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Apple has recently expanded its trade-in program in United States, Canada and a number of European countries to include Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones. What this means is that if you have a Sony, Samsung, LG, HTC, Nokia or BlackBerry device, you may change it for a discount that may be used when purchasing the iPhone. Moreover, from now on you can not only trade-in your older device directly in the Apple Store, you can mail it to Apple. As you may see, the guys from Cupertino do their best to make people get rid of their non-Apple smartphones and buy iPhones instead.
According to the latest report from a research firm Phoenix Marketing, 66% of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users have signed up for the new mobile payments service called Apple Pay since its official launch in the USA. With such a number of active users, the service has occupied 11% of the market it this country.
Earlier this week, rumors appeared on the Internet suggesting that the TaiG Jailbreak Team would release a jailbreak for iOS 8.2 within few days. These rumors surfaced on the Internet ahead of Mobile Security Summit (MSS), which was held in Beijing, China on March 27th and where the hackers discussed the possibility to create a platform for communication among world’s most prominent jailbreak developers.
According to the latest rumors shared by reliable insiders, the in-store Apple Watch inventory in the USA will be heavily constrained at launch. This means many smartwatch models will not be available for purchase in April. That is why I believe that pre-ordering the long-anticipated wearable device is the best possible option for all those who plan to purchase it in the near future. Well, at least in the United States.
According to what people familiar with the matter claim, the guys from Cupertino may soon launch the iPhone trade-in program in China. Starting March 31st, the customers in this Asian country will get an opportunity to change their older iPhone in working condition for a gift card with a discount, which can be used when purchasing the newer smartphone. What is interesting about the trade-in program in China, the old devices will be traded to Foxconn, repaired and sold on the secondary market.
Looks like the guys from Cupertino have finally received all the required approvals from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. This means nothing prevents Apple from making its long-anticipated Apple Watch available for U.S. customers. In case you don’t know, the wearable device will hit the store shelves in the USA and a number of other countries as soon as on April 24th.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino launched their own mobile payments system last year. This system is called Apple Pay; it is based on the Near Field Communication technology and it uses the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to secure each payment. The only drawback is that the service is currently available only in the USA. According to the latest shared by people familiar with the matter, Apple has recently added the support of 30 new banks and credit institutions to its payments system. From now on, Apple Pay works with Charles Schwab Bank, RBC Bank and several other large financial organizations located in the USA.
According to the latest rumors shared by reliable insiders, Apple has recently begun the construction of a store designed to sell Apple Watches in Japan. The dedicated store will be situated at Department Store in Shinjuku, Tokyo. After looking at the image below, one may think its only a temporary location aimed at advertising the recently-released wearable device, but in fact it’s not. It is listed in the mall directory, moreover, there’s a new Apple Watch ad on the mall’s website. Everything looks serious.
The guys from Cupertino on Thursday seeded the third iOS 8.3 beta to developers for testing. The release came about two weeks after the release of the second iOS 8.3 beta, which could boast of new emoji picker, better CarPlay connectivity, the support of Google’s two step verification, new Siri languages and a number of other performance and stability improvements. New beta became available for Apple’s developers just several days after the public release of iOS 8.2, which could bo the official release of iOS 8.2 that featured the support of the Apple Watch.
Just as it was expected, Apple has officially announced the long-anticipated Apple Watch. In this short post, I will try to tell you about the most innovative features, prices and the start of sales of the smartwatch.
According to the latest report from Reuters, the Chinese government has recently removed Apple and several other U.S. tech giants from the list of approved vendors for state purchases. Such a step looks quite strange, especially after Apple has been several times accused of spying on users on demand of the Chinese government.
According to what Tim Cook told local Apple employees during his latest visit to Berlin, Germany, the long-anticipated Apple Watch will be water resistant. Looks like the guys from Cupertino modified the original smartwatch model. You see, back in September, it was reported that it was impossible to take shower with the device on one’s wrist without damaging it.
Apart from releasing the second beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, the guys from Cupertino have recently seeded the second beta of iOS 8.3 with Xcode 6.3 beta 2 to developers. The release of this version of Apple’s mobile operating system comes about two weeks after the release of the very first iOS 8.3 beta, which contained several new features, namely, a brand new emoji picker, the support of wireless CarPlay connectivity, Google’s two-step verification as well as Apple Pay support of UnionPay in China.
According to the information that was made public ahead of the White House Summit on Cybersecurity at Stanford University, the U.S. government may soon make Apple Pay available for the owners of federal-payment cards. The big event may take place in September. These cards include Social Security cards as well as those issued to veterans getting financial support from the state. The official U.S. government acknowledgement will become a massive step forward for Apple, which can help the company lure lots of new customers not only from the USA, but also from other countries. Moreover, this acknowledgement proves that the NFC-based payments system ensures a high level of security for customers, banks and other partners of the company.
According to the latest report from a reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next-generation iPhone will feature an upgraded Touch ID fingerprint sensor with eliminated reading errors. The main reason for the guys from Cupertino to improve the sensor is Apple Pay, which is expected to be launched in the U.K., Canada and probably China later this year. In order to protect users’ sensitive data and make the payments service work as efficient as possible, Touch ID should be stable and secure.