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Apple should have a full-scale, year-round, well-staffed and well-funded misinformation department. Fooling not just the media digging for secrets, but their own Asian suppliers as well. Complete with making real semi-functional prototypes of things, using realistic part numbers, etc.. They should hire long-time rumor bloggers to craft these fakeries so they leak in exactly the same way as would really happen. The expense, for Apple, would be microscopic, but there would...
I don't like the icon either. (Until I tossed it into my Other folder along with other things I rarely--or never--need. Soul-wrenching crisis averted!) But Apple would be INSANE not to pre-install this reminder of the Watch product. Like it or not, I'm afraid the benefit vs. harm falls in that direction. They made the intelligent decision. For every one person who thinks yet-another-icon is the straw that broke the camel's back and pretends they'll jump to an Android...
Could just be for the mapping effort. Sounds likely to me.
What's the real-world battery life like on those beasts? Apple tends to make ACCURATE battery life claims, or even under-promise. And what OS do they run? Cherry-picking specs sounds like desperation...
Tried it yesterday at a store that's not on any list. It worked fine. (There was an NFC "signal bars" logo.) "Accepting Apple Pay" doesn't mean much it seems--it only means "willing to say so for marketing reasons."
Apple should send out merchant decals. But not for 6 months or more: people first need to understand that specific "support" for Apple Pay is NOT required. The NFC logo (even if displayed only on the terminal's screen) is all you need to look for. I finally got to try Apple Pay--my little local bank jumped aboard--and it's even easier than I thought! No need to wake the phone, tap the screen, or click a single button. And near-instant, with solid on-screen...
Apple's only exploring the idea--but seriously enough, it seems, that I am intrigued! Somebody has to drag the auto industry into the future. Auto show concept cars and Elon Musk are a start, but so far not enough. A new entrant (ANY new entrant) would be welcome. I'd welcome a Google car as well; self-driving or not! (I'd prefer it be self-driving, but I'm skeptical on that happening any time soon.) P.S. I bet we're going to keep seeing the unrelated photo of the Apple...
I was able to activate Apple Pay with no extra verifcation or steps at all. It was very easy--but since you only activate a card ONCE, I think the bank should definitely require more verification. It's not that hard to answer a call or something. Anyway, glad to finally have my little local bank (or at least, their credit card partner) on board with Apple Pay. Used it for the first time this weekend, and it's all it's cracked up to be!
Apple was able to do NFC right, privately and securely and easily, and make it take off. I don't think even Apple could make QR code payments a success!
Decent subs... not so sure how I feel about the fake dogskin tabletops...
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