Editorial

Apple Pay and security: What you need to know

Yesterday Apple announced Apple Pay, a payment mechanism that will be available on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch. While the convenience of such a feature is tempting, how do we know if we can trust it? To answer this, let's take a look at what we know about Apple Pay's security so far.

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Why I'm still saying no to the Apple Watch

Apple's finally revealed the Apple Watch. I said before that I wasn't really interested in an Apple Watch. I haven't changed my mind, but I am more interested. Here's why.

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iPhone 6 event preview: What we expect to see — and not see! — later today!

For the last two years the iPhone has anchored Apple's September event. Gone are the days of iPods and music. This is the era of the phone. With the iPhone 5 we got the biggest thing to happen to the iPhone since iPhone. With the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s we got the most colorful and the most forward thinking iPhones yet. What, then, should we expect from an event that might have even bigger and more forward thinking iPhones? And from an event where Apple's wearables not only make a comeback, but take a leap ahead?

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Editor's desk: The big one

There was an energy preceding WWDC 2014. Anyone who knew anything had a look about them. Just wait until you see what we have planned for you!. And then we got iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and the biggest functional increase and developer SDK since the addition of the App Store in 2008. That same type of energy is preceding the September 9 event. It's product guys instead of software engineers, but it's the same look. Just wait until you see what we have planned for you!. This, as they say, is the big one.

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Manual camera controls in iOS 8: Explained

While the Camera app in iOS 8 is only getting a few new features, the Camera application programming interfaces (API) — what developers use to make App Store camera apps — is getting the most significant update in the history of the platform, including and especially manual controls for focus, exposure, and white balance. Not much will change for casual photographers, but for pros and enthusiasts, the best camera we have with us will be getting a whole lot better. So, how does it all work?

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NSFW: Why don't they just keep their clothes on?

NSFW is a weekly op-ed column in which I talk about whatever's on my mind. Sometimes it'll have something to do with the technology we cover here on iMore; sometimes it'll be whatever pops into my head. Your questions, comments and observations are welcome.

In August Robin Williams killed himself. This week Joan Rivers died. Now many people are hauling out the Rule of Threes trope, wondering which comedian is going to die next. If you want to watch a comic die, just go to open mike night! cymbal crash Thank you, ladies and germs, I'll be here all week. Tip your waiter and try the veal.

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Chinese labor and the bullseye on Apple's back

Why does Apple bear the brunt out of seemingly every labor complaint that comes out of China?

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iCloud security and personal responsibility

iCloud may not have been hacked but iCloud accounts are hackable. So are other online accounts. Why? Security is at constant war with convenience. Absolute security makes our data inaccessible to everyone, including us. Absolute convenience makes our data easily available to everyone, including those who would use it to harm us. The key to a workable system is balance, where a range of options are afforded and we choose and use them in a way that's best for us. That includes Apple giving us the options we need and making them as understandable as possible, and it includes us taking the time to understand them and implement them as best as we can. So what can we all do better?

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iWatch: Setting expectations for Apple's next wearable

According to prevailing rumors, Apple will not only introduce the iPhone 6 next Tuesday at their annual September event but their new wearable device as well, commonly but perhaps not correctly referred to as the iWatch. There's a lot of excitement around the idea of something new from Apple, perhaps unreasonable, unsatisfiable excitement at this point. That leads to huge expectations and an equal and opposite amount of expectational debt. So, let's pause for a minute. Let's take a breath. And let's take a look at what we can reasonably expect from Apple's next wearable.

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Adaptive UI in iOS 8: Explained

Gone are the early days of the App Store where there was just one iPhone for developers to target. Now there are original and widescreen iPhones, iPhone and iPads, in portrait or landscape, with standard and Retina displays. What are pixel-perfect developers and designers to do? According to Apple and iOS 8, use adaptive user interface (UI). Adaptive UI is meant to help rationalize a world with multiple devices, and let developers use a single storyboard in Interface builder to target different aspect ratios, screen sizes, orientations, and display densities. So, how does it work?

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