An iOS public beta may still be the stuff of legend, but Apple today ensured that developers could get easy widespread feedback for their prerelease iOS apps by extending the amount of people who can test them through TestFlight. Initially showcased at WWDC back in June, TestFlight now allows third-party developers to invite up to 1,000 members of the public to best test their apps ahead of launch.
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 CNN and Bloomberg 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.
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 Bank Innovation, we could see it in time for the holiday shopping season.
Apple might be focusing its efforts with Apple Pay on the United States at the moment, but reports 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.
Apple this afternoon released its financial report for Q4 2014 ahead of a media event elaborating on the numbers, and the numbers themselves were as big as expected in the wake of evidence of impressive iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales. All total, the company reported $42.1 billion in revenue (with 60 percent of it coming from international markets), which amounts to an impressive $8.5 billion in profits. What's more, that's up considerably from the $37.5 billion Apple reported last year.
If all goes well, today could mark the beginning of a bright new future for Apple. The Cupertino company today rolled out its long-awaited iOS 8.1 patch, which at last unleashes Apple Pay out into the wild for use at companies like Walgreens and McDonald's. It's a big step for both Apple and its users, so if you're nervous about jumping in blindly, be sure to check out the handy guide we've prepared.
Last month's official launch of iCloud Drive didn't go off too well, to put it lightly, largely because of the inability of devices running Mac OS X Mavericks to sync with the newly launched iOS 8. But that's all changed with yesterday's launch of OS X Yosemite, reportedly, so feel free to try it out this weekend. (The catch, of course, is that you have to download Yosemite.)
We're gonna be straight with you here: we've got some snazzy deals this week, but when we saw those gorgeous 27" Retina Display iMacs today they really knocked us out. It's always like that when the newest Macs are up there on the big screen. Which is not to say these aren't pretty amazing machines at astounding prices this week, but we suspect that, like us, you may still have new iMac stars in your eyes. Still, there are some incredible deals so let's get to the good stuff for this week.
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.
Well, since we're a week away from a new Apple event, I think we can all speculate pretty easily that new iPads are in the mix very soon. So with that in mind, we return you to our regularly scheduled diet of great deals on MacBooks, iMacs, and more.