Apple on Rite Aid/CVS/CurrentC: Customers and Retailers Love Apple Pay

5:16 PM, Oct. 27th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple Pay

Apple has issued a statement on the drama concerning Rite Aid and CVS deactivating NFC transactions rather than accept Apple Pay transactions. In a statement delivered to BusinessInsider, Apple said simply that retailers and consumers alike have been "overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic" about Apple Pay, and making it clear the company was bringing more retailers on board with its system.

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Apple Pay: The Mobile Payment Revolution

11:53 AM, Oct. 27th, 2014 · · Analysis

It's no secret that I was a little skeptical about how successful Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, would be. After a single use at my local grocery store, however, I have no problem saying I was wrong. In fact, Apple made using your iPhone for credit card payments so easy I'm seeing a big problem for competitors hoping to get in on the mobile payment game, including Wal-Mart and its CurrentC system.

Here’s What Apple Wants to Achieve With Apple Pay

7:45 PM, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · Analysis

In Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Shannon Cross of Cross Research what Apple's business model is for Apple Pay and whether it will, over time, become a standalone business, like iTunes. Or is it just incremental revenue? It was a great question, but it's neither of those. Here's what Tim Cook told Ms. Cross.

Apple Quietly Releases ‘Apple SIM’ for iPad Air 2 Multiple Carriers

6:49 PM, Oct. 16th, 2014 · · Analysis

Carrier Options

Apple didn't mention it during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event, but the company has taken a bold step in giving consumers power over their wireless service for iPad Air 2. Apple's iPad Air 2 website shows that the device ships with the "Apple SIM," a new SIM that allows you to switch between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S.

Dr. Mac Looks Back on 16 Years Covering Macworld/iWorld

2:07 PM, Oct. 15th, 2014 · · Analysis

Bob

I’ve written about Macworld Expo often over the years and it’s been part of my life for as long as I’ve been a geek. I’ll miss attending more than I can put into words. Rather than try, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and relive some of the words I’ve written about Macworld Expo over the years.

Apple Calls GTAT Bankruptcy Decision ‘Surprising’

3:50 PM, Oct. 8th, 2014 · · Analysis

Surprise!

Apple said it was surprised by GT Advanced Technologies's (GTAT) decision to file for bankruptcy protection. GTAT makes furnaces used in the production of synthetic sapphire, and the two companies had partnered on a massive sapphire manufacturing facility outside Mesa, Arizona. The firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, October 8th, and Apple's statement characterized the move as "surprising."

Bankruptcy is Just the Beginning of GT Advanced Tech CEO’s Headaches

11:16 AM, Oct. 8th, 2014 · · Analysis

GT Advanced Technologies CEO Tom Gutierrez has already been dealing with the headaches that go along with his company filing for bankruptcy protection, and now those headaches may be growing following the news that he sold more than 9,000 shares of company stock the day before Apple announced the iPhone 6. Apple didn't use GTAT's sapphire glass for the new iPhone models as had been expected, which drove the glass maker's stock down 13 percent.

Apple Sapphire Partner’s Bankruptcy Shows It’s Hard to Be an Apple Supplier

5:10 PM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · Analysis

Sapphire Boule

GT Advanced Technologies (GT) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, a move that would give the sapphire producer and Apple supplier a chance to reorganize its finances and debt. GT's move may be surprising to some, considering the US$578 million deal the company inked with Apple, and it's proof that being an Apple supplier isn't an easy job.