With only two days to go before Apple's media event on Thursday, there's a bit of a "calm before the storm" in the air — but that hasn't stopped us from digging up details on how Apple Pay will work at the McDonald's drive-thru, a potential Dropbox security breach (which the service denies), and why Finland thinks Apple has screwed them on two economic fronts. It's all here in our Tuesday Morning Report.
Apple product leaks have been scarce lately, but that drought ended this weekend after photos surfaced purporting to show an A8 chip for the upcoming second-generation iPad Air, which is widely expected to debut at Apple's media event on Thursday. Further photos of the alleged iPad 2 logic board seem to confirm the rumor, and what's more, they suggest that the next iPad Air will at last support 2GB of RAM.
Persistent rumors over the last few months have suggested that we'll see a Retina MacBook Air at the media event on Thursday, October 16, but one report claims that we shouldn't get our hopes up. According to sources, Apple has no plans to unveil the device at the event.
Apple's next media event is right around the corner, and iPhone 6 owners have more to be excited about than the possibility of new iPads or Macs, thanks to the arrival of Apple Pay as part of a free software update. Our Monday Morning Report looks at when we might expect the service to kick off (along with a potential alternative coming next year), as well as the iPhone 6's arrival on Boost Mobile later this week.
Well, the rumor mill is definitely talking about the iPad Air 2, but nothing like it did the iPhone 6 series. Interesting. Well, we certainly hope Cupertino is able to wow the crowds at their October 16 event, and we expect next week will kick things up a notch with leaks and rumors. Meanwhile, what else shook free in the news this week?
Apple today rolled out a new look for the main iTunes Store for those using iTunes 12 in the Yosemite beta just days ahead of the operating system's expected launch, and it champions the "flatter" look that's been so popular at the Cupertino company lately. That brings the design of the site more in line with the flat look of Yosemite itself.
Just hours after a rumor circulated that Apple would start telling its employees to remove all Bose products from the shelves of its stores, a new report emerged at Reuters claiming that the two companies have reached a settlement. The details aren't clear, but the matter is allegedly “resolved” and Bose won't press its patent-infringement suit directed at Beats' headphones.
The Apple Watch continues to impress fashionistas, who will see the device featured prominently on the wrist of a supermodel in the next issue of Vogue China. Our Friday Morning Report has the details on that, as well as a possible escalation in the Beats-Bose skirmish that could see the latter ejected from Apple retail stores, plus details on the latest Skype for Mac update. We've got all the news, just a click away...
If you're worried about the comparative safety of the upcoming Apple Pay service, you might be comforted to know that several reputable banks have expressed confidence in the service. The Daily Dot spoke with four of the banks involved in the project today — heavyweights like Chase, PNC, Navy Federal Credit Union, USAA — and all seem in agreement that Apple has something good on its hands.
Apple's exclusivity deal for the U2 Songs of Innocence album released during last month's iPhone event has almost run its course, and on the eve of its expiration, Apple executive Eddie Cue has some numbers regarding how well the promotion fared. Most notably, 26 million iTunes users downloaded the full album following its launch on September 9.