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  • Microsoft & Oracle dragged into epic developer wage fixing conspiracy lawsuit


    I was about to say the same thing. Seems that greed is the only thing they can all agree on.


  • ipad air 2, you just have to hold it right

    , BitFlipper wrote


    I guess there are two approaches to this... Build it to be so thin, purdy, bendy and fragile that you are required to put it into some sort of case (defeating the whole purpose), or build it so strong that you don't need a case to begin with.

    Oh, they're sturdy enough and the thinness is great. I just wish they'd make them out of something other than compressed axle grease. 

  • ipad air 2, you just have to hold it right

    , DCMonkey wrote


    So you use your iPad without a screen?

    The edges only look sharp. They're polished smooth so you won't cut yourself. Still, you want to buy a case because iStuff shoots out of your hand like bars of wet soap. 

  • ipad air 2, you just have to hold it right

    , spivonious wrote


    Ah, that makes sense for the fitness app market. You get much more accurate elevation info with a barometer than relying on GPS.

    Though I don't see that many people trail running with an iPad

  • ipad air 2, you just have to hold it right

    The most interesting thing about this device wasn't even mentioned in the keynote.

    It seems that it is the first device to feature the new 'Apple Sim' card.

    In the bad old days, you bought the iPad, along with a 3/4G data contract. 

    Not anymore.

    You buy the iPad and then you select which carrier you want to use. No contract. You can switch to another provider whenever you like, which should come in really handy if you take the iPad abroad and link with a local supplier to avoid roaming charges. I imagine that the Apple SIM sorts out the billing to the selected supplier.

    I've always said that Apple needs its own mobile network; this could be the first step. In the future, you buy an iDevice and you're ready to go. Apple charges a flat monthly rate and automatically selects the best network depending on signal strength.



  • ipad air 2, you just have to hold it right

    , Proton2 wrote

    What's the barometer sensor used for, personal weather forecasts ?

    Relative altitude, apparently. 


  • They might have well said...




  • considering iPhone or Android phone.

    @jinx101: The desktop isn't dead; they just don't know how to sell it. 

  • Apple ​Announcemen​ts

    And Apple Pay also works with the watch, though no one seems sure how.

    There is a sensory mesh covering the watch face that can read the amount of force applied to the screen by a finger. It's possible that could be used as a new type of fingerprint reader. But if this was the case then Apple would have mentioned it.

    My guess is that it has to be used in conjunction with the phone:

    You put the watch on and the credit card tokens are transferred from your phone. You are also given a number to enter to unlock the tokens.

    You enter the number into the watch and leave the house – without the phone.

    You buy your coffee by presenting the watch to the reader. You don't have to enter the number.

    You take the watch off (for some reason) and when you turn around, it's gone. Aside from feeling a little foolish, you know your money is safe because the card tokens are only unlocked while the watch detects a heartbeat. Remove the watch from your wrist and the security code has to be entered again.

    The thief heads straight for his favourite crack house and tries to score a day's supply. He presents your watch to his dealer's reader and the watch asks for a code to unlock the card tokens. He tries three numbers and the watch locks up completely.  His dealer shivs him for wasting his valuable time. Job done.



  • Apple ​Announcemen​ts

    , cbae wrote


    It will not only require new hardware, it will require new hardware that works with only the latest models of one brand of phone.

    Not quite. The new hardware will work with any supported service, of which Apple Pay is just one.

    New hardware is already happening.  The Apple Pay news leaked before the keynote because a lot of folk noticed that chains such as MacDonalds had started replacing their card readers just a few days before. Coincidence? Apparently not. MacDonalds was one of the companies (others include Disney, Subway, Macys, Nike, Staples and ToysRUs) that has already signed up and replaced their readers.

    But what about the smaller outfits. Will they be prepared to replace their card readers. Well, they don't really have a choice.



    As of October 2015, any merchants that do not support EMV credit cards – smart cards with integrated circuits that enable point of sale authentication and help prevent fraud – will be liable for the fraudulent use of counterfeit, lost, and stolen cards. EVM cards are read at the point of sale by inserting the end of the card featuring the chip into a payment terminal, rather than swiping the familiar magnetic stripe on the back of the card. Consumers then enter a PIN to authorize the transaction. (If you've traveled internationally, you're likely familiar with this system).

    And you can guarantee that the banks and card issuers will be pushing the readers that support Apple Pay. Apple has been negotiating with the major financial players since January 2013 apparently. The banks like the security, and Apple has been reasonable about the rates they're charging them for the service. There's also the fact that Apple's customers do seem to drift towards the higher income bracket, and don't seem to mind spending it.

    So what's Apple's cut? About 0.15% of the transaction fee, which should add a few pennies to the Apple Poor Fund.

     The more I hear about it the more I realise that this keynote was all about the payment service.