Apple may have just scored a home run with Apple Pay as Major League Baseball will support the contact-less NFC payment system at a few stadiums in time for the 2014 World Series. San Francisco's AT&T Park and Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium will be two of the earliest MLB stadiums to support Apple Pay, which launched on Monday alongside iOS 8.1.
A story made the rounds earlier today calling into question the new Spotlight Suggestions feature in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. In an effort to garner attention, it casts the collection and usage of the information required to enable this feature in a needlessly scary and, frankly, incompletely and perhaps even incorrect way. As any long time reader knows, security and privacy are always at odds with convenience, yet features like Spotlight Suggestions — and Siri before it — do an excellent job balancing as much convenience as possible with maintaining as much privacy and security as possible. Here's Apple's statement on the matter:
Starting the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company may not break out sales figures for the Apple Watch. By not disclosing exact sales numbers for Apple's nascent smartwatch, a typically secretive Apple would hope to gain a competitive advantage over competitors. Apple would employ a new way of reporting sales and earnings for its Apple Watch by categorizing it into a category marked "other" along with a few other products.
While Beats Electronics is probably the most notable purchase Apple had made this year, CEO Tim Cook had stated during the earnings call that his firm had purchased a total of 20 companies, with 7 of those acquisitions during the latest fourth quarter. Many of those companies were not disclosed, but Apple had confirmed a few of them in the past, including Prss for iPad publishing, Swell, and LuxVue.
Apple announced that over 85 billion apps were downloaded from the App Store, up from 60 billion a year ago. Alongside an increased consumption in apps, Apple also announced record sales of iPhone models during its latest fiscal quarter.
Hyper-local forecast app Dark Sky has been updated to version 4.2 with support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and a widget for the Notification Center. There are other improvements as well, including more detailed maps.
Apple began notifying developers today of some big changes coming to app submissions to the App Store. Listed on the developers news portal, Apple will require that all apps and app updates use the iOS 8 SDK and include 64-bit support starting in February of 2015.
A new update to the Target app brings a completely redesigned shopping experience while also adding support for Apple Pay so you can use your fingers to pay for your web purchases. With the app, you have expanded shopping choices as you can choose to have items shipped to you, pick your goods up at a local Target store location, or create shopping lists.
With the availability of OS X Yosemite in the Mac App Store, Apple isn't stopping an end to the public beta program it had created to allow customers to test new features before a larger launch. Instead, Apple will continue the beta program for customers who had participated in the OS X Beta Program. However, if you're done being a tester, Apple is also giving you an option to opt out of future beta updates as well.