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Companies, If Not Consumers, Clamor For Apple Pay

Apple Pay now supports 90% of U.S. credit cards in terms of purchase volume, the technology company said Tuesday.

Banks like SunTrust, Barclaycard and USAA recently began working with Apple to support the service, and as of Tuesday 10 more banks—and the credit cards they offer—will join the roster of companies that support Apple Pay, the New York Times reported.

See also: Apple Pay: 1 Million Cards Down, 599 Million To Go

Combined with the retailers, banks, and start-ups that already support it, there are more opportunities than ever for consumers to make purchases with a wave of an iPhone. Staples, McDonald’s, Disney, Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb all support it. Whole Foods reported in October that it processed more than 150,000 Apple Pay transactions in the days after it came out.

Mobile payments have the potential to make retail lines move more quickly as payments get shorter and easier. While consumers have expressed concern about whether they would trust Apple with their credit cards, banks and retailers clearly don’t share these worries.

See also: Apple Pay: I’m Not Impressed

Now that 90% of US credit cards in terms of purchase volume support the technology, whether credit card users choose to adopt it will be Apple Pay’s true test.

Photo by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite

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Filthy Rich iOS Fanatics Can Pre-Order A $30,000 Apple Watch

If you thought $5,000 was too much for a luxury Apple Watch, then this show of excess really ought to smack your gob: Mervis Diamond Importers just opened pre-orders for its diamond-flanked Apple wrist gizmo for upwards of $30,000, CNET reports.

Mervis, which offered a $20,000 iPad in 2010, tricked out Apple’s wearable with 18-karat rose gold and eight rows of top-grade diamonds. The result looks something like several diamond tennis bracelets tied together to form a wristband, judging by the mock-up the business posted on its Facebook page last week

See also: The Apple Watch Will Cost How Much?!

Technologically, there’s no difference between the $349 base model Apple Watch and this opulent version. The value lies in the band’s hundreds of stones, which collectively total more than 15 carats and individually boast high grades of E/F in color and VS1/VS2 in clarity.

As for the metal, if rose-gold doesn’t match the other baubles on your bling-festooned self, take heart: Mervis can cast the watch in white gold or platinum as well. Hopefully it will do a better job crafting the product than it did with the mock-up above, which seems to smush the Apple Watch into a shorter casing.

Speaking of the setting, it’s not evident whether the device can pop out, so that an Apple Watch 2 can one day take its place. That seems rather important, considering the Mervis watch’s price tag exceeds mortgage down payments in many parts of the country.

But if you have the funds, then the only other thing you’ll need is patience: The Mervis custom luxury edition of the Apple Watch won’t ship until at least June 2015.

Photo courtesy of Mervis Diamond Importers

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Apple Embraces PayPal Once More, Kinda Sorta

In the cold war between Apple and PayPal, a possible thaw may have started on Friday. The iPhone company now permits PayPal as a payment option on its website for U.S. and U.K. shoppers, Recode reports.

That new level of cooperation is notable mostly because of the way Apple snubbed PayPal earlier this year when it failed to recommend its payment-processing services to developers working with Apple Pay. That’s the phone payment scheme Apple launched alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. 

See also: Apple Is Less Than Inviting To PayPal In Apple Pay

Neither company commented openly on that breach, although one popular theory had Apple casting PayPal out of its plans due to the latter’s payments partnership with Samsung and its Galaxy fingerprint reader.

Seemingly An Odd About-Face For Apple

On the surface, PayPal showing up on Apple.com looks like an about-face for the tech giant. Apple is known to hold grudges against partners who have disappointed it—sometimes excommunicating them or even launching holy wars against them. For its part, PayPal expressed its frustration publicly in a full-page newspaper ad and went on to another partner

PayPal ad in the New York Times

Now the two companies appear to have patched things up: The iPhone maker has not only granted PayPal access to its online store, it is also promoting PayPal’s credit payments, which lets shoppers pay for goods in installments with no interest. 

The Cold War May Still Be Pretty Chilly

It’s worth noting, however, that this isn’t PayPal’s first foray into Apple’s e-commerce business. PayPal has been a mainstay in Apple’s App Store and iTunes for years, and its arrival now on the company’s website is not the same as entering the Apple Pay system. 

Ultimately, the arrangement looks more like a marriage of convenience, designed to give shoppers a more consistent experience across Apple’s digital and physical retail offerings.

Even so, it’s still a win for PayPal. As Recode pointed out, Internet Retailer deemed Apple the second largest online retailer in the U.S., which should bring plenty of juice to PayPal. Ironically enough, that could wind up making it a partner someday that Apple Pay simply can no longer refuse. 

Lead image courtesy of PayPal

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Of Apple, SEO & Why Google Thinks NeXT Is Still Alive – Search Engine Land


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Of Apple, SEO & Why Google Thinks NeXT Is Still Alive

Even the world’s largest and best-known brands can make unconventional (and unproductive) SEO choices. Columnist Chris Liversidge dissects Apple’s handling of NeXT.com.

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Even the world’s largest and best-known brands can make unconventional (and unproductive) SEO choices. Columnist Chris Liversidge dissects Apple’s handling of NeXT.com.

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Looming Decision By Apple Could Have Significant Impact On Search Market by @mattsouthern

It’s being speculated that Apple may be trying to distance itself from Google by dropping the company’s search engine as the default option within the Safari browser. There has been turmoil between Apple and Google ever since Google entered into the smartphone market and started competing directly with Apple. Steve Jobs has been quoted as saying he wanted to “destroy Android”, and one can only assume that this hostility towards Google hasn’t waned, especially as Android’s share of the mobile operating system market continues to rise. The Information broke the news about Apple potentially dropping Google as Safari’s default search […]

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SearchCap: Google & Apple Safari Partnership, Yahoo Test Ads & Google International Targeting Report

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