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iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay coming Monday, October 20th

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Apple Pay was first announced in September at Apple’s second media event of the year alongside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.  At this past Thursday’s event, Apple revealed the release date for Apple Pay would be Monday, October 20th.  The first major update to iOS 8, called iOS 8.1, includes Apple Pay and a few other improvements.

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Not all devices that can upgrade to iOS 8.1 will be able to use Apple Pay. Since it is a new technology, it will be limited to newer smartphones like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and new tablets like the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.  It will also be available on the Apple Watch when it launches in 2015. The iPhone 5, 5s and 5c will be able to use Apple Pay in-store, but it must be connected to the Apple Watch.  The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can use Touch ID (Apple Pay) to purchase products in apps and in-store, with or without the Apple Watch.  The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are limited to using Apple Pay to purchase products in apps.

Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini by themselves. The iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c require Apple Watch.

Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini by themselves. The iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c require Apple Watch.

Apple Pay works simply by securely storing your credit card information on your iPhone and using Touch ID with NFC to purchase products in store on in apps. For example, if you are at Walgreens purchasing a candy bar. The cashier will ring it in (say $1.50), just touch your finger on Touch ID and hold the phone near the card reader. The phone will vibrate and beep when the payment has been made.

Retailers display this icon when they allow Apple Pay.

Retailers display this icon when they allow Apple Pay.

Although Apple Pay is not a new concept, many retailers need to allow their systems to accept payments with it.  Android smartphones have used this technology, NFC, for years so retailers have the procedures already in place.  Apple Pay also stores your credit cards in the Passbook app. Major credit card companies and banks have to allow their cards to be stored virtually on your phone. For the initial roll-out, major credit card companies (like Visa, American Express and MasterCard) and major banks (like Chase, Capital One and Bank of America) have signed on.  Major retailers, like Aeropostale, McDonald’s and Panera Bread, will allow Apple Pay starting Monday.  Other retailers, like Target, Staples and Groupon, will only allow Apple Pay for now to purchase products in their apps. For a full list of banks and retailers who have signed on, check out Apple’s website.

In addition to Apple Pay, iOS 8.1 includes a few more improvements (these are based on the first two developer betas of the software):

  • Notification Center widget icons are larger in “Edit” view
  • Dictation is optional and can be turned off in Settings
  • “Recently Added” photo album has been renamed to “Camera Roll”
  • iBooks icon matches Bookmarks icon in Safari
  • small changes to app permissions screen
  • bug fixes

iOS 8.1 can be downloaded over-the-air starting Monday, October 20th at 9am PST. It can also be downloaded via iTunes.

Apple announces iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at today's event

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Apple’s special media event finished a few hours ago and they introduced us to a bunch of new products. Last month we saw the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. This month we see the release date for Apple Pay and iOS 8.1, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

Apple Pay

The retailers that will be part of the initial roll-out of Apple Pay.

The retailers that will be part of the initial roll-out of Apple Pay.

Apple Pay will be available for download on Monday, October 20th.  Three major credit card companies (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) and the nation’s top banks (Citi, PNC, Chase, etc.) will support Apple Pay during its initial roll-out. Major retailers like American Eagle, Macy’s and Walgreens are signed up for the initial roll-out as well.

 

WatchKit

WatchKit will allow 3rd-party developers to create their own apps for the Apple Watch. This is available to developers starting in November.  Apple Watch is still on track to ship in early 2015.

 

iOS 8

The newest operating system for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad has been out since mid-September.  Nearly half (48%) of users are running iOS 8.  The first major update to the OS, called iOS 8.1, brings support for Apple Pay, Continuity with OS X Yosemite and public beta of iCloud Photo Library (works for videos too).

 

iPad Air 2

Tim Cook shows off iPad Air 2 for the first time.

Tim Cook shows off iPad Air 2 for the first time.

  • 6.1mm thin (compare this to the iPhone 6 which is 6.9mm thin)
  • laminated display with anti-reflective coating
  • A8X processor with 64-bit architecture and M8 co-processor (specially designed processor for iPad)
  • 10-hour battery life
  • 8MP rear iSight camera with 1080p HD video (panoramic pictures, time-lapse, slo-mo video and burst mode)
  • camera features: panoramic pictures, time-lapse, slo-mo video and burst mode for the rear camera and single-shot HDR, burst mode for selfies and HDR videos with the front camera
  • up to 150Mbps on cellular and up to 833Mbps on Wi-Fi
  • Touch ID
  • available in silver, space gray and gold with storage capabilities of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB starting at $499

 

iPad mini 3

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  • same design as previous model
  • 5MP iSight rear camera
  • Touch ID
  • available in silver, space gray and gold with storage capabilities of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB starting at $399

 

The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available for preorder starting October 17th.

The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available for preorder starting October 17th.

iPad event expectations

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There are less then 12 hours remaining until Apple’s next special media event where they are expected to announce the next-generation iPads, updated Macs, iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay release dates and a surprise product.

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An iPhone 6-inspired concept for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

It is no surprise that there will be new tablets announced at Apple’s event today. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, which are the confirmed names, will feature a similar design to their predecessors and a few new updated components.

For the iPad Air 2, rumors have suggested it will be a little thinner, but still have mostly the same design.  New external features, like single row of speaker holes and recessed buttons, will help the tablet to lose a few millimeters.  Apple is also rumored to move the microphone from the top center to the left side, next to the camera. The mute/sound switch may be taken off completely.  For internal specs, we expect 2GB of RAM, A8X processor with M8 co-processor, 8MP camera, Touch ID Home button and more updated internal components.

The iPad mini 3 will have the same design as it’s predecessor and only gain internal upgrades. Besides the new Touch ID sensor on the Home button, not much else is known about the tablet.

 

Macs

The current iMac, credit: Apple

The current iMac, credit: Apple

Although we typically only focus on mobile devices on Device Geek Blog, we can’t ignore that Apple is planning on announcing a few new Macs at their event. The 27-inch iMac is rumored to get a 5K Retina display, which would double its current resolution, we will find out the release date for OS X Yosemite and other software like the new Photos app for Mac and iLife and see an updated Mac mini.

 

iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Leaked internal documents for some of the retailers who will support Apple Pay showed the release date for their store. Walgreens said it would be on Saturday, October 18th and Panera Bread said it would be Monday, October 20th.  Regardless of when stores will start allowing it, this means that Apple will likely launch iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay immediately following the event (or within a few hours).

 

Surprise Product

The current generation iPod touch has the A5 processor.

The current generation iPod touch has the A5 processor.

On the event invitation, Apple wrote “it’s been way too long.” It is believed that this line is referring to the Mac since it has been a while since the Mac mini or iMac have been updated.  The invitation also uses the apple outline from when Apple celebrated 30 years of Mac so this screams Mac.  There are other products, though, that haven’t been updated for a long time. For example, the last major update for iPod happened alongside the announcement of the iPhone 5 in 2012. The iPod touch is still rocking the single-core A5 processor. For comparison, the iPhone 6 has an dual-core A8 chip, which is a lot more advanced, has 64-bit architecture and comes with a M8 co-processor. The Apple TV also hasn’t been updated since March 2012 at the iPad 3 event.  It has the A5 processor as well. Apple, finally, may also be launching new Smart Covers for the iPad Air and iPad mini in new colors. Although it’s not as exciting as the iPod or Apple TV.

 

iPad Pro? Retina MacBook Air?

We likely won’t see either of these until 2015. Apple may hold an event in the beginning of the year, like they did in January 2012 when they announced textbooks on iPad.  The event may be focused on education as well, aiming the new hardware to educational institutions, students and professors.

iOS 8 May Have Less Features Than Expected

Allegedly a screenshot of iOS 8.
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A report by the reliable Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac was posted earlier about the future of iOS 8.  Recent rumors suggested iOS 8 would include new apps, like Healthbook, and new features, like Maps with public transit directions.  Gurman writes; however, that his inside sources say some of the new features will be pushed back until iOS 8.1.

iPhone 6 concept with iOS 8 concept.

iPhone 6 concept with iOS 8 concept.

Usually, WWDC is the place where Apple announces the next generation operating systems for mobile devices and the Mac, but this year’s keynote may be more Mac-focused.  According to Gurman’s inside sources, some of the planned iOS 8 features won’t be ready in time for the keynote and will be pushed back to iOS 8.1, which may be released in late 2014 or early 2015.

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