Apple expands Apple Pay Cash beta testing to employee base

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Pay Cash, Finance, iOS, News, Software, watchOS

Apple has reportedly expanded an internal test of its forthcoming Apple Pay Cash technology to include its retail employees, which suggests that it may be ready for public release in the near future.

Apple began rolling out the feature to retail employees today, asking workers to install the latest iOS 11.1 beta and a special device certificate in order to enable the P2P function. Employees taking part in the internal evaluation are required to whitelist iCloud accounts in order to use the service.

Signs of the expanded Apple Pay Cash test emerged last week when select corporate staff were granted access to the upcoming feature.

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Apple preps new emojis, including androgynous symbols

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Date: Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 05:19
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

This year, the Unicode Consortium, the organization that handles new emoji proposals, has approved a new set of emojis, including an androgynous person, a male fairy, a takeout box, a “shh” smiley, “I love you” in American Sign Language, a bevy of mystical creatures, and an orange heart, which completes that emoji’s full rainbow of colors.

The approved new emojis will be rolled out globally on Monday, October 9th, as part of Apple’s second public beta for iOS 11.1. Users should expect to see the emojis in the official release of iOS 11.1 towards the end of October or early November. Other approved new emojis, announced in July, include a breastfeeding woman, woman with headscarf, and vomiting emojis.

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Apple releases first macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1 public betas

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Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2017, 05:37
Category: High Sierra, iOS, macOS, News, Software, TvOS

If you’re feeling curious or brave this week, Apple has released the first public betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, iOS 11.1, and tvOS 11.1.

It doesn’t look like there are major changes in these beta releases and instead seem to be bug fixes and minor refinements. Apple released the developer betas on Wednesday and followed up with the public betas on Thursday.

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Apple Pay Cash feature could arrive in late October

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Apple Pay, Developer, iOS, News, Software, watchOS

Apple Pay Cash, Apple’s upcoming person-to-person payment feature that was announced at WWDC this past June, looks to be scheduled for release in late October.

Apple Pay Cash will allow Apple Pay users to quickly send and receive secure payments between friends and family. iOS 11 and watchOS 4 users will be able to use the Messages app, or utilize Siri to pay someone using credit and debit cards available in the Wallet app. Received payments are instantly deposited on a new Apple Pay Cash card that will be added to Apple Wallet, and money will be available for immediate usage.

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watchOS developer beta 1 points to LTE music, radio streaming

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 05:02
Category: Apple Watch, Developer, iCloud, News, Siri, Software, watchOS, Wearables

Apple’s newly released watchOS 4.1 developer beta features expansions to the Apple Watch’s built-in Music app. This includes the ability to stream songs from Apple Music and iTunes Match via an LTE connection on the new Series 3 hardware.

The company has stated that LTE music streaming for the Apple Watch Series 3 will be available to the public in October at the earliest. The watchOS 4.1 developer beta 1 suggests that the feature will be available for launch within the coming weeks.

The release notes stated that users will be able to stream any song from either the Apple Music or iCloud Music Library. This also includes tracks purchased from iTunes and songs matched with iTunes Match.

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Craig Federighi confirms that Apple will add Apple File System support for Fusion Drives

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, 04:21
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, Software

This is a bit of good news, even if it lacks a specific date as to when it will be implemented.

Following up on news that the first version of macOS High Sierra limited the Apple File System to Macs featuring all-flash built-in storage and excluded iMacs and Mac mini machines that feature Fusion Drives, Apple engineering chief Craig Federighi has confirmed APFS will indeed be coming to Fusion Drives in a later update.

Federighi stated that “Yes, we plan to add support in a future update,” in a response to a user question about the feature.

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iOS 11 “Messages in iCloud” feature touted, release date unknown

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Date: Thursday, September 21st, 2017, 05:54
Category: iCloud, iOS, News, Software

This may be another case of having to wait a little bit for an iOS 11 feature that was shown in a demo but not released as of yet.

Apple’s “Messages is iCloud” feature, which was touted at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference event, was removed during the beta cycle and will return at some undisclosed point in the future.

The “Messages in iCloud” feature synchronized a user’s Messages “stack” between devices seamlessly. With the feature set implemented, deleting a message on one logged-in device would strike it from all, plus only the newest messages would be stored on-device with the rest held in iCloud and loaded only when needed.

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Apple File System included in forthcoming macOS High Sierra operating system won’t work on Fusion Drive units, Apple provides instructions for workaround

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Date: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, 05:51
Category: Fusion Drive, macOS, News, security, Software

This could get annoying.

Apple has released a technical note describing how the new Apple File System (APFS) feature will be limited to Macs with all-flash built-in storage, which means it won’t work with iMacs and Mac minis that include Fusion Drives.

The Fusion Drives were converted to the APFS format during the first beta test of MacOS High Sierra, but support was removed in subsequent betas and not reimplemented.

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Apple releases iOS 11 gold master to developers, public beta testers

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 16:29
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

If you’ve been wanting to tinker with the new iOS in its complete form, this is your lucky day.

The iOS 11 gold master is out and currently available to developers and public beta testers alike.

After months of testing (and an earlier leak), iOS 11 GM is finally out to the public. Developers and public beta testers will be able to update to the new GM now.

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Rumor: iPhone X to include 3GB of RAM, iPhone 8 to include 2GB of RAM

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Date: Monday, September 11th, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith’s been able to contribute to the rumor mill of late given what he’s been able to glean from Apple’s beta software.

In his latest contribution, he pointed out that the iPhone 8 will feature 2GB, while the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will both feature 3GB. For comparison’s sake, the iPhone 7 Plus features 3GB of RAM and the iPhone 7 packs 2GB. As you can see, there’s not a huge difference in terms of RAM specs here but

Smith also mentioned that the iPhone X could incorporate a 12MP rear-facing camera with support for 4K video at 60 FPS and 1080p video at 240 FPS. The front camera could feature a 7 megapixel sensor with support for 1080p video at 30 FPS.

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