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.
The differences between Apple and Google were clearly on display this month at their respective developer conference keynotes. Where WWDC 2014 left viewers entertained and wanting more, Google I/O effectively bored everyone to death with a nearly three-hour event that retreaded a lot of the same ground while failing to offer a compelling reason for Android Wear smartwatches to exist in the first place. But there was plenty of other news on Wednesday, and we've rounded it up right here...
OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 continue to be the gifts that keep on giving for developers, who are still making new discoveries as they wind down their first week of working with the latest operating systems.
One of the most intersting products to start with a lower-case "i" isn't one consumers will be lining up around the block to purchase, but it could certainly transform the way we shop at retail stores around the globe.
Well, despite WWDC being just around the corner, the Apple rumor mill hasn't turned up anything spectacularly groundbreaking this week. Hmm, we wonder if Tim Cook's promise to knuckle down on security is paying off. Meanwhile, could the war also be coming to an end with Google? And what's this giant security risk with your iPhone and why didn't Apple reply to the hackers who brought it to their attention? Let's find out what's going on out there.