Apple Pay may be en route to Japan with a little help from Sony.
The current rumor has it that Apple has partnered with Sony to bring its Apple Pay service to Japan. As has been previously rumored, Apple will make future versions of the iPhone compatible with Sony’s FeliCa technology to allow Japanese citizens to use Apple Pay for contactless payments at FeliCa-compatible terminals.
FeliCa is Sony’s tap-to-pay format, which has been widely adopted in Japan. It’s used to access the country’s railway and bus system, and it’s able to store e-money that can be used at vending machines, cafes, and other locations equipped with FeliCa systems. FeliCa is able to process transactions in a fraction of a second, making it suitable for use in a fast-paced transit environment.
Beyond all the rumors and speculation and theory, these guys did the digging.
A lengthy article over on autocar.co.uk describes billions of dollars in R&D, more than 1,000 developers, an assortment of mysterious workshops and a name – the “iCar” – that could be the biggest thing to the auto industry since Karl Benz’s ground breaking Benz Patent-Motorwagen first introduced the world to the motorised carriage 130 years ago.
The piece describes a shell company, an assortment of innocuous real estate and properties and the project, termed “SG6”, as being housed in Sunnyvale, California with only city council documents pointing to it.
On Thursday, Apple released Security Update 2016-001 for users of OS X 10.10 Yosemite and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The fix covers assorted zero-day exploits that could allow full access to a device and updates Safari to version 9.3.5 to patch security holes in the browser as well.
The exploits require the user to open a URL from an SMS message, which then executes remote binary files in the OS that dig into the kernel and allow unauthorized software to be installed—in iOS this effectively jailbreaks your device behind your back.
There apparently came a moment where, in the wake of the controversy regarding Apple’s tax rate in Ireland, Tim Cook got angry and began smashing things.
Responding to the Commission’s decision that Ireland should recover 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes from Apple, Tim Cook said that “in Ireland and in every country where we operate, follows the law and we pay all the taxes we owe.”
There’s a reason Apple buys companies from time to time.
Following its acquisition of machine learning platform Turi earlier this month, Apple is now growing the team that will serve as the company’s new machine learning division focusing on integrating the tech into new and existing products.
Apple confirmed tat the company had acquired Turi earlier in August, stating that it “buys smaller technology companies from time to time,” albeit without providing details.
The Lightning port replacement for the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack rumor might have just been corroborated along with the “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus” name.
A leaked image of a purported packaging insert for Apple’s upcoming new phone. If the photo is to be believed, Apple will indeed be calling its larger new phone the ‘iPhone 7 Plus’, with the ‘iPhone 7’ name being taken by the 4.7 inch sibling.
The photo also indicates that Apple will be bundling Lightning EarPods in the box with every iPhone 7, as a consequence of the missing 3.5mm headphone jack. The leak suggests Apple will also be including a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack adaptor as a bundled accessory.
Apple is rumored to be planning a slew of updates across its iPads, notebooks and desktops according to sources.
The company is said to be expanding its operating system support for the Apple Pencil while widespread hardware changes will emerge in next-gen versions of the iMac, MacBook Air and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner MacBook Pro notebook.
Apple is thought to be shipping an updated iPad next year, while new Macs are expected in late 2016 according to anonymous sources. Apple has declined to comment, but it’s been said that in the wake of iPad unit sales declining year-over-year for nine straight quarters, Apple is looking to create more professionally-geared models that have produced the first increase in quarterly iPad revenue in more than two years. New features aimed at higher-paying professional customers could support this trend, while the goal of the Mac updates is to keep the line’s sales numbers stable even as sales of rival personal computers continue falling.