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Bank of America cites 1.1 million cards using Apple pay, Savers and FoodMaxx add support

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Date: Friday, January 16th, 2015, 12:19
Category: iOS, News, retail, Software

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Apple Pay is gaining some momentum.

Per 9to5Mac, Bank of America, which partnered with Apple to rollout Apple Pay at launch last October, has announced new customer data on adoption of the iPhone-based mobile payment service. The bank’s most recent quarterly earnings reveal that nearly 800,000 of its customers have begun using Apple Pay with a total of about 1.1 million debit and credit cards activated.

In addition to the latest customer data from Bank of America, support for paying with Apple Pay is popping up at Shoppers in Northern California and Nevada, which now offers the option to check out with Apple Pay at Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores, Save Mart Supermarkets announced on Thursday.

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Details surface about Apple Watch companion app, features

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Date: Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, 10:27
Category: Hardware, News, Wearables

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It never hurts to have a companion.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple is currently developing an application called the Apple Watch “Companion” app for iPhone. This application manages settings for Apple Watch applications, as well as settings for iPhone/Watch interactivity. The Companion app’s settings reveal some novel new functions that are coming to the Apple Watch.

Users will be able to manage and organize applications on the Apple Watch Home Screen via a virtual view on the iPhone Companion application.

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Chinese smuggler arrested with “iPhone suit” of 94 iPhones attached to his body

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Date: Monday, January 12th, 2015, 11:55
Category: Fun, Humor, iPhone, Legal, News

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If you’re going to smuggle iPhones, you might as well do it en masse.

Per 9to5Mac, one Chinese man seemingly couldn’t wait for an official Apple wearable, and tried to smuggle no less than 94 iPhones from Hong Kong – where they are cheaper – into mainland China by wearing them inside his clothes.

Initial reports stated that the man was pulled aside by customs officials as a result of his “weird walking posture, joint stiffness, muscle tension.”

It’s unknown which iPhone models were involved, but the total value of the iPhones would likely exceed US$50,000, making his saran-wrapped iPhone suit one of the most expensive suits in the world.

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Rumor: Apple could switch to OLED units for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, January 8th, 2015, 15:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The rumors that Apple will switch from LCDs to thinner, brighter, more power-efficient OLED displays in its iPhones are as old as time. Per 9to5Mac, the latest is a report seemingly originating on Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun cited by GforGames via a Chinese site.

Earlier reports from back in November that Foxconn was building a new US$2.6B display factory whose output would be exclusively devoted to Apple. The headline was quickly changed to remove the reference to Apple, though the piece still strongly hinted at Apple being the sole client. This latest report says that the factory in question will be making only OLED displays.

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Rumor: 2015 12-inch MacBook Air to undergo radical case, design changes

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Date: Wednesday, January 7th, 2015, 10:48
Category: MacBook Air, Rumor, Uncategorized

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If the rumors are true, the body for the 2015 MacBook Air is about to go through a radical change. Per 9to5Mac, sources within Apple have stated that the new design will change standards such as full-sized USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favor of a markedly thinner and lighter body with a higher-resolution display.

The 12-inch MacBook Air will be considerably smaller than the current 13-inch version, yet also slightly narrower than the 11-inch model. The new 12-inch version is approximately a quarter-of-an-inch narrower than the 11-inch version, yet it is also a quarter-of-an-inch taller in order to accommodate the slightly larger display. In order to fit the larger screen into a footprint about the size of the current 11-inch model, the bezels on the display have been reduced on all sides.

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Mophie expands Juice Pack line for iPhone 6

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Date: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 15:00
Category: Accessory, battery, iPhone, News

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Accessory maker Mophie announced that it’s expanding its popular line of Juice Pack battery packs for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. According to The Verge, as of today, three new battery packs are up for preorder starting at US$99, and each will provide upward of 60 percent extra battery life.

The new lineup starts with the Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 6, which effectively doubles the iPhone 6′s already decent battery life. The Juice Pack Plus adds 120 percent extra battery life. The Juice Pack for the 6 Plus adds a meager 60 percent battery, but that shouldn’t bother most since the 6 Plus can already last more than a full day on a single charge after reasonable use. All three also come with bumpers inside the case to prevent damage upon impact. We’re not entirely sure if they’ll prevent bending, though.

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Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 6, 6 Plus units

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Date: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 11:23
Category: iPhone, News

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It’s not cheap, but it’s unlocked and nifty.

Per AppleInsider, the Apple Store has begun selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models at unsubsidized prices, offering customers the ability to purchase without a T-Mobile SIM card.

In the U.S., customers have been able to buy an unlocked iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from day one, but it would ship with a T-Mobile SIM card inserted. Starting Tuesday, the Apple Store began offering a SIM-free option starting at the same US$649 price for the entry-level 16-gigabyte iPhone 6.

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Samsung edges out Apple in holiday customer satisfaction report

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Date: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 11:59
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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Samsung just beat out Apple in terms of customer service this holiday season.

Per Engadget and Boy Genius Report, the latest stats from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, which surveys 70,000 consumers every year, show Samsung slightly beating out Apple by two points with a satisfaction score of 81. Sure, it’s not a huge lead, but it’s a big jump for the company from last year’s score of 76. Apple, meanwhile, saw its score fall more than two points since last year. It’s always tough to read much into these numbers (was it the Galaxy S5 that helped, or just Android improvements?), but it’s still a decent win for Samsung. Don’t be surprised if Samsung ends up marketing the heck out of this during the Super Bowl.

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Rumor: Samsung fanless notebook hints at upcoming fanless 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air

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Date: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 11:38
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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The 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air may be fanless thanks to Samsung.

Per 9to5Mac and The Verge, Samsung has pre-announced the Ativ Book 9 ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show. Interestingly, this notebook features many of the technical specifications that have been rumored for the future 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. The announcement of the Ativ Book 9 validates that a fanless high-resolution ultrabook is indeed possible in the short term.

The Book 9 laptop features a 12.2 inch screen with a 2600×1600 resolution, implying a 250 PPI. At normal viewing distances, Apple could easily describe the display as ‘Retina’. For comparison, the ‘Retina’ 15 inch MacBook Pro has 216 pixels-per-inch. The Book 9 is powered by a next-generation Broadwell CPU, which has drastically lower power consumption and heat dissipation enabling the product to be fanless.

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Some iPhone 6 owners citing that cards can’t be entered into Apple Pay after software restore

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Date: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 10:53
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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This will need to get sorted out.

Especially if the only current resolution requires replacing the handset.

Per 9to5Mac, a bevy of users in the Apple Support Communities are reporting that they are unable to add cards back into Apple Pay after their phone has been restored – whether as a new phone or from a backup. According to reports there, Apple has been able to resolve the issue only by replacing the phone.

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