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A man in the United Kingdom has successfully sued Apple over a damaged Apple Watch Sport screen. Gareth Cross of Aberystwyth, Wales, was refused a repair under warranty after discovering a crack in the Apple Watch display within ten days of purchasing, but has managed to win in court, forcing Apple to pay for the cost of the wearable device and court fees by February 22, a total cost to the company of £430 ($620).
Barclays, one of the last major banks and financial institutions in the United Kingdom that still does not offer Apple Pay to its customers, now aims to begin supporting the mobile payments service in the next few month. An email sent from an executive at the bank to a customer advises it is still holding to its previous claim of a launch early this year, and anticipates it will do so "within the next 60 to 75 days."
A child has been injured by a leaking novelty iPhone 5c case, with the contents burning the nine-year-old victim's leg. Olivia Retter acquired the case from store chain New Look in the United Kingdom for £6 ($8.70), with it featuring a liquid and glitter-filled snow globe design, but after accidentally sleeping on it a few days after purchase, the case leaked and caused chemical burns to the child's skin in the shape of the case itself.
Apple has criticized proposed legislation that would "weaken security" of data relating to citizens of the United Kingdom, if adopted by the country's government. In a submission passed to the bill committee, Apple advised it had major concerns with the "Investigatory Powers Bill," calling for changes to be made before it threatens the "personal data of millions of law-abiding citizens."
Three has become the first carrier in the United Kingdom to start selling the Apple Watch directly to consumers. Beating major competing carriers such as Vodafone, O2, and EE, Three is now offering the Apple-produced smartphone in 41 of its stores across the country, though for the moment the Hutchison Whampoa subsidiary does not appear to have the popular wearable device available to purchase from its own online store.
An Apple customer has been successful in suing the company over the loss of photos and contacts stored on an iPhone 5, took in for repairs at a London Apple Store in the United Kingdom. Deric White wanted £5,000 ($7,500) from Apple for the deletion of the photographs, which were wiped when a Genius Bar employee at the Regent Street store looked at the device, with White receiving £1,200 ($1,800) in compensation for the loss and £770 ($1,100) in court costs.
Apple Pay users with MasterCard-based credit cards will be able to travel across the London Underground at no charge on certain dates, as part of a new initiative. The "Fare Free Mondays" promotion will refund fares for the transportation network across the UK capital every Monday from today until December 14, but only for daily fares paid for with credit cards that use MasterCard via Apple's mobile payments platform.
Apple has expanded the reach of its Personal Pickup outside of the United States to the United Kingdom, in preparation for holiday shopping period. The service, only recently launching internationally after being in operation in the United States since 2011, will allow customers to order products online for later collection from a local Apple Store, with it potentially able to be picked up within an hour of ordering.
The number of ways iPhone owners can use Apple Pay has increased, with two more financial institutions in the United Kingdom offering support for the payments platform. At the same time, American Express has launched Apple Pay support for its cards in Canada, just as it confirmed yesterday, with support for Apple Pay in Australia expected to start up later this week on Thursday, again via American Express.
Amazon has expanded its Pantry grocery delivery service to the United Kingdom. Launched last year in the United States, the UK version of the service allows its users to order more than 4,000 food, drink, household supplies, and other products in one delivery, with a fixed price of £3 ($4.50) for a delivery of a single 20kg (44 pounds) box, with extra boxes in the same order priced at £1 ($1.50) each if the physical volume of the original is exceeded.