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Apple Pay has expanded its reach yet again in the United States, adding another 44 financial institutions to the long list of those supporting the mobile payments platform. The new additions to the list of over 1,300 arrive just a few weeks after another update, with support for Apple Pay introduced by another 30 banks and credit unions earlier this month, as well as another 30 banks brought onboard in mid-May.
It is now possible to get money out from a bank account via Apple Pay, as Bank of America has started to roll out ATMs capable of using Apple Pay for transactions in a limited number of markets. Hinted at earlier this year, the first ATMs that are compatible with Apple Pay for withdrawals have been spotted in California, expanding a recent pilot program consisting of two ATMs based in the Bay Area of San Francisco into other markets.
Owners of smaller online stores will be able to handle Apple Pay on the web once it arrives this fall as part of macOS Sierra and iOS 10, with two services pledging support for the payment platform. Payment processor Stripe has advised it will start accepting payments via Apple Pay later this year, while Shopify has also confirmed its own system for creating stores will support the technology later this year, with both claiming it to be a simple process.
Announced today at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, the Macintosh operating system will no longer be called OS X. Instead, it will be renamed macOS and the next version is specifically macOS Sierra. Highlights of the new system include the long-awaited addition of Siri to the Mac plus Apple Pay on the web, a Universal Clipboard for copying and pasting across all your devices, plus some potentially controversial changes to how your documents are stored.
The merchant-backed CurrentC mobile payments platform looks to be all but dead after the company officially ended its beta testing program, reports Consumerist. The latest move follows the layoff of 30 staff that accompanied a statement by the CEO of Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) that the company is now in the process of restructuring to focus on working directly with financial institutions. As a consequence of the changes, its mobile payments platform for customers has been delayed indefinitely. The latest news suggests that it may have reached the endgame for its alternative to Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay.
Following reports of greater international expansion on the horizon and some 30 banks and credit unions added in the middle of last month, Apple has again updated its list of partner financial institutions that are offering support for Apple Pay with another 30 banks and credit unions. The overall list of US institutions offering Apple Pay support now cracks 1,300, even though domestic merchants have been slow to adopt the technology that would enable Apple Pay -- and its NFC-using mobile wallet rivals -- to thrive in the US.
So originally Apple was this textbook example of a firm started in a bedroom and now it's this corporate behemoth that textbooks are being written about. There has to have been a moment when it stopped being one and became the other –– and whatever day that was, it looks like it happened in this week of June 4 through 10.
Two of the largest food-delivery services in the US, Grubhub and its subsidiary Seamless, have updated their iOS apps to accept Apple Pay payments, widening the circle of merchants who accept Apple Pay online. Grubhub generated $2.4 billion in sales in 2015, and 60 percent of that came from online ordering through its mobile apps, so the addition of Apple Pay may help further spur adoption. As recently reported, Apple Pay is highly-regarded among users and banks, but merchants in the US have been slow to adopt the technology, since it generally requires a change in point-of-sale (POS) terminals.
Transactions made using Apple Pay on their iPhones or Apple Watches by users globally amounted to $10.9 billion in 2015 according to recent reports. However, the vast majority of these transactions were made by customers using the contactless payments system in the US. While adoption of Apple Pay by US financial institutions and customers has been relatively rapid, almost the complete opposite is true of the six other countries where Apple Pay has been launched due to a range of issues.
Apple Pay will be in more countries as soon as possible, the head of the mobile payments platform has advised. Speaking earlier this week, VP of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey claims the team is trying hard to get the service operational in more markets in Europe and Asia, following after its recent expansion in Singapore, with Bailey also providing hints at how Apple decides which markets to launch in, and how successful some of the launches were.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE