We talk a lot about Apple Pay, and for good reason. It’s the sleeper hit from Apple’s iPhone 6/Apple Watch announcement Tuesday, giving us more reason than ever to pay for goods and services with our phones. Now, it seems as though there may have been a different aim for Apple Pay initially, as the company was reportedly in talks to acquire Square.
Yesterday, we told you about Apple’s plans to monetize Apple Pay. By taking a small cut of the transaction fee a bank charges a merchant, Apple stands to make a large chunk of change. Now we get further details on just what kind of deals Apple may have struck with various institutions, and how much they really might be raking in.
When Apple announced its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this week, I knew immediately that I would want to get my hands on the larger version. See, I currently have an iPhone 5 that has a cracked screen that I’ve been living with the last several weeks in anticipation of Apple launching a new handset sooner rather than later.
At long last, after waiting too long for that to happen, Apple unveiled the 5.5-inch handset I wanted. I was ready to buy it on Friday when preorders started so I’d only have to live with my disgustingly cracked iPhone 5 for one more week.
21 months of planning and negotiations, a "code name frenzy," and clandestine signaling to executives with real pieces of fruit: turns out, getting Apple Pay off the ground without letting the cat out of the mobile payments bag wasn't easy. Details of the cloak of secrecy used to keep hundreds of people across eight different financial institutions from spilling the beans on Apple's big cashless announcement this week have emerged, and it's just as obsessive as you might have expected.
When the Apple online store goes down, it usually means something big is coming up. In this case, it's one big and one even bigger. We're talking about the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, of course, and both will be available for pre-orders from Apple, once the store is back up for everyone or if you can access the site already.
It's the biggest First World Problem of 2014, and something guaranteed to give Apple fans sleepless nights: which do you pre-order, the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus? The latest-gen iOS 8 smartphones have ratcheted up the confusion by throwing in not one but two screen sizes, and to make things even more complicated, many will be placing orders without having actually seen them in-store. So, which is the right iPhone 6 for you?
When Apple starts accepting pre-orders for their iPhone 6 tomorrow, expect a huge surge of people clamoring to reserve their phones. As one or both of these iPhones are anticipated to be limited at launch, you might want to diversify your search if you intend to snap one up. We’ve heard a lot of chatter about where you might be able to get your hands on an iPhone, so here is the list so far.
HTC's smartwatch plans have been pushed back to early 2015, insiders suggest, sitting out holiday sales just like the Apple Wear as it tries to make sure its first-gen model hits the right balance. HTC had initially been targeting a launch before the end of the year, according to comments made by chairwoman Cher Wang back in February, but several rumored launch windows such as Mobile World Congress and IFA came and went without a trace of an HTC wearable.
Now that the flood of Apple announcements and related revelations have started to settle down, it's time to step back, take a deep breath, and take stock of everything that has happened so far. And what better way to do that than by watching Apple's momentous 2014 media event at your own pace and in your own time.