It's a shame that some retailers such as CVS and Rite-Aid aren't so keen on adopting Apple Pay, but do they really deserve to have a class action lawsuit aimed at them? Apparently, if you work at the firm of Schubert, Jonckheer & Kolbe, that answer may be yes. The firm is currently looking into the matter to see if they have enough of a foundation for a case, and they're polling customers to see how they feel about the chains' decision to hold off on Apple Pay for now.
iOS 8 in its latest iteration continues to make news and shake things up. Why was there the glitch that released the broken update? What are some more hidden tricks, tips, and tweaks in the latest operating system. But probably the biggest newsmaker this week was Apple Pay and how some retailers are reacting (hint: not good).
It looks as though FBI Director James Comey, long a critic of the iPhone's security measures, may at last have something to cheer about. Today a circuit court judge in Virginia ruled that the fingerprints used to access an iPhone through Touch ID aren't protected by the Fifth Amendment, thus allowing law enforcement officials to access the devices of suspects.
The outlook isn't looking so hot for CurrentC, the rival mobile payment system that major retailers like Walmart, Rite-Aid, and CVS have rallied around instead of Apple Pay. Earlier today (and only a few hours after playing up CurrentC's security features in a blog post), CurrentC owner Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) informed its early users via e-mail that some of their e-mail addresses had been obtained by "unauthorized third parties."
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.
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.
Over the last few years, we've heard plenty of speculation about how Samsung and Android will trump the iPhone, yet every time Apple releases a new smartphone, the opposite seems to be true. Our Wednesday Morning Report takes a look at Samsung's quarterly profit drop, along with a peek at an iPad Air 2 dummy unit, and a new contender for the mobile payment throne. Click to read more!
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.
Our Tuesday Morning Report has some good news for Americans in big cities still in search of an iPhone 6: Apple has officially announced a release in China, which should help alleviate the number of devices being purchased here and sent to the mainland for resale at a hefty profit. There's also news about the next three iOS 8 updates, and Parisians get the first public look at the forthcoming Apple Watch — so don't waste a moment, dive right in!
Yesterday we passed along a rumor that iOS 8.0.1 would be released soon to patch up a number of bugs, and, sure enough, Apple released it this morning. But the word from multiple sources is that the patch is a buggy mess than causes more problems than it solves, and Apple actually pulled the patch from its download servers not long ago. On the bright side, the update reportedly fixed the issues with HealthKit, so that's something, right?