Apple World Today News Update: April 12, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: April 12, 2018

Welcome back - the podcast skipped a day yesterday, as Steve was taking advantage of warm Spring weather and enjoying some downtime with his wife. We have three short news items for your listening pleasure on today's Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • iMovie for iOS got an update today, adding iPhone X screen support and adopting Apple's Metal graphics processing framework, among other improvements
  • The HomePod isn't selling well; Bloomberg feels that it's the lack of Siri smarts and the price tag that are hurting the smart speaker, not the speaker's great sound
  • Today's the day Apple started warning Mac users about the impending incompatibility of 32-bit apps
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Apple World Today News Update: January 16, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 16, 2018

A smaller sensor notch in 2019, poor working conditions in a supplier's factory (or not), and the folks from Cupertino are pretty darned helpful to law enforcement:

  • A rumor has it that 2019 iOS devices may use a much more compact sensor for Face ID
  • Apple's own investigation seems to contradict a Bloomberg/China Labor Watch report that found bad working conditions at an Apple supplier's factory
  • The head of the California Division of the FBI loves Apple, as the company provides training to FBI and local law enforcement officials
  • Apple's Health app is being used as evidence in a German murder trial (hint: your heart rate climbs when you're trying to dispose of a body)
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AWT News Update: July 10, 2017

AWT News Update: July 10, 2017

Happy Monday! We start off this week with a new sponsor, a new region with Apple Maps transit directions, a deal on Oculus Rift, and a new rumor about the iPhone 8:

  • A big welcome to AWT sponsor of the week EverWeb
  • Vegas, Baby! And Reno, Sparks and Carson City, too! They're all covered by transit directions in Apple Maps now
  • There's a sale on Oculus Rift VR headsets and Oculus Touch controllers this week, $200 off the regular price. Get it now, because it will probably work with Mac soon
  • Bloomberg says the iPhone 8 might come with advanced facial recognition to replace Touch ID
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AWT News Update: May 26, 2017

AWT News Update: May 26, 2017

As we go into the Memorial Day weekend, enjoy these stories from around the world of Apple:

  • Apple's developing a dedicated AI processor called the "Apple Neural Engine"
  • Apple News gets an editor in chief, but can it get away from its liberal bias?
  • An investigation into EgyptAir Flight 804's 2016 crash suggests that an iPhone 6s and iPhone mini 4 may have been plugged in incorrectly and caused a cockpit fire
  • Tim Cook tweets out the latest New Yorker cover... that was drawn on an iPad
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Apple Music redesign on the way for iOS 11, including original video content

Apple Music redesign on the way for iOS 11, including original video content

Bloomberg is reporting that a new version of Apple Music -- most likely embedded in iOS 11 -- will ship later this year that begins shifting the emphasis of the service from music to original video programming. The report notes that the new Apple Music service could host upwards of 10 original shows by the end of 2017.

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AWT News Update: April 18, 2017

AWT News Update: April 18, 2017

Death, taxes, rumors, taxes, more rumors, and more flaming batteries? That's what we might have today on this Tax Day, 2017:

  • Using smartphones while driving is probably behind the first rise in motor vehicle deaths in 40 years
  • Bloomberg says there are multiple iPhone 8 prototypes under consideration, but we think their assertion that Apple would ship a "top of the line" iPhone without Touch ID is stupid
  • Will the 2017 iPhone crop come with the Lighting to 3.5mm headphone adapter? That's the important question!
  • iFixit found that the battery used in the new Samsung Galaxy S8+ is almost identical to those in the Galaxy Note 7 "burner phones" last year
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AWT News Update: October 28, 2016

AWT News Update: October 28, 2016

We end this week's string of podcasts with a shorter episode than yesterday's marathon, but throw a bit of opinion into the mix:

  • We take Bloomberg to task for putting all of the blame for price increases in the UK on the Brexit, when it appears that most of the increase is an adjustment for the 20% VAT in the country
  • Apple is officially out of the monitor business
  • Opinion: 16GB of non-expandable RAM in a "creative pro" MacBook Pro is insane
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AWT News Update: May 16, 2016

AWT News Update: May 16, 2016

Tweets, stores, VR, and Spaces are all in our Apple news report today:

  • Bloomberg says Twitter's not going to count photos and links in the character count
  • Apple's new Union Square flagship store in San Francisco opens on Saturday
  • The new YouTube app for iOS makes every YouTube video visible in Google Cardboard VR
  • Google releases Spaces, a new small group sharing app
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AWT News Update: February 17, 2016

AWT News Update: February 17, 2016

A refreshing change from earlier this week, with a lot more interesting news items from the world of Apple:

  • The US Government files suit against counterfeiters who brought fake Apple and Samsung products into the country
  • Twitter adds just what you needed to its official app: a GIF button
  • Two organizations join up to move ahead with universal acceptance of NFC payments (including Apple Pay) to pay for fares on public transportation
  • Apple's doing a great job of recycling old iPhones
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AWT News Update: December 11, 2015

AWT News Update: December 11, 2015

On this quiet news day, we have the following updates for you:

  • The iOS App Store is being updated to let buyers know when an app has a companion universal app for the Apple TV
  • The 35th anniversary of Apple's IPO is tomorrow, and the stock has really blossomed in value since that time
  • Bloomberg's Professional app gains iPad Pro features
  • Apple updated its web portal for Apple ID to make it more user friendly
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AWT News Update: November 30, 2015

AWT News Update: November 30, 2015

On this last day of November, we have some fascinating news bits that should make your day:

  • Advertisers, sponsors - we're now listed on Cast.Market. Sponsor the podcast for a song!
  • A new address system pinpoints any of the 57 trillion 3 square meter spots on earth with three short words
  • JCPenney is beta-testing Apple Pay in Texas, and will roll out nationwide next year
  • The Aaron Sorkin script for Steve Jobs is available for your downloading pleasure
  • Apple spent much less than its competitors on R&D, but there may be a reason...
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Apple’s Angela Ahrendts to speak at ‘The Year Ahead: 2016’

Apple’s Angela Ahrendts to speak at ‘The Year Ahead: 2016’

Bloomberg today announced the third annual "The Year Ahead: 2016" Summit, an “intimate gathering of today's most powerful business leaders and industry influencers from around the world.” Angela Ahredts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and online stores, will be one of the speakers. 

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