It's only been a couple of days since Apple announced that it's extending its Touch ID API to third-party developers, and already PayPal is considering the possibilities of the service, reports BusinessInsider. "It seems to be a fairly easy API to use, but we're still kicking the tires," a source from PayPal told the publication.
One of each, that's what we have for you this refurb Thursday. One of nearly each model Apple makes of everything that's refurbed for your budget conscious decisions. And since we're eyeing your wallets for you, we'll keep it to the base models. If you ever wanted to get in on the Apple ground floor, this week's got you covered. We're light on accessories, but heavy on the goods.
Apple's AirPlay is a fantastic concept, but until now it's always been hampered by the need for all the compatible devices to share a Wi-Fi connection before they work together properly. It's a small hassle, but one that has kept the service from being more widely adopted than it probably should be. As Engadget reports, that limitation comes to an end with iOS 8.
We've talked about all kinds of other changes coming to iOS 8, so why not talk about the weather? Specially, the Weather app. After so many years of relying on Yahoo for its weather forecasts, Apple is apparently cutting out of the middleman and relying exclusively on information from The Weather Channel.
Craig Federighi detailed the changes to Photos, noting that Apple is now syncing all the photos you take across multiple devices through the cloud. Even better, the new cloud focus maintains the edits you've done regardless of which Apple machine you tweaked it on. This way, he said, "your device has access to more photos in the cloud than you can store locally."
Tim Cook kicked off his discussion of the changes to iOS 8 with some figures. Apple, he says, has now sold over 800 million iOS devices. The iPod touch has passed 100 million units, 200 million units of the iPad have been sold, and iPhone has passed half a billion units. "This is incredible," Cook said, "but what's even more impressive is how many new customers to Apple these devices have brought to us."
So maybe you heard the rumor that the latest OS X beta suggests new iMacs are possible soon and you'd like to put off that purchase as long as possible. Good for you, but if the situation is desperate and you've got to get a new machine, consider the refurb market. Nearly new, Apple certified, and savings galore. Go have a look.
A few weeks ago we heard that Touch ID was likely headed to other Apple devices in addition to the iPhone, and a new report from Asia backs up that claim. Notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities claims (via Cult of Mac) that the feature will soon come standard in most new iOS devices, such as the iPhone 5, the second iPad Air, and the third-generation iPad mini.
This year's WWDC might be one to remember, and Apple wants to make sure you witness the festivities firsthand. The iPhone maker announced today that it plans to host a live video stream of the event's keynote address on the company's home page on June 2, and this time you can even watch it on Windows.
Well, despite WWDC being just around the corner, the Apple rumor mill hasn't turned up anything spectacularly groundbreaking this week. Hmm, we wonder if Tim Cook's promise to knuckle down on security is paying off. Meanwhile, could the war also be coming to an end with Google? And what's this giant security risk with your iPhone and why didn't Apple reply to the hackers who brought it to their attention? Let's find out what's going on out there.