Today Apple said that its digital wallet platform Apple Pay is now accepting credit cards that account for 90% of purchases in the U.S. since many banks signed up in the last few weeks. Apple Pay lets you pay for goods and services through the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air (2nd generation) and iPad mini (3rd generation). Apple Pay is convenient because you do not have to swipe the magnetic stripe of your debit or credit card at terminals. Instead, you just have to wave your mobile device in front of the payment terminal.
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is offering several new perks to its employees. Apple’s HR head Denise Young Smith sent out a memo that said new benefits include longer parental leave, education reimbursements for classes that employees have taken, expanded donation-matching, subsidized student loan refinancing, and the full acceleration of stock in the case of an employee death.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) said that it will replace bent iPhone 6 handsets. Several customers complained that the iPhone 6 Plus bent in their pockets. The bent iPhone 6 Plus devices are portrayed as a #bendgate issue on social media. The bent iPhone 6 Plus devices are still operational. The iPhone 6 Plus devices generally bend in the middle or top of the handset. The bends are formed when the iPhone 6 Plus is placed under pressure like when a user sits for a period of time with the device in their pocket. The regular iPhone 6 does not have the same issue. The bent iPhone 6 Plus devices will be replaced if it passes a visual inspection by Genius Bar employees.
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During a interview with an Irish radio station, U2 frontman Bono talked about the band’s collaboration with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Bono claimed that Apple now has 885 million iTunes accounts, which is up from 800 million in April. Bono is working with Apple on a new music format. Bono originally came up with the idea for a new music format during a conversation with late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 2009.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly receiving 15 cents on every $100 that is spent through Apple Pay, according to sources with The Financial Times. The Financial Times said that this arrangement is “unprecedented.” Even Google does not have an arrangement that is as beneficial despite the marketshare that Android has.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has announced that it processed over four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders in the first day of pre-launch sales in certain countries. Apple started to accept orders on September 12th. This is double Apple’s previous record of 2 million pre-order sales for the iPhone 5 in 2012.
Earlier this week, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced the iPhone 6. At the end of the iPhone 6 launch announcement, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2 lead singer Bono said that the new album will be distributed for free of charge to the approximately 500 million people that have iTunes.