Apple World Today News Update: April 3, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: April 3, 2018

Today's Apple World Today News Update podcast has substantially more content than yesterday's "short edition". Stories today include a look at some of Intel's new Core processors that could be used in a 2018 MacBook Pro update, scheduling of the Q2 2018 earnings call, and some concern from the Wall Street Journal about a "nagging badge" for Apple Pay:

  • The Intel Core i9-8950HK could be a powerhouse for a 15-inch MacBook Pro BTO option, but it doesn't support LPDDR4 RAM...
  • It's hard to believe, but we're already in Apple's third fiscal quarter of 2018. We'll find out how they did in Q2 on May 1st.
  • The WSJ seems to be concerned about a red badge that hounds users unmercifully about Apple Pay if they don't choose to "Setup later in Wallet"
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WSJ says E Ink keyboards will arrive on 2018 MacBooks

WSJ says E Ink keyboards will arrive on 2018 MacBooks

Last week's rumor that Apple was working with Australian startup Sonder Design to produce a totally customizable E Ink keyboard appears to have gained a bit of "truth" today, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that Apple is looking at adding the keyboards to MacBooks sometime in 2018. Those keyboards will be able to display multiple alphabet characters, emojis and commands on keys based on what app is currently in use.

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AWT News Update: August 4, 2016

AWT News Update: August 4, 2016

Some great Apple-related news stories today, straight from Steve's mouth to your ears:

  • A video showing what appears to be the next iPhone being tested surfaces on the web today
  • Apple's Apple Store app (try saying that quickly three times) got an update today
  • We tell you how many contacts, calendar events, reminders, and bookmarks you can store in iCloud
  • The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern shows just how slow chip card transactions are, and why services like Apple Pay are the answer
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AWT News Update: July 5, 2016

AWT News Update: July 5, 2016

We're back from a short vacation, and hope that many of our listeners had a pleasant and fun extended weekend. There's not too much news today, so this is a shorter than usual AWT News Update:

  • The second round of betas for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 were sent out to developers today
  • Microsoft's Skype service added a new file-sharing feature today
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the next-generation iPhone 7 will ship this fall with a minimum 32GB of storage
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AWT News Update: March 24, 2016

AWT News Update: March 24, 2016

There's an eclectic mix of news today from the world of Apple and tech in general:

  • Apple is working with Will.I.Am and two veteran TV producers on a series about the app economy
  • The "little" iPhone SE scores big in the Wall Street Journal's tests of battery life on new smartphones
  • Microsoft's "Tay" AI learns a lot of bad habits from Twitter users and is pulled offline
  • The news that Apple Pay may be integrated into shopping websites caused PayPal's stock to suffer a bit in morning trading
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AWT News Update: December 9, 2015

AWT News Update: December 9, 2015

Lots of news today, especially about the Apple TV:

  • Content providers are the logjam keeping Apple from selling a low-cost bundle of channels on the Apple TV
  • Eddy Cue says that an iOS app replicating the functions of the Siri Remote will be out next year
  • Microsoft ships Cortana for iOS, the company's digital assistant
  • WSJ says AppleCare isn't worth the cost
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4th-gen Apple TV reviewers love Siri as a TV helper

4th-gen Apple TV reviewers love Siri as a TV helper

Tomorrow is the day that pre-orders of the new, fourth-generation Apple TV will arrive, and Apple Stores will have the new unit in stock. So should you pull out the credit card and buy one? We can't tell you what to buy -- or not -- but we can let you know what the other folks who are doing reviews of the device are saying.

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AWT News Update: October 20, 2015

AWT News Update: October 20, 2015

There's a lot of media-related Apple news today...

  • Tim Cook reports on how many Apple Music subscribers the company now has paying for the service
  • The 4th-generation Apple TV is on the way next week, and current Apple TVs get three new channels
  • Apple Pay adds 72 more US banks and credit unions, bringing the total to over 600.
  • A 1Password file was displaying unencrypted metadata
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Apple’s 20% global smartphone market share translates to 92% of profit

Apple’s 20% global smartphone market share translates to 92% of profit

Apple may only sell two out of every ten smartphones sold worldwide, but the company captures the vast majority of operating income in the global smartphone industry. That’s the word from Cannacord Genuity, which showed that Apple grabbed 92 percent of the total operating income from the top eight smartphone makers in the first quarter of 2015. That’s up from 65 percent last year. 

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AWT News Update: June 1, 2015

AWT News Update: June 1, 2015

After an unplanned 3-day weekend, the AWT News Update is back with all of the Apple News you need to know:

  • A security researcher is reporting a vulnerability in Mac firmware that could result in rootkit malware infections
  • The Typo keyboard case for iPhone touted by Ryan Seacrest won't be available, thanks to the results of a second lawsuit by BlackBerry
  • Chase Bank embraces Touch ID for its mobile app
  • Apple is sweetening the pot during June for folks who want to trade in an older iPhone for credit
  • The Wall Street Journal confirms that Apple will launch its new music service at WWDC next week
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AWT News Update: April 30, 2015

AWT News Update: April 30, 2015

A quiet day in the world of Apple, but enough to generate a four-minute long AWT News Update!

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple Watch Taptic Engines made by AAC Technologies failed reliability tests, forcing Apple to destroy early Watches and move to another supplier
  • More Flyover locations are available in Apple Maps
  • Time Warner CEO thinks Apple will be launching a streaming TV product
  • VoiceOver celebrated a decade of helping the blind and visually impaired yesterday
  • Netflix is adding more audio description tracks to TV seasons and films in its library
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The flood of Apple Watch apps begins

The flood of Apple Watch apps begins

With just a few weeks left until we're able to get our hands on Apple Watches -- for try-on purposes, of course - a number of iOS apps are being updated to provide support for the Watch. At the present time, Apple Watch apps are part of existing iPhone apps since the iPhone provides the brain power for the app while the Watch provides a simple user interface. Apple says that eventually apps that run solely on the Watch will be provided as well, but that day may be far off.

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AWT News Update: March 17, 2015

AWT News Update: March 17, 2015

By faith and begorrah, it's St. Patrick's Day, so grab a green beer and listen in on your friendly leprechaun Steve O'Sande who is bringing you the Apple news o' the day.

  • According to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, it appears that Apple will finally offer a streaming TV service later this year, making it easier and more affordable for people to cut the cable subscriptions.
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AWT News Update: March 10, 2015

AWT News Update: March 10, 2015

Today in the world of Apple news:

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple Stores draw so many customers that they lift mall sales by an average of 10%, giving the company an advantage in negotiating mall rents
  • Apple's battle with court-appointed antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich may be nearing a conclusion as the company goes to the Second US Court of Appeals for relief
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