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Apple in Talks With Credit Card Companies Over Payment Solution, Could Launch Mobile 'Wallet' This Fall

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Apple's talks with companies in the payment industry have been heating up in recent months, according to a new report from The Information. Apple executives have discussed launching a mobile payment solution as soon as this fall, allowing users to pay for physical goods with their iPhones. Apple is currently speaking with credit card company Visa over a possible partnership, a move that would bypass third-party payment processors resulting in direct ...
Full article at: Mac Rumors 5 hours ago, 4:24pm CDT
 

OS X Yosemite to Launch in Late October, 12-inch Retina MacBook and 4K Desktop in the Works

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Following an earlier report on the launch of the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, 9to5Mac has released a second report with details on OS X Yosemite and Apple's fall Mac plans. As has been previously mentioned, OS X Yosemite will launch in October, following iOS 8's September release alongside the iPhone 6. The final Yosemite Developer Preview is expected to be seeded to developers on September 29, with a final golden master ...
Full article at: Mac Rumors 8 hours ago, 12:47pm CDT
 

Apple Planning Mid-September Event for 4.7-Inch iPhone 6, Timing of 5.5-Inch Model Unclear

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According to 9to5Mac, Apple is putting the finishing touches on iOS 8 in advance of a September iPhone and iOS 8 launch event. Based on current projections, Apple is unsurprisingly tentatively planning to hold this iPhone-oriented event in mid-September. In line with previous reports, Apple is said to be aiming for a second product launch event in October for the iWatch and OS X Yosemite. iPhone 5s with mockups of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models Similar to other recent ...
Full article at: Mac Rumors 10 hours ago, 10:44am CDT
 

Apple's 36% Boost in Research and Development Spending Points to Strong Product Pipeline

Apple made a significant investment into research and development this past quarter, increasing spending in the category by 36 percent over the same quarter last year, reports Financial Times. As noted by BTIG Research analyst Walt Piecyk, Apple's $1.6 billion quarterly investment represents 4 percent of sales, the highest percentage of spending in R&D since 2006, the year before Apple released the first iPhone ...
Full article at: Mac Rumors 11 hours ago, 9:40am CDT
 

Apple Outlines Smart Wristband with Phone Connectivity and Gesture Control in New Patent

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today granted Apple a patent that describes a wrist-worn device containing sensors and wireless radios that allow it to communicate with other devices such as the iPhone, iPad or Mac (Via AppleInsider). It is a comprehensive patent that describes some of the core features of Apple's rumored iWatch device. Front view of a device similar to a sixth-generation iPod nano docked in ...
Full article at: Mac Rumors 1 day ago, 8:17am CDT
 

Intel Launches New Core i5, i7 Haswell Processors Possibly Slated for Retina MacBook Pro Refresh

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Intel yesterday launched new Haswell processors designed for high-end notebooks, which could be slated for use in an upcoming refresh of the 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models. As detailed by CPU World, Intel has released three new Core i5 chips and three new Core i7 chips that are all successors to the chips currently used in the 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros. The new processors provide a modest 200 MHz speed boost over existing Haswell chips. The Core i7 ...
Full article at: Mac Rumors 2 days ago, 5:31pm CDT
 

Forensic Expert Questions Covert 'Backdoor' Services Included in iOS by Apple

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As part of a recent Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference presentation, forensic scientist and iPhone jailbreak expert Jonathan Zdziarski detailed several backdoor security mechanisms that are secretly included in iOS by Apple. These mechanisms make covert data collection easier for Apple and governmental authorities, reports Zdziarski via ZDNet. Zdziarski confirms that iOS is reasonably secure from attack by a malicious hacker, but notes that the mobile ...
Full article at: Mac Rumors 2 days ago, 9:23am CDT
 

4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell with Embedded Apple Logo Shown in New Photos

Earlier this month, we shared some high-quality photos and a video of what has been claimed to be the rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in rough form. uSwitch has now obtained a pair of photos showing the part in its completed state, revealing a polished finish and the removal of several interior physical features that had been part of the manufacturing process. While the part shows a much cleaner look now that it has been pol ...
Full article at: Mac Rumors 2 days ago, 8:48am CDT
 

4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to More Rigorous Scratch Tests, May Not Be Sapphire

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Last week, a video posted by YouTube user Marques Brownlee showed the alleged front panel of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 being put through a number of scratch tests and significant bending. Now, Brownlee has released another video putting the same display through more rigorous scratch tests, this time with two different types of sandpaper. Brownlee cites the Mohs scale of mineral hardness in his testing, which is a scale rating mineral hardness from 1-10. ...
Full article at: Mac Rumors 4 days ago, 12:02am CDT
 

EU Finds Apple Lacking in Efforts to Address In-App Payment Issues

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The European Commission announced today that Apple has not adequately addressed the issue of unauthorized in-app purchases, providing "no concrete and immediate solutions" to the problem, reports Reuters. This subject of in-app purchases within free apps was the focus of a recent EU investigation following complaints from several consumer groups in European Union member countries. Apple said in a sta ...
Full article at: Mac Rumors 5 days ago, 9:25am CDT
 



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