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Apple Pay demos show how easy the payment service is to use in the real world

Apple’s new mobile payment service, Apple Pay, launched with iOS 8.1 yesterday. Now that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users have had chance to test out the service in the real world for almost 24 hours, a number of initial test videos and first impressions have made their way on to the ‘net. Below are TechCrunch’s Kyle Russell’s thoughts on his first uses of…

Apple to developers: Apps must be built for iOS 8, 64-bit

While some Apple followers were busy following their quarterly financial report, developers were seeing some other news. In a short news post to the Developer Portal, Apple gave a deadline for future app submissions to support 64-bit architectures and be built against the iOS 8 SDK. Starting February 1, 2015, Apple is requiring that all apps…

Apple acquired 20 companies in 2014, 7 in fiscal Q4

Apple acquired 20 companies across 2014, the company revealed during its Q4 earnings call. CEO Tim Cook also revealed that seven of these purchases were made during the the fourth quarter. Of the 20 companies acquired, some are known but many remain unknown. Obviously, Apple’s $3 billion purchase of Beats was the company’s largest of the year (and…

Tim Cook teases “upcoming Beats plans”

During this evening’s earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at the company’s future plans for Beats now that Apple owns the accessory company and streaming music service. While remaining coy about the topic, Cook stated, “The Beats transition closed in July, with some upcoming Beats plans to be shared in the future.” Apple announced its purchase…

Apple will not disclose Apple Watch sales numbers

During the company’s earnings call, Apple announced that it was going to make some changes to the way it breaks down product sales in future. Instead of detailing individual unit sales for Apple TV, iPods and the upcoming Apple Watch, the company will group these devices into one “Other” category. While this represents a drastic demise for the iPod, once…

Apple’s fourth quarter results: $42.1b revenue, $8.5b net profit

Apple has released their fourth quarter earnings report, as well as some information and responses about the overall 2014 fiscal year, a press release before their quarterly results conference call. For the quarter ending September 27, 2014, Apple reported quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion. That’s in…

iOS 8.1 now available for download

The latest version of iOS 8, iOS 8.1,  has just been released. As previewed at Apple’s event last week, the update enables Apple Pay, Continuity, iCloud Photo Library beta, and brings with it a bunch of other fixes, too. The update is available through iTunes or over-the-air on your iOS device. The update itself requires 4.3 GB to operate, so if…