Apple Reportedly Working on Rewards Program for Mobile Payment System

5:21 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · Rumor

The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple will launch a "pilot program for merchant partnerships," according "multiple sources with knowledge of the program" cited by Bank Innovation. The financial industry magazine said the program could be a rewards program for shoppers tied to the mobile payment system the company is expected to launch during a media event on Tuesday, September 9th.    

Rumor Claims Apple Placing NFC Sensors in Disney Stores Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch

8:58 AM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · Rumor

Apple has reportedly been installing Near Field Communication, or NFC, sensors in its own retail stores along with Disney Store locations, adding more fuel to the rumors that the iPhone 6 will include NFC support as part of a new mobile payment system. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at a special media event on Tuesday, September 9, at the Flint Center in Cupertino.

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As we get closer to tomorrow's media event, it seems even more certain that Apple is finally embracing NFC. What we don't know yet is if it'll be in the iPhone, iWatch, or both.

Report Claims Retina MacBook Pro Speed Bump Coming Tuesday

10:09 AM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · · Rumor

Apple is reportedly planning on giving the Retina MacBook Pro a speed bump on Tuesday with updated Intel Haswell Core i7 processors. The new models will still be available in 13-inch and 15-inch models, and will all come with at least 16 GB RAM.

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Assuming the report about tomorrow's Retina MacBook Pro refresh is accurate, it's welcome even if it isn't dramatic.

Apple Granted ‘iTime’ Patent for Wearable Mobile Electronic Device (Plus Wristband)

6:10 PM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · & · Rumor

High Time for iTime

Apple was granted a patent on a smart watch dubbed "iTime" on Tuesday. The patent describes a wristband with embedded electronics that can be accessed by "a mobile electronic device." It describes several implementations, including versions where the mobile electronic device can be removed from the wristband.

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Well, we've seen the requisite number of iPhone 6 mockups so it's time to get back to the Thing Apple Is Totally Gonna Make To Put On Your Wrist rumors.

Apple Reportedly Reducing iPhone 6 Battery to 2mm with Similar Capacity

7:27 PM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · Rumor

The Battery Diet

Apple is reportedly reducing the thickness of the battery it will use in its next generation iPhone—dubbed the iPhone 6 in the media—to just 2mm. Citing unnamed sources in Apple's supply chain, Taiwan-based DigiTimes said Apple has reduced the thickness of the battery by some 33 percent, down from 3mm, while keeping capacity at iPhone 5s levels.

Rumor Claims iPad to get Split Screen View in iOS 8

11:10 AM, May. 13th, 2014 · · Rumor

Apple's iPad may finally become a multitasking tablet thanks to the addition of a split screen view in iOS 8 that lets two apps run side by side. The rumored feature will support displaying and interacting with two apps simultaneously, and it may support apps interacting with each other, too.

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iPad multitasking and split screen app view is something we've been wanting pretty much ever since the original iPad was released. Assuming the report is legit, this will be a very welcome feature in iOS 8.

Video of Dr Dre Appears to Confirm Apple-Beats Deal

3:40 PM, May. 9th, 2014 · · Rumor

Tyrese and Dr. Dre

A video posted to YouTube on the HipHop Loops channel appears to confirm a rumor that Apple is set to buy Beats for some US$3.2 billion. The video was filmed by rapper and actor Tyrese Gibson and features Dr. Dre claiming to be the first billionaire in hip hop.