Rumor: Apple Pay to premiere with iOS 8.1 rollout later this month

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Date: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 11:32
Category: iOS, iPhone, Rumor, Software

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The rumor mill has it that iOS 8.1 will include the first incarnations of Apple’s anticipated Apple Pay feature come October 20th.

Per the coolest of cats at The Mac Observer and BankInnovation, Apple will reportedly release iOS 8.1 on October 20, and the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch operating system update will include Apple Pay support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company launched iOS 8 in mid-September without Apple Pay mobile payment support, but Apple promised it would be enabled as part of an October update.

News of Apple’s plans comes from unnamed sources. Those sources also said Apple may have other big improvements in store for iOS 8.1.

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Rumor: PayPal excluded from Apple Pay service providers due to relationship with Samsung

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Date: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, 11:27
Category: retail, Rumor, Uncategorized

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It’s inevitable: competition and past legal strife creates some awkward scenarios.

Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog and BankInnovation, PayPal was conspicuously absent from Apple’s list of secured partnerships when Apple Pay was announced in September. Now comes word that PayPal was initially part of Apple’s vision of Apple Pay, but that negotiations fell apart due to Pay Pal’s relationship with Samsung.

Apple and PayPal started talking early on in Apple’s development of Apple Pay, as Apple was setting up partnerships with the card issuing banks and card networks. Since PayPal’s a payments industry leader, it would have been shortsighted for Apple to not reach out to PayPal.

But while these talks were going on, PayPal went ahead and partnered with Samsung on the Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner, a move that was reportedly forced onto PayPal by eBay CEO John Donahoe. PayPal’s now-former president David Marcus was purportedly categorically against the Samsung deal, knowing that it would jeopardize PayPal’s relationship with Apple. Donahoe won the day, however.

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Rumor: Apple’s upcoming “iPad Pro” model could feature A8X processor, other improvements

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Date: Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 12:39
Category: Hardware, iPad, Processors, Rumor

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The iPad Pro rumors are coming in.

And they’re pointing to some interesting stuff.

Per G for Games and MacRumors, Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet is rumored to be landing as soon as early 2015, reports suggesting that the tablet will feature an improved A8X processor. Similar to Apple’s previous A5X and A6X processors, the A8X would presumably be an graphics-enhanced version of Apple’s current A8 processor that debuted in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Apple’s shift away from using an “X” version of its base iOS device chip last year, opting to power the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini with the same A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s, albeit clocked slightly faster on the iPad Air. But with a higher-resolution “iPad Pro”, the graphics needs are likely high enough to require an enhanced main chip.

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Rumor: Apple to unveil iPad Air 2, updated Retina iPad mini in October

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Date: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 10:10
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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With the vast amount of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch kerfluffle generally behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to Apple’s next-gen iPad Air, which could be introduced sometime in October if Apple’s October 21 event is any indication.

Per Taiwan’s Commercial Times, the next-gen iPad Air will enter production in September, shipping next month.

Commercial Times also suggests that the next-generation Retina iPad mini might not launch alongside the iPad Air, coming instead in early 2015, with a 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” to follow in the second quarter of 2015.

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Rumor: Apple to release both 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 handsets on Friday, September 19th

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Date: Monday, September 8th, 2014, 16:50
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

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While no one knows exactly what Apple will announce at its media event tomorrow, the Europeans seem to have a few decent guesses. Per MacRumors, French web site iGen.fr claims Apple may begin selling both of its iPhone 6 models at the same time. According to the report, which is based on the same source who accurately predicted previous Apple product launches, the two models would go on sale starting Friday, September 19th. That has been the most widely expected date for the first wave of launches given Apple’s previous announcement and launch patterns.

Perhaps in line with a lack of significant leaks of parts for the larger model, a separate source indicates that the 4.7-inch model is likely to be available in higher quantities than the 5.5-inch model. Similar rumors have also been heard via a reliable source, who has indicated that two different iPhone models are incoming with the larger model shipping at only half the rates of the smaller one.

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Leaked videos purport to show functioning iPhone 6 units, new 2,915 mAH battery

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Date: Monday, September 8th, 2014, 15:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

With only a day left before Apple’s much-anticipated media event, an assortment of leaked new videos show off the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 handset along with a new Passbook icon and a video of the 5.5-inch model’s jumbo 2,915 mAH battery.

The videos, released via French web site Nowhereelse.fr and Chinese web site Miaopai, bring new elements to life about the battery, HomeKit and Health functionalities, near-field communication payment system, the overall look of the device, assorted camera parts and the larger battery, which would provide almost double the capacity of the current 1,560 mAH battery found in the iPhone 5s.

Apple is expected to show off the “iPhone 6,” as well as the anticipated wearable “iWatch,” at a media event scheduled for tomorrow at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif. Apple will also be streaming the event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.

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Rumor: iPhone 6, iWatch to incorporate NFC wireless payment features

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Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 15:50
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

The rumor mill is going at full speed with only five days until Apple’s September 9th media event.

This time, the Wall Street Journal has stated that Apple’s next iPhone and its anticipated wearable “iWatch” will support near-field communications technology to enable wireless payments, while the “iWatch” is also said to sport a curved OLED display.

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According to AppleInsider, The Journal cited unnamed sources familiar with the unannounced devices. Both the “iWatch” and the “iPhone 6″ are expected to be unveiled at an Apple media event next Tuesday.

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Rumor: Apple working on thinner, more powerful “iPad Air 2″

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Date: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, 13:14
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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The iPad could become even more thinner and powerful this year.

Per Boy Genius Report and Digitimes‘ discussions with supply chain sources, touch panel makers TPK and GIS have received iPad Air 2 orders from Apple for “full-lamination” units. The upcoming tablet is expected to have the same 9.7-inch size and screen resolution, but the device is supposed to be thinner than the previous iPad Air model, and pack an “enhanced processor” – likely the A8 chip that will be found inside the upcoming iPhone 6 models – as well as a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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Purported photo of 2,500 mAh battery for 5.5-inch iPhone 6 handset surfaces

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Date: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, 14:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

With a week to go before Apple’s September 9th media event and the purported announcement of the next-gen iPhone, a leaked photo of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 battery has surfaced.

Per AppleInsider and French web site Nowhereelse.fr, the pictured component — bearing an advertised 2,915 mAh capacity — is show as having been manufactured by Chinese firm Desay Battery, a supplier long rumored to have won contracts for the “iPhone 6″ lineup. French blog NWE indicated only that the part was sourced from China.

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A similar battery was included in a list of parts that leaked from Taiwanese sources in mid August.

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Leaked iPhone 6 component pictures show purported SIM card tray, Apple logo and speaker elements

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Date: Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 09:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

A series of new photos shows a variety of components that are said to be destined for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset.

Per MacRumors and Nowhereelse.fr, images of the device’s SIM card trays, an embedded Apple logo and the internal speaker and vibrational motor have been leaked.

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The first set of images show SIM card trays and home buttons in a range of three different colors, which may indicate that the iPhone 6 will keep the same space grey, gold, and silver options from the iPhone 5s. This is in line with a previous leaks, including one from last month which also showed SIM trays in three different colors. The SIM trays shown in the photos also appear to be slightly curved, and was likely designed with the iPhone 6′s thinner, rounded chassis in mind.

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