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TikTok continues to dominate the App Store in 2020.
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Apple Pay is closer than ever to launching in the Netherlands

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Apple Pay looks set to launch any time now.
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Apple Pay looks closer than ever to going to live in the Netherlands, with the service now promoted to “beta” status within Apple.

The news comes one day after a mobile banking service seemingly confirmed that Apple Pay is on its way to 16 new markets. It’s not clear whether any locations in the Netherlands are currently testing Apple Pay.

Apple Pay prepares to go live in the Netherlands

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Soon you'll be able to pay for your smoke and a pancake using your iPhone.
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Shortly after going live in Austria, Apple Pay is also set to commence operations in the Netherlands.

The information was shared by Dutch bank ING on its website. While it doesn’t give an exact date, it does note that Apple Pay is coming “soon.” That suggests that all the necessary negotiations have been completed, and it’s just a matter of flicking the switch to send it live.

iPhone XS reveals its secrets in first teardown video

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The first iPhone XS teardown video shows the unusual L-shaped battery.
The first iPhone XS teardown video shows the unusual L-shaped battery.
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The iPhone XS debuts tomorrow, but a video showing this device being disassembled is already available. This not only gives the first look at the internal components but reveals some of the details about this smartphone.

Perhaps the most unusual feature of Apple’s new high-end model is the L-shaped battery.

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Tim Cook makes a pitstop at Lucky Kat Studios.
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Judge rules that Apple must replace broken iPad with brand new one

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Apple can't replace broken iPads with refurbished or remanufactured units.
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A judge in the Netherlands has ruled that Apple must replace broken iOS devices with new iPhones or iPads, as opposed to refurbished or “remanufactured” units.

The case involves a woman who bought an iPad Air 2 with AppleCare back in 2015. After just four months, the iPad began having problems with the tablet’s WiFi technology, which prompted Apple to give her a remanufactured iPad as a replacement.

New Apple Store in the Netherlands will have a 360° Genius Bar

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Picture: CC Wikipedia

Apple is set to open its new Dutch brick-and-mortar retail store this Saturday, according to ifoAppleStore.

This will be the third Apple Store to open in the Netherlands, with previous retail outfits opening in Amsterdam and Haarlem. The store will be located in Den Haag (The Hague), which is the third largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, but an important city since it is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State.

Netherlands Apple Store Won’t Open This Year, Christmas Tree Returned

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(Credit: Dé Haagse nieuwssite)
(Credit: Dé Haagse nieuwssite)

Remember that story we ran recently about the Grinch Apple Store that stole Christmas?

For those who don’t recall, the news item in question concerned a giant Christmas tree  in shopping area De Passage of Netherlands city The Hague, which had been removed at Apple’s request so as not to obscure the entrance of its new store.