AWT News Update: September 19, 2016

Steve's iPhone 7 Plus finally arrived today -- don't ask why it took so long -- so he's been playing with it in advance of a full review. That means that today's podcast is a bit shorter than usual!

  • We overview some rare bugs that are hitting some new iPhones
  • macOS Sierra will be here tomorrow. Are you ready?
  • Google releases Google Trips for iOS, great for business or personal travel

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Text Version

Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 19, 2016. My iPhone 7 Plus finally showed up this afternoon, so guess what I spent a lot of the afternoon playing with? We’ll have a first look at the new phone tomorrow on Apple World Today, and sadly we have a short podcast for you today.

Of course, no new iPhone can hit the market without at least a few bugs. We’ve already reported on people losing cellular connectivity after coming out of Airplane Mode. There are also reports of some iPhone 7s making a hissing noise when they’re performing a processor intensive task. Now we’re hearing of Lightning EarPods that have volume controls that become nonfunctional in a short amount of time, and issues with the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter. The headphone adapter shuts off after 5 minutes of inactivity if the iPhone’s display is off, requiring the user to unplug the adapter, then plug it back in to get sound. Apple says that a fix is on the way for the Lightning issues; no word on the other problems reported earlier.

Tomorrow is the day that macOS Sierra hits Updates in the Mac App Store, and we’re sure that for most Mac owners, it’s going to go smoothly. Even if problems crop up, it can still go smoothly if you follow some of our suggestions in today’s “Preparing your Mac for macOS Sierra” post. Probably the most important thing to do is make sure that you have at least one backup — perhaps from Time Machine — and a bootable clone backup as well. The upgrade should appear around 10 AM PT if Apple sticks to tradition.

Finally, Google has delivered a fun app for iOS today. Anyone who is planning on taking a trip, whether for business or pleasure, should try the new Google Trips app. Google Trips can read reservations from a connected Gmail account and load them into specific trip sections, and allow users to add things like places to eat and drink, activities, and places. The app is free, and if you’re not a user of something like TripIt, Google Trips can be very handy when you’re traveling.

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