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Although both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can boast of the NFC chip, it appears that the guys from Cupertino plan to use it only for making their payments service Apple Pay workable. Other possible ways of utilising the Near Field Communication technology won't be supported, which means that the developers won't get access to the iPhone's NFC antenna and won't be able to create third-party apps based on the advanced communication technology. The information was shared by Apple's spokeswoman, so I guess we can believe it.
Following the announcement of 4 million iPhone 6 units sold in the first 24 hours, Apple has just announced that both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will become available in 22 more countries beginning Friday, September 26th. These countries include the Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. In case you don't know, this Friday, on September 19th, both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch handsets will become available in such countries as the USA, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.
According to what the CEO of mobile banking startup called Moven writes, the introduction of Apple's payment service could possibly mean the end of plastic bank cards in the next two or three years. And I must admit that it is a massive step forward as Apple Pay and other systems based on NFC or similar technologies are way more reliable and secure than the existing physical cards, which can be lost, stolen, damaged and in any other way made unusable. Apart from that, they can be hacked by cyber criminals.
Alongside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch release on Tuesday, the guys from Cupertino announced their long-anticipated payments service called Apple Pay. As I've already told you, the system is based on the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and uses Touch ID for making each payment as secure as possible. Several new details about Apple Pay surfaced on the Internet on Friday and I feel that I should share them with you.
Alongside the long-anticipated 4.7-inch iPhone 6, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch, the guys from Cupertino officially unveiled the new mobile payments service based on Touch ID and Near Field Communication technology. The new system allows iPhone 6 users to make easy, quick and, what is important, protected payments on the go. It is called Apple Pay. Let’s find out how it works.
Apple will soon launch an iPhone 5 battery replacement program. The guys from Cupertino have reportedly found out that some of the handsets manufactured and sold between September 2012 and January 2013 may encounter problems that affect the battery life.
According to the latest report from Bloomberg, the guys from Cupertino are currently in talks with major U.S. insurance companies, which include UnitedHealth and Humana, over the possibility of using the HealthKit platform. Apple says that this platform can be utilized for collecting data required for insurance firms and various medical providers.
As noted by people familiar with the matter, the guys from Cupertino have recently banned two hazardous chemicals from the final assembly of iPhones, iPads, iPods, Macs, MacBooks and other gadgets. These chemicals include benzene and n-hexane, which can cause leukemia and nerve damage after direct contact with human organism.
It is Sunday today, that is why I have come up with a list of the most interesting posts of the past seven days. You may take a look at it below.
The end of the patent war between Apple and Samsung seems to be near. According to what Bloomberg reporters write, the market giants have recently released a joint statement announcing an agreement to end all the patent disputes outside the United States of America in the near future. Looks like the companies got tired of arguing.
Apple has reportedly hired former Nike and Burberry social media director Musa Tariq. According to what people familiar with the matter say, at Apple Tariq will get a post of Digital Marketing Director.
According to the latest figures from a research firm Net Applications, the global usage of Apple’s iOS as an operating system has fallen behind Android. Well, of course, the market in terms of the so-called install base has been for months or even years led by Google’s mobile operating system, but this is probably the first time when the guys from Cupertino lost the competitive struggle in terms of the actual user base.
As it was expected, President Obama has signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. The legislation, which successfully passed the US House of Representatives and the US Senate earlier this year, makes it legal for any user to unlock any smartphone purchased on the territory of the USA.
Looks like soon the smartphone unlocking will be made legal again and that's a piece of good news for the customers in the USA and worldwide. It seems as if soon it will be absolutely legal to unlock iPhones and other smartphones purchased in the United States.
Earlier this week I told you that Foxconn executives are planning to replace several thousands of workers with robots. Looks like I was mistaken as according to a new report from Asia, Foxconn’s so-called Foxbots will only assist assembly line workers. While this is a massive step forward, it is still too early to talk about the fundamental changes in the iPhone manufacturing process.