AWT News Update: September 15, 2016

IK Multimedia's new Lightning-based iRig HD 2

IK Multimedia's new Lightning-based iRig HD 2

'Twas the day before iPhone 7 and all through the house, everybody was waiting for the UPS guy, that louse... Sorry, but I couldn't think of anything that rhymed. Anyway, we have a lot of fun little stories for you on the podcast today:

  • Apple ships a second Golden Master of macOS Sierra
  • A look at a 2014 filing shows that a company that's creating long-distance wireless charging technology expects to get "Apple certification"
  • Planning on watching the NFL Thursday Night Football game on Twitter tonight?
  • IK Multimedia comes out with an audio interface that just happens to work with Lightning ports

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Text Version

Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 15, 2016. And in case anybody wonders or cares, my iPhone 7 Plus is showing a delivery date of tomorrow. Woo-hoo!

Apple did something a little odd today, issuing a second “Golden Master” version of macOS Sierra. Usually, one GM is enough but apparently the company found something just before the ship date — which is next Tuesday, September 20th — and released a new version. The original Golden Master build had a designation of 16A320, while the new build is 16A323.

Energous is a company that’s been working on a long-distance wireless charging solution called WattUp for the past few years, and on occasion Energous has been linked to Apple although there has been no solid proof. VentureBeat today reported that the two companies are indeed linked, as an Industry Certification note in paperwork filed when Energous became a public company in 2014, the company listed that “It is our expectation that our products and/or the reference designs will undergo UL/CE as well as FCC Part 15, FCC Part 18, SAR, California Energy Star and Apple compliance testing.” Why is this important? Well, it’s thought that future iPhones will use a truly wireless charging mechanism, and by that we mean that the iPhone won’t need to sit on a special charging puck like the Apple Watch or other smartphones that tout wireless charging. Charging from a distance — like across a room — could be fascinating and a real force in the market.

Do you use Twitter on a regular basis? Are you a fan of the NFL? Tonight the two pair up, with Twitter planning to do the first high-definition livestream of a Thursday night NFL football game. They’ll be doing this for ten games during the season, and if you have the Twitter app for iOS, Apple TV, or can access your Twitter account from your Mac’s web browser, you’ll be able to watch the game. Of course, it’s just the NY Jets and the Buffalo Bills playing, so you may want to avoid it…

Earlier today I was on a podcast — no, not one of ours — where a few people were whining continuously about how horrible it was going to be for them if Apple ever removed the 3.5mm jack from Macs like they did with the iPhone. The logic is that “real” recording artists don’t do digital because of alleged delays brought about by conversion from analog to digital, and that all audio equipment uses those 1/4-inch cables anyway. Well, IK Multimedia, which is famous for its audio products for musicians and computer geeks, today announced the iRig HD 2 digital guitar interface, which can connect both a guitar amp and 3.5 mm headphone to an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, or any other Lightning device. The $99.99 iRig HD 2 has 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion that will hopefully be speedy enough to keep the whiners happy, as well as a 96kHz sample rate.

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