Wednesday Morning News

smart-connectorTime’s explanation of why Apple created the Apple Watch says it was all due to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. It was Jobs who thought the entire healthcare system needed an overhaul, and even though we’ve already heard reports of the Apple Watch being an extremely useful tool in the diagnosis of heart-related conditions which show symptoms of heartbeat irregularities, Jobs still thought it was time to bring some order to patients, their data, and healthcare systems.

In terms of Apple Pay, Australia and Canada were in the same boat up until recently in that Amex-issued Amex cards were the only ones supported by Apple Pay. Of course, that all changed when ANZ announced Apple Pay support for their Visa cards, and now, two of the five major banks in Canada have announced support for Apple Pay, with The Verge reporting that the remaining three will also be jumping on the bandwagon in the coming months.

Meanwhile in Australia, CBA, NAB, and Westpac are wearing out the Control, C, and V keys on their keyboard, copying and pasting the same tweets to people asking when Apple Pay would be coming to their bank. The SMH confirms that Westpac and NAB have at least restarted negotiations with Apple in bringing Apple Pay, despite NAB’s previous deal with Samsung for its own mobile payments.

Apple has been granted a patent for a Smart Cover with a built-in display and drawing tablet. It’s more of a detachable display than an actual cover, which may come in handy if you need a second screen for your iPad.

A different Apple patent describes improved Siri integration on the Apple TV, with Siri eventually moving towards an understanding of the questions asked of it and responding appropriately.

A minor update to iWork on the Mac brings stability and bug fixes, but hasn’t it been a while since we’ve seen any major updates to Apple’s office suite?

A new lawsuit sees Apple sued for VoIP technology usage to the tune of $2.8 billion in damages. Over a dozen issued or pending patents cover technologies used in FaceTime and iMessage, but as with most of these patent lawsuits, the claims are vague at best.

Wireless earbuds are a thing now, and Macworld’s preview of two sets give us a taste of what wireless EarPods might be like, if that’s a path Apple choose to go down.

IMore takes a look at the SE name through Apple’s storied history, where it’s been used in more products than just the most-recent iPhone SE.

The Wirecutter’s recommendation on the best Lightning cable is an Anker product that’s provides the best of both worlds in terms of durability and charging speed.

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