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Apple Pay and Europe

Kirk McElhearn makes some good points about Apple Pay in Europe:

On its website, Apple touts that fact that Apple Pay will save you time, by not forcing you to search for your wallet and then find the right card. These concerns, too, are specific to the United States. On average, Europeans carry only 1.46 payment cards (more than two thirds of which are debit cards). In the US, people have more than twice as many cards; 14% of Americans had more than ten cards in 2007. Credit cards are much less common in Europe (though adoption rates vary by country), and most people only have payment cards with their banks.

This is exactly why I've been struggling to get the excitement around Apple Pay. Sure, it looks cool, but Passbook was also cool and I never actually used it in a real life scenario in Italy. I've never owned more than one payment card in my life (the one supplied by my bank) and most people I know don't have multiple cards. I've never understood the videos of modern payment solutions showing people fumbling to find their credit card – I have one, and it's not that hard to find in my wallet. We still use cash every day for any kind of purchase, at least here in Italy.

I'm sure that Apple Pay will be easy to use and potentially more appealing than Passbook (especially for online payments). I'm just worried that it's going to be another cool technology primarily meant for the United States.


Bugs and People

Nick Arnott:

Software is buggy. Humans write and test software and humans are imperfect; as a result, so is software. This is the reality of software and should come as a surprise to nobody. What can be surprising are the kind of bugs we actually see make their way out into the wild.

This is a great article. A good reminder that there's a difference between knowing that people make software and calling out individuals for the sake of page views.


Inside Apple’s iPhone 6 Testing Lab

Josh Lowensohn:

A few blocks away from Apple's bustling campus in Cupertino is a rather nondescript building. Inside is absolutely the last place on earth you'd want to be if you were an iPhone. It's here where Apple subjects its newest models to the kinds of things they might run into in the real world: drops, pressure, twisting, tapping. Basically all the things that could turn your shiny gadget into a small pile of metal and glass.

I'm starting to think that the iPhonegates Apple goes through every year may be worth it if only for the peek behind the curtain we get.

This time, in response to the so-called #bendgate, Apple invited the press to visit their secret testing lab for the iPhone 6. The Verge has fascinating photos and details; CNBC has a video report.

See also: a brief history of iPhonegates.


Virtual: The Wheels and Stuff

This time Federico and Myke discuss the new Final Fantasy trailers, Microsoft buying Mojang, the updates to the Steam Store and Myke's trip to Italy.

Also on Relay, Virtual ep. 5 features some thoughts on Minecraft and Steam. And, we're going to record another episode tomorrow.

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Connected: The Divine Comedy of Homescreens

This week Federico expands upon his iOS 8 coverage and Myke talks about his new iPhone 6 Plus.

On this week's Connected, more thoughts on iOS 8 apps and iPhone 6 Plus impressions by Myke, who also did something new to his iPhone.

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Apple Releases iOS 8.0.1 [Update: Pulled]

A week after the launch of iOS 8, Apple has released the first update to the new OS – iOS 8.0.1. Available now through software update, iOS 8.0.1 fixes a number of bugs including an issue that prevented HealthKit apps from working correctly and a problem that caused custom keyboards to become deselected after entering a passcode.

iOS 8.0.1 also improves Reachability on the new iPhone 6, fixes a bug that disabled file uploads in Safari, and brings better support for the Ask to Buy feature in Family Sharing.

iOS 8.0.1 can be downloaded now from iTunes or software update on an iOS device.

Update: Following reports of iOS 8.0.1 causing issues with broken cellular connections and Touch ID on some iPhone models, Apple has pulled the update and instructed affected users to restore through iTunes.

iPhone 6 Camera Compared to Previous iPhone Cameras

Lisa Bettany:

In the past seven years, each new advancement in iPhone camera technology has made dramatic improvements to image quality. The iPhone 6 is no different. Besides being faster to shoot and easier to focus, the images taken with the iPhone 6 camera show greater detail and are significantly better in low-light.

In this follow-up post to my iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 comparisons, I present an 8 iPhone comparison from all iPhone versions taken with Camera+ including, the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and the new iPhone 6 in a variety of situations to test the camera’s capabilities.

Great compilation. Check out the lowlight and backlit galleries to really get the differences.


How Time-Lapse Mode in iOS 8 Works

Cool findings by Studio Neat, makers of Frameographer:

What Apple means by “dynamically selected intervals” is they are doubling the speed of the time-lapse and taking half as many pictures per second as the recording duration doubles. Sounds complex, but it's actually very simple.

Make sure to check out the table with numbers and the videos. In typical Apple fashion, the default solution is clever and simple, leaving room for third-party apps to offer more.