Why Apple removed security tethers from demo products in Apple Stores

Why Apple removed security tethers from demo products in Apple Stores

Apple's retail group is smart, and it knows that the best way to get someone to buy a product is to give them unfettered access to a device. Up until recently, that really wasn't possible as each and every device was tethered to a table with a security cable. If you wanted to try picking up an iPhone 7 Plus to see what it really felt like in your hand or pocket, you couldn't do it without that cable dangling from the back. Apple has removed those tethers now and replaced them with other security measure to insure that devices won't be walking out the doors of the stores.

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AWT News Update: March 17, 2016

AWT News Update: March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day! In our roundup of news today there's a lot of talk of "the green" -- payments and money, that is. 

  • Not many of those chip-and-pin EMV terminals that we were hoping to use Apple Pay with are actually in use
  • The CEO of a French mobile carrier provides hope that Apple may be opening up third-party access to the iPhone's NFC chip
  • Ride many, pay one. Uber creates family profiles
  • Apple's lowering its data bill by moving some services from Amazon Web Services to the Google Cloud Platform
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AWT News Update: March 4, 2016

AWT News Update: March 4, 2016

As we head into the weekend, I start off today's Apple World Today News Update with a request for our listeners -- help us grow our audience by telling friends and co-workers about the podcast, and also please leave a review of the podcast out on iTunes.

  • Apple's @AppleSupport Twitter account is popular and busy!
  • ApplePay gets more regional and one big multinational bank; the focus is starting to move towards getting more merchant support
  • Gene Munster speaks up on Apple's capital return program
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Londoners: MasterCard "Fare Free Mondays" for Apple Pay are back

Londoners: MasterCard "Fare Free Mondays" for Apple Pay are back

For a time last November and December, MasterCard ran a "Fare Free Mondays" promotion in London, England. It's now back by popular demand, and if you use Apple Pay to touch in and out of the Transport for London network on Mondays between February 29 and March 14, you'll be reimbursed for your transit expenses paid for with a UK MasterCard.

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Square's new Apple Pay-compatible reader available at all U.S. Apple Stores

Square's new Apple Pay-compatible reader available at all U.S. Apple Stores

Many small businesses depend on Square for payment from customers, but until last year the company's card reader could only accept standard debit and credit cards through a swipe. Square introduced the $49 Square Reader to let those small businesses accept Apple Pay and the new chip-equipped cards, and as of today every Apple Store in the U.S. carries the new reader.

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Barclays appears set to offer Apple Pay support beginning in March

Barclays appears set to offer Apple Pay support beginning in March

While Apple Pay has been available in the U.K. since July of 2015, one of the biggest banks in the country hasn't offered its customers the ability to use their credit cards with the touch-free payment system. Now an email from an executive of that bank -- Barclays -- says that the company will launch Apple Pay in March.

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Apple Pay adds 66 more financial institutions, has big plans for 2016

Apple Pay adds 66 more financial institutions, has big plans for 2016

It's getting to the point that it's hard to find a credit union or bank in the United States that doesn't support Apple Pay. Apple added 66 more institutions to the list today, from American Community Bank of Indiana to Wilson Bank & Trust. The full list is here, and be assured that if your financial institution isn't on it, Apple is probably working on getting your bank or credit union lined up soon.

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Use Apple Pay on London public transit and ride Mondays free

Use Apple Pay on London public transit and ride Mondays free

If you live in London and use a MasterCard with Apple Pay, you can take advantage of a wonderful promotion for the next month. Called “Fare Free Mondays,” the promotion asks commuters to use their MasterCard on Apple Pay for their bus, rail or tube trip. You’ll be charged for the transportation, but will receive a refund within 28 days of up to £27.90 per cardholder. 

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Apple Pay holdout Rite Aid folds, will accept Apple Pay as of 8/15

Apple Pay holdout Rite Aid folds, will accept Apple Pay as of 8/15

US drugstore chain Rite Aid announced today that on August 15, its 4,600 stores will begin accepting Apple Pay and Google Wallet payments. This is a turnaround from last year, when both Rite Aid and CVS disabled support for Apple Pay due to an exclusivity clause in an agreement with contactless pay competitor MCX. 

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AWT News Update: July 23, 2015

AWT News Update: July 23, 2015

What's at the top of the Apple news today? Here's a good hint:

  • Apple announces the nice deal that will be part of the 2015 Back to School promotion
  • Meerkat and GoPro link up to provide livestreaming of video from GoPro action cams
  • Annual sales of iOS devices now equal total annual unit sales of Windows PCs
  • Apple adds 35 more US banks and credit unions to Apple Pay
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