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.
As we get closer to the fall, the news is starting to move to details of the Yosemite OS and possible new features that might show up with the iPhone 6 in iOS. And there's also good news on the horizon for iPhone users who want to switch carriers. Meanwhile, is that a patent filing regarding the iWatch? Let's take a look inside, shall we?
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.
Summer is halfway over now, which means we're getting closer to finding out what the iPhone 6 will really look like — but one thing's for sure, it's going to have Touch ID, which will be tweaked slightly from the current version.
Ever get locked out of your own iOS device? Famed SIM unlocker ChronicUnlocks is now offering the "first and only fully working and legitimate service" for removing Apple's iCloud Lock from any iPad or iPhone 4 or higher within one to 15 business days for only $149.99. Before you cry foul, the service can't be used on a stolen device already in "Lost Mode," but could come in awful handy if the device is lost and found again. Speaking of which, we found a handful of tech tidbits for today's recap, so sit back and dig in!
It's only been a couple of days since Apple announced that it's extending its Touch ID API to third-party developers, and already PayPal is considering the possibilities of the service, reports BusinessInsider. "It seems to be a fairly easy API to use, but we're still kicking the tires," a source from PayPal told the publication.
With WWDC 2014 right around the weekend corner (literally), heck no you don't want to shut your computer down. Why, this week's news is chock full of rumor, leak, speculation, and the ravings of analysts. Ahem, we mean the well thought out considerations of those with virtually no evidence. On with the show!
A few weeks ago we heard that Touch ID was likely headed to other Apple devices in addition to the iPhone, and a new report from Asia backs up that claim. Notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities claims (via Cult of Mac) that the feature will soon come standard in most new iOS devices, such as the iPhone 5, the second iPad Air, and the third-generation iPad mini.