Apple adds more than 60 new banks and credit unions to Apple Pay, rolls in BJ’s Wholesale Club

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 08:53
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

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With 2015 almost gone, Apple added another chunk of banks and credit unions that accept Apple Pay, the big news being that BJ’s Wholesale Club is among the new entries and was the second retailer to allow their store cards to be added to the Wallet app and be used for Apple Pay.

As always, here’s the list:

– American Community Bank of Indiana

– American United Federal Credit Union

– Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union

– Aspire Federal Credit Union

– Bank of Colorado

– Bank of Montgomery

– Catholic Federal Credit Union

– Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust

-CFCU Community Credit Union

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IDC estimates Apple Watch sales numbers around 3.9 million worldwide

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Date: Friday, December 4th, 2015, 06:09
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Apple has yet announce hard sales numbers for the Apple Watch, but the current intelligent guess is that the company has sold 3.9 million units worldwide since the wearable’s launch in April.

The latest data from market research firm IDC estimates Apple Watch sales totaled 3.9 million worldwide in the third quarter of 2015, making it the second most popular wearable device behind Fitbit fitness trackers during the three-month period ending September 30.

Apple posted a slight increase from the previous quarter, mostly the result of additional markets and channels coming on line. End-user attention has been going toward its entry-level and least expensive Sport line, to which Apple responded by introducing gold and rose gold models. In addition, Apple released watchOS 2, bringing native third-party applications to the device.

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Rumor: Apple to migrate devices from LCD displays to OLED displays in 2018

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Date: Friday, November 27th, 2015, 07:07
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

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Apple is expected to begin shifting its iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens as of 2018. The OLED display technology, which is currently only in use on the Apple Watch, benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color. This offers energy efficiency that leads to improved battery life compared lighting up the entire display each time.

Current rumors state that Apple has notified its suppliers that it wants to move to OLED iPhones in 2018, but adds that a mix of LCD and OLED iPhones are expected initially due to iPhone demand and OLED production limitations. Apple is apparently weighing how well OLED displays hold up over time versus LCD displays before committing to the switch. Both Samsung and LG, which currently produce OLED panels, are expected to be primary suppliers of OLEDs for iPhones, which would negatively impact current LDC display partners Sharp and Japan Display.

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Rumor: Apple working on Genius Bar to help troubleshooting process, alleviate lines

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Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 14:41
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Rumor, Software, Wearables

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With any luck, this could save some time.

And sanity.

A series of leaked screenshots shows that Apple is apparently working on an app to help iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch users troubleshoot their devices without having to journey out to the Genius Bar.

The pictures, which were leaked to uSwitch.com, indicate that users will be able to report a problem and coordinate support through a live chat feature and by sending a device in to be repaired.

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Google adds cellular support to assorted Android Wear devices

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Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Android, Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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Cellular support just hit for Google’s Android Wear line.

Google has announced that its Android Wear watches, which already feature Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, now feature cellular support.

The company has announced that the first Android Wear watch with cellular support is the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.

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Updated Apple Watch estimates place unit sales at just under 7 million

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Date: Friday, November 6th, 2015, 08:11
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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The current guesstimate is that Apple has sold almost 7 million Apple Watch units since the device’s launch in late April, thereby trouncing competing smartwatch products from firms like Pebble, Samsung and Motorola.

This figure comes from analyst Daniel Matte of Canalys, who said that “After experiencing significant supply chain constraints early on, Apple managed to overcome its production struggles with the Apple Watch and is building momentum going into Q4.”

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Walgreens becomes first retailer to merge Apple Pay with rewards card systems

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 07:21
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

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You may love or hate Walgreens, but they’re now the first to offer a rewards program via Apple Pay.

Walgreens announced on Thursday that the pharmacy chain has begun running its rewards program via Apple Pay. The company has long supported this through QR codes, but can now do this through NFC thanks to features in iOS 9.

In addition to Walgreens turning on support for its Balance Rewards card through Apple Pay, Kohl’s recently became the first retailer to enable its store credit card for use with Apple Pay. Apple also added more than 50 banks to work with Apple Pay this week.

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Apple discloses $1.69 billion increase in “Other Products” division, could be directly attributable to Apple Watch sales

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Date: Thursday, October 29th, 2015, 08:13
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, Finance, iPad, iPod, News

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Although Apple has yet to disclose any specific sales numbers for the Apple Watch, they may have tipped their hand a bit with the company’s most recent financial report.

A figure within the report states that Apple’s “Other Products” division climbed by more than US$1.69 billion in sales by the end of September.

As part of the company’s quarterly 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple said that more than 100 percent of the year-over-year revenue growth in its “Other Products” category was attributed to the Apple Watch.

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Apple cites $11.1 billion profit, $51.5 billion in revenue in Q4 2015 earnings report

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Date: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 08:29
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, iPad, iPhone, News, Wearables

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Once again, Apple just made a whole lotta moolah.

The company was about to beat its expectations for its fourth quarter, chalking up an US$11.1 billion profit on US$51.5 billion in revenue. Apple cited the iPhone as its biggest moneymaker, reporting 48.05 million iPhones sold, up from 39.27 million in the same quarter a year ago. More specifically, the company made US$32.21 billion in revenue from iPhone sales alone.

Analysts polled by Fortune were expecting Apple to sell 48.7 million iPhones in the quarter. Analysts also expected Apple to earn $1.88 per share, up from $1.42 a share in the same quarter last year. As for revenue, analysts wanted Apple to make $50.8 billion, while Apple itself expected to pull in $49 billion to $51 billion. The company handily beat all of those expectations.

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Some Apple Watch users complain of irregular heart rate readings after more intense workouts

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 07:43
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, Wearables

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It might be time for a firmware update/bug fix for the Apple Watch.

A number of Apple Watch owners have reported inconsistent or inaccurate heart rate measurements while exercising, with some saying issues have continued even after receiving replacement watches from Apple, calling into question one of the wearable’s signature features.

The issue, which Apple has yet to classify or acknowledge as a widespread problem, seems to result while trying to monitor high-impact exercises. A thread on Apple’s Support Communities forum has received more than 3,000 views and 17 replies, and nearly a dozen threads on the issue have been started on reddit.

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