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Apple Pay is finally here, and while Eddie Cue says in-app purchases will make up most of the purchases during launch, there are tons of things that you can buy in the real world right now.
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners looking to toss their wallets in favor of Apple Pay can go into hundreds of stores today and purchase everything from clothes, toys, gas, or even furniture. Not all stores are supporting Apple’s mobile payments platform, so knowing which retailers accept Apple Pay will be half the battle toward replacing your wallet. Luckily, we’ve compiled this list of everything you can buy today with Apple Pay.
Here’s what you can buy starting day:
The NBA season is set to tip off on October 28th and Beats is ready to celebrate with a new epic ad all about King James’ return to Cleveland.
The long cinematic ad is similar to Beats’ incredible World Cup ad, and flashes between LeBron’s fierce workout regimen he went through this summer – while rocking the Beats earbuds of course – as well as showing spurts from his past like St. Vincent-St. Mary high school, his old Spring Hill apartments, and his mom.
Check it out:
Tim Cook called the iPhone 6 the fastest-selling smartphone in history during yesterday’s Apple event. It’s set a new high-water mark for the most first-month orders ever, and if you need any more evidence, just look at this line outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City today.
It’s been a month since the iPhone 6 launched and the line is still down the street. Unlike a month ago, Asian resellers can’t be blamed for the length, as China just got its fingers all over the bigger-than-big displays this morning.
Apple didn’t announce how many iPhones it sold in the first month – although we might find out during Monday’s earnings call – but with 32 countries accepting orders in the first few weeks, and another 36 getting it this month, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are poised to be Apple’s biggest cash machines ever.
Christian Bale has reportedly been tapped to don Steve Jobs’ black turtleneck in the upcoming biopic from Sony, and I got to admit I’m stoked. Bale seems like the perfect fit. He looks as much like Steve as Ashton did, only he’s actually a phenomenal actor.
Conan is pretty excited about the Dark Knight playing el Jobso too. So much so, that last night he gave us a hilarious sneak preview of how Bale’s portrayal of Jobs will probably turn out.
Check it out:
There’s no better time to drop some bad news than during an Apple keynote. So while the rest of the world was distracted with new iPads and a Retina iMac, Apple’s sapphire glass supplier informed workers at its Mesa, Arizona plant that most of them are getting laid off.
The sapphire plant was expected to bring over 2,000 new jobs to the area in its effort to supply iPhones and Apple Watches with unbreakable displays, but after 12 months of disaster, GT Advanced Technologies informed Mesa City Council today of its plan to eliminate 727 jobs from the plant.
The iPad Air 2 is the best tablet Apple’s ever made. The iPad mini 3 is good, but it’s also a gigantic ripoff.
Phil Schiller gushed over all the new iPad Air 2 upgrades during today’s keynote, reveling in its improved camera, powerful A8X chip, anti-reflective coating and Touch ID. But when it came to the iPad mini 3, Apple tried to slide quickly past it, and for good reason – there weren’t any upgrades to brag about.
Here are the new iPad mini 3 features:
Apple’s iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac keynote this morning was short on surprises, but if you weren’t able to watch the live stream as Tim Cook and Phil Schiller revealed the deets on Apple’s newest products, you can relive it on Apple.com.
The full video of today’s keynote has been posted on Apple’s website, and is also available on the dedicated Apple TV channel that showed up on devices today. The first half was mostly just a recap of Apple’s news from WWDC and last month’s keynote, but now you can just skip straight to Chief Secrecy Officer Stephen Colbert’s hilarious skit with Hair Force One at the 30 minute mark.
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Apple finally unveiled its iMac with Retina 5K display this morning, and while the screen is bigger, brighter and more hi-deffer than ever, Apple still managed to make an incredible machine that’s gorgeous and affordable.
It’s the most incredible iMac Apple’s ever built, thanks to a Retina 5K display that puts high-end 4K displays to shame and upgraded processors and graphics in a package that’s just 5mm thin.
Think your desktop is ready for a Retina upgrade? Here’s what you need to know about Apple’s new desktop beast:
Tim Cook and Phil Schiller just got done revealing the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with Retina 5k display, and while you can’t pre-order the new iPads until tomorrow, the new iMac and Mac mini are available now.
The online Apple Store is back up and running with new sections for the iMac with Retina 5k display, and the updated Mac mini that got a price drop. Both items can be ordered right now, with the Retina iMac starting at $2,499, and the Mac mini coming in at $499.
It’s been way too long since Apple showered us with new products like the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch, but Tim Cook and his crew are ready to go in for round two at a town hall keynote today at Apple HQ. New iPads, a Retina iMac and OS X Yosemite are rumored to be on the menu, but will Apple have one more surprise waiting for us?
Apple’s holiday lineup will be revealed in just a few short hours, and we’ll be here liveblogging all the details as the event unfolds. So bookmark this page, and come back at 10 a.m. Pacific for what will most likely be Apple’s last major announcements of 2014.