Free Apple TV with every heavily discounted MacBook+AppleCare bundle: Apple Price Guides updated Dec 16th (exclusive coupons)

2014

Walmart says MCX has consumers' 'best interests in mind' by not accepting Apple Pay

Monday October 27, 2014

After members of the Merchant Customer Exchange pulled support for Apple Pay mobile payments this past weekend, specifically Rite Aid and CVS, a major partner in the consortium has offered its take on why Apple's solution is not being implemented.

Wells Fargo gives credit card holders $20 to try out Apple Pay

Monday October 27, 2014

A new incentive program launched by Wells Fargo on Monday has the bank giving a $20 statement credit to all customers who register their credit card with Apple Pay and make a subsequent purchase.

Apple downplays MCX's Apple Pay embargo, cites 'enthusiastic' response from supporting retailers and customers

Monday October 27, 2014

Apple on Monday issued a statement touching on recent events that saw Apple Pay embargoed by MCX members Rite Aid and CVS, saying the mobile payment rollout has been largely successful and continues to gather steam as additional retailers pledge support.

Apple grants iPads, Macs, Apple TVs, more to 114 US schools in ConnectED initiative

Monday October 27, 2014

As part of its participation in President Barack Obama's ConnectED technology in education program, Apple is giving its latest hardware, as well as services and infrastructure, to 114 schools across the U.S.

European wireless providers renew opposition to multi-carrier Apple SIM

Monday October 27, 2014

Wireless carriers on the Old Continent are approaching the Apple SIM --a new, Apple-provided SIM card that would allows users to easily switch between data service providers --with caution, staking out a similar position to the one they held the last time Apple proposed such a solution.

iPhone 6 & 6 Plus preorders outpace Galaxy Note 4 in Samsung's home country of South Korea

Monday October 27, 2014

Preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in South Korea are estimated to have already topped 100,000 units, besting Apple's chief rival Samsung and its Galaxy Note 4 in its native country.

Review: GoPro Hero 4 Black brings high frame rates to high-resolution video

Monday October 27, 2014

With this year's new Hero 4 Black camera, GoPro introduced a top-notch ruggedized device capable of shooting 1080p at an astounding 120 frames per second and 4K video up to 30 frames per second. But coming in at $499 without remote, is the latest GoPro worth the price of admission?

Fitbit unveils new Charge, Charge HR & Surge digital fitness trackers

Monday October 27, 2014

Fitbit on Monday gave fitness buffs three new options for wrist-worn activity trackers, introducing the Charge and Charge HR --spiritual successors to the Fitbit Force -- alongside the Fitbit Surge, which the company is calling a "fitness super watch."

Alpine launches $800 CarPlay-compatible iLX-007 in-dash receiver

Monday October 27, 2014

Aftermarket options with support for Apple's CarPlay continue to expand, with Alpine launching a new $800 unit on Monday featuring a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen and support for Siri voice commands.

Apple seeks partners to enable NFC-based transit payments & building access for iPhone 6 & Watch

Monday October 27, 2014

Though the near-field communications chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is currently exclusively for Apple Pay, the wireless functionality may be expanded to new uses such as replacing a public transit card or a secure building access keycard.

Amazon announces $39 Fire TV Stick to compete with Google Chromecast

Monday October 27, 2014

Online retail behemoth Amazon on Monday unveiled the Fire TV Stick, a dongle variant of its Fire TV set-top box that eschews the separate hardware in favor of an all-in-one form factor that plugs into and is powered by a television's HDMI port.

In-depth review: Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Monday October 27, 2014

Apple's latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 incorporate Touch ID and support for Apple Pay within apps, with the same 10 hour battery life of previous models. The full size iPad Air 2 is also now 18 percent slimmer with an improved, antireflective display and gains a faster A8X chip, faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, a barometer, and a significantly improved iSight camera.

CVS joins Rite Aid in blocking Apple Pay in "CurrentC" plan to collect more customer data

Saturday October 25, 2014

Two major U.S. drugstores have turned off their NFC payment terminals to stop Apple Pay transactions in an effort to make their own "CurrentC" app-based payment system--which is designed to collect and track information on their customers--the only option, even though it's not actually finished yet.

Rounding up the newest protective cases & keyboards for your iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Saturday October 25, 2014

Though Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 just launched this week and many protective cases have yet to hit the market, there are still a handful of early case options available for purchase in addition to Apple's. Here are some of the first options available to protect your brand new iPad.

New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for Apple Pay in apps, but not in-store tap-to-pay transactions

Friday October 24, 2014

Apple's newest iPads feature one of the same chips used by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to handle tap-to-pay NFC transactions, but the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 only support Apple Pay within apps, sparing users the embarrassment of carrying around a gigantic alternative to their credit card.

First-week OS X Yosemite adoption rate outpaces Mavericks, now at 12.8%

Friday October 24, 2014

According to recently published statistics, Apple's latest OS X Yosemite release is seeing slightly better take up rates than last year's OS X Mavericks launch, with current North American distribution pegged at 12.8 percent as of Wednesday.

Sprint expands 'iPhone for Life' plans with new 12-month lease option

Friday October 24, 2014

Adding to its iPhone-specific incentives program, Sprint on Friday announced a new 12-month lease option for its "iPhone for Life" plan, which lets subscribers "rent" a new iPhone for a preset period instead of buying it.

Multi-carrier Apple SIM 'dedicated' to AT&T's network upon activation, not carried by Sprint Stores

Friday October 24, 2014

It was discovered on Friday that AT&T is dedicating the new multi-carrier Apple SIM included with the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to its network, forcing buyers to obtain a new one when switching to another carrier, while Sprint Stores will not supply the card at all.

Nearly half of Gazelle's early iPhone upgrades ordered Apple's larger, more expensive iPhone 6 Plus

Friday October 24, 2014

In yet another piece of favorable news surrounding Apple's recent entry into the phablet space, the nation's leading electronics buyback service said Friday that almost half of its early 2014 iPhone trade-in customers who pre-ordered a new iPhone 6 chose to purchase one of the larger, more premium-priced Plus models.

iTunes sales down 13% this year as Apple plans to rebuild, rebrand Beats Music subscription service

Friday October 24, 2014

Sales from Apple's iTunes Store have fallen significantly thus far in 2014, helping to push forward the company's alleged plans to revamp the recently acquired Beats Music and make it part of the iTunes brand.