Chick-Fil-A announces full Apple Pay support, will complete migration by Friday

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 05:17
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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You can now snag Chick-Fil-A with Apple Pay.

Apple Pay has expanded to all Chick-Fil-A locations. According to today’s tweet, however, Apple Pay will be accepted at all Chick-Fil-A locations as of this Friday, August 19th. The mobile payment platform will be supported in-store and in the drive thru.

Chick-Fil-A’s adoption of Apple Pay comes after the company has experimented with QR-based solutions in the past. Those solutions ultimately failed, according to employees, much like other QR-based offerings we’ve seen. Chick-Fil-A has, however, supported Apple Pay in its recently revamped app on iOS.

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Apple rolls out iPhone carrier billing systems in Taiwan, Switzerland

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, 07:17
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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This could be helpful if you’re traveling.

Apple on Tuesday launched a new carrier billing options in Taiwan and Switzerland that lets users charge iTunes purchases directly to their monthly cellphone bill.

Like carrier billing systems already available in Germany and Russia Apple’s Taiwan rollout lets customers pay for apps, music, Apple Music subscriptions and more using their phone number.

The same features have also been rolled out in Switzerland and in Taiwan, the alternative payment plan will first be available to monthly contract customers for area telecom Far EasTone.

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Iran may begin allowing iPhone imports, timeline for this yet to be be announced

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Date: Friday, August 12th, 2016, 07:07
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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It looks like the iPhone may finally be coming to Iran.

The local media has reported that Iran is preparing to allow local retailers to import iPhones legally for the first time. Just last month, the country was threatening to ban the devices in what it was calling an anti-smuggling move. All that threat did in turn, however, was drive up the price of iPhones already in the country and actually increase smuggling.

The nation’s trade industry has requested licenses from the Traded Promoted Organization and requested licenses for nine Iranian companies to import the iPhone. Apple does not have any kind of presence within Iran itself, so this is a bit strange.

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Apple Pay arrives in Hong Kong with support for American Express, MasterCard and Visa cards

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, 07:28
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, retail

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Apple Pay has just rolled out in Hong Kong in a big way.

The service, which has gone online, is supported with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards issued by Bank of China, DBS Bank, HSBC, Standard Chartered, and Hang Seng Bank. Additionally, cards issued directly by American Express are also supported.

In the future, Apple says that Hong Kong’s Bank of East Asia and Tap & Go cards will also be supported with Apple Pay in Hong Kong, though no timetable has been given.

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CVS currently testing Apple Pay, other mobile payment systems

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Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016, 08:25
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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It looks like Apple Pay may be coming to CVS in the near future.

While the pharmacy chain has yet to announce an actual launch date, it has stated that it is currently “evaluating” mobile payment options.

Accounts of miscellaneous CVS locations accepting Apple Pay transactions have occurred for about a month on Twitter, and a recent tip suggests transactions are working at a location in Key West, Fla.

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Recent changes to Apple’s retail, online stores may indicate near-term exit for non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro with optical drive

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Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 07:04
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, retail, Rumor

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The curtain might finally be drawing to a close on the non-Retina MacBook Pro with an optical drive.

Recent changes to Apple’s online store have tucked the model out of the way on the main MacBook Pro page and hidden at the bottom of the ‘buy‘ page. It now appears that the company is doing the same thing in its retail stores to the last remaining product of an optical drive bygone era.

At present, customers can still buy the non-retina 13-inch MacBook Pro in retail locations as well as online, but essentially have to ask for it by name these days. The units, which arrive with 4GB of RAM and a slow 500GB spinning metal drive are still priced at $1,099, just $100 below a starter 13-inch MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM and a speedy 256GB PCIe-based SSD.

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WWDC 2016: Apple Pay coming to online transactions this fall

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Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016, 12:28
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail, WWDC

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Apple’s looking to bring Apple Pay to the Web.

Among the mucho announcements during the WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, announced that the company will begin incorporating “Pay with Apple Pay” buttons. The new feature will be available when the latest version of macOS, Sierra, becomes available to Mac users this fall.

Federighi said the online “Apple Pay” button will require users to authenticate their identity from a TouchID device—iPhone or Apple Watch—to preserve the security of their transactions.

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MCX to end CurrentC beta, disable all user accounts

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Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 10:23
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, retail

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Put a fork in CurrentC, it might just be done.

Following layoffs of 30 employees in May, the Merchant Consortium Exchange, or MCX, announced today that it is ending its the ongoing CurrentC beta test and postponing all future releases. The beta test will be suspended on June 28th, according to an email sent to beta testers in Columbus, Ohio.

Following the conclusion of the beta test, MCX will disable all consumer accounts and end their access to the service. The company offered the following comment in an email sent to beta testers:

“We will be concluding our beta test and postponing further releases of CurrentC on June 28, 2016. Therefore, June 28th will be the last day that transactions will be accepted using CurrentC,”

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Apple Pay rival CurrentC delayed, may never see release following employee layoffs

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 06:04
Category: Apple, Finance, Google, News, retail, Samsung

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The CurrentC horse may never even make it out of the gate.

CurrentC, the payment platform backed by a group of retailers under the banner Merchant Customer Exchange that caused a kerfuffle when Apple Pay launched, may never see release.

The consortium announced Monday that the CurrentC rollout has been postponed and that the company will lay off 30 employees after “feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot.” MCX tested CurrentC at Target, Walmart, and other retail locations in Columbus, Ohio.

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Kohl’s adopts Apple Pay, links service to charge, reward cards

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Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 07:20
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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You can now use Apple Pay at some Kohl’s locations.

Which isn’t a bad thing.

Kohl’s has stated that the department store chain now accepts Apple Pay and that Apple Pay users can now pay with a Kohl’s Charge card and earn Yes2You Rewards points at the same. This makes it the first Apple Pay retailer to combine store card payments and rewards in a single-tap transaction.

Roughly 250 Kohl’s locations currently support the option and the company has said that this should be available in all locations by the end of the month, according to company representatives. The system will work automatically so long as a person has both their Charge and Yes2You cards linked to Apple Pay.

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