Apple said to be planning holiday launch for Apple Pay loyalty program

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

Apple is hoping to launch its rumored Apple Pay loyalty rewards program in time for the holiday season, reports Bank Innovation. The program was initially thought to be part of Apple Pay 2.0, expected in the fall of 2015, but new reports claim Apple pushed up the time table.

How the program will work is still unknown, but Bank Innovation says it will likely utilize Apple’s iBeacon tech. It offers an example that includes the Apple Pay user receiving a push notification while in a clothing store that reads: “hey if you buy this now, you can get this for free.” Read More

 

Apple to stop selling Fitbit products in stores

By Cody Lee on Oct 15, 2014

Apple may soon stop selling Fitbit device in its retail stores, according to Recode. The outlet says that its source gave no meaningful reason for why it’s decided to pull the products, but it may have something to do with its upcoming Apple Watch.

Introduced at last month’s media event, the Apple Watch is billed as a device capable of handling a number of smartphone tasks, as well as tracking and analyzing various health and fitness data. This would put it in direct competition with Fitbit. Read More

 

Apple to unveil 27-inch Retina iMac this week, initial iPad Air 2 supplies may be limited

By Cody Lee on Oct 14, 2014

Apple plans to unveil a new 27-inch iMac with Retina display at its event tomorrow, reports Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors, the highly regarded analyst offers up last minute predictions of what Mac and iOS products we can expect to see announced during the keynote.

Kuo says that a 27-inch Retina iMac is on the docket, and should be available before the end of the year. Due to the difficulties involved in developing and mass producing different hi-res panels, however, he doesn’t see a 21-inch version arriving before the second half of 2015. Read More

 

Apple said to be planning October 24 launch for new iPads

By Cody Lee on Oct 14, 2014

Apple is planning to launch its new iPads on October 24, according to a new report from MacRumors. Citing a reliable source, the outlet claims that the new tablets expected to be unveiled on Thursday will become available for purchase on Friday of the following week.

The source told the site that Apple was shipping “mass quantities” of a new product to the United States, in preparation for the October 24 launch, although they did not specifically say iPads. That being said, given timing and context, the product is almost certainly tablets.  Read More

 

Apple retail employees begin training on Apple Pay as launch nears

By Timothy Reavis on Oct 12, 2014

As Apple readies the launch of Apple Pay for later this month, it has initiated a mandatory, one hour training program for its retail employees and is coordinating with third-party retailers to ensure that stores will be able to complete transactions via Apple Pay starting on launch day.

Per a recent leak, screenshots indicate that Apple Pay establishment will be an option when setting up the rest of the device, and credit card details can be entered manually or scanned in with the device’s camera. A new report by 9to5mac suggests that settings can be adjusted and additional credit cards can be added through an upcoming “Passbook & Apple Pay” tab in iOS’s Settings app. Read More

 

New photos show A8X chip and other claimed iPad Air 2 parts

By Cody Lee on Oct 11, 2014

Photos of several components allegedly belonging to the upcoming iPad Air 2 popped up online today. Republished by Apple.club.tw, the images show a Home button flex cable, a front panel, a volume button flex cable, and a logic board.

And on that logic board, it appears that there is an A8X chip. You can’t see it at first, but a MacRumors forum user zoomed in on the photo and tweaked the colors, and as you can see in the image below, it looks like there are 3 characters. Read More

 

What to expect from the iPad Air 2 [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 4, 2014

The iPad Air 2 has all but been confirmed for an October 16th unveiling, according to Recode’s John Paczkowski, a source with an impeccable track record. You might as well schedule some time off for 10AM PST on October 16th, because his word is basically bond.

With that in mind, I thought I’d take a minute to do a brief video roundup on what to expect from the iPad Air 2. Apple’s 6th generation tablet is expected to endure some significant changes in this year’s scheduled refresh. Check inside as we break it all down on video. Read More

 

Apple to hold iPad event on Thursday, October 16

By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2014

Apple is planning an iPad event for Thursday, October 16, according to a new report from Recode’s John Paczkowski. Citing sources familiar with the plans, Paczkowski says the event will be held in the company’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, and will be used to talk about new iPads, new iMacs and of course, OS X Yosemite. Read More

 

iPhone 6 Plus said to be accounting for 60% of iPhone 6 shipments

By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2014

Sales of the iPhone 6 Plus are exceeding initial expectations, according to a new report from Digitimes. Citing sources with knowledge of part shipments to Apple manufacturers, the outlet says the 6 Plus is expected to account for 60% of total iPhone 6 shipments.

Apparently, Foxconn has been tasked with handling the bulk of production for the iPhone 6 Plus, and Pegatron has the iPhone 6. Digitimes says that part shipments to both suppliers were similar in early September, but have tipped in Foxconn’s favor as of late. Read More

 

Apple in talks with record labels to lower Beats Music fees

By Cody Lee on Oct 2, 2014

Apple is working to bring down the fees associated with Beats Music, reports Recode. The site says the company is speaking with major record labels about a new set of rights and features it would like to include in a revamped version of the streaming music service for less than $10 per month.

Discussions are in their early stages, as Apple isn’t launching the overhauled Beats Music service until next year, but some critics wonder just how successful the firm will be in convincing folks in the music industry to agree to a price cut on a product they never wanted to exist in the first place. Read More

 

Leonardo DiCaprio out, director Danny Boyle in for Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic

By Cody Lee on Oct 2, 2014

Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio has withdrawn from negotiations to play Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming movie on the Apple founder, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor was slated to begin work on the film after wrapping up The Revenant, but he has instead decided to take an extended hiatus.

With DiCaprio out, a number of other high profile names have come back into the mix. THR says that top talent including Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper are all on Sony’s wish list, but it adds that Affleck seems unlikely given he just signed on to a film with a similar production schedule.

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Apple Pay reportedly launching alongside iOS 8.1 on October 20

By Cody Lee on Oct 1, 2014

Apple is planning to debut Apple Pay on the third Monday of the month, reports Bank Innovation. The outlet claims that according to “multiple sources close to Apple,” the mobile payment service is scheduled to launch on October 20, alongside iOS 8.1.

On Monday, Apple released the first beta of iOS 8.1 to developers, and hidden settings pertaining to Apple Pay were discovered within the firmware. Bank Innovation says it has learned that this code is there so Apple can test Apple Pay prior to launch. Read More

 

PayPal’s deal with Samsung ruined its chances of being an Apple Pay partner

By Cody Lee on Sep 30, 2014

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

 

Former Apple retail boss Ron Johnson starting high-end delivery service for gadgets

By Jake Smith on Sep 23, 2014

Ron Johnson, former Apple retail boss who left in 2011, is working to start a high-end, on-demand delivery service for gadgets and is hiring some former Apple employees to help, The Information reports. The move to found a new company follows Johnson’s failed stint at JC Penney as CEO, when he was fired after not turning around the struggling retail giant. Read More

 

Apple rumored to unveil rebranded Beats Music service in February

By Cody Lee on Sep 23, 2014

Following up on yesterday’s news that Apple is looking to sunset the Beats Music brand, Recode reports today that Apple has picked a timeframe for when it wants to unveil the new service. The site says it hopes to make the introduction sometime in early February, possibly time to the Grammy Awards.

Recode’s John Paczkowski hedges on the claim, calling it “a guess backed up by some industry scuttlebutt,” but given his track record in predicting Apple’s plans, we’d be crazy not to pay attention. The one thing he hasn’t heard, however, is what the company plans on calling the new subscription service. Read More

 

Report claims iPad Air 2 to launch in October, new iPad mini in early 2015

By Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2014

Apple is planning to unveil a new iPad Air next month, according to a new report from the Commercial Times. The Taiwanese news outlet says that the refreshed tablet is entering mass production this month, and will be ready to ship by mid-October.

Interestingly enough, the site claims that the next iPad mini may not launch alongside the new Air. Instead, it says the second-gen Retina iPad mini could be delayed until early 2015, meaning it could land around the same time as the rumored iPad Pro. Read More

 

Apple said to be working with GT Advanced on “super sapphire” screens

By Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2014

Apple and GT are continuing their work to strengthen sapphire, according to a new report from Wall Street Forensics. The site says the pair are hoping to reduce the material’s “fundamental flaw of cracking,” as well as improve its reflective properties.

On September 18th, the US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that covers new processes to both aid in the strengthening of sapphire, and cut manufacturing costs—a major point of contention with sapphire critics. Read More

 

Gold ‘Edition’ Apple Watch could cost as much as $1,200

By Cody Lee on Sep 12, 2014

The high-end version of the new Apple Watch could cost over $1,000, according to TechCrunch. The website has spoken to experts within the jewelry industry who say that if the 18-karat gold ‘Edition’ version of the Watch is actually made of gold, it could sell for as much as $1,200.

It’s not clear if the entire case is made of gold, or the device is just gold-plated, but TC’s contacts say it’s more likely the former. For one, an all-gold case matches up with the size and weight provided for the watch, and two, gold-plating doesn’t really live up to Apple’s design standards. Read More

 

Apple will reportedly get a 0.15% cut of all Apple Pay transactions

By Cody Lee on Sep 12, 2014

Apple has negotiated a never-before-seen deal for its new mobile payment system, according to a new report from the Financial Times. Citing sources familiar with the terms of the agreement, the outlet says that the Cupertino firm stands to make 15 cents of every $100 spent (or 0.15%) using Apple Pay.

We knew that Apple stood to make a lot of money from its new Pay service, but this is the first time we’re hearing hard numbers. “It’s unprecedented,” says Dickson Chu, former engineer at PayPal and Google Wallet. “It’s somewhat surprising that Apple was able to negotiate something Google couldn’t.” Read More

 

Reuters: future Apple Watch versions to offer richer health features

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2014

Future versions of the Apple Watch will focus more on health-related tracking, reports Reuters this afternoon. Citing people familiar with the company’s project, the outlet says that it plans to include “richer health features and additional sensors” in later generation models.

This would certainly appease those in the healthcare industry, and fitness junkies, who expected Apple to unveil a smartwatch earlier this week with groundbreaking health features. Instead, it merely tracks your heart rate, and movements via an iPhone’s Wi-Fi and GPS. Read More

 
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