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Report Claims Apple Pay Coming with iOS 8.1 on Oct 20

1 hour, 53 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple will reportedly release iOS 8.1 on October 20, and the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch operating system update will include Apple Pay support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company launched iOS 8 in mid September without Apple Pay mobile payment support, but Apple promised it would be enabled as part of an October update.

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Apple promised Apple Pay would be available as a free update some time in October, so we know it's on the way. The real question is whether or not this latest report accurately pegged October 20 as the launch date.

WiLAN Hit with Another Loss in Apple Patent Fight

2 hours, 58 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Patent holding company WiLAN took it on the chin yet again in its courtroom fight with Apple when a U.S. Federal Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that its LTE-related patent infringement claims were invalid. The ruling was part of a summary judgement Apple requested related to patents 8,315,640 and 8,311,040.

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Some days it just doesn't pay to be a patent troll.

Apple Releases iPhone Activation Lock Status Checker

3 hours, 52 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Buying a used iPhone or iPad isn't a big deal, unless Find My iPhone's Activation Lock feature is enabled. Now Apple has a Web-based tool to let you check Activation Lock status on a used iOS device before you buy it.

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Apple's Activation Lock Status tool will come in handy if you're looking at buying a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Now you don't need to worry about getting burned when buying a device only to find out Find My iPhone is still active and you can't set it up as yours.

ACM 274: LOL Windows 10, Privacy Has Value, Protesting and Jailbreaking

8:40 PM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

What happens when you add 8 and 1? You get Windows 10, plus Jeff and Bryan trying sorting out exactly how Microsoft comes up with its product version numbers. The also have plenty to say about privacy, law enforcement lamenting iOS 8's smartphone encryption, the role of social networks in government protests, and the dangers of state-sponsored iPhone malware.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-01

1:23 PM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street is that a gold iPad is coming this month, and a 12.9-inch iPad is coming next year. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not a gold iPad is a good idea (spoiler: Jeff and Kelly think John is wrong), and talk about what a bigger screen iPad could mean for tablet users.

Report Claims Gold iPad Coming Soon

11:02 AM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly ready to introduce a gold iPad as part of its product lineup along side its silver and Space Gray versions. If so, the iPad's color options will match up with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Gold iPads sounds pretty garish, but to be fair, I said the same about gold iPhones and they sell really well.

Evercore Raises AAPL Target on Strong iPhone 6 Demand

10:31 AM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Evercore Partner analyst Rob Cihra raised his target price for Apple's stock to US$125 in response to stronger than expected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. He now expects Apple to sell 39 million new iPhones during its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended on September 30, and 65 million units during the December quarter.

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Analysts seem pleased with iPhone 6 demand, but it looks like they won't be really happy until they see new iPads ship.

Apple Tells Developers to Submit their OS X Yosemite-compatible Apps

10:03 AM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is signaling we're much closer to the official launch of OS X Yosemite by telling developers it's time to start submitting their app updates now. Calling for Yosemite-compatible app submissions is one of the last steps ahead of an official rollout, as is the release of Gold Master OS candidates — which has also happened.

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Considering iCloud Drive is essentially hobbled for most iOS 8 users without OS X Yosemite, this launch can't come soon enough.

iTunes Store Adds City of Hope Donation Page for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

9:18 AM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so Apple is hosting a special donation page on the iTunes Store for the City of Hope cancer and diabetes research and treatment organization. You can make donations through your iTunes Store account ranging from US$5 up to $200.

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It's great to see Apple making it easy to share a little during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Your donations could have a real impact on someone you know.