Apple Pay was preannounced last month, but today Apple let us know when we can start using it. As of Monday, October 20, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners will be able to use the phone's Near Field Communication features to pay.
I love my iPhone 6, but this iPhone 5 battery case from LifeCharge makes me miss my iPhone 5s. There are a lot of battery cases out there, and there's only so many ways to differentiate themselves, but LifeCharge found two ways that I appreciate. First, it recharges wirelessly, using the included charging pad. Just place the iPhone, in the LifeCharge case, on top of the slim, silver pad, and it starts charging. It's like magic! Since Apple is unlikely to adopt Qi or PowerMat's charging standards, this may be the closest we come to induction charging.
Even as Apple ramps up for another product announcement, it's still hard to get your hands on the last set of products they announced. The new iPad Air is expected to be in short supply, and the iPhone 6, especially the Plus-sized model is also playing hard to get. Given all the sizes (6 and 6 Plus), colors (silver, gold, and space gray), carriers (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc.) and memory combinations (16GB, 64GB, 128GB) it's remarkable if you can find the exact model you want, in stock, without settling for something else.
MacWorld has a storied history. It launched with the original Mac back in 1984, and was the closest thing to an official Apple magazine as there was. The MacWorld tradeshow, many of which I attended, was a chance to meet with Apple representatives, Apple fans, and suppliers without having to mingle with PC folk! So many of Apple's product announcements and turning points occurred at MacWorld and so many great writers contributed to the print magazine of the same name.
I've owned every iPhone since the beginning and never cracked a screen. But the other day, my luck ran out. Technically, it was my daughter's luck and her iPhone that cracked, but the buck stops with me. It was a new iPhone 6 and it fell out of her pocket at three or four feet, onto the parking lot. It was in a case, but the case didn't offer much protection on the bottom edge and that's where the crack started.
File this under "obvious" but it's inevitable that the next iPad will have Touch ID. After all, Apple's announcement invitation simply said "it's been way too long" and it's been too long without Apple adding that capability to the iPad, since the iPhone 5s and now iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have it. So the latest rumors out of China are not surprising, but it's nice to see a photo to make it more believable.
Apple had a lot to announce on September 9, even bringing Steve Jobs's "One More Thing" phrase out to introduce the Apple Watch. So it's understandable that updated iPads or Macs weren't discussed. However, another announcement is less than a week away on October 16.
While each new version of iOS introduces plenty of new features, sometimes Apple just changes the way things are done, often without any explanation. One such example is Private Browsing. Previously, there was a Privacy button at the bottom of Safari, when viewing an index of favorites. With iOS 8, that's gone.
Jony Ive, Apple's head of design for both software and more recently hardware, had a sit-down with Vanity Fair. You can read the transcript here but the point that stuck out for me was his disdain for copycats. In addition to a formal interview, there were questions from the audience. Here's one such exchange:
Apple's October 16 announcement invitation said "It's been way too long," but the latest rumors suggest we may have to wait a little longer for a 12.9-inch iPad. An iPad Pro has long been rumored, and makes sense, but Apple's focus now is on meeting the oversized demand of the iPhone 6 Plus. Rather than ask their suppliers to switch over to a larger display for a supersized iPad, Apple needs them to focus on the 5.5-inch screen iPhone 6 Plus, at least according to the Wall Street Journal.