November 23

AAPL: 117.75

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Back in September, Apple created a company in the Shanghai free-trade zone, hinting at its plans to launch its mobile payment solution Apple Pay in the country. Now, Dow Jones & WSJ report that Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in China by February. Apple has reportedly secured agreements with the four largest banks in China to support the platform.

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Earlier this year around WWDC, Square announced that it would be selling new hardware that will allow small businesses to easily accept Apple Pay later this year. Now Square is setting up 100 small businesses around the US with their new Apple Pay-ready contactless card reader. These allow customers to pay merchants using Apple’s mobile payment service through iPhones and Apple Watches securely and without sharing credit card information. expand full story

Apple seems to be working hard with its card company partners to promote Apple Pay in the UK. Alongside a MasterCard promo offering free travel in London, Visa Europe is today launching a two-month long ad campaign designed to emphasize the speed, ease and reliability of the service.

Featuring a central theme of anticipation, the campaign uses imagery that captures the pause before a primary action – the weightlifter before pressing the lift, the pianist before striking a chord, the chameleon before making a strike – the scenes then snap into the dramatic conclusions as an analogy to how fast, easy and reliable using a Visa card in Apple Pay is in everyday situations such as paying to use the Tube or in a café … 

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Apple is making good progress with its aim of having 40 retail stores open in China by next October, announcing that the 27th store will be opening on Saturday in the Chaoyang Joy City shopping mall, Beijing. It will be the fifth Apple Store to open in China’s capital city.

Apple has doubled its year-on-year revenue from China for two quarters running, with the country already representing a larger market than Europe and on track to become a bigger one that the USA …  expand full story


November 22

AAPL: 119.30

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November 20

AAPL: 119.30

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Customers and employees at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York had somewhat of an interesting experience today. According to a report from ABC 7 NY, a man entered the store and headed to the iconic clear glass staircase and began waving around a samurai sword while screaming.

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Apple today has shared a new Guided Tour video to its YouTube channel that highlights Apple Pay on the iPhone. Apple has previously shared a Guided Tour showing off Apple on the Apple Watch, but this is the first video in which Apple has demonstrated the feature on its smartphone.

In the video, Apple highlights the ease of use that Apple Pay provides. The company demonstrates how you can use it at compatible checkout terminals in retail locations, as well as use it in apps for buying goods and apps like Uber for buying services.

Apple closes the video by demonstrating how easy it is to setup Apple Pay, including adding the card, verifying the card, and finally actually using it in stores.

You can view Apple’s new Guided Tour video for Apple Pay on iPhone below. Apple has previously shared a plethora of Guided Tour videos for Apple Watch. The company likes to use the format to showcase features that take some explanation to truly understand.



Developers of pro apps have long complained that Apple’s App Store policies are a barrier to them creating iOS versions of popular Mac apps. The launch of the iPad Pro has brought the issue front and center, with a number of developers sharing their thoughts with The Verge.

There are two key issues, they say. First, pro apps are expensive, and users want to satisfy themselves that they are worth the money before they pay. Free trials are the usual way to achieve this with desktop apps, but the App Store doesn’t allow them to offer the same option for iOS apps …  expand full story

Apple has officially acknowledged an issue reported by multiple iPad Pro owners on Reddit and Apple’s own support forum, in which some units become unresponsive after charging. We’ve even happened upon a few dead iPad Pros at the Apple Store for which an Apple employee shyly asked us to avert our eyes while he did a hard restart.

Some users report that the device won’t wake after charging, while others who left it switched on say that the Pro fails to respond to either the touchscreen or the home button. The problem can be resolved by a force restart, and this is the action Apple recommends while it investigates …  expand full story


November 19

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Tracy, CA – Nov 12, 2015– SwitchEasy, a leading provider of mobile lifestyle accessories, today announces CoverBuddy via an Indiegogo campaign. This campaign is set to begin on 11/11. CoverBuddy has been expertly designed to seamlessly match the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil while offering an all-in-one convenience that no other case in the market can. CoverBuddy is also the first case in the world for the iPad Pro which includes interchangeable parts.

CoverBuddy is designed for users who don’t want to carry bulky accessories but still want robust protection. Made with super strong 1.5mm thick polycarbonate, it’s strong enough to protect against bumps, knocks, falls and scratches yet thin enough to be easy to carry and go unnoticed.

CoverBuddy features a non-slip textured surface which enables a more secure grip and protects against the most buttery of fingers. What’s more, the pencil holder (when attached to the Apple Pencil) serves as a great handle for you to hold on to your iPad.

SwitchEasy’s savvy design team has designed CoverBuddy to include a special cut-out area to seamlessly fit around a Smart Keyboard.

CoverBuddy includes a patent pending interchangeable “Magic” Apple Pencil Holder which is characterized by a minimalistic design which reflects the simple aesthetics of the iPad Pro. The length of the holder is carefully measured to protect an Apple Pencil from the cap to tip. The pencil can slide either way into the holder where it remains securely in place. To release the pencil, one simply pushes the pencil through the middle opening of the holder and gently slides it to the left or right.

Following the release of the iPad Pro, SwitchEasy has identified one user group that is missing from smart keyboards; the creatives. Commercial designers or simply imaginative individuals, CoverBuddy’s original “Sketch Board mode” allows them to express themselves and give an outlet to their creative energies. The Sketch Board mode is created by a small elevated angle when the pencil holder is attached to the CoverBuddy. The result is an ergonomically perfect elevation for drawing with Apple Pencil or by using the virtual keyboard.

When the Apple Pencil is running low on power, a mere 15 second charge can power it for 30 minutes. CoverBuddy also has a special cut-out area which makes charging the Apple Pencil as easy as possible.


The CoverBuddy is designed to be as versatile as possible and, for those who don’t have an Apple Pencil or would like to leave it at home, there is no problem. The Apple Pencil holder can be easily detached from the CoverBuddy and be replaced with SwitchEasy’s very own included faceplate. Your case will be flat as a book and still look as gorgeous as ever and you and your iPad Pro can be on the go!

The CoverBuddy Indiegogo campaign runs until 12/2.This is a great opportunity to cut in line and get hold of an exclusive and chic accessory that will provide the best protection to your precious tablets.

Indiegogo link:–5/x/12558406#/

Have you ever had a funny situation with your Apple products? Have you ever had to laugh at other Apple fans or other companies? This comic is perfect for anyone who loves Apple and loves to laugh. It shows the rivalry in the world of technology and the peculiarities of Apple fans in a funny way (self-irony is a must!). This digital comic includes shorter and longer sketches, funny quizzes and interesting facts. The comic is in the making and every picture will be drawn with love, so it is very ornate. The style of this comic is simple and funny. The comic does not take itself too serious and should not be taken as an insult to anyone. Many of the sketches shown in the comic are based on true stories and experiences.

As a supporter, you can get great rewards. Get the comic in a special version (only available on Kickstarter) for 5$. You can also get your name or even your face on the cover. If you ever wanted a personal comic sketch of you and your favorite Apple product (or a story you invented) drawn just for you, this is your chance!

“Fun with Apples” is the first comic of its kind and will combine funny sketches with informative content. Furthermore, the finished book will include many surprises.

I´d love to show you a few pictures of the comic but you can see some examples on Kickstarter.

Update 10:20PM ET: Jimmy Iovine has issued an apology to BuzzFeed News for his controversial quote regarding him believing women have a “difficult” time finding music:

“We created Apple Music to make finding the right music easier for everyone — men and women, young and old. Our new ad focuses on women, which is why I answered the way I did, but of course the same applies equally for men. I could have chosen my words better, and I apologize.”

Apple executive Jimmy Iovine and popular recording artist Mary J. Blige sat down with the hosts of CBS This Morning earlier today to discuss Apple Music. A couple of months back, Apple debuted a new TV ad for its music streaming service starring Blige along with actresses Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson. In the ad, the three stars described Apple music as the “Instant boyfriend mixtape service” and touted that the For You feature is the equivalent of having a boyfriend inside your computer.

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If you’re like me, you have a bunch of old Apple devices sitting around that hardly get used. Whether it’s because they’re broken or they’ve just been supplanted by newer, better tech, they lose a lot of value EVERY DAY just sitting on your desk or in a drawer doing nothing. With the holidays coming up and lots of presents to buy, that’s a lot of potential cash left sitting on the table.

cracked-water-damaged-tablet-and-phoneTo get value out of your old or broken Apple devices, we’ve partnered with two companies we’ve long used ourselves and have a great relationship with to get value out of your unused devices.

For repairs, ifixyouri has long been our go-to for broken screens, dents, and other damage to our iPhones and iPads. Their site is easy to navigate, and they will immediately generate a UPS shipping label by email which you can print out and attach to your device and send it on its way. Repair turnaround is generally just a few days and cost is always significantly below what Apple charges. We’ve created a secure portal at for our readers.

For cash trade-ins, we’re partnering with Myphones Unlimited who we’ve found to give the most (or very close to it) amount of cash back on iPhone, iPad, iPod and even Mac trade-ins. You’ll get an estimate on the site based on a few parameters and as long as your device matches your description, you’ll get a check back in a week. You don’t have to do much. They send you the box. You put your device in it and give it to USPS. If for some reason, the device doesn’t match the spec, you have the option of accepting less money or getting it sent back for free. Very little risk involved here.

We’ve put a CASH/FIX link in our header for easy access when you get those new devices or break your current ones.  We hope you can take advantage of these services. Even better, if you are satisfied with and move forward with your cash trade-in or repair the service, we may receive a small commission — which supports 9to5mac.


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