Analyst: New iPhones Coming, Maybe an iWatch, too

1 hour, 28 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

With Apple's September 9 media event only days away, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says two iPhone models are coming with NFC support and a digital payment system may be announced, but he puts the odds on an iWatch announcement at 50 percent. He also expects first weekend iPhone 6 sales will be strong, but won't beat last year's 9 million unit iPhone launch.

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If first weekend iPhone 6 sales don't top iPhone 5S sales, get ready for the "Apple is doomed" reports. And if there isn't an iWatch announcement, the "If Steve Jobs were alive" articles won't be far behind.

Report Claims iWatch Still in Testing, No Sept 9 Unveiling

2 hours, 37 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's rumored iWatch is still in the engineering testing phase and hasn't made it to production testing yet, according to insider sources. The sources also say the iWatch won't make an appearance at Apple's September 9 media event.

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This looks like a case where someone is trying to weave an entire tapestry from a single thread, and they're misinterpreting what little information they have. What's more likely is that Apple will introduce its wearable next week, but won't ship anything until late this year or some time in early 2015.

Apple Lands Digital Wallet Deal with Amex, Visa, MasterCard

4 hours ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's plans to turn our iPhones into digital wallets took a big leap forward now that the company has reportedly struck deals with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard. Along with the major credit card companies, Apple has deals in place with major retailers and banks, according to insider sources familiar with the company's plans.

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Assuming Apple does include NFC technology in the iPhone 6, it could be a move to support digital wallet systems outside the United States. Or, Apple could continue to ignore NFC and pursue its own digital payment system that combines WiFi, iBeacons, and apps.

Happy Labor Day

8:00 AM EDT, Sep. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

In observance of Labor Day, a U.S. holiday, The Mac Observer will be taking the day off for a little outdoor fun with friends and family, and we hope you are, too. We'll resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 2. Enjoy the holiday!

How to Use a FLIR Camera to Steal a PIN Code, and How to Stop It

5:23 PM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The FLIR One camera is a very cool personal thermal imaging camera that attaches to your iPhone. That's cool. I love this thing. It makes thermal imaging inexpensive and highly portable. It turns, out, however, that it also makes a long-known method of stealing a PIN code much more accessible, as shown in the video below. Mark Rober posted a detailed video to YouTube explaining and demonstrating the problem. Better still, he also shows you how to protect yourself against this method (touch all of the keys while you're entering your PIN). Show this to your friends and family and get them to spread the word. The screenshot I included shows the problem at a glance. Watch the video for the full story. [Via TheLoop]

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Apple’s Spaceship Campus through a Drone’s Eye

3:54 PM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out this very cool video of Apple's spaceship campus construction site, shot through a GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition mounted on a drone. We've seen several great photos from KCBS reporter Ron Cervi, but YouTube member jmcminn's high definition video is a feast for the Apple-obsessed eye. The video, which was shot on August 24th, shows more progress on the building's structure, including some slab work (or whatever futury thing Apple is doing for its foundation). Also, while we're here, think about the number of drones that could be flying over corporate HQ's everywhere sooner, rather than later. For company's like Apple whose ply in trade is built partially on secrets, drones are part of a brave new world. [Via Fortune -> @applespotlight]

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Get Free Bitcoins with 45 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

8:00 PM EDT, Aug. 29th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

Bitcoin Faucets

I've gathered 45 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 41 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.

Level Up Contacts with Contact Center

7:56 PM EDT, Aug. 29th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Everybody has their complaints about the iOS (and Mac OS) Contacts app. They're all different, but I don't know a single person who LIKES it, but we all grit our teeth and get by. Now Contrast, the folks behind Launch Center, are taking on the challenge of using contacts with a new app called Contact Center. It has shortcuts that can be customized per contact, making it easy to interact with your contacts in the ways that make sense for each of them. It's a free app in the US App Store now. I can't wait to spend some time with this, Launch Center is a wonderful utility so I'm betting their contact interaction will also be pretty great. See it in use below.

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8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event

6:40 PM EDT, Aug. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Unless you live in an isolation tank, it's no secret that Apple is hosting a big media event on September 9 in Cupertino where we will likely see an impressive list of announcements from the likes of Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, and Craig Federighi. Apple isn't saying what they have in store, so I came up with some of my ideas and I turned to the TMO staff to see what they're expecting, too.

2 Deals and 4 Freebies

5:02 PM EDT, Aug. 29th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

2 Deals and 4 Freebies

It's a holiday weekend, and I thought I'd round up a bunch of deals for your convenience. So how about two deals and four freebies, courtesy of our friends at Stack Social?

Pretty cool, right?