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The new Apple Card is now available for everyone in the United States to apply for, and that means that you've probably seen countless (and positively mind-numbing) "unboxing" videos and countless other commentary on what is essentially a rewards credit card. While the Apple Card is primarily seen as a digital form of payment that is used with Apple Pay, you can optionally order a physical form the of the card that can be used at brick and mortar locations, and herein lies the rub... literally. Apple has just posted a FAQ for the Apple Card in which it details some dos and don'ts with respect to storing that physical card. For starters, Apple says that you should not store the... Read more...
How much secret information can you siphon out of one accidental firmware leak? Apparently, a lot according to prominent iOS developers that have been hammering away at the HomePod firmware that was mistakenly posted to Apple’s servers. The unreleased iPhone 8 has been the most frequent target of developers’ attention, and two fresh leaks have sprung. For starters, it is believed that Apple has completely give up on its Touch ID fingerprint authentication with the iPhone 8. That means that Apple will have to rely on the infrared cameras to scan your face to unlock the device, and manage passwords used for logging into apps and websites. Developer Guilherme Rambo has also discovered hooks that... Read more...
As long as Apple exists and continues to make smartphones, there will always be iPhone rumors, some of which are based on pure speculation while others are legitimate and/or Apple-controlled leaks designed to build up hype and publicity. Sifting through the reports to figure out what's real and what's a bunch of bologna isn't easy, a fact that's underscored by the current next-gen iPhone chatter.About a month ago, the web was awash in iPhone 6C rumors. It was said to be an entry-level smartphone for folks who prefer a smaller-size display than what's available on the current generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models. It would have a custom A9 processor, Touch ID support, and an NFC chip... Read more...
Earlier today, Apple made some big moves in its executive ranks with a wave of promotions and new hire. But tonight, Apple announced what could possibly be its most important business deal so far this year, and one that could be extremely lucrative for the electronics company that is deriving a large portion of its revenue from the Chinese market. Apple has reached an agreement with China UnionPay, which will allow cardholders to add their bank cards to Apple Pay. What makes this such a blockbuster deal is that China UnionPay currently operates nation's inter-bank clearing and settlement system and has issued over 5 billion cards both domestically and abroad. UnionPay cards are accepted at 26... Read more...
It appears that the launch of Google's Android Pay service could be a lot closer than we anticipated, and we have none other than McDonald's to thank for the information. There's little that's quite so satisfying as a hot and juicy McLeak. The information came forth through a message presented on an employee computer terminal. It mentions that Samsung Pay is due to launch on the 21st, which you might notice is a date that's already passed. As we learned just a couple of weeks ago, the actual launch date for Samsung's service is September 28, although a beta period is available for some testers now. When Google announced Android Pay earlier this year, we were told that we could expect Android... Read more...
Long after Apple Pay’s successful launch in the U.S., the contactless payment system is coming to the UK. Apple has already lined up more than 250,000 businesses who are accepting Apple Pay payments as of this week. British users with an iPhone 6 or an Apple Watch can start using Apple Pay immediately.  “Apple Pay has quickly become a big part of millions of users’ everyday shopping routines, providing a simpler, faster and more secure way to pay,” said senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue in a statement. “We’re thrilled to bring Apple Pay to the UK with support at launch from the most popular banks, an incredible roster of merchants and many of our users’ favorite... Read more...
The mobile payment wars are heating up. On one side is Google, which is expected to make an announcement today or tomorrow at its annual Google I/O convention. And on the other side Apple, which is reportedly getting ready to provide details about changes coming to its Apple Pay mobile service, one of which will be a new rewards program.According to The New York Times and the "two people briefed on the product" that it spoke with, Apple will unveil its rewards program during its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next month. Details are sparse -- all the sources were willing to say about it is that the program will offer certain "perks" to Apple Pay users who make purchases with their mobile... Read more...
There were many interesting tidbits to come out of Apple's Q2 financial call yesterday, all of which Brandon highlighted. There's one tidbit that might be flying under some people's radar, but deserves some more attention: Apple announced a major win with its Apple Pay service, as it can now count Best Buy as a supporter. This isn't just big news because Best Buy is a major retailer; it becomes massive news because Best Buy is part of the consortium of retailers that's working on its own Apple Pay competitor, called CurrentC. A Best Buy spokeswoman says that her company remains committed to the consortium, called MCX, but said it wouldn't commit to using CurrentC at launch. Best Buy's move doesn't... Read more...
The last holdout among the four major U.S. credit card issuers has finally caved to Apple. Discover announced today that it will allow its cardmembers to make wireless payments using Apple Pay on their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch starting this fall. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express have supported Apple Pay since it launched in October 2014, so it’s nice to see Discover finally getting onboard, even if it’s going to be a year late. “As the mobile payments landscape matures, Discover remains committed to giving cardmembers secure options for using their cards and mobile devices,” said Discover President of Payment Services Diane Offereins. “Discover’s focus on simplicity and... Read more...
In an attempt to get a leg up on Apple's mobile payment system, Samsung is reportedly not going to collect fees for its own rival service in Korea and perhaps in the United States as well. Dubbed Samsung Pay, the service is set to launch sometime this summer and will be in direct competition with Apple's Apple Pay system.Initially Samsung was going to tack on 0.0015 percent fees to its partnered credit card companies, which include Shinhan Card, Samsung Card, KB Card, Hyundai, Lotte Card, NH Card, Woori Card, Hana Card, and BC Card. However, Samsung now has a grander plan of expanding its smartphone footprint, so it's doing away with fees, both for its partnered credit card companies and value-added... Read more...
We are sure to hear all of the exhausting details concerning the Apple Watch at tomorrow’s keynote, but Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, has given us an early glimpse into one of the smartwatch’s most important features: Apple Pay. Apple Pay is currently incorporated into the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple CEO Tim Cook claims that it accounts for two out of every three dollars spent when it comes to contactless payments. Most have praised the easy-to-use nature of Apple Pay and it appears that the payment process will get just a tiny bit simpler when an Apple Watch is involved. While the Apple Watch itself doesn’t have Touch ID — which makes Apple... Read more...
The upcoming Google I/O Conference could see the company launch a new mobile payment system API, according to sources who spoke to Ars Technica. The new service, which would let users pay for items both at physical cash registers and online, is expected to be called Android Pay. Google’s Host Card Emulation (HCE) technology will let phones and other devices with Android Pay create transactions through register devices that have NFC technology. The Android Pay API will also let developers add payment buttons to their online stores. The competition between Apple and Google for mobile payments is heating up. Google has been making several moves to revamp its Google Wallet, including buying rival... Read more...
Google may have been one of the first to bring a wireless, mobile payment system to modern smartphones using NFC technology, but it was Apple that made the technology surprisingly easy-to-use and widespread courtesy of Apple Pay and Touch ID. When it comes to contactless payment made using American Express, MasterCard, and Visa accounts, Apple Pay currently captures two out of every three dollars spent. “Apple Pay is off to a very strong start, and the feedback that we're getting from both individuals and institutions is extremely positive,” bragged Apple CEO Tim Cook during his company’s most recent earnings call. “With all of this momentum in the early days, we are more convinced than ever... Read more...
Remember Google Wallet? The payment feature hit smartphones years ago, promising to replace your credit and debit cards. Google gave it a big push and even put an app on iOS, but Wallet didn’t get the traction many of us had expected. It’s been a different story for Apple Pay, which already has been popping up in Walgreens and other retailers across the country and recently signed JetBlue. Google isn’t throwing in the towel, though, and recently acquired payment provider Softcard to bolster its Wallet revival. (Image Source: denebola2025/flickr)Google is revamping Wallet to be a better competitor to Apple Pay, and will likely reintroduce the service around May, The Wall Street Journal reports.... Read more...
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