iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 iPhone 5S Features to Include Fingerprint Sensors, NFC E-Wallet? Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:11:16 +0000 Read More]]> Where is iPhone 5S Fingerprint sensor

According to a report from China Times, Apple is looking to include both fingerprint sensors and NFC (Near Field Communication) e-wallet features to the iPhone 5S. Apple has reportedly drafted a contract with Taiwan’s Chipbond Science and Technology in order to develop the fingerprint sensors. The report also notes that both the fingerprint sensors and the NFC capabilities will work in tandem, allowing users to make purchases and verify their payment with their fingerprints.

Earlier this month, Ming-chi Kuo of KGI Securities reported that Apple was looking to include a fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S as well as an improved camera and A7 chip. He also mentioned that next iPhone would have the same design as the iPhone 5 and would release in the June/July timeframe. This isn’t the first time that reports like these have surfaced, however, Kuo has a solid track record, having accurately reported on a number of Apple product releases and refreshes.

Apple has reportedly been working on including a fingerprint sensor in the iPhone since last year, when the Cupertino company acquired security firm AuthenTec for $356 million. The firm was acquired specifically for the its “Smart Sensor” technology, which is only 1.30 millimeters thick and can scan 500 pixels per inch. Kuo noted previously that this “Smart Sensor” would be strategically placed under the home button for easy scanning when prompted. When not activated, the sensor would remain off under the button.

Apple is setting itself up for a much improved iPhone e-wallet experience, with the introduction of Passbook last year and now the rumored fingerprint sensor. This is the first time that the company would utilize the bezel on its iOS devices for anything other than holding the device and to house the home button.

{Via AppleInsider}

]]> 1 Apple Job Listing Suggests Siri to Arrive in 9 More Languages Fri, 23 Nov 2012 19:28:37 +0000 Read More]]> Siri to Arrive in 9 More Languages

Apple is looking to continue adding to Siri’s features with 9 more languages reportedly coming to the personal voice assistant, currently operating on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. Belgian site Apple Nieuws Vlaanderen noticed earlier this week that Apple had posted a job listing for Cloud Services Engineering Interns for those who can speak Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Korean, Norwegian, and Swedish.

On the listing, Apple noted this was for “delivering Siri in different parts of the world.” Currently, only Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish are not supported on Siri, however, may be in the next several months if Apple hires interns an improves Siri. Apple currently supports the following languages and will continue to expand to include more

With iOS 6, Apple has continued to improve Siri, adding in new features such as Sports scores, stats and information, as well as the ability to buy movie tickets, and even support for Passbook. By adding in new languages and more support for external applications such as Passbook and Yelp, Siri is becoming more integrated into the iOS ecosystem. During its initial release, many users complained that Siri was very limited and couldn’t interact with third party applications.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> 0 British Airways to Add Support for Apple’s Passbook Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:38:49 +0000 Read More]]> British Airways Adds Passbook support to iOS 6

Apple’s Passbook is continuing to grow and is now getting more adoption, most notably airlines that are allowing its customers to download their boarding passes onto their iPhones and simply scan and board. PassBook is Apple’s all-in one storage app, allowing users to store boarding passes, gift cards, tickets, and even prescriptions, putting them all in one place for easy access.

Apple has some airlines on Passbook now, including American Airlines and Lufthansa, and most recently Air Canada which added support by updating its app for electronic boarding passes. Now, it seems that British Airways is also onboard to add support for electronic boarding passes on Passbook.

Appleinsider reports that one their readers emailed British Airways customer service about support for Passbook, and recieved an email response, confiriming that the team was already looking at the new feature.

I’m pleased to confirm that the team are already looking into our website being able to work with the new Apple app, available with the iOS6 upgrade. Please be assured that we will get our Passbook-compatible functionality live on as soon as we can.

British Airways already offered digital boarding passes through their iOS app in the past, but did not support Passbook. The integration into Passbook should be fairly easy considering the boarding passes are already digital. According to the report, British Airways has over 249 aircraft and serves 169 total destinations, meaning they have thousands of customers who can utilize the new feature. Passbook support continues to grow with British Airways adding support, and even Apple adding support to its own Apple Store application on the App Store.

]]> 0 Apple App Store App Updated to Utilize Siri As Well As Gift Card Passbook Support Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:17:28 +0000 Read More]]> Apple App Store app iOS 6

Earlier this week, reports suggested that Apple updated Siri in iOS 6.1 to add movie ticket purchases. This would allow users to voice navigate movie theatres, times, prices and ultimately purchase the tickets. Now Apple is working backwards and connecting Siri to its already existing applications. Apple has released an update to the Apple Store app, adding support for Siri and the ability for users to email PassBook enabled gift cards through the app.

Although the two new features appear to be included in the Apple Store app, they have not yet been enabled yet. It is possible that Apple is waiting to include the features in iOS 6.1 alongside the movie ticket purchasing feature. With Siri integrated into the Apple Store app, users can now ask questions such as, “How much is the Macbook Pro?” and Siri will automatically route them to that specific section in the app and will pull up the product page for the Macbook Pro.

What’s New in Version 2.4

– Buy new gift cards and email them to friends and family right from the app. These gift cards are easily integrated with the new Passbook app (U.S. only, iOS 6 required).

– Ask Siri to help you find prices and shop for Apple products. (Siri-enabled device required.)”

The Apple Store app with the new update is now available on the App Store [Direct Link].

{Via MacRumors}

]]> 2 Starbucks Adds Passbook Support to Its iPhone App, As Promised Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:55:09 +0000 Read More]]> Starbucks Passbook iPhone 5 iOS 6

Late last month, following the release of iOS 6, Starbucks promised its customers that Passbook support would be arriving at the end of September. Although the Seattle based company was slightly late on its promise, support for Apple’s Passbook was added in an update to the Starbucks iPhone app.

Customers can now store gift cards and use QR codes on the phone to quickly pay for food and drinks. Although this was already a feature in Starbuck’s app, it will now be synced with all of a user’s gift cards and boarding passes, allowing them easy access to them at any moment.

Passbook gives Starbucks customers updates when they are near their favorite stores and automatically puts up a notification with a link to the gift card for payment. Other apps that use the Passbook feature include Ticketmaster, American Airlines, Fandango, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Major League Baseball, Eventbrite, and McDonalds.

The Starbucks app is available in the App Store [Link] as a free download and can detect when iOS 6 is installed, prompting the user to install the app on Passbook.

{Via MacRumors}

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