In today's Apple Daily, we get a look of what sorta-possibly may be some kind of mold for the rumored 12-inch "iPad Pro" as well as a look at a new hire that could mean great things for Apple's recent ventures into enterprise. In addition, be sure to check out what Apple's doing to express its support for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in France.
So, the Apple refurb market is still recovering from holiday shoppers, so we thought we'd switch things up a little this week, and instead of finding you the newest models on the market, we thought we'd dip back into the older models where the savings really start to get out there. So if you're looking for a secondary machine or money's particularly tight but need is particularly high, we've got some youngish models that still have what it takes.
Apple Pay has only been around since October, but according to a new report from ITG, the service has already grabbed 1 percent of the total digital payment dollars spent in the U.S. in November. If the trend continues, the report suggests, Apple has already won itself a more loyal mobile payment audience than some rival services like PayPal. That's an impressive gain for so short a period, especially since ITG notes that Google Wallet has only managed to reach 4 percent since its release in 2011.
The devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures continues to cause problems for the company, and it recently made headlines for leading to the company's decision to pull the film The Interview. The attack affected all computers at the company — all, that is, except those made by Apple.
Apple may be planning to enhance the capabilities of Touch ID for additional security, according to a patent recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent itself was created by Dale R. Setlak, co-founder of AuthenTec, the company Apple acquired for $356 million back in 2012 to help create Touch ID itself.
Things are getting a bit thin on the ground at Apple's refurb store as the holiday season marches on. That favorite, the Mac mini, always the first off the shelves is out of stock, the only iPads are the pricier models with cellular capabilities, iPod touches only start at the 32GB level. Suffice to say, people are buying Apple this season. But let's see what goodies we can still find under the tree, shall we?
The latest in Apple's phenomenal run of holiday ads came out earlier in the week, and it focuses on a granddaughter who uses Apple's technology to create a contemporary duet with an old recording of her grandmother's. Today Apple released a followup video discussing how the ad was made, showing that its latest short is not just about bridging the gaps between two generation of people, but also between two generations of technology.
Apple's done a lot (particularly under the tenure of CEO Tim Cook) to bolster its reputation as a "force for good," but an upcoming documentary for BBC One aims to show that it hasn't been enough. The program, entitled "Apple's Broken Promises," features Richard Bilton's Panorama team going undercover in China and Indonesia to learn how workers are treated by Apple's suppliers.
Apple's upcoming A9 chips are reportedly rolling off the production line at a plant in Austin, Texas, according to South Korea's ET News (via iDownloadblog). While the labor might be homegrown, the company responsible for the chips is none other than Apple's longtime frenemy Samsung. And thus the cycle continues, as the iPhone maker continues to rely on its rival even as it continues to chastise the company for taking excessive "inspiration."
Tim Cook may have lost Time's Person of the Year award to the Ebola aid workers, but the Apple CEO nabbed the same award from the Financial Times. Considering the publication's economic focus, it's a far less disputable claim. After all, as the publication points out, Cook boosted Apple's revenues, introduced new product categories, and championed moral action over profit.