If you're still worried about how the Apple Watch will function once it's actually on your wrist but you want to be a day-one buyer, never fear: the development team who made the iOS app Pipes has made an online demo that shows how it works in practice. Elsewhere, adoption of iOS 8 continues to climb across all compatible devices, and the success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is pushing up Apple's smartphone market share almost everywhere.
A new year is here, but you'll have to wait a little while longer if you want to learn just how much Apple raked in while shoppers were filling their stockings with iPhones and MacBooks — January 27, to be exact. For now, though, we've got some good news about SIM-free iPhones and Apple's HomeKit in our first Apple Daily news roundup for 2015.
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.
This is it: the last hottest news stories of the year! Unless something major drops next week, this is it for 2014. So let's see how things go out this December. Looks like the iPhone 6 is continuing as a juggernaut in the marketplace, and — good news — the order turnaround time is down to one day. Meanwhile, looks like Samsung continues to stumble, Apple Pay is going abroad, the Apple Watch is inspiring others, and Apple is having successes all around. Those stories and more below the fold at this year's end. Happy Holidays to all our Mac|Life readers!
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.
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.
The third-quarter numbers for the smartphone market are in from Gartner, and the outlook's especially good for Apple has it continues to ride the wave of strong sales of the iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus. The numbers are a little more dire for Samsung. While it's still the reigning king of the smartphone industry by far, its numbers dropped significantly for the quarter, and smaller competitors apart from Apple continue to eat away at its throne. Sales of smartphones as a whole were up by a full 20 percent from the same quarter last year.
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."