mobile payments

Here’s how Apple Pay was kept a secret

Here’s how Apple Pay was kept a secret

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.

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Apple Pay hands-on: Goodbye Wallet

Apple Pay hands-on: Goodbye Wallet

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.

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Apple Pay arrives to kill your wallet

Apple Pay arrives to kill your wallet

Apple is out to kill the wallet, and Apple Pay is the way it plans to do it. "Our vision is to replace this [traditional system]," CEO Tim Cook said, "and we're going to start by focusing on payment." The system turns the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into a mobile payments terminal, using Touch ID for authentication.

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Is this a working iPhone 6?

Is this a working iPhone 6?

Apple's big iPhone 6 event is almost upon us, but a new leak could've spoiled what surprise is remaining, seemingly showing not only a functional handset but perhaps confirming mobile payments support too. The phone, shared in photos by Weibo user zzray with cnBeta, is compared with an iPhone 5s to show the increased screen size, while a new Passbook icon apparently gives the nod to Apple's plans for cashless payments.

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