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This week: the iPad Air 2 reviews are in, and not everyone’s feeling the love; Cult of Mac spends a day with Apple Pay; Yosemite and iOS 8.1 Continuity features delight; a potential cure for the painful #6PlusPinch; some welcome changes rumored for Beats Music; and we wrap with our favorite movie trilogies of all time on an all-new Get To Know Your Cultist.
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Apple Pay rumors are all the rage this Fall...
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
We're one month into iPhone rumor season and even though the rumormill has been quiet about upcoming hardware this week, we've got plenty of rumors surrounding Apple Pay's future, as well as some gossip that Nike and Apple are working on making some wearable together. Step up to the crystal ball and see which of this week's juicy rumors are full of fluff.
Apple Pay rewards
The Rumor: Apple plans to launch an Apple Pay loyalty program in time for the holiday shopping season.The Verdict: Probably. Getting retailers onboard in time will be a challenge, as Apple Pay just launched last week. We've already seen hundreds of companies jump at the chance to be a part of Apple Pay, and providing a rewards program for users would be a nice plus for merchants and shoppers alike.
Nike + Apple wearables?
The Rumor: Nike and Apple are working on a stealth and stylish fitness tracker.
The Verdict: Definitely. Nike discontinued its FuelBand project and dismissed the 70-person team behind it, but they've still got a weapon no other apparel company can match: Tim Cook sits on the board. What the the next Nike fitness tracker will look like is anyone's guess, but I'd wager it'll be a much improved version of the Nike+ sensor that can be slipped into shoes and clothes.
James Bond remote for CarPlay
The Rumor: Apple is building a James Bond-like remote control for your car.
The Verdict: Maybe, but we won't see it soon. Apple patents a lot of ideas that it never uses, but having your car cabin automatically heat up when your walking to it, or locking/unlocking remotely would be handy, and probably pretty easy to integrate with CarPlay. Just don't expect to be able to drive your Hyundai with the iPhone anytime soon.
Apple Pay in my iAds
The Rumor: iAds will get Apple Pay integration soon.
The Verdict: Definitely. A tap-to-buy button embedded in mobile ads could be huge for developers looking to make more money from their apps. Apple wins by making developers richer. And users win by getting higher quality apps than whatever they got on Android.
Dropping the price for Beats
The Rumor: Beats subscription prices will be lowered to $5 a month.
The Verdict: My bank account sure hopes so, but will Apple be able to pay musicians with the smaller monthly fee? Tim Cook said iTunes users spend about $60 a year - which works out to $5 a month - so Apple might believe lowering the price would more than double subscriptions.
Tim Cook has described his desire to bring Apple Pay to China as “top of the list” in terms of priorities.
Cook was quoted on Friday, following an interview he gave with China’s official Xinhua news agency. “China is a really key market for us,” he said. “Everything we do [in terms of services in the U.S.], we are going to work it here.”
Christian Bale is Steve Jobs. The Oscar-winning actor has officially signed on to play the late Apple co-founder in Sony’s upcoming movie based on Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay. Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is attached to the project, but no other cast or crew members have been confirmed.
A lot of big Hollywood actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio, have been in talks to play Jobs at some point, but Bale’s name stayed in the hat till the very end. Looking at Bale as an actor, it’s easy to see why. Here’s why he will play the perfect Steve Jobs.
When the Apple Watch is released next year, it’s going to represent a major paradigm shift for iOS: it’ll be an interface made up of fingertip-sized bubbles, not rounded square icons.
Don’t you think that calls for a new logo to mark the occasion?
If you’re looking for a fun puzzle game to play over the weekend you can do a whole lot worse than RGB Express, Apple’s “App of the Week” which has gone free in the App Store.
Arriving on iOS one month ago, the game is a charming strategy title in which you play the route planner for a fleet of trucks, responsible for plotting their paths through increasingly complex neighborhoods, always ensuring that every home receives its package.
Starting off simply but getting increasingly complex as the game goes on, it’s an entertaining challenge, spanning 200 levels in all, that’s sure to appeal to the kind of iOS gamers who also enjoy titles like Blek.
Yes! Another week, another scintillating issue full of Cult of Mac’s best news stories and features, compiled in one place to read through easily on your iPad or iPhone. This week we’ve got some delightful coverage of the new Apple Pay features in iOS 8, tips and tricks on the latest operating systems, iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite, and a couple of great apps you won’t want to miss. That and more in this week’s spectacularly useful Cult of Mac Magazine.
Tim Cook may be the Apple CEO we picture when we think of the mission to make Apple a “force for good” in the world, including enhanced accessibility for deaf users. But Steve Jobs was the person who first got the ball rolling.
During the Tampa Bay Business 100 awards last night — an event dedicated to honoring the 100 largest private companies in Tampa Bay, Florida — the CEO of a company which makes Internet video communication tools recalled how Jobs helped him use the so-called ZVRS technology with FaceTime.
Well, here’s one for the record books. Apple just rejected a developer’s app for violating its policies against pornographic content.
Nothing weird about that, except for the way that Apple went about it: by sending that developer pictures of a dude masturbating. What?