In just a few short hours, iPhone 6 owners will be able to download iOS 8.1 and start using Apple Pay at retail stores — but before you head out to the store, there are a few limitations you should be aware of, as outlined in our Monday Morning Report. We've also got some bummer news about upgrading RAM in the new Mac mini (spoiler: you can't), and a unique solution for making eye contact while chatting on an iPad. Click ahead to read more!
Apple's next media event is right around the corner, and iPhone 6 owners have more to be excited about than the possibility of new iPads or Macs, thanks to the arrival of Apple Pay as part of a free software update. Our Monday Morning Report looks at when we might expect the service to kick off (along with a potential alternative coming next year), as well as the iPhone 6's arrival on Boost Mobile later this week.
Reports that PayPal was trying to cozy up with Apple for its mobile payment system are almost as old as the rumors about Apple Pay itself. We last reported on the rumors way back in January, and now a new report claims all that work came to naught. In fact, the veteran Internet payment company apparently signed a deal with Samsung to power its own fingerprint payment system for its devices.
After the reveals about the iPhone 6's hardware specs, Tim Cook once again took the stage to talk about what we're going to see in iOS 8. A little surprisingly, Cook jumped right in with long-rumored mobile payment system, officially called Apple Pay, beginning with a ad about the current "hassles" of paying for items with a credit card.
Tuesday will finally conclude months of rumors, speculation, and leaks about Apple's next smartphone, but not before the iPhone 6 could get shown off on video — apparently fully assembled and functional. Our Monday edition of the Morning Report also takes a look at a potential security measure in Apple's mobile payment plans, as well as teases forthcoming updates to Adobe's video applications. Click to read more!
After so long stuck in the mire, Apple's mobile payment system appears to be taking its final form quickly. Just yesterday we heard how the Cupertino giant had managed to snag lower credit card processing fees for the service from the likes of MasterCard and Visa, and now word's coming in from Re/code that retailers Walgreens and CVS plan to accept purchases made with the system once it's released.
News about Apple's rumored mobile payment initiative have been scarce over the last couple of months, but details are finally starting to emerge ahead of the company's September 9 media event. And they're worth paying attention to. According to Bank Innovation, Apple has secured lower credit card transaction fees for the service with heavyweights like Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Capital One, and Bank of America.
China's GeekBar has been on a roll lately, as almost every day brings a new set of schematics and parts that supposedly come from one of the two rumored iPhone 6 models. The repair firm sometimes doesn't properly identify the parts, but the leaks themselves appear to be legit. One part in particular was the iPhone's long-rumored near-field communications (NFC) chip, and now there's evidence that there might be some truth to the claim.
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.