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 product leaks have been scarce lately, but that drought ended this weekend after photos surfaced purporting to show an A8 chip for the upcoming second-generation iPad Air, which is widely expected to debut at Apple's media event on Thursday. Further photos of the alleged iPad 2 logic board seem to confirm the rumor, and what's more, they suggest that the next iPad Air will at last support 2GB of RAM.
Persistent rumors over the last few months have suggested that we'll see a Retina MacBook Air at the media event on Thursday, October 16, but one report claims that we shouldn't get our hopes up. According to sources, Apple has no plans to unveil the device at the event.
Well, the rumor mill is definitely talking about the iPad Air 2, but nothing like it did the iPhone 6 series. Interesting. Well, we certainly hope Cupertino is able to wow the crowds at their October 16 event, and we expect next week will kick things up a notch with leaks and rumors. Meanwhile, what else shook free in the news this week?
A dubious rumor started making the rounds this afternoon that Apple is planning to make an operating system for its rumored 12.9-inch iPad that includes elements of both OS X and iOS. This is allegedly one of two prototypes for the large tablet: one currently sports only iOS in the style of previous iPads, and the other is the "2-for-1 device" described above.
There's a new Apple event on the way, or so a new report claims, and this time we won't be seeing the fanfare of surprise U2 performances and massive reveals that characterized last month's event. Apple instead has something a little more low-key in mind, and reportedly the company will content itself with the launch of the new iPads, iMacs, and OS X Yosemite.
We've heard a lot about the new iPhones and the upcoming iWatch over the last couple of weeks, but today it's time for the iMac to shine. Specifically, Apple reportedly plans to release a 27-inch Retina iMac with a resolution of 5120 x 2880, and it's possible that we'll see it as early as a media event next month.
iOS 8 has had an impressive first week, but it hasn't been without bugs. Reports this morning revealed an impressive adoption rate for the new mobile operating system (even though it lags behind IOS 7's), but so many of those first-week users are finding numerous flaws in the platform. Much as with the release of iOS 7, however, Apple is wasting little time setting out to repair them. In fact, an update aimed at most of the issues is allegedly already in the works.
Leaks from the iPhone supply line over in China have become so common in recent years that covering them is now routine, but at last Apple supplier Foxconn is taking steps to crack down on some of them. One of the alleged culprits behind the leaks of the shell of the iPhone 6 is now in custody for selling the shells on the black market.
So, what about the Apple's Watch's battery life? That was one of the big controversies about the device leading up to its announcement, and if the rumors are to be believed, one of the chief reasons why Apple was reluctant to announce it. And now that the world officially knows about the device, it's still one of its chief concerns. According to a new report, however, Apple may be able to fix it (a bit) in time for the release next year.