You can now use Apple Pay at CVS


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Shopping at CVS just got easier.
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CVS Pharmacy has finally completed its Apple Pay rollout in stores across the U.S.

It slowly started adding support a few weeks ago, but customers should now be able to enjoy it at all locations nationwide. The rollout comes several months after Tim Cook promised that CVS and 7-Eleven would be adopting Apple Pay.

Ka-ching! Apple Pay Cash could arrive in Europe soon


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Sending money from your iPhone is about to get a lot easier in Europe.
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Apple Pay Cash could be ready to make its debut in Europe.

Screens invited users to set up Apple’s peer-to-peer payments service have started popping up on devices on the other side of the Atlantic this week. Apple has also started publishing Apple Pay Cash support pages in European countries.

Apple Pay now accepted at 7-Eleven stores across the U.S.


7-Eleven Apple Pay
Shopping at 7-Eleven just got even easier.
Photo: 7-Eleven

You can now use Apple Pay (and Google Pay) at 7-Eleven stores across the United States.

“Most stores” will be accepting Apple’s mobile payments service by the end of this month, the retailer says. Gurmeet Singh, CDO and CIO of the company, says it’s one more reason why you should shop at 7-Eleven.

Apple Pay won’t be launching in India any time soon


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Apple has run into more regulatory problems in India.
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Apple is supposedly cooling its plans to bring Apple Pay to India, despite having discussions with leading banks and the National Payments Corporation of India.

Eddy Cue previously said that Apple hoped to bring Apple Pay to India sooner rather than later. “It is great that all of these payment mechanisms are coming out in India because it empowers people to be able to pay,” Cue said last year. “What Apple Pay does is make that process easy, integrated and safe. We absolutely want to bring Apple Pay to the market here.”

Apple celebrates national parks with Apple Pay, Apple Watch


Apple Watch national parks
Get our there and earn your special award on September 1.
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Apple is helping fans support and enjoy America’s national parks with a new Apple Pay donation program and Apple Watch Activity Challenge.

Apple will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation every time Apple Pay is used in its stores, on, or in the Apple Store app between August 24 and August 31. It will also reward Watch wearers with special badges for completing National Park events.

What’s in store for Apple Watch Series 4? [Wish List]


What cool new features are hidden inside that slimmer Apple Watch Series 4 frame? [Mockup]
What cool new features will be hidden inside that slimmer Series 4 frame?
Photo illustration: Graham Bower/Cult of Mac

In just a few weeks, Apple looks set to unveil the biggest upgrade yet to its popular wearable.
While the external appearance of Apple Watch has not changed much since its launch, recent leaks suggest we can expect a new form factor with a larger screen when Apple Watch Series 4 lands.

In the Photoshop mockup above, I’ve shown how Apple’s next watch might look if it slimmed down and added a larger screen (as the rumormongers predict). That would be pretty cool, but there are plenty of other potential upgrades I’m excited about.

Here’s my top 10 wish list for Apple Watch Series 4 new features.

Apple Pay usage grows strongly outside the U.S.


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The number of Apple Pay users almost equals the entire population of the US. But most users live somewhere else.
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Most people are still leery about giving up their wallet. Only a small percentage of smartphone owners use their mobile to make purchases at brick-and-mortar stores.  But attitudes are starting to change.

As a result, Apple Pay is growing strongly. Surprisingly, most of that growth is outside of the U.S.