Feature By William Gallagher Sunday, September 09, 2018, 11:30 am PT (02:30 pm ET) Rivals have fallen away and while it's taken time to be adopted very widely in the US, it's practically ubiquitous overseas. AppleInsider details the uphill battle to bring us Apple Pay, a fight that started on September 9, 2014. Tell the average American person or American company about Apple Pay and they will invariably be more wary of its security than, say, Europeans. They need more convincing that it's safe and this is a direct but unfortunate consequence of how bad the current US financial transaction system is. Last year, the US accounted for 47 percent of all credit card fraud in the world. Go back one year further to 2016 and the figure was 38.7 percent. It's not that the US is getting worse, it's that other countries are doing better at making fraud harder. European and other countries have long had what are called EMV smart cards but they've only been catching on in the States since 2015. … [Read more...] about How Apple Pay beat the odds because of great design
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June 29, 2018: Apple is rebuilding maps from the ground up using first-party data Many people ... er ... struggle with Apple Maps. Sure, it's been improved a lot over the years, but it's not a perfect solution, and users have experienced many issues since its genesis. Thankfully, Apple has heard our cries, and is completely redesigning its Maps app for the upcoming iOS 12, with limited first-party maps data coming in the next beta. According to an amazing, in-depth piece by Matthew Panzarino over at TechCrunch, here's what we can expect from the update: Maps will be based solely on first-party data Yup: Apple is finally going to be building all maps using the company's own data. Okay, okay. I say finally, but really, Apple has been collecting first-party data for its maps for the past four or so years. Back in 2015, Apple began collecting map data from a combo of sources at its disposal: dedicated Apple Maps vans outfitted with GPS rigs, LiDAR arrays, cameras that shoot overlapping … [Read more...] about Apple Maps for iOS: Everything you need to know!
Aug 18, 4:09 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Ashraf Eassa 08/16/18 AT 12:59 AM For a while now, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been talking up its fast-growing services business. It's not hard to see why. Services, which includes "revenue from Digital Content and Services, AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing and other services," is Apple's second-largest segment by revenue (behind the iPhone).This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool.More importantly, services are becoming a larger part of Apple's overall revenue mix over time, and that should bode well for Apple's bottom line. In the most recent quarter, the segment made up 17.9% of sales, up from 16% in the year-ago quarter. As this growth continues, services performance will continue to increase the company's margins, according to comments made by company CFO Luca Maestri.One service that has been quite successful for Apple has been … [Read more...] about Apple Pay Looks Hugely Successful
Apple’s weakest earnings report of 2018 is set to be revealed today but it might also contain a few clues about the 2018 iPhone launch this fall. Tim Cook and Apple CFO Luca Maestri will talk to investors on an open call at 2 p.m. Pacific. Analysts don’t expect a huge boost in iPhone sales and revenue (in fact some are downright pessimistic). However, Apple could pull out a few surprises like it did the last two quarters. Per usual, Cult of Mac will be here to live-blog all the action starting at 1:30 p.m. (That’s when the earnings report typically lands.) Come join the fun!Apple Q3 2018 earnings call live blog Leave a comment July 31, 2018 3:06 pm PDT Lewis Wallace I’m glad Tim took the time to dig a little deeper for the follow-up. At first I thought he was just going to blow it off. Link to this entry July 31, 2018 3:05 pm PDT Ed Hardy That question was the most interesting of the day. Possibly the most interesting I’ve ever … [Read more...] about Apple earnings: Can Cupertino’s latest surprise save the Street? [Live blog]
By Mikey Campbell Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 05:15 pm PT (08:15 pm ET) In what appears to be a new marketing thrust, Apple Pay is being accepted at concession stand "fast lanes" operating at major concerts and festivals this summer, offering customers a quick and easy option to pay for food and drink. Apple Pay fast lanes are being advertised by event coordinators at BRIC's Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in New York this week, and the effort looks to be paying off for iPhone and Apple Watch owners. Festivalgoers attending the concert series can look for Apple Pay "fast lanes" at concession stands dotting the perimeter of the Prospect Park Bandshell grounds. The special lines are much shorter than those for customers paying through conventional means, but whether that is a result of Apple Pay's streamlined transaction process or a dearth of Apple Pay users is unclear. Some stands are also offering exclusive food and drink deals when customers make a purchase with Apple's payment … [Read more...] about Apple Pay ‘fast lanes,’ exclusive deals pop up at prominent summer festivals