Wednesday Morning News
Rumour has it Samsung will be the ones supplying the LCD panels to be used in the iPad Air successor and the larger, 13-inch iPad later this year, and they’re expected to be very similar units, technology-wise, as the current IPS panels.
In the iOS 8.1 beta, developers have found a settings page for Apple Pay as well as references to Touch ID support on the iPad. Apple has already revealed Passbook will be the app to manage credit cards for use with Apple Pay, and the Touch ID support on the iPad also means we’ll see Apple Pay support in iPad apps. There’s no evidence to suggest the next iPad will have NFC, however.
Apple and PayPal were in talks for an Apple Pay partnership that would have seen PayPal as the preferred payment process for Apple Pay, but that all went down the drain when PayPal entered into a deal with Samsung and their implementation of mobile payments using the fingerprint sensor. Now, Apple has excluded PayPal from Apple Pay entirely, not even listing it as an acceptable payment platform, as covered by MacRumors.
The first public appearance of the Apple Watch (outside of Apple’s unveiling last month, of course) is at the Parisian Fashion Boutique Colette for Paris fashion week, which should tell you all you need to know about the target market for the device. Both 38mm and 42mm versions of the watch are on display. Meanwhile, supply chain whisperings suggest mass production of the Apple Watch will kick off in January 2015, perhaps ready for a mid-February launch.
Apple has released the Gold Master of OS X Yosemite to developers, and build 14A379a is likely to be the last version before the public release in roughly two weeks time. Alongside the GM, Apple has also updated the public beta of OS X Yosemite, making it the third update for everyone participating in the program.
An Apple patent looks at their idea of a glasses-free holographic display with interactive capabilities. Using a combination of lasers, micro-lenses, and sensors, the system can produce a holographic image capable of detecting how users interact with it in real-time. This is definitely the most far-fetched patent I’ve heard of recently.
Belkin has just announced their Thunderbolt 2 dock, and as the name suggests, the updated version of their original Thunderbolt dock now supports the Thunderbolt 2 standard, which means support for 4K displays via HDMI and/or the ability to daisy-chain up to 4 additional devices (5 Thunderbolt devices in total). The Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD drops the FireWire 800 port and slightly changes the port configurations (there’s now two USB 3 ports on the rear and one on the front, accompanied by a headphone jack), and Belkin has also decided to throw in a Thunderbolt cable, too.
The Seek Thermal is a Lighting-compatible iPhone accessory that turns your iPhone into a thermal camera of sorts. It’s technically an infrared camera, but combined with an app, means you can detect heat sources and “be aware of your surroundings in broad daylight or complete darkness”. Well, sure.
I missed this piece from the weekend from A Blog To Watch, but it’s another one of those write-ups about the Apple Watch from someone who deals with normal timepieces on a regular basis. “I feel that people need to understand that the Apple Watch is not only a new type of product for Apple, but the first real “cross-over watch” that wades in both the waters of technology and horology.”
If you wanted some light reading this morning, Anandtech published their review of the iPhone 6. They’ve also got a companion review of the iPhone 6 Plus, if that’s thing is more your speed and style.