Mac|Life - All Articles http://www.maclife.com/articles/all/feed en Working 1976 Apple I Sells at Auction for $905,000 http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/working_1976_apple_i_sells_auction_905000 <!--paging_filter--><p>The next time you think you've paid a lot for your Apple computer, consider the buyers of a rare working Apple I motherboard who put down $905,000 for the unit at a Bonhams <a href="http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22247/" target="_blank">History of Science</a> auction in New York. The Bonhams video accompanying the auction (below) suggested it might go for around $300,000 or $500,000, but it left the lot for about double that.</p><p>The computer itself, bearing the model number 01-0070, dates from 1976. It's one of 50 Apple 1 computers that Apple co-founders Steve "Woz" Wozniak and Steve Jobs built in Jobs' garage in Palo Alto, California specifically for sale in The Byte Shop. Around 150 more were made in the original run (although they went to individual buyers), and of the total 200, only around 17 are thought to still work today. At the time, they sold for the decidedly devilish price of $666.66.</p><p><iframe src="http://content.jwplatform.com/players/XsKNUiWJ-uJeNAjNM.html" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto"></iframe></p><p>According to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/22/us-applecomputer-auction-idUSKCN0IB2FG20141022" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, the lucky buyer was the <a href="http://www.thehenryford.org/museum/index.aspx" target="_blank">Henry Ford Museum</a> in Dearborn, Michigan, which collects important artifacts from American history with a focus on industry.</p><p>"The Apple-1 was not only innovative, but it is a key artifact in the foundation of the digital revolution," Henry Ford President Patricia Mooradian said in a statement following the acquisition.</p><p>It's been a relatively quiet year for auctions of the historical units, but last year one of the motherboards sold along with schematics and a manual signed by Woz for <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_i_auction_brings_387750_christies" target="_blank">$387,750</a>. A little over a month earlier, another Apple I sold for <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/original_apple1_auction_germany_fetches_671400" target="_blank">$671,400</a> at an auction in Germany. At this rate, the next auction we hear about might break over $1 million.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/working_1976_apple_i_sells_auction_905000#comments Gallery News apple Apple I auctions Bonhams history history of Apple motherboard Steve Jobs Steve Wozniak Woz Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:45:09 +0000 Leif Johnson 20830 at http://www.maclife.com Review: GameSmart CTRLi Mobile Gamepad http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_gamesmart_ctrli_mobile_gamepad <!--paging_filter--><p>When the MFi (Made For iOS) controller standard came into being about a year ago, it had the potential to usher in a new era of iOS gaming that allowed developers to deliver true console-quality gaming on an iOS device. Unfortunately, most MFi controllers have suffered from one problem or another: too expensive, too unwieldy, too unresponsive, or a combination of the above. The GameSmart CTRLi Mobile Gamepad from Mad Catz aims to succeed where others have failed, and it does a very admirable job.</p><p>All it takes is one look at the CTRLi to see where it gets its inspiration: the controller is clearly modelled off of an Xbox 360 gamepad. That's not a bad thing; the CTRLi has a good heft to it — it doesn't come off as flimsy or cheap in the slightest — and feels very natural in one's hands. Unfortunately, the controller also borrows one negative feature from Xbox — the somewhat clunky D-pad (digital directional pad). The D-pad on the CTRLi is arguably superior to that of an Xbox controller, but it still sometimes requires an extra-firm touch to get it to do what you want it to.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/madcatz_ctrli_620.png" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>Luckily, just about everything else about the CTRLi is excellent. The two analog sticks have just the right amount of tension, the shoulder buttons are well placed, and the face buttons are very responsive. There are plenty of <a href="http://madcatz.com/compatibility/ctrli/" target="_blank">compatible titles</a> in a variety of genres, and every game we tested benefitted from improvements to maneuvering and action; gameplay was significantly smoother and easier to control than it was via touchscreen-based virtual joysticks and buttons. The controls were less consistent when navigating menu screens, but that's a fault of the software rather than the controller itself.</p><p>The CTRLi was easy to get up and running as well; all it takes is a couple of button presses to get it synched via Bluetooth to your iOS device. It comes with a detachable smartphone clip, too. Though you can play with your iOS device propped up or in a stand, you can also attach the easy-to-use spring-loaded adjustable clip and slide your iPhone right in to create a makeshift portable gaming system. The clip is surprisingly sturdy and it's big enough to even hold an iPhone 6 Plus.</p><p>Speaking of which, don't worry about the fact that the package claims it's made for iOS 7 and iPhone 5s/c; we tried it with iOS 8 and the aforementioned iPhone 6 Plus (as well as a 4th-gen iPad running iOS 7), and the controller worked beautifully. Perhaps the biggest strike against it, however, is the fact that doesn't feature a rechargable lithium-ion battery; though that helps keep the cost down to just under $60, it means you'll have to keep a supply of AAA batteries on hand for whenever it runs out of juice (which reportedly won't happen for 30 hours or so).&nbsp;</p><p>If $60 is a bit too pricy for you, you could also consider Mad Catz's Micro CTRLi; it's smaller, so it may be less comfortable depending on the size of your hands, but it's $10 cheaper and offers most of the same functionality as its larger sibling.</p><p>Though the CTRLi isn't perfect, it's the best MFi controller we've tried. It provides comfort and responsiveness in a reasonably priced package, and it significantly improves the playablity of console-style games on iOS devices.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> If you're looking to get an MFi controller, this one should be at the top of your list.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>GameSmart CTRLi Mobile Gamepad</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mad Catz </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://madcatz.com/gamesmart-c-t-r-l-i/" target="_blank">www.madcatz.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $59.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>iPhone 5, iPad (4th gen), iPad mini, or iPod touch (5th gen) or newer device running iOS 7 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Feels great. Controls are mostly responsive. Reasonable price.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>D-pad is a tad sticky. Runs on AAA batteries rather than built-in lithium-ion.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_gamesmart_ctrli_mobile_gamepad#comments Reviews controller CTRLi GameSmart iOS mad catz MFi controller Micro CTRLi iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:02:55 +0000 Chris Hoffman 20827 at http://www.maclife.com Glitch Causes Apple Pay to Double Charge Some Bank of America Cardholders http://www.maclife.com/article/news/glitch_causes_apple_pay_double_charge_some_bank_america_cardholders <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple has enjoyed a generally smooth launch of its Apple Pay mobile payment service, but that track record changed today in the face of reports from <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/22/technology/mobile/apple-pay-double-charge/" target="_blank">CNN</a> and <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/bi-intelligence-tests-out-apple-pay-2014-10" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> that some Bank of America customers found the service was charging them twice for certain transactions. Considering that the service relies on a delicate balance between technology, banks, retailers, and credit companies, it's actually rather surprising that we haven't heard many more horror stories besides this.</p><p>It's a nightmare that shouldn't last long. Bank of America claimed in a statement to <a href="http://recode.net/2014/10/22/bank-of-americas-apple-pay-glitch-should-be-fixed-today/" target="_blank">Re/code</a> this afternoon that the problems stems from an issue "between the bank and at least one payment network," and that around 1,000 customers were affected. Bank of America has already agreed to refund all the affected purchases, and a fix for the glitch should go live sometime this afternoon. Notably, Apple apparently wasn't to blame.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/cnn.jpg" /></p><p>But the ordeal caused no small amount of pain for customers affected by the glitch, leading them to express their grievances on venues like <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/2jyr4w/is_anybody_else_getting_charged_twice_when_using/" target="_blank">Reddit</a>. CNN reporter&nbsp;Sam Burke was one of the people affected, and his story hints at some of the dangers of a service like Apple Pay in relation to the Cupertino company's celebrated privacy policies.</p><p>"Bank of America transferred me to Apple Pay customer support," Burke wrote. "The only problem: Apple’s representative reminded me that for security's sake — as promised — Apple keeps no records of names or amounts for any of the transactions. That meant there’s nothing Apple could do, the representative told me. So Apple told me to call Bank of America. It was every consumer’s worst nightmare: customer service for two companies telling you to call the other."</p><p>Other issues associated with the service are comparatively minor, such as Chase and Citibank credit cards that show the wrong designs in Facebook (via <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/10/22/apple-pay-card-display-bug/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+9To5Mac-MacAllDay+%289+to+5+Mac+-+Apple+Intelligence%29" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>). As <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/bi-intelligence-tests-out-apple-pay-2014-10" target="_blank">Business Insider </a>reports, customers have also faced transitional issues at the participating retail establishments, where clerks didn't know the service existed. Out of the 11 establishments surveyed, only employees at McDonald's, Whole Foods, and American Eagle Outfitters knew how to use the service, and even then, American Eagle Outfitters only figured out how to grant a refund with the service "after a period of trial-and-error."</p><p>Apple's Eddy Cue, the company's senior vice president of Internet software and services, seemed to expect such hurdles in the days before Apple Pay's launch in an interview with <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/apple-pay-rolls-out-with-holes-in-system-1413762943?tesla=y" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>.</p><p>"We’re trying to do something that I think is a game changer and it requires a lot of people to play together,” Cue said. “There’s a lot to do here and we have a lot of work to do, but it should be huge."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/glitch_causes_apple_pay_double_charge_some_bank_america_cardholders#comments News Apple Pay Bank of America iphone iphone 6 Passbook Touch ID Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:40:48 +0000 Leif Johnson 20829 at http://www.maclife.com 10 Spooky Halloween Apps http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/10_spooky_halloween_apps <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/10_spooky_halloween_apps#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Best Horror Movies Database Costume Quest games halloween Haunting Melissa Horror Can iOS iPoe 2 Mickey's Spooky Night Puzzle Book Night Terror scary Scary Prank Halloween Scary Soundboard Pro Slender Rising 2 spooky iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:26:01 +0000 Richard Moss 20828 at http://www.maclife.com Review: MagiCam http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_magicam <!--paging_filter--><p>The latest iPhones take pretty amazing pictures, but an app from the creators of Camera+ aims to improve upon that experience by transforming images into perfection within seconds. You’ll hear the sound of a bell and, before your very eyes, the app magically improves contrast and color saturation to make almost any photo look great.</p><p>We say “almost” because MagiCam isn’t perfect for every situation. The app occasionally overexposed correctly lit shots, or excessively boosted grain in darker images. In other apps we could hit undo, but with MagiCam there’s no way to revert — users can toggle a before and after view, but you’re stuck with the end results.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/magicam_620.png" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>There are also no settings in MagiCam; you can’t even tap the screen to manually adjust focus or exposure, since the app handles that. MagiCam includes options for switching between front/rear cameras, auto/on/off flash control and the ability to shoot with Instagram-friendly square framing, but it would benefit from a way to export untouched photos or save before and after images separately.</p><p>MagiCam does feature one option for controlling the look of images, courtesy of nine different “Moods” that can be applied live or after a shot is taken. Sharing is also about as easy as it gets, with one-tap save to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other apps for further tweaking, including Camera+ should you own it.</p><p>A row of thumbnails across the bottom displays only images taken with MagiCam; tap one to open, with options to go back, trash, share or apply Moods, while swiping left or right scrolls through adjacent pictures. We accidentally deleted shots on more than one occasion due to the back button being located too close to the trash button — here’s hoping the developers can adjust this UI faux pas in a future update.</p><p>We also noticed shots appeared somewhat fuzzy when viewed inside the app, despite looking sharp in the Photos app; for some reason, MagiCam images also refused to automatically import into our favorite journal app, Heyday.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> When it works (thankfully most of the time), MagiCam shoots eye-popping photos, but we’d prefer the option to retain the original, unaltered shots just in case.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>MagiCam 1.1</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> tap tap tap LLC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.taptaptap.com/magicam" target="_blank">www.taptaptap.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $1.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>iOS 7.0 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Effortless great photos, automatically. Fast, one-tap sharing. Nine different “Moods” can be applied live or on previous shots.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>No option to save original photos. Occasionally produces over- or underexposed images. View mode back button too close to delete button.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_magicam#comments Reviews App AppLife MagiCam Photography Photos iPad iPhone iPod Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:17:13 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20826 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Put Your Wallet Away and Grab These Great Freebies http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_put_your_wallet_away_and_grab_these_great_freebies <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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If so, it's probably already on the way to you, and now the critics have weighed in with their own thoughts, and our Wednesday Morning Report has pulled the best quotes so you don't have to read them all. We've also got details of Tim Cook's latest trip to China, and a settlement between Apple and GT Advanced over the latter's abrupt trip to bankruptcy court.</p><h3>Apple CEO Tim Cook in China to Diffuse iCloud Hacking</h3><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/22/us-apple-china-idUSKCN0IB12920141022" target="_blank">Reuters today reported</a> that Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook was on hand for a discussion on user data security with members of the Chinese government on Wednesday. According to official news agency Xinhua, the meeting focused on recent hacker attacks on iCloud members in China, which Greatfire.org believes were initiated by the Chinese government itself.<br /><br />Xinhua claims the meeting in Beijing between Cook and China's vice premier Ma Kai were reportedly focused on "protection of users' information," as well as "strengthening cooperation and in information and communication fields." According to Greatfire, the attacks were defused after Apple rerouted user data on Tuesday.</p><h3>iPad Air 2 Reviews Are In, But Nobody's Quite Blown Away By It</h3><p>When is faster, lighter, and more vibrant simply not good enough? Apparently that's the case with Apple's new iPad Air 2, which started racking up reviews from coast to coast on Tuesday night from the usual suspects. Despite the mostly positive reviews, many critics couldn't help but feel underwhelmed by the latest tablet out of Cupertino, which <a href="http://recode.net/2014/10/21/review-apples-ipad-air-2-is-better-but-is-it-better-enough/" target="_blank">Walt Mossberg of Re/code</a> referred to as "only a modest evolutionary improvement over last year's models."<br /><br />"They are, in most respects, the best iPads ever made," Mossberg elaborated. "But for average users... [it's] not the kind of big change that the first iPad Air or the Retina display iPad mini did last year."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/21/7027485/apple-ipad-air-2-review" target="_blank">The Verge praised</a> the iPad Air 2's "vibrant, sharp display that looks almost painted on," while <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/21/ipad-air-2-review/" target="_blank">TechCrunch dismissed</a> the new gold finish as not a favorite, although "Apple's take on this particular metal color is better than most." <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/21/ipad-air-2-mini-3-review/" target="_blank">Engadget dinged Apple</a> for making iPad Air 2 thinner, claiming the smaller profile "comes at the expense of battery size," noting that last year's iPad Air "still rules the roost" in real-world usage. <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/ipad-air-2-review-the-best-tablet-needs-to-work-harder-1413939662" target="_blank">Joanna Stern of <em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a> also complained the device isn't particularly rugged, mistakenly shattering the screen of her review unit on concrete.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/21/ipad-air-2-reviews/" target="_blank">MacRumors has assembled a rogue's gallery of the best quotes from each review</a>, few of which actually note the biggest improvement of all: The bump to 2GB of RAM, which ultimately has the biggest effect in day-to-day use since apps and browser tabs don't have to constantly reload, <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3037335/ipad-air-2-ipad-mini-3-review" target="_blank">as pointed out by Fast Company</a>.</p><h3>Sapphire Maker Reaches "Amicable" Split with Apple</h3><p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/gt-advanced-apple-in-deal-for-amicable-split-up-1413931269" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> reported Tuesday</a> that attorneys for bankrupt sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies have reached an “amicable parting of the ways" with Apple, which will effectively wipe clean any public record of what really went wrong with Cupertino's $578 million financing arrangement. GT Advanced's swift move to Chapter 11 has been seen as a setback for Apple's sapphire ambitions, which were a no-show on the latest iPhone 6 models but expected for next year's Apple Watch.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="https://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_cook_talks_icloud_china_ipad_air_2_reviews_gts_apple_split#comments News apple ceo Apple Inc. China critics GT Advanced Technologies hacking iCloud iCloud accounts ipad air 2 Morning Report reviews Tim Cook iPad iPhone Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:35:42 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20825 at http://www.maclife.com Apple May Launch Rumored Apple Pay Loyalty Program in Time for Holidays http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_may_launch_rumored_apple_pay_loyalty_program_time_holidays <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple made us wait a while for Apple Pay, but now that the service is out of the gate, a new rumor suggests that the company is already preparing to release the loyalty rewards program that was reportedly scheduled for a late 2015 release. According to <a href="http://bankinnovation.net/2014/10/apple-pay-loyalty-due-to-start-within-the-year/" target="_blank">Bank Innovation</a>, we could see it in time for the holiday shopping season.</p><p>The details of the rumored rewards program itself are nebulous, although most sources tend to agree that it will allow retailers use iBeacons to pass along more data than what you'd get through a simple NFC connection. The service would thus generate special offers based on your preferences or purchase history. One of Bank Innovation's sources described how it would work back in August:</p><p>"One way they’ve [Apple] thought up is, say you’re in a Duane Reade [drug store], hypothetically. You get a push notification from Pepsi that they’ve worked out a deal with Duane Reade that you can get a free case of Pepsi. Just pick it up and use Apple Pay at the counter."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/applewatch.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></p><p>Most early rumors claimed Apple would hold back on the rewards program until the launch of Apple Pay 2.0 sometime late next year, but today's report claims "market demand" will cause Apple to release it within the next few weeks. There is, of course, still the possibility that the retailers themselves might not be ready for the service, as supporting it would require the optimal placement of iBeacons and the development of offers specially tailored for holiday shoppers. And time is running out quickly.</p><p>Apple officially launched Apple Pay on Monday with the release of iOS 8.1. Although the press-and-pay functionality at retails stores is currently limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple will also expand the service to the Apple Watch when it launches sometime next year.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_may_launch_rumored_apple_pay_loyalty_program_time_holidays#comments News Apple Pay Apple Watch iBeacons iOS 8 iphone iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus loyalty rewards Rumors speculation Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:01:58 +0000 Leif Johnson 20824 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Pay Works for Overseas iPhone Owners Using U.S.-Based Credit Cards http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_pay_works_overseas_iphone_owners_using_usbased_credit_cards <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple might be focusing its efforts with Apple Pay on the United States at the moment, but reports compiled by <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/21/apple-pay-australia/" target="_blank">MacRumors </a>demonstrate that you can use the service overseas if you have a U.S.-based credit card attached to your Apple Pay account. This isn't just true for Americans; it also allows some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners from other countries to join in on the fun in the right circumstances.</p><p>One user on the Whirlpool forums going by the name of deeemporium <a href="http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2309770#r44712170" target="_blank">reported success</a> in using it in Australia with a Citi credit card, for instance, and blogger <a href="https://beaugil.es/2014/10/apple-pay-works-in-australia/" target="_blank">Beau Giles</a> helped relay the news to the Australian masses. "Obviously I had to fake my location and use my US-based credit card," said deeemporium in the forum post. <a href="http://tbreak.ae/apple-pay-working-uae/" target="_blank">Jimmy Grewal</a>, writing from the United Arab Emirates, reported that the service also works the same way in Dubai and environs.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/applepaycan.jpg" width="620" height="613" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2309770#r44712170" target="_blank">Whirlpool Forums</a></strong></p><p>Faking the location is key, unfortunately, but Giles notes that it isn't difficult. Just head over to Settings on your phone (or, soon, your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3), press General, press Language and Region, and set your phone to the United States. Once you do so, Passbook will unlock and allow you to set up Apple Pay.</p><p>Keep in mind that there's a price to pay for getting to use such a cool feature ahead of time — if you're a native of another country, you'll likely have to pay conversion fees every time you Apple's mobile payment service. The service also only works with cards issued by banks and financial institutions who have agreed to work with Apple with the service. At the very least, for Americans, it's good to know that Apple Pay's usefulness doesn't necessarily have to end at our shores.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_pay_works_overseas_iphone_owners_using_usbased_credit_cards#comments News Apple Pay Beau Giles Citi credit cards iOS 8 iphone iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus mobile payments NFC Passbook Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:51:25 +0000 Leif Johnson 20823 at http://www.maclife.com