We have a couple of intriguing things to share with you today regarding Apple's new Apple Pay mobile payment service. First, the above video is a great little demo on just how easy it will be to use the new service. Apple’s concept is as easy as it gets, which is unsurprising coming from them. Consumers paying a default card don’t even need to touch their displays in order to pay. You just need to move the handset near the payment terminal, then authenticate with Touch ID after the Apple Pay interface pops up. That's it! Very handy.
Also, it's worth sharing (especially for Apple investors) that Apple Pay will likely be a cash cow for Apple. Apple created individual deals with each bank it partnered with on this program. This includes big names like JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, and many more. According to the deals struck with these companies, Apple will actually be collecting a fee from every transaction when using Apple Pay.
In conjunction with your credit card info stored on iTunes, Apple Pay uses the Touch ID fingerprint sensor combined with a new "Secure Element" functionality, and their new NFC antenna built-in to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Interestingly, Apple Pay is also compatible with the Apple Watch which launches early next year.
In this video I recap everything you need to know about the Apple Watch, which was just announced today. The Apple Watch, previously known as the iWatch, will be releasing in early 2015, so hold on to your pants!
Apple's first wearable device is finally here, and despite previous rumors suggesting the iWatch name, it comes under the simple 'Apple Watch' moniker. You've probably already read about its specs and features, but here are 10 things you need to know about Apple's Watch, just in case you missed them.
Apple chose a rectangular shape with curves around the edges of the body instead of a round face.
It comes with a "Digital Crown" which will be one of the most used hardware buttons of the watch for many actions.
The touch screen is built of sapphire glass and can actually sense force along with touch.
It comes in three editions - Regular, Sports and Edition (18 carat gold version along with Silver and Gold, each with different types of watch straps).
Apple Watch comes in two case sizes: 38mm and 42mm.
The watch needs to be connected to an iPhone all the time.
The only way to reply back or send a text is by using voice or emoticons - the "reply to SMS" feature is smart enough to break down important things to be immediately used as a reply.
The watch can communicate with other Apple Watches by sending drawings you doodle on the watch.
Siri is integrated with the watch.
The Apple Watch works with the new Apple Pay mobile payments service.
Third party developers can also make apps for the Watch and there is already a Pinterest app, a BMW app, MLB, Honeywell and a Nike app.
The Apple Watch has sensors on the rear to get data from your wrist about your health turning it into a comprehensive health and fitness device.
Apple hinted at an "all day usage," which possibly indicates a day of battery life.
Apple Watch works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5S.
The Apple Watch pricing starts at $349 and will be available starting early 2015.
The Apple Watch is water-resistant.
What else impressed you about the iWatch? Will you be buying one?
For any of our users who are familiar with Apple's MacBook laptops, you will already be comfortable with how the new Apple Watch charges. The new Apple Watch uses the Magsafe technology just as the Macbook laptop. This allows for a seamless and completely sealed charging mechanism for the smart wearable.
As you can see in the pic above, it's basically just a magnetic contraption that attaches to the back of your shiny new Apple Watch. It doesn't require any fancy lightning ports, micro-USB or cradles, and gets the job done without worrying that you could break the plug or the plug-in hole when removing the charging adapter. It's technically just a fancy magnetic form of wireless charging!
Pure genius Apple! All devices should charge this way!
Something occurred to us while watching the Apple Watch part of Apple's keynote. They never explicitly stated that the Apple Watch had any type of IP67 certification (meaning water-resistant or dust-resistant). We can't imagine wearing a $350+ device on your wrist that would be easily destroyed by a bit of rain. Was this an over-sight on the part of the presenters, or will only specific versions of the device have water resistance?
It's important to note that there will be three different models of device: the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport Apple Watch Edition. We wonder if they will all end up with some form of water protection, or if only some of them will.
Also, it's worth observing that one of the pics Apple showed of the Apple Watch depicted an athlete splashing the device with water dripping down from his face (shown above). This implies there will be some protection. Share your thoughts?