Leaked HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition to aid in Apple Pay payments for forthcoming iPhone

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Date: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, 03:27
Category: Apple Pay, Developer, HomePod, iOS, iPhone, News, Touch ID

The leaked HomePod firmware continues to hint at possible forthcoming Apple features down the pipe.

A set of code discovered in the firmware suggests Apple’s “iPhone 8” will integrate facial recognition into the Apple Pay process, though it appears the technology will not completely replace physical Touch ID.

Developer Daniel Niyazov tweeted out a note on Wednesday in which he noted references to “pearl,” which is thought to be Apple’s codename for “iPhone 8’s” facial recognition feature. The reference also showed up in leaked code associated with Apple Pay.

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Apple Pay expanded to 27 additional U.S. banks, new options available in China, Italy, Russia and Ireland

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Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, 05:37
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News

This could come in handy.

Apple on Tuesday added 27 U.S. banks and credit unions to the Apple Pay roster, while simultaneously bringing the platform to additional options in China, Italy, Ireland, and Russia.

The banks and credit union additions, as usual, are largely regional, while the international additions include AIB in Ireland, American Express in Italy, and bank Round, Beeline Card, Credit Union, Kykyryza, and Promsvyazbank in Russia. New Chinese entries include Guilin Bank, Hunan Rural Credit Cooperative, JinCheng Bank, Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank, Sichuan Rural Credit Union, SiChuan TianFu Bank, and Yibin City Commercial Bank.

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Apple Pay ties in with National Park Foundation fundraiser for first half of July, offers activity badges in return for donations

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2017, 05:10
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, Fun, News, Software, Wearables

For the first half of July, Apple has announced a new Apple Pay promotion wherein users can raise funds for the National Parks Foundation.

From July 1 through 15, Apple is donating $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on apple.com or through the Apple Store app in the US

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered the following explanation for the program:

America’s national parks are an inspiration to us at Apple, and we know they are as important to many of our customers as they are to us. Our goal is to leave the world better than we found it, so this July we’re making it easier for anyone to help preserve the beauty of our natural, cultural and historical treasures.

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Apple Pay expected to arrive in Ukraine come Q2 of 2018

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Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, 05:48
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, retail, Software

It looks like Apple Pay is en route to the Ukraine come next year.

An Alfa-Bank executive stated that Apple Pay should arrive in the Ukraine in the second quarter of 2018.

The head of Alfa-Bank Ukraine’s e-business, Maxim Patrin, cited an anonymous source from one of the payment systems operating in the country. Alfa-Bank is based primarily in Russia, and may be better known to U.S. readers for alleged ties to U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Apple Pay goes live in Italy

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Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2017, 05:45
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, News, retail, Software

Apple Pay has come to Italy.

The service is now available within the country, allowing for Visa and MasterCards issued by Boon, Carrefour, and UniCredit to be used with Apple Pay in Italy. Per the Apple Pay web site, support for additional banks will be added later this year.

Rumors of Apple Pay’s expansion to Italy have been circulating for several weeks as Apple worked to add support for its payments service in the country, and the service has been listed as “Coming Soon” on the Apple Pay Italy site since March.

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JPMorgan Chase purchases CurrentC, looks to develop technology for further use

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Date: Monday, March 13th, 2017, 05:07
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, News, retail

If you were curious as to what happened to CurrentC, the intended mobile payment service that was intended to compete with Apple Pay a few years ago, there’s an answer: JPMorgan bought it out.

Oddly enough, Chase Bank played both sides and was one of a few major banks to partner with Apple when Apple Pay launched back in the fall of 2014, but several retailers including CVS and Walmart blocked or denied plans to accept Apple Pay due to an upcoming CurrentC app and commitments to MCX, the company developing CurrentC.

Some CurrentC backers including Rite Aid and Best Buy eventually changed their course and added Apple Pay as a payment option in stores, and last summer efforts to bring CurrentC to market finally ended.

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Apple Pay to launch in Ireland on Tuesday

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Date: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017, 05:14
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

It looks like Apple Pay will arrive in Ireland this week.

The payment platform is expected to launch on Tuesday according to two sources close to the story.

In Ireland, Apple Pay will be supported by UlsterBank and KBC, both of which are multinational and have supported Apple Pay in other countries for some time now. Bank of Ireland and AIB are the biggest banks in Ireland with the latter supporting Android Pay.

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Apple pay currently dominating mobile payments market, could affect retail industry in the long run

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, 05:13
Category: Apple Pay, iPhone, News, retail

Apple Pay might just wind up on top.

A few years ago, when the technology was first introduced, it seemed like a vague idea. Today, according to new survey data released by Boston Retail Partners, Apple Pay is not only booming, it’s the mobile payments standard, surpassing PayPal, which had nearly a decade headstart. This, despite a much smaller market share than Android, and this despite continued ignorance as to the very existence of Apple Pay among consumers.

It may also be good for retailers in the long run.

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Apple surpasses PayPal, now accepted at 36% of U.S. merchants according to recent study

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Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, 05:10
Category: Apple Pay, News, Samsung

PayPal has apparently fallen as the leader among U.S. merchants and Apple Pay has taken its place.

Per NFC World, Apple today sits at 36 percent versus 16 percent a year ago. PayPal, by contrast, is being offered by 34 percent of merchants.

Both Apple and PayPal are trailed by MasterCard PayPass (25 percent), Android Pay (24 percent), Visa Checkout (20 percent), Samsung Pay (18 percent) and Chase Pay (11 percent). Notably, Samsung Pay can be used at businesses that don’t officially support the platform.

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Apple Pay to gain support, integration at more than 300,000 MORE loyalty card-based vending machines

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Date: Friday, January 6th, 2017, 05:16
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

You’ll soon be able to use Apple Pay to buy additional snacks.

Vending company USA Technologies announced today that Apple Pay is getting support for its MORE loyalty card and payroll deduct program that is accepted at more than 300,000 vending machines across the US.

Following the integration, customers will be able to take advantage of offers, promotions and discounts at the self-serve machines.

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