AWT News Update: July 8, 2016

AWT News Update: July 8, 2016

For this Friday afternoon, we have news of some great free content from Apple, secret messaging from Facebook, and Pokémon accidents:

  • Apple released a set of guidebooks for educators yesterday, all aimed at showing those teachers how they can best use the iPad and Apple apps in the classroom
  • Facebook has started limited testing of end-to-end encryption in Messenger
  • WWDC 2016 videos are now available for your viewing pleasure, even if you're not a developer
  • Don't try to walk and catch Pokémon in the new Pokemon Go app at the same time
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APFS: What you need to know

APFS: What you need to know

Every computing device made by Apple uses a file system to read and write data. Currently, most Mac users are familiar with the term HFS+, where the HFS stands for Hierarchical File System. That file system has been around for almost 30 years in both Unix and OS X, so it's not particularly engineered for today's devices -- from Apple Watch to Mac Pro. So Apple has announced a new file system -- Apple File System or APFS -- that will be part of all devices in the future, shipping on all starting in 2017. macOS Sierra will provide most Mac users with their first close-up look at APFS.

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App Review Guidelines: The Comic Book

App Review Guidelines: The Comic Book

Apple developers often find that writing and testing an app is easier than actually getting the app approved by Apple. The company has a set of strict App Review Guidelines that are incredibly difficult to read through. So yesterday at the end of the Apple Design Award ceremony, the company announced that it's made the App Review Guidelines a lot easier to digest by turning them into a comic book (link to the Apple App Review page).

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AWT News Update: June 13, 2016 -- WWDC 2016 Special Edition

AWT News Update: June 13, 2016 -- WWDC 2016 Special Edition

In this special 33-minute version of the AWT News Update, Apple World Today publisher Steve Sande covers most of the announcements made during today's keynote address. For news of the features and changes to iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS, plus a preview of many of the apps that are being updated as a result, listen in!

You can also subscribe to this podcast for a daily 3 - 5 minute news update focusing on Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/awt-news-update/id970735397?mt=2

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iOS 10: Almost everything you'll want to know about Apple's next mobile operating system

iOS 10: Almost everything you'll want to know about Apple's next mobile operating system

Today's announcements at WWDC 2016 focused more on iOS than any other platform, and for good reason -- iOS is Apple's bread and butter these days. iOS 10 is going to add power across the board in so many ways, so let's get right down to details.

Availability

Developers can get a preview of iOS 10 beginning today at developer.apple.com, and a public beta opens to all users in July. The free upgrade will be generally available this fall as a free update for iPhone 5 and later, iPad Air and iPad Pro, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation. A preview of many of the features of iOS 10 is available on Apple's website. 

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I said "No predictions," but...

I said "No predictions," but...

OK, during the past week I've made at least two tweets in which I said I wouldn't make any predictions about the WWDC keynote. But I'm sorry, I have been an Apple geek since 1984, I attended many of the WWDC events in the early 1990s, and I have a vested interest in the continuing success of the company -- both as a business owner and as a shareholder. So here are my predictions for the upcoming keynote:

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AWT News Update: June 10, 2016

AWT News Update: June 10, 2016

It's the Friday before a big Apple announcement, which means that our stories for today are all over the map:

  • Be sure to visit Apple World Today or our presence on Twitter or Facebook on Monday for more information about the Apple announcements
  • The 4th-generation Apple TV now supports four more networks in Universal Search
  • Bluetooth 5 is going to be officially announced next week
  • Faux Apple employees are behind two thefts of iPhones in New York
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Apple announces App Store changes ahead of WWDC keynote on Monday

Apple announces App Store changes ahead of WWDC keynote on Monday

Apple's Phil Schiller, the senior vice of Worldwide Marketing and the person over the App Stores, isn't waiting for Monday to announce some changes to the App Store. In an interview with The Verge, Schiller outlined a number of changes that will be coming out soon.

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AWT News Update: May 10, 2016

AWT News Update: May 10, 2016

Here's what's new in the world of Apple:

  • The iWork apps for iOS and OS X (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) were updated today
  • Canadian banks are now getting on board with Apple Pay
  • WWDC 2016 scholarship recipients are being notified
  • Apple shareholders of record as of yesterday will be paid a dividend of $0.57 per share on Thursday
  • Changes to the Apple News format for publishers bring channel art, support for older stories, and Map and Place components
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AWT News Update: April 25, 2016

AWT News Update: April 25, 2016

We skipped the podcast last Friday -- our apologies, but there just wasn't all that much news about Apple! Today we have a bit more:

  • Bid for lunch and an Apple Event with Apple CEO Tim Cook!
  • Apple supplier Pegatron is in hot water again with China Labor Watch
  • Rapper Drake and Apple Music -- working together
  • Those who won the chance to attend WWDC will find out by the end of today
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