Apple Pay now supported by Barclays, all major UK banks

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Date: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 08:00
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, Finance, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables

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Apple appears to have locked down Barclays and the major UK banks for Apple Pay.

Barclays has announced that the bank has finally gone live and launched its support for Apple’s mobile payments service. This means that every major bank in the UK now supports Apple Pay, a big win for a country that already has wide availability of contactless merchant terminals in many stores.

Barclays customers can open the Wallet app on their iPhone and configure Apple Pay for their account on any iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the new iPhone SE.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3 update

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 13:25
Category: Apple Watch, Archive, iOS, security, Software, Wearables

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Amidst the kerfuffle of the March 21st media event, Apple also dropped the long-awaited iOS 9.3 update.

The update, which weighs in around 310 megabytes, adds the following fixes and changes:

– A fix for the iMessage encryption bug discovered by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The exploit can lead to photos and videos sent via iMessage to be decrypted.

– Night Shift: Some apps like Tweetbot, Kindle, Waze, and Instapaper have a “night mode” so you don’t hurt your eyes trying to read a stark-white screen in a dark room. Apple’s all-new Night Shift feature works differently but has the benefit of being system-wide.

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Apple Store down ahead of March 21st media event

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 08:27
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, OS X, retail, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

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As expected, the Apple Online Store has gone down ahead of today’s scheduled media event.

At present, there’s just a graphic stated “We can’t wait to show you what we have in store”.

Apple is scheduled to hold its media event at 10 AM PST in Cupertino and is expected to launch the 4-inch iPhone SE, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and updates to its Apple Watch line.

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Apple patent points out potential to turn Apple Watch into urgent care device

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 07:20
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Software, Wearables

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This is definitely nifty.

A recently published patent application suggests that Apple is working to turn Apple Watch into a full-fledged medical device, one that can monitor a user’s vital signs and automatically send out an alert should they need urgent care.

The application, entitled “Care event detection and alerts” provides for a hardware system capable of monitoring its surrounding environment for so-called “care events,” described as any event that necessitates assistance from medical personnel, police, fire rescue or other emergency technicians. For example, the device could be programmed to monitor a user’s heart for an arrhythmia and, upon detection, send out an alert to family or emergency responders.

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Rumor: Apple to hold media event on March 15th, focus on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch updates

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Date: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016, 08:19
Category: Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

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Apple’s next media event is rumored to take place on Tuesday, March 15th and is expected to cover a new 4-inch “iPhone 5se”, iPad Air 3 and Apple Watch updates.

Still, the date could change at the last minute, so things are up in the air.

Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone is rumored to feature an A9 chip with M9 motion coprocessor, 1,624 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.2, Apple Pay, VoLTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and 16GB and 64GB storage models, but 3D Touch appears unlikely.

The “iPhone 5se” is rumored to ship in late March or early April and will likely replace the iPhone 5s. Apple is also expected to release the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models this September.

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Hermes Apple Watch Edition to arrive this Friday

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Date: Wednesday, January 20th, 2016, 07:01
Category: Apple Watch, News, Wearables

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Amid the watchOS 2.2 and next-gen Apple Watch rumors, potential buyers are about to get a dose of fashionable options.

Four months after announcing a special Apple Watch edition created in collaboration with French fashion house Hermes, Apple is taking the device out of limited availability and will begin online sales starting Friday.

The 10 styles and sizes will debut online on Friday and be available through both Apple.com and Hermes.com.

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Apple to add Nearby feature to watchOS 2.2

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Date: Monday, January 18th, 2016, 09:08
Category: Apple Watch, iPhone, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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Apple’s watchOS 2.2 is en route and the current beta features an upcoming Nearby search features in Apple Maps as well as quick navigation buttons for travel directions to home and work addresses.

The current shipping watchOS version has the Maps application launch to a view of your current location, then pressing the display firmly reveals buttons to access contact addresses, search, and toggling between transit and standard directions.

The Maps application on watchOS 2.2 appears to incorporate a new layer of actions, the beta featuring shortcuts to navigating to your home and work address from your current location. Search is also a more accessible button that doesn’t require Force Touch. The old Maps view can still be accessed through the My Location button beneath Search.

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Rumor: Apple to delay 3D Touch on iPad Air 3 until second half of 2016

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Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, 08:15
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPad, Rumor, Uncategorized, Wearables

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As much as you love the 3D Touch feature on your new iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac trackpads, it won’t come out for the iPad Air 3 until sometime in 2016.

The current rumor is that the iPad Air 3 will be released in the first half of the year, but it will be missing the 3D Touch feature. Anonymous sources at KGI Securities have been quoted as saying that “production issues within Apple’s supply chain” have led to the delay.

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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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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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