Talks between Apple and PayPal regarding Apple Pay partnership soured following PayPal’s deal with Samsung, reports Bank Innovation. The outlet says that the two sides began negotiations early on in Apple Pay’s development, but when PayPal partnered with Samsung for Galaxy S5 payments, Apple backed out.
According to the report, PayPal’s now-former president David Marcus was categorically against the Samsung deal, knowing that it would jeopardize PayPal’s relationship with Apple. But apparently eBay CEO John Donahoe didn’t agree with the executive, and essentially forced the company into the partnership. Read More
Pebble today announced that it is releasing an update for all of its Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches to add new features. The two devices are now capable of tracking a wearer’s footsteps and sleep activity in the background, fulfilling a long time request by users.
Pebble says that these new capabilities won’t have a major impact on battery life, and added that it is extending its fitness partnerships with new apps from Jawbone and Swim.com. The team is also opening up its activity tracking features to other 3rd party developers. Read More
Apple on Tuesday updated its Investor Relations webpage to confirm that it will be announcing its financial earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter (or third calendar quarter) of 2014 this month. The earnings statement will be released at 1:30 PM PST on October 20, with a conference call scheduled for 2 PM.
This earnings report will cover the three month period from July through September, giving us our first real glimpse at how Apple’s new handsets are selling. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were unveiled at a media event this month, and launched in several countries on September 19 with record-breaking figures. Read More
Apple has today seeded Golden Master candidate 1.0 of OS X Yosemite. The update, which arrives as Build 14A379a, can be downloaded either through the Updates tab in the Mac App Store, or through Apple’s Mac Dev Center by registered developers.
This marks the ninth and [likely] final Developer Preview of Yosemite as Apple prepares to officially release the software to the public next month. Introduced in June, OS X Yosemite brings about new UI design and several other improvements for Macs. Read More
Rather than browse an App Store for third-party Apple Watch software on the device’s tiny Retina touchscreen, fans will be instead using a dedicated iPhone app to manage their Apple smartwatch and apps, Ariel Adams noted two days ago in his hands-on article on A Blog To Watch.
The iPhone app, he learned, will be used to download apps onto the Apple Watch, “as well as likely manage Apple Watch settings”. Read More
Apparently Taiwan-based Quanta is the only manufacturer tasked with building the device, the story goes, contradicting earlier rumors that mentioned both Quanta and Inventec, an iPad supplier, as Apple Watch manufacturers.
The Apple Daily report gives hope that the fashionable smartwatch could hit store shelves in time for Valentine’s Day 2015. For what it’s worth, a recent article by The Information alleged that “Apple would be lucky” to ship the device by Valentine’s Day. Read More
Responding to these accusations, Apple issued a written statement denying it’s received preferential treatment from the government of Ireland. Apple is urging the need for corporate tax reform, insisting its tax arrangements in Ireland are perfectly legal. Read More
As Apple’s recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to face strong demand from fans around the world, the Cupertino firm has reacted by pushing its favorite contract manufacturer, Foxconn, to hire more workers to help assemble the handsets, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes reported Tuesday.
A large-scale aggressive hiring for Foxconn facilities in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou is currently underway, with sources noting that working on assembly lines is no longer as attractive as before for workers in China. Read More
Although the Cupertino firm’s been distancing itself from the South Korean conglomerate amid ad wars and legal spats, the Galaxy maker is still an important supplier for Apple. And with its leading position in mobile screen production, Samsung is best poised to ensure that Apple has ample supply of high-resolution panels for the iPad Air 2 and the rumored iPad Pro. Read More
One of the many reasons that users jailbreak their iOS device is to customize it. If you’re looking for a tweak that allows you to customize the stock Messages app, you should definitely consider checking out Messages Customizer Pro.
The tweak has been produced by Charlie Hewitt, the same developer who created the Messages Customiser tweak earlier this year. The successor comes packed with additional new features and allows you to customize and theme the stock Messages app the way you want. Read More
While Control Center is a convenient place to quickly control a playing song, it still lacks some music controls. CCShuffle is a new jailbreak tweak that brings the much anticipated shuffle and repeat buttons to Control Center.
Developed by Charlie Hewitt, CCShuffle adds a shuffle and repeat button to the right and left of the media controls in Control Center. Originally, the buttons are only available in the stock Music app, but with this tweak, you can also use them from Control Center. Not only this but CCShuffle also adds both the buttons to the Lock screen as well. Read More
Several photos have appeared on Instagram and Twitter this morning showing the Apple Watch on display at Colette’s boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris. On Monday it was reported that Apple was planning a joint promotional event with the French retailer.
More specifically, Colette is now prominently showcasing various models of the Apple Watch in its high profile windows. It has also updated its website announcing that the boutique is inviting people to come preview the wearable device in a special one-day event. Read More
Apple has announced this morning that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available in China beginning Friday, October 17. The devices will be launching in the company’s online store, as well as its retail stores and various other chains and Authorized Resellers in the country.
Both handsets will support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, and be offered by China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom across mainland China. Apple says that customers can pre-order the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from its online store in two weeks, beginning on Tuesday, October 14. Read More
Episode 49: We discuss the so-called “bendgate” controversy, and Apple’s embarrassing release of iOS 8.0.1. We also chit-chat about rumors of Retina-enabled iMacs, the future of Beats Music, and our thoughts on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus after more than a week’s worth of usage.