Apple Store App Update Adds Apple Pay Support

3 hours, 38 minutes ago · · iObserver

Along with the release of iOS 8.1, Apple released Apple Store 8.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on Monday. The update for the Apple retail store assistant app added support for Apple Pay, which was enabled in iOS 8.1.

China Holds Huge Potential for Apple with First Time iPhone Buyers

4 hours, 10 minutes ago · · iObserver

China isn't just a big market for Apple's iPhone, it has huge potential for new customers. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, half of iPhone 5S buyers in the country were new to the platform, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus look to be in a position to drive that percentage up.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, Camera Roll, More

8 hours, 50 minutes ago · · iObserver

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Apple released iOS 8.1 Monday afternoon. The update includes the launch of Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S., the return of the Camera Roll in Photos, the launch of iCloud Photo Library "as a beta service," the ability for Messages users to send SMS and MMS text messages from their Macs and iPads, and several bug fixes.

Eek! How Did I Ever Live With an iPhone 5s?

5:50 PM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

It didn't take long. Right after John Martellaro reviewed the Amazon Fire Phone, he knew that the 4.7-inch smartphone size would be perfect. So he bought an iPhone 6. Then, handling a hand-me-down iPhone 5s confirmed the diagnosis:  How did he ever use such a small iPhone?

Apple’s New iPad Air 2 Available for Online Order

11:20 AM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple promised the iPad Air 2 would be available for purchase on Friday after unveiling it at a special media event yesterday. The company kept its word and added the new tablet model to its store late Friday morning.

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You can buy a brand new iPad Air 2 now, but without a firm release date we won't see long lines outside Apple's retail stores like we have with previous iPhone and iPad launches.

ACM 276: So Long Macworld/iWorld and Apple’s October 16th Media Event

8:12 PM, Oct. 16th, 2014 · & · iObserver

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With Macworld/iWorld out of the picture for 2015, Bryan and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus take a look at what led up to the conference's hiatus and the current state of the trade show industry. Plus, Apple had a little shindig in Cupertino, where the company released new iPads, Mac minis, and the stunning iMac with Retina 5K display. We also got updates on Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and Yosemite.

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

6:49 PM, Oct. 16th, 2014 · · iObserver

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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.

iPad Air 2 Sports Faster Processor, Thinner Body, Touch ID

2:03 PM, Oct. 16th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple introduced the new iPad Air 2 during a special media event on Thursday. The new tablet is 20 percent thinner than the iPad 4 and faster than the first generation iPad, sports an improved display with better clarity, and includes Touch ID.