Apple Pay to enter Chinese marketplace in 2016 with support of UnionPay

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Date: Friday, December 18th, 2015, 06:32
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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This is a pretty huge step in the world of Apple Pay.

Apple on Friday announced that it’s bringing Apple Pay to China with the support of UnionPay for its mobile payment system.

In China, Apple Pay will support 15 of the country’s leading banks. It’s presently unknown as to which banks will be supported. In China, Apple Pay will work with the UnionPay Quickpass, which is an existing contactless payment method in the country. iOS users in China will be able to simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a UnionPay terminal at participating stores to activate Apple Pay.

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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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Walmart introduces “Walmart Pay” feature for iOS app

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 08:30
Category: iOS, News, retail

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This might come in handy.

Walmart on Thursday introduced its own mobile payments service called “Walmart Pay” built into its Walmart app on iOS and Android. The new Apple Pay competitor will roll out in select Walmart stores in the U.S. this month, followed by a nationwide launch within the first half of 2016.

The Walmart Pay system functions via QR codes during the checkout process that involve opening the Walmart app, selecting Walmart Pay, activating the camera, scanning the code displayed at the register and waiting for the cashier to finish bagging your items. An electronic receipt will automatically be sent to the Walmart app.

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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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JCPenney’s apparently testing Apple Pay, should incorporate support for 2016

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Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 05:38
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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You should be able to use Apple Pay at JCPenney’s sometime in 2016.

The retailer has apparently begun testing Apple Pay support for its store cards, with plans for an official introduction sometime in the spring of next year according to a shopper’s anecdote indicated on Monday.

The shopper recently tried to add his JCPenney card to iOS 9’s Wallet app, and was met with an unusual Terms and Conditions page. A notice at the top of the page explained that JCP is running a pilot program out of the Village at Fairview outlet northeast of Dallas, paving the way for the spring rollout.

Apple and JCPenney have yet to officially confirm the plan.

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The best deal on iTunes gift cards

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Date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 12:37
Category: Apple Music, Gift Guide, iTunes, iTunes Music Store, iTunes Store, News, retail

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It never hurts to get a nifty discount.

That and it’s nice to build a nice cache of iTunes gift cards to use all year round, especially if they’re available at a discount. Discounted iTunes gift cards are one of the only ways to save on apps, music, movies and even your Apple Music subscription.

A couple vendors are selling discounted iTunes gift cards this holiday season. Currently, the best deal of the bunch is a $100 iTunes gift card for $80 via PayPal Digital Gifts on eBay. The gift cards arrive via email within a few hours of purchase, but the limited time offer is only available in the United States.

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Square launches NFC reader compatible with Apple Pay for small businesses

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Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 08:10
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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This could come in handy.

Mobile payments company Square today announced the launch of its new NFC reader within 100 small businesses around the country, letting stores who previously were unable to accept Apple Pay due to the lack of a required contactless reader, to begin supporting the service. The reader will act like all other Apple Pay-accepting terminals, letting users wave an iPhone or Apple Watch near the device to complete a purchase.

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Early Apple Pencil orders in the U.S. move closer to shipment

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Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 07:26
Category: Accessory, News, retail

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If you ordered an Apple Pencil last week, there’s a good chance it’s getting ready to ship.

Since the launch if the iPad Pro, supplies of the Apple Pencil have been constrained. At launch, there were no Apple Pencils or Smart Keyboards available for purchase in the U.S. with in-store pickup, and the first online orders listed delivery dates of November 19 at the earliest, more than a week after the iPad Pro became available.

On Tuesday, a number of pre-order customers are seeing some movement with their orders, receiving notifications that their Apple Pencils are now preparing for shipment. Current estimates from some customers have the Apple Pencil arriving between November 20 to November 24.

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Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard accessories in short supply following iPad Pro launch

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Date: Friday, November 13th, 2015, 09:25
Category: Accessory, iPad Pro, News, retail

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The good news is that the iPad Pro is out.

The and news is that the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard you might want for it are in short supply.

Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing four to five week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit your nearby store to find out whether they’re carrying the accessories.

Apple offered the following comment regarding its inventory and supply levels:

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iPad Pro now available through Apple online store, Apple Store app, retail locations

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Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 2015, 07:36
Category: iPad, News, retail

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Apple is now taking online orders for the iPad Pro, both via its Apple Store web site as well as the Apple Store app. The first iPad Pro online orders will arrive on Friday, November 13th when one-day shipping is selected, and Apple’s site is also listing the tablet as available for purchase in many retail stores beginning today.

The Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard will not be arriving until late next week and are not available for in-store pickup at the current time.

The iPad Pro is Apple’s new flagship tablet, measuring in at 12.9 inches diagonally. It includes a Retina display, a four speaker audio system, 4GB RAM, and a set of dedicated accessories, the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard.

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