Apple Dabbles In Mobile Payments in Japan
Apple has introduced a rudimentary mobile payment system in Japan. The system exposes the user's iTunes account via a 2D barcode on a Passbook card, and allows users to carry a positive cash balance, much like a Starbucks account used through Apple's Passbook app. For now, the system can only be used to purchase apps and content through Apple's iTunes and App Store, and deposits must be made in person at Apple Stores. Although the current system is quite limited, it marks a new step for Apple toward full mobile payments, and gives a glimpse of how such a system could work.
Apple Pay To Support Loyalty Cards
Apple today announced that Apple Pay in iOS 9 will support store loyalty/rewards cards, starting with Walgreens and Dunkin Donuts. Apple is also adding support for store-brand credit cards.
Exxon Mobil's Speedpass+ App Accepts Apple Pay
iPhone owners can now use Apple Pay to purchase gas at some 6,000 Exxon Mobil stations around the country. Exxon Mobil updated its Speedpass+ mobile app today and added support for Apple Pay.
Apple Unbundles Huge Number of Apps from the iPhone, Allows Users to Delete Them
Apple today pulled a number of its own, core apps out of iOS and dumped them into the iTunes App Store. Apps such as FaceTime and Mail — made by Apple — have only received updates once per year when Apple updates the entire iOS.
Apple Makes iOS8 Available to the Masses
Apple today released iOS8 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (5th gen). iOS8 offers a number of refinements to Apple's mobile operating system.
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