Apple Drops Support for PayPal Credit Payment Plans in U.S. Online Store

Apple yesterday quietly removed all mentions of PayPal Credit from its U.S. Online Store, signaling its decision to stop allowing customers to use PayPal Credit payment plans for purchases in the United States.

On the financing section of its website, where customers can get information about their payment options, Apple is now only offering financing through Barclaycard Visa, which allows users to make payments over 6 to 18 months depending on purchase price.

Previous PayPal Credit options, which are no longer available.

The previous PayPal Credit option allowed customers to choose 6, 12, 18, or 24 month payment plans with a fixed APR of 12.99%, while the Barclaycard Visa maxes out at 18 months with an APR of 13.99%, 19.99% or 26.99% depending on credit.

Apple is continuing to offer rewards to customers who buy with the Barclaycard Visa, with customers earning 3 points for every $1 spent at the Apple Store, 2 points for every $1 spent at restaurants, and 1 point on all other purchases. 2,500 points can be redeemed for Apple Store or iTunes gift cards.

Apple first began promoting PayPay Credit payment methods in December of 2014, which is when the company also began allowing customers to buy items using PayPal as a payment method. While Apple is no longer allowing customers to use PayPal Credit options to make purchases, it does still accept PayPal payments for purchases made from its online store and from its iOS app.

PayPal Credit is still available in the U.K., and it is not clear if Apple plans to drop support in other countries as well.

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Apple seeds iOS 9.1 beta 5 to developers

Less than a week after seeding the iOS 9.1 beta 4 to developers, Apple has released the fifth beta for the it’s upcoming update to iOS 9 that includes a bunch of small new features and performance enhancements. The latest release notes for iOS 9.1 beta 5 don’t mention any major new additions. Previous betas […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Apple Debuts Three New Apple Watch Videos Highlighting Music, Fitness and Travel Apps

Apple today introduced three new Apple Watch videos on its YouTube channel, highlighting third-party apps designed for the wrist-worn device. Each of the three videos focuses on a different subset of apps, covering music, fitness, and travel.

The videos all depict a single Apple Watch that displays a series of apps on the screen, with a selection of app icons in the surrounding space. Icons are enlarged to denote which app is on the screen. In the „Music“ video, for example, music discovery app Shazam, DJing app Pacemaker, and ticket-purchasing app Stubhub are shown in quick succession.

The „Fitness“ video highlights the Nike+ running app, the WaterMinder hydration tracking app, and sports scores provided by the MLB.com app.

The third and final video, „Travel,“ gives a brief glimpse of travel app Expedia, transportation requesting app Uber, and recommendation app Yelp.

Apple’s newest short advertisements are the company’s first that put third-party apps for the device directly in the spotlight. Previous ads have focused on showing off the different use cases for the device, including four videos released last week that depicted the Apple Watch being used in daily life while traveling, working out, and communicating with friends and family.



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Here are the issues Microsoft has fixed in Windows 10 preview build 10051 for phones

While Microsoft has released build 10051 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones with many new features, it has fixed some annoying issues that were present in the previous build as well. Read more…



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Samsung to Produce Majority of Apple’s A9 Chips for Next-Generation iPhone

Samsung will be the main supplier of Apple’s upcoming A9 chip that will power the next-generation iPhone, reports South Korean newspaper Maeil Business (via Reuters). The newspaper notes that Samsung will supply around 75% of chips for the next iPhone, and that the processors will be produced at the company’s factory in Austin, Texas.

Apple’s A8 chip
Last month, a report from Korea’s ET News said that Samsung had begun work on the processor in Texas. Previous reports noted that Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) would be producing the A9 chip, although Samsung was chosen to be the primary supplier in a deal that was said to be worth billions. BusinessKorea reported last month that Apple would be relying more heavily on Samsung for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch components including RAM, NAND flash storage, and batteries.

Apple’s A9 chip is expected to power the iPhone 6s and presumably the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini. Apple is also expected to launch a larger-screened iPad Pro at some point this year, although that device has been rumored to utilize Apple’s A8X processor.




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Apple Seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Build 14C94b to Developers

Apple today seeded a fourth beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, nearly four weeks after the previous beta release. The interval between seeds was slightly longer than usual for recent updates, presumably due to the holiday pause.

The new beta, build 14C94b, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center.

Apple continues to ask developers to focus their testing on Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver. Wi-Fi in particular has been an issue for some OS X Yosemite users since the operating system’s October launch, and OS X 10.10.1 released in November failed to resolve all of those problems.




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