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.
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.
One of the bigger mysteries surrounding Apple's new wireless payment system, and in particular its smartwatch, may have just been solved. Apparently, the Apple Watch will remain authorized to make such transactions while its worn on your wrist and will be deauthorized the moment it is taken off.
Hope you haven't had your fill of Apple and iPhone 6 news just yet, because here's yet another one. SwiftKey has just booked a date on your calender when its popular third-party keyboard will be arriving on Apple's devices. Starting 17th of September, SwiftKey will be available on iOS for the iPhone, the iPad, and even the iPod Touch.
Intel promised a wearable which mixed functionality and design in an unusual way, and the MICA bracelet is the result, though the jury is still out whether the premium wristband hits the spot. Announced at IDF 2014 this week, the "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" band has a curved OLED touchscreen on one side and a spattering of semi-precious stones picked by Opening Ceremony on the other.
True to its promise, Jawbone today is expanding its UP app beyond the confines of its own fitness band, turning the personal digital coach into a platform of its own. The timing is perfect, too, since the new UP will also tie in with Apple's own ecosystem via the new M8 motion coprocessor on the new iPhone 6 and the newly unveiled Apple Watch.
Encouraging money out of your wallet has seldom been an issue for Apple Stores, but Apple Pay is hoping to make it even easier, streamlining the mobile payments process and eventually making credit cards something you leave safely at home. Launching on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as on the Apple Watch, the new payments system slips its way into your Passbook while borrowing Touch ID for security. We grabbed some hands-on time to see just how easy it could really be.