Apple working to expand Apple Pay into Prime Asian, European markets

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Date: Friday, May 27th, 2016, 08:15
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News


Following up on the launch of Apple Pay in Singapore this week, Apple executive Jennifer Bailey has gone on the record stating that the company is planning a rapid expansion into every significant market it can with a focus on Europe and Asia. Apple Pay is currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Singapore and Australia. Apple has already said the mobile payments service will reach Hong Kong soon …

Bailey stated that Apple decides the next item on its Apple Pay expansion given a number of factors, although market size for Apple products tends to be a primary factor. She also stated that existing market penetration of contactless payment terminals and existing financial infrastructures also plays a factor.


Apple releases AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.7 for AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule units

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Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 08:11
Category: News, security, Software


It’s been a while since Apple released one of these.

On Wednesday, Apple released its AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.7 for its 802.11ac AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule units.

The update resolves the following security issues with the devices:


Rumor: Apple working on Echo competitor, may release Siri SDK to developer community

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Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 07:50
Category: Amazon, Developer, Google, Rumor, Siri, Software


When in doubt, you can compete with Amazon by building your own device.

And you can make Siri that much better by throwing the developer community at it.

An anonymous source has stated that Apple is looking to build a device to compete with Amazon’s Echo as well as open up Siri to outside developers. Apple is said to be preparing to release a Siri software development kit that would allow developers to make their apps and their app content accessible through Siri voice commands. Apple plans to require developers to use the tool responsibly.


Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, says fix is forthcoming

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Date: Monday, May 23rd, 2016, 08:34
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Software


Well, this is a bit of a mess.

As of Friday, Apple has effectively pulled the iOS 9.3.2 update for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The company has promised that a fix is in the works, albeit some users complained that the update effectively “bricked” their tablets in some cases while others were able to install the update without issue.

Upon attempting to install the update, affected iPad Pro units displayed an “Error 56” message, which Apple identifies as a generic hardware effort. Early reports suggested there was no immediate workaround other than taking the tablet to an Apple Store for help or a replacement.


Apple releases iOS 9.3.2 update, includes fixes for iPhone SE among changes

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016, 13:16
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Software


Apple released a smorgasbord of updates today, among them iOS 9.3.2.

The update, which can be snagged over the air or through iTunes, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to the iPhone SE.

– Fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail.

– Addresses an issue that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages.


Apple patent points to smarter, more automated HomeKit functionality, interoperability with homes, vehicles

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Date: Friday, May 13th, 2016, 07:45
Category: Developer, HomeKit, iOS, News, Patents


This could turn into something interesting.

A recently published patent filed by Apple indicates as to Apple’s intention for an “automated environment” in which HomeKit would be able to track the routines of users and implement automated behaviors based on those habits.

As an example, Apple points to the idea of a heating system being enabled at a particular time or when a particular temperature is met. Apple refers to a central “controller” being used to detect these factors, such as an Apple TV remote or other mobile devices. The devices being controlled are referred to as “accessories” in the filing.


Google releases Gboard, a third-party keyboard app, for iOS

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Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 08:25
Category: Google, iOS, iPhone, News, Software


Google is now offering a third-party keyboard for iOS.

Since iOS 8, Apple has supported third-party keyboards for iOS, each with their own unique features. As such, Google has released Gboard for iOS, a third-party keyboard that also incorporates a search functionality.

Third-party keyboards can be accessed from any app and Gboard features a dedicated Google Search function right from the keyboard. This means you can search Google from Messages, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else you can type on iOS without leaving that specific app. Google’s pitch here is that it minimizes the need to switch between various apps and rely on copy and paste to grab information.


Apple Music subscriber base shows growth, now above 13 million

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Date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 08:03
Category: Apple Music, News


Even with Apple reporting lower Q2 revenue during its earnings call yesterday, the call signaling ts first revenue decline since 2003, there’s still some bright spots.

The company has announced that its Apple Music subscriber base has jumped to 13 million, up from 11 million in February.

This compares to about 30 million subscribers to leading competitor Spotify, although the service obviously had a multi-year headstart over Apple’s streaming service, which launched last June.


Ring offers Video Doorbell for OS X, Windows 10, iOS and Android

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Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2016, 14:28
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, Software


This could come in handy.

Ring Products has released the Ring App for both OS X and Windows 10.

The app allows you to monitor an entryway from your Mac while on your computer.


Some iPhone SE users complain of Bluetooth audio issues, Apple has yet to offer official comment

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Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, 12:58
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, iPhone SE, News


Well, this could be one for the bug team to sort out.

A number of oPhone SE early adopters have reported audio issues with Bluetooth phone calls when the smartphone is paired with a vehicle or wireless headset. The issue extends to GPS voice navigation for some, but streaming music over Bluetooth appears to be unaffected.

The users claimed to be experiencing distorted, staticky, or inaudible phone calls when using an iPhone SE over Bluetooth. Many of those affected noted that their previous iPhone model had “crystal clear” audio quality.