We've heard a lot of rumors about Apple's plans for a "digital wallet" over the last couple years (particularly after the introduction of Touch ID), but now The Information reports that we could see it much sooner than expected. According to the sources, Apple now has the framework in place to allow iPhone users to use their handsets in place of their wallets, and we could see the technology as early as this fall.
Apple held its quarterly earnings call today, and the report from CEO Tim Cook follows the general trend we've been seeing for some months now. Device sales are generally up for year-over-year, with the notable exception of the iPad (which has witnesses sales drops of 8 percent in the past 12 months). But there's an important statistic among all these numbers—since 2008, the Cupertino giant has paid over 20 billion to its iOS developers.
Apple today released the latest developer build of iOS 8, and while it's full of little tweaks and tips, it doesn't have any of the significant additions we've been seeing in previous releases. This new focus on polishing means that the Cupertino company's likely in the final stages of getting the operating system ready for release sometime this fall.
If you want to know more about the iPhone 6 and iWatch, you're in luck — it seems that a day can't go by without more rumors about Apple's upcoming hardware. But that's not all that's been happening this week — there's also been loads of other news, including a new look at Apple HQ, info on vastly improved battery life, and some great tips to deal with spam and Time Machine.
Starbucks is planning to update its iPhone and iPad app to support remote orders, which means that one day you'll be able to tap in the beverage you want, pay for it, and pick it up from the barista a few minutes later. At the very least, this should cut down on all the hilarious misheard names scribbled on the sides of the coffee cups.
A Chinese outfit called Hevo Labs is pitching a new iPhone battery case called "Cabin" on Kickstarter, and they're quickly racing towards their goal of $50,000. What's the big deal? The proposed case allows you to put a tiny adapter into the Lightning port of your iPhone 5 or 5s, thereby letting you charge the device with the magnetic goodness of a MagSafe-styled connector.
Album prices on iTunes got you down? If you're a Paul McCartney fan, Billboard reports, the former Beatle's got you covered. The legendary songwriter today released five albums from his solo career as standalone iPad apps, allowing music connoisseurs to pick them up for just $7.99 each (compared to the $12.99 or so they cost as standard iTunes albums).
American sports fans are starting to turn their attention back to our own particular brand of football in the aftermath of the World Cup, and a promotional page from DirecTV suggests that they have a big surprise waiting for them. According to the page, football fans will be able to watch the upcoming games live on their iOS devices and Macs without having to sign up for a conventional plan with the provider (or even needing to get a dish, for that matter).
In a move that almost certainly comes as a blow to Microsoft and Google, Apple and IBM today announced a partnership that will allow them each to expand the mobility options of enterprise customers with the help of new apps and services for iOS. It'll almost certainly result in a massive boost to Apple's enterprise sales.
The iPhone's battery life has steadily been improving since its debut, but a new rumored partnerhsip in the works between Apple and Britain's Intelligent Energy could result in iDevice battery lives reaching days or weeks. Reaching this goal is all about implementing embedded fuel cells, reports The Daily Mail.