Apple said to be dominating shipping capacity out of China ahead of iPhone 6 event

By Cody Lee on Sep 5, 2014

TechCrunch is out with a late report this evening regarding Apple’s supply chain movements ahead of next week’s iPhone event. The outlet claims that it has once again taken over a majority of the shipping space out of China, likely to help move its new handsets.

In fact, Apple’s shipping volume is apparently so high right now, that it’s begun displacing shipments from other manufacturers. TC’s Matthew Panzarino says that shippers, such as FedEx and UPS, are so booked up, it’s causing delays for other major device makers. Read More

 

CVS and Walgreens also said to support Apple’s new payment service

By Cody Lee on Sep 5, 2014

Recode reports that Apple has signed on the country’s two largest pharmacy chains—CVS and Walgreens—to participate in its new mobile payment service. The company is expected to unveil the service, alongside two new iPhones, at a media event in Cupertino next week.

This is a big deal for a few reasons. For one, CVS and Walgreens have a combined total of over 15,000 retail locations, giving Apple’s new payment service a significant initial footprint. And two, due to the nature of their business, they tend to see a high rate of transactions. Read More

 

New report sets low expectations for iWatch battery life

By Cody Lee on Sep 5, 2014

The Information is out with a new scoop this afternoon, offering up some last-minute details on the so-called iWatch. Most of the report corroborates previous chatter, regarding what the device will look like and do, but it does bring a new topic to light: battery life.

According to the site’s Jessica Lessin, people with knowledge of the project have set low expectations for the iWatch’s battery life. These sources say that the uptime on the wearable will be “disappointing,” although Lessin does say that Apple could be sandbagging. Read More

 

Apple has reportedly negotiated lower transaction fees for mobile payments

By Cody Lee on Sep 4, 2014

Bank Innovation shares some new details on Apple’s mobile payments project this afternoon, reporting the company has managed to negotiate deals for lower credit card transaction fees with several banking institutions. This includes JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America.

Citing sources familiar with the negotiations, the site says that the banks have all agreed to give Apple a flat transaction rate for both in-store and online purchases, which is fairly uncommon in the industry. They will also apparently give the Cupertino firm a 10% discount on all of its processing fees. Read More

 

U2 rumored to be on hand for Apple’s iPhone 6 event

By Cody Lee on Sep 3, 2014

Some interesting rumors began bouncing around the tech world earlier today regarding popular Irish rock band U2 and Apple’s big media event next week. The chatter has ranged from the iPhone 6 coming preloaded with the band’s new album, to it performing live after the keynote.

Much of the speculation seems to stem from U2’s secret video shoot in Dublin last week. According to The Sunday Times, the group closed down Samuel Beckett Bridge for the recording and placed black sheets around the set to prevent the public from seeing what they were shooting. Read More

 

Apple reportedly discussing mobile payment service with Nordstrom

By Cody Lee on Sep 2, 2014

Financial blog Bank Innovation is reporting this afternoon that Apple is in talks with upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom to be one of the early merchant partners for its new mobile system, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.

It may even already be a done deal. Citing anonymous Nordstrom employees, the outlet says that the department store chain updated its POS (point of sale) terminals a few weeks ago in order to be compatible with the “most recent” iPhone models. Read More

 

Apple strikes deals with American Express and MasterCard for new iPhone payments system

By Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2014

Recode is reporting this morning that Apple has struck a deal with American Express, to work together on its new iPhone payments system. Citing sources familiar with the talks, the site says AmEx is just one of the many credit card firms the company has been talking to for the project.

Apple’s new payments system is expected to allow iPhone 6 owners to pay for things at brick-and-morter stores using the handset. It’s believed that the system will utilize NFC technology, and Recode’s sources say that Apple’s Touch ID tech will be involved in the process at some point. Read More

 

Apple reportedly working with NXP on NFC solution for iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2014

The Financial Times is reporting this morning that Apple has tapped Dutch chipmaker NXP to produce NFC chips for the upcoming iPhone 6. Citing several people familiar with the project, the site claims the secure, short-range wireless technology will facilitate transactions in a new mobile payment service.

The report doesn’t add much in the way of new details, but it does corroborate with the ongoing consensus that after shunning the technology for several years, Apple has finally decided to add NFC to its handsets. Wired and Recode had similar scoops yesterday, as did well-connected blogger John Gruber. Read More

 

New reports suggest only more expensive 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to be unveiled next month

By Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2014

Apple this morning sent out invitations for a media event on September 9th, where the company is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 and a new wearable device. We’ve heard conflicting theories on whether or not we’ll see one or two new handsets on stage, but a new report out this afternoon suggests the former.

According to website GforGames, “informed sources” are telling Chinese media outlets that only the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 will make an appearance at the event, alongside a new 5s model with 8GB of storage. Apparently the larger 5.5-inch iPhone will make its debut later this year in limited quantities. Read More

 

Capacity of Flint Center for Apple’s September event hints big announcement incoming

By Jake Smith on Aug 28, 2014

Apple must be planning big announcements for the September 9th media event that members of the press just got an invite to. Not only is the capacity of the Flint Center much larger than Apple’s usual product unveiling venues, but the Cupertino-based company is constructing its own building on the Flint Center grounds as part of the event. Read More

 

Apple reportedly debuting wearable alongside two new iPhones in September

By Jake Smith on Aug 27, 2014

Apple has plans to launch a wearable, presumably the iWatch, at its September media event alongside two new versions of the iPhone, according to John Paczowski at ReCode. The iWatch was thought to be delayed until an October event, giving Apple more time to finalize its plans, however well plugged-in Paczowski claims the Cupertino-based company has moved up its timeline. Read More

 

Leaked iPhone 6 logic board has likely place for NFC chip

By Jake Smith on Aug 27, 2014

There have been rumors swirling for years that Apple will finally bring NFC to the iPhone, and if the schematics of a leak from last week hold true, the iPhone 6 may be the first to hold the communications technology. A MacRumors forum member examined bare logic boards claimed to ship with the iPhone 6, and have found leaked NFC chips fit perfectly. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple preparing 12.9-inch iPad for early 2015

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2014

Bloomberg is reporting this afternoon that Apple is preparing a larger 12.9-inch iPad for early next year. Citing people with “knowledge of the matter,” the outlet says that the company’s suppliers are gearing up now, with production of the tablet scheduled to begin by the first quarter of next year.

The report revives a theory that has been bouncing around the rumor mill for more than a year now. Apple was originally expected to launch the 13-inch “iPad Pro” this fall, but is believed to have pushed back the project due to resources being used on the so-called ‘iWatch,’ and the new iPhone 6.
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Amazon has acquired Twitch for $970 million

By Jake Smith on Aug 25, 2014

Amazon has acquired Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, both companies announced in a statement after the market close on Monday. Google’s YouTube was thought to have originally been the winning bidder, but that has changed after Amazon stepped in to close the deal. Read More

 

Retailer: Apple won’t release reversible USB Lightning cable this year, buy ours instead

By Jake Smith on Aug 24, 2014

Third-party retailer Moca.co claims Apple doesn’t have plans to release a reversible Lightning USB cable with the upcoming iPhone 6, or even in 2014, throwing a wrench in recent Apple rumors. Read More

 

New leak compares iPhone 6 to iPhone 5s ahead of expected-September announcement

By Jake Smith on Aug 24, 2014

New images claiming to show the iPhone 6 in space grey appeared on Sunday, adding fuel to the fire ahead of Apple’s expected announcement in the coming weeks. The authenticity of the images hasn’t been verified, so take them with a grain of salt, but the claimed iPhone 6 shown gels nicely with leaks over the past year and are fun to look at nonetheless. Read More

 

Can’t wait for iPhone 6? Truffol launches reversible Lightning USB cable for $10

By Jake Smith on Aug 22, 2014

Online retailer Truffol has launched a reversible Lightning cable for models of the iPhone, iPad, and iPods that support the connection technology. This marks the first reversible Lightning cable, meaning there is no wrong way to plug it into the USB port on your charger or computer as there is on the official cable sold by Apple.

Apple hasn’t officially launched or embraced a reversible Lightning cable as of yet, but is rumored to do so when it launches the iPhone 6 in the coming weeks. Truffol is allowing you get a leg up on the Cupertino-based company for a measly $9.99. Read More

 

Apple in talks with major insurance companies regarding HealthKit partnerships

By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2014

Bloomberg is out with a new report this afternoon on rising medical costs and the growing number of partnerships between insurance providers, corporations, and fitness device makers. And in the report, the outlet notes that Apple has been speaking with insurance companies regarding potential HealthKit partnerships.

Not many specifics on the meetings were provided, but Apple has been very active in promoting its new HealthKit initiative. Earlier this month, it was reported that the company was in talks with healthcare providers at Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins and others about its plans for the healthcare market… Read More

 

Photos show possible rear shell for 5.5-inch iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

New photos have surfaced this afternoon, of what is said to be the rear shell of the 5.5-inch version of the upcoming iPhone 6 (referred to as the iPhone 6L by some). The part is positioned next to the shell of its 4.7-inch counterpart, giving us an idea of scale.

While component leaks for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 have been plentiful, leaks for the larger 5.5-inch model have been fairly scarce So, if they’re legit, these photos could be placed in just a small stack of evidence we’ve seen thus far that a 5.5-inch iPhone exists… Read More

 

New report claims second-gen iPad Air may feature 2GB of RAM

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

A new report is out this afternoon from Asian site TechNews.tw, claiming that it has received intel from Apple’s supply chain suggesting that the second generation iPad Air could feature 2GB of RAM—double that of the current model.

According to the site, which doesn’t have much of a track record when it comes to Apple rumors, the increase in RAM will be limited to the new iPad Air. The second-generation Retina iPad mini is expected to once again feature 1 GB of RAM… Read More