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There were also people who claimed their iPhone 5's bent in their pockets.  Very few did.  Engineering is a matter of tradeoffs.  Nothing is unbendable or unbreakable.  Apple made the 6 plus light and thin, and they'll probably make at least 100 million of them.  They wouldn't do that if their testing didn't indicate bending wasn't going to be an issue.  They feel very solid in the store, and I'm looking forward to the two I've ordered for me and my wife arriving.
News reports about the break ins at Home Depot and Target never seem to mention that their point of sale systems were running Windows XP and were compromised by well known exploits for XP.  I also see talking heads lumping together these credit card breaches with social engineering breaches that accessed nude photos at Apple.  It seems to me that no matter what Apple does with NFC and credit cards, they will continue to get lumped in by ignorant media commentators with...
Since the upgrade requires 5GB free space, it seems particularly strange that Apple currently sells the 5C as its low end model with just 8GB of total storage!  I think the marketing people and the engineers need to talk more.
This all sounds like a bit of a mess, where using standard protocols and chips requires cobbling together a bunch of different solutions to get one that has all the benefits.  With so many protocols going on at once, it's hard to guarantee security and reliability.  If this is the best way to do it at this point in time, though, this certainly  gives an integrated vendor such as Apple a big advantage.
 I once tried to use my iPhone for underwater photography, using a case that was basically a fancy ziplock bag.  I found that the capacitive touch didn't work well in salt water, particularly more than a few feet down.
 Every iPhone or iPad with NFC can be a portable NFC terminal, if it's given the right software.
I forgot about the iOS Apple Store app, and when I couldn't connect to the Apple Store Website last night, I ordered from AT&T.  When I saw this morning that the expected ship date was November, I managed to cancel and reorder online from Apple. I had to talk to a human to get my upgrade eligibility restored right away. The wait on the phone for an AT&T service rep was only about 20 minutes.
The next iPads will have NFC, and so be perfect for use as Apple Pay registers.  The new iPhones could also accept payments, with the right software.
I think it would have made more sense to swipe down over the touch ID button to slide the display down.  Maybe they were worried that people might swipe accidentally and not know how to get the display back!  But as long as the next thing you touch always returns things to normal, there isn't really a problem.
It seems to me the idea would be something like the following.   Present authorization of a transaction takes one round trip: credit card info and amount are sent to the card issuer, and an authorization is returned if the transaction is approved.  This has the problem that all the information needed to perform another transaction is exposed to the merchant's hardware, and is visible on the wire.   If we'd like to make a secure transaction just as fast, we'd like to do...
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