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The Verge

Apple reportedly acquires startup that could turn iPhones into payment terminals


Apple has acquired a startup with technology that could turn iPhones into mobile payment terminals, Bloomberg reported. Montreal-based Mobeewave has tech that requires only an NFC chip to work, allowing users to tap either their smartphone or a credit card to another phone for payment processing. NFC chips have been included in iPhones since the iPhone 6. And while Apple Pay lets shoppers tap their iPhones to pay at a retail store, adding Mobeewave could allow any iPhone to accept payments without extra hardware like a card reader. Read More

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Engadget

Apple’s latest acquisition could turn iPhones into payment terminals


An Apple spokesperson didn’t confirm the acquisition outright, only giving the publication a standard response:

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

The tech giant did snap up a few smaller companies over the past months. Back in January, it purchased Seattle-based AI startup, Xnor.ai, which developed a way to operate AI on devices rather than in the cloud. It also purchased virtual reality startup NextVR, which is known for its partnerships with sports entities, such as the NBA. Read More

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TechCrunch

Apple says next iPhones will launch later than usual – TechCrunch


Users gearing up to buy the latest iPhones are going to have to wait longer than they did last year.

In a call following the release of Apple’s Q3 earnings, the company’s CFO Luca Maestri shared that compared to the September 2019 release of iPhone 11 models, Apple is expecting this year’s supply of new iPhones “to be available a few weeks later.” It’s an exceedingly rare move for the company, which generally refuses to even acknowledge its timeline for releasing new products, even the iPhone, which refreshes annually. Read More

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The Verge

Apple confirms new iPhones won’t arrive in September


Apple has confirmed it’s planning to launch its new iPhones a little later this year. “Last year we started selling new iPhones in late September, this year we expect supply to be available a few weeks later,” said Apple CFO Luca Maestri in an earnings call with investors today.

Maestri didn’t reveal why this year’s iPhone supply is delayed or constrained, but rumors of an iPhone delay have been circulating for months. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that Apple had delayed mass production of its upcoming iPhone handsets by around a month. Qualcomm also hinted at an iPhone delay earlier this week, highlighting a “partial impact from the delay of a global 5G flagship phone launch” for its fourth quarter projections. Read More

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Engadget

Apple confirms its new iPhones will be delayed by a ‘few weeks’


For years, people have been buying brand new iPhones in September, typically weeks after a splashy press conference at Apple’s ring-shaped headquarters. Not so, this year. During a customary post-earnings conference call, Luca Maestri — the company’s Chief Financial Officer — confirmed that Apple’s new iPhones would be arriving later than usual.

“As you know, last year we started selling new iPhones in late September,” Maestri said. “This year, we project supply to be available a few weeks later.” Read More

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VentureBeat

Apple offers security researchers modified iPhones to find iOS flaws


(Reuters) — Apple on Wednesday invited security researchers to apply to receive modified iPhones designed to help them hunt for flaws in the company’s mobile operating system.

The phones will let the researchers run any programs on them and give those programs any access to the data on the device, making it easier for outside security experts to probe iOS software.

Apple had promised the initiative a year ago, and the long lead time frustrated some security experts as serious flaws have continued to be discovered. Read More

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Wired

Apple’s Hackable iPhones Are Finally Here


Last August, Apple announced that it would distribute special iPhones to elite security researchers. The idea was to offer a device that had fewer constraints, allowing researchers to home in on security vulnerabilities more easily without first having to work around standard iOS defenses. Starting today, those devices are finally going into circulation.

Apple is opening its security research device program to analysts with an established track record of finding iOS bugs, as well as those with expertise in other platforms who want to start on iOS. The company will loan the devices for a year with the possibility to renew, and participants will also gain access to new security forums focused on the devices. If researchers “find, test, validate, verify, or confirm” a vulnerability using one of the special iPhones they must report it to Apple—and any relevant third parties—under the terms of the loan agreement. Read More

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The Verge

iPhones to get periscope telephoto cameras in 2022, says Kuo


Apple is planning to introduce periscope telephoto cameras into the iPhone lineup in 2022, according to a research note by TF Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo that was reported on by 9to5Mac, AppleInsider, and MacRumors. Semco, a South Korean company that will reportedly contribute autofocus motors to this year’s new iPhone models, is said to be in line to provide about half of the supply of the periscope optics.

Periscope cameras are a way of enabling long focal lengths in devices like smartphones where physical depth is at a premium. They use prisms and mirrors along the length of the device to reflect and focus light onto a sensor, rather than placing the sensor directly behind the lens as with traditional cameras. The technique has largely been pioneered in recent years by Chinese companies like Oppo and Huawei, both of which have released phones with 5x “zoom” lenses, and Samsung joined the fray this year with the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Read More

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Tech Radar

Vodafone extends e-SIM functions to more smartphones – not just iPhones

Despite the stress of losing millions of customers and tax defaults earlier this year, Vodafone Idea Ltd. has lived to fight another day and is looking for ways to compete with the likes of Airtel and Reliance Jio in India. The latest development might bring it a step closer to the premium consumers as the company has announced the availability of eSIM for postpaid consumers in the country.

After launching the service for Apple Watch in Mumbai, Gujarat and Delhi a month ago, the company has extended the support for smartphones that are compatible in the above regions. The initial list of devices includes Apple’s iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, XS Max, XR and the budget SE 2020. Read More

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The Next Web

Hey Apple, here’s some other shit not to include with iPhones


Looks like the rumors are gathering pace: the iPhone 12 might not come with a charger or earbuds in the box.

You might think this is a shameless cash grab, a way of forcing you to shell out another $60 or $70 just to use the product you already paid around a grand for, but you’d be wrong. This is capitalism, baby.

Let’s put it out there: Apple needs our help. As of writing, the company was only the second most valuable in the world, with a market cap barely nudging $1.5 trillion and a paltry $192.8 billion in cash reserves. Read More