Verifone announces new point of sale hardware that could give Apple Pay big boost

By Jake Smith on Jan 12, 2015

Verifone, a company that boasts it connects more than 27 million payment devices to the cloud, has announced a new point of sale (POS) system that aims to work with any smartphone on the market, and could be a huge boost for Apple to get Apple Pay more widely adopted in stores.

The PAYware Mobile e355, the newest mPOS terminal from Verifone, frees merchants from consumer technology upgrade cycles and adapts to multiple OS options, the company says. “It is a flexible, long-lasting device that can accommodate different form factors and outlive smartphone and tablet models.” Read More

 

Photego: secure the stock Photos app with Touch ID

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015

There are tweaks that exist on Cydia that allow you to secure an entire app, but to my knowledge, no tweak yet exists that allows you to secure specific aspects of the stock Photos app with Touch ID. That’s where Photego comes in, a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to prevent users from deleting photos, accessing albums, and more via Touch ID. Read More

 

Apple caught up with iPhone 6 demand, now ‘in stock’ on US online store

By Jake Smith on Jan 9, 2015

Apple updated its Apple Store in the US on Friday morning with good news for potential iPhone 6 buyers: it’s finally caught up with demand close to four months after the smartphone’s release.

The Apple Store now shows the iPhone 6 as “in stock”. The only model not in stock is the SIM-free, unlocked iPhone 6 Plus that was just released earlier this week. Read More

 

Apple reportedly planning Apple Pay launch in Canada by March

By Jake Smith on Jan 9, 2015

Apple plans to extend Apple Pay past the US and into Canada sooner than expected. 9to5mac reports on Friday that Apple will kick-off the international launch of Apple Pay in Canada as early as March.  Read More

 

UBS research: Apple sold 69 million iPhones last quarter

By Jake Smith on Jan 7, 2015

The latest numbers from research firm UBS indicated Apple has blown its previous iPhone sales records by selling 69 million iPhones in the last quarter of 2014, fueled by the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus holiday sales. The rest of Wall Street believes Apple sold 65.5 million, however research from the UBS Evidence Lab says it sold close to four million more.  Read More

 

CES 2015: Mophie out with Juice Pack battery cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2015

Renowned accessory maker Mophie is out of the gate with the first ‘Made for iPhone’ licensed battery cases for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Their new Juice Pack protective battery cases promise to boost the run time of your iPhone 6 by 120 percent, or up to sixty percent in the case of the larger iPhone 6 Plus which already packs a notably stronger battery than its 4.7-inch sibling.

The California-based company said the new cases for Apple’s last handsets are now available for pre-order. Read More

 

Apple now offering SIM-free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the US starting at $649

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2015

As expected, Apple has begun offering SIM-free models of its new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets in the United States this morning. The company unveiled the two devices in early September, and launched carrier versions of them later that month for Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile.

Pricing for the new unlocked iPhones falls in line with Apple’s past behaviors, with the 16GB model of the iPhone 6 starting at $649 and each storage tier jump adding an additional $100. The larger iPhone 6 Plus also adds $100 for each tier, so the 128GB model will cost you $949. Read More

 

Apple to begin selling SIM-free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the US this week

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2015

Apple will begin selling fully unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the United States this week, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Citing sources familiar with the launch, the site’s Mark Gurman says that the unlocked iPhones will be available starting January 6th via Apple’s online and retail stores. Read More

 

Throwback: Concept turns iPhone 6 into old school iPod Classic

By Jake Smith on Jan 3, 2015

I’m a sucker for a good product concept, and as such, Claudio Gomboli has captured my heart and mind with a smart accessory that turns the front of your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus into an iPod Classic. Read More

 

How to put the App Switcher in Reachability view

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 1, 2015

Switchability is yet the latest jailbreak tweak to incorporate the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ Reachability view with a jailbreak modification. In this case, Switchability places the App Switcher into Reachability view, hence the name Switchability. I’ve been testing out the tweak for a while, and what I’ve found was a great concept, but its execution needs a little work before it’s truly ready for primetime. Read More

 

‘Price is Right’ contestant thinks iPhone 6 costs $7,500

By Jake Smith on Jan 1, 2015

This is one of those moments where all you can think to yourself is: “Oh. Oh, no.”

Two contestants on the ‘Price is Right’ shocked host Drew Carey when they thought the retail price of the iPhone 6 was $7,500.  Read More

 

Phones4U liquidating its entire iPhone, iPad stock in the UK

By Jake Smith on Jan 1, 2015

If you live in the UK and have been wanting to get your hands on some killer Apple deals, now may be your chance. UK retailer Phones4U is entering administration – aka bankruptcy – and as a result is liquidating its entire stock of products, including iPhones, iPads, and Beats headphones. Read More

 

Apple faces class-action lawsuit over how much storage iOS 8 takes up

By Jake Smith on Dec 31, 2014

“The biggest iOS release ever.”

SiliconBeat reports Apple has been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging it doesn’t inform its customers how much storage iOS 8 takes up on their device, and then asks them to buy more space on iCloud.

The case was filed in a San Francisco Bay federal court on Tuesday, claiming iOS 8 can take up to 23.1 percent of storage on the iPhone 5s and 23.1 percent on an iPod. It says Apple isn’t truly representing the storage available on its devices.  Read More

 

Apple dominated Christmas, activating 2.9 devices per one Samsung

By Jake Smith on Dec 29, 2014

Mobile analytics firm Flurry is out with its December Christmas week research, like it does every year, and one thing is extremely evident – Santa loves Apple. The iPhone accounted for 51 percent of new device activations from December 19th to December 25th, putting a pretty good beating on Samsung, who only accounted for 18 percent.

Flurry found that for every one Samsung device that was activated, Apple activated 2.9 devices. For every Microsoft Lumia device activated, Apple activated 8.8 devices. We’ll have to wait until Apple’s earnings call probably sometime in January for more of a per-device breakdown, but it looks like the iPhone 6 far outweighed any other version of the iPhone. Read More

 

Chevron to integrate Apple Pay at the pump in 2015

By Jake Smith on Dec 29, 2014

Oil giant Chevron is working alongside Apple to develop solutions to integrate Apple Pay directly with its gas pumps in 2015, to allow customers to pay with their phone directly at the pump, the company revealed in a tweet on Monday. Read More

 

The Scarf is the perfect ultrathin iPhone 6 case for minimalists

By Sébastien Page on Dec 26, 2014

If like me you’re not into cases but do care about adding a layer of protection to your iPhone, then you might want to check out The Scarf, an ultrathin case made by California-based company Totallee. Self proclaimed the world’s thinnest case, The Scarf is 0.35 mm thin, and weights less than 0.20 ounces (about 5.5 grams), which equals to about the weight of a standard sheet of paper. In essence, The Scarf is the perfect case for the minimalists who usually wouldn’t use a case, such as me.

Made of lightweight yet tough polypropylene, The Scarf provides basic protection against scratches and daily wear and tear, while complimenting your iPhone with a minimalistic design. Read More

 

Russian Online Store back for business with pricier products

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2014

After being offline for six days straight, the Russia Online Apple Store went back online Monday with expectedly higher price points for the latest iPhones and other products as a direct result of the country’s collapsing ruble currency.

The latest iPhone 6, for example, is now a whopping 54 percent pricier compared to Apple’s previous asking prices before the store went offline and will now set would-be shoppers 53,990 rubles for an entry-level model with sixteen gigabytes of storage, which works out to about $984 off-contract and excluding taxes. Read More

 

Disney World confirms accepting Apple Pay beginning December 24

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2014

Disney World confirmed this morning that it will be accepting Apple Pay starting Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Supporting Apple’s mobile payment solution by Disney’s theme park empire in time for the holidays will allow visitors who own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to use it to make contactless payments.

Apple Pay will be accepted in most Disney World stores, quick service restaurants, bars and to purchase tickets. Read More

 

Apple forming Apple Pay team in London to launch mobile payments in more countries

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Apple looks to be gearing up to bring its mobile payment service Apple Pay to countries in Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa, after a launch in the US in October. A job listing on Wednesday revealed Apple is forming a new team focused on Apple Pay at its London office, along with hiring an “Apple Pay Site Reliability Engineer” in China.

“Apple Pay is a new and exciting area in Apple that is set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa,” the company wrote. Read More

 

Apple says after June app updates will need to include 64-bit support

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Apple sent out an email to registered iOS developers on Wednesday, reminding them that beginning February 1, 2015, new apps submitted to the App Store will have to feature 64-bit support and be built on the iOS 8 software development kit.  Read More