Apple Watch is built-in GPS capabilities, and it appears that Nike may have accidentally spilled the beans with an inadvertent confirmation of that feature. The apparel and shoe manufacturer today announced that it’s rebranding the Nike+ Running app as Nike+ Run Club, and part of the changelog for the app said that you can “Leave your phone at home and run free with Apple Watch”. Since there’s no current way for the Watch to know its own location without a nearby iPhone, that appears to be the confirmation that we’ve all wanted to see that the Apple Watch 2 is going to have GPS built in. Even more telling is the fact that the app update was quickly pulled from the App Store shortly after it appeared.

Back in late 2007, noted Apple developer Marco Arment created a web service called Instapaper to grab online text for later reading in a stripped-down, text-only format. The original Instapaper app was actually one of the first apps in the App Store when it went live on July 12, 2008. In 2013, Arment sold a majority stake in Instapaper to Betaworks, and today Instapaper was acquired by none other than social networking service Pinterest. The Instapaper staff is expected to continue working on improving the read-later product, and we’re sure that there will probably be closer integration with Pinterest as well.

Earlier in the week we had some news that Apple had passed on purchasing ridesharing service Lyft. The story had some legs behind it, having run on both Bloomberg and The New York Times. Well, even those services get it wrong sometimes, and Lyft President John Zimmer today told Business Insider that the company is not seeking a buyer. Zimmer isn’t too happy with his company’s key rival Uber, who he said is responsible for spreading the rumors — in particular to Bloomberg. A Sunday post on The Verge said that Lyft was angry with Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick for apparently discussing Lyft’s valuation with investors.

Want to know how fast your Wi-Fi network is? Or, to be more specific, if it’s fast enough for Netflix streaming? Netflix has set up, a site that will check the speed of your downloads. That’s perfect for streamers, as upstream speed isn’t really as much of a concern as downstream speed. You can also use to find out how certain actions affect your download speeds; a personal test showed that I was at about 120 Mbps until I set up Photos on a test Mac in my office and had it begin to populate with photos and videos stored in iCloud. As soon as that started, the speed on my other Mac dropped to about 90 Mbps. It’s a no-cost, commercial-free service that you can use on any device, so be sure to bookmark today.

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