The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with some family issues. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.
President Donald Trump said in an interview that Tim Cook has committed to build three big manufacturing plants in the U.S., a surprising statement that would help fulfill his administration’s economic goal of reviving American manufacturing. The CEO= is said to have promised to build "three big plants, beautiful plants," but little additional info is available.
The latest promotional video for Apple Music features country singer Brantley Gilbert. The black-and-white commercial shows Gilbert riding around on a motorcycle with friends in rural Tennessee, listening to songs on Apple Music using an iPhone. On top of Gilbert's "The Ones That Like Me," the ad's soundtrack includes music like "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and "Backseat Freestyle" by Kendrick Lamar.
Florida Atlantic University will borrow a winning concept by Apple to cater to its students’ needs more efficiently. The Boca Raton university announced that it’s nearing the end of construction on the One Stop Shop, a service area and lounge at FAU’s liberal arts college building that mimics Apple’s Genius Bar by centralizing various services in just one place.
Indie rock Arcade Fire have distanced themselves from some weirdly specific dress code requirements for an upcoming show in Brooklyn that's going to be livestreamed by Apple. Tickets for the show were made available to punters based on their response to the question "What do you like about the first single from the new album?.” According to Consequence of Sound, successful applicants received an email detailing a strict dress code and a “no phone” policy.