As our concerns over the initial impressions that iPhone 5's black coating has a tendency to develop scratches quite quickly have went on to be reinforced by users after just days, we do wonder how much of a conscious decision to ship such an easily-marrable phone was by Apple. Certainly, Phill Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and a recognizable figure from recent keynotes, has taken inspiration from Steve Jobs to answer customer emails as he speaks out on the issue.
Well folks, we may have another antennagate-esque situation on our hands, ironically so from a company that values intricate product design to the degree that Apple does. Stemming from observations in an early review of iPhone 5 comes worry over just how durable Cupertino’s latest-and-greatest is. This is shaping up to be story that does not look like it will have a very pretty ending.
At Macworld last week, Square Inc gave a public demo of their iPhone payment system to expo-goers and announced that it would be available to the public by the summer. For those who aren't familiar with the system, Square is an iPhone application which allows anyone to accept payment by credit or debit card using the signature Square Swiper.
The big announcement is that, when Square goes live, the iPhone app will only cost $1 and the card swiper will be included for free. There will be a transaction fee of 2.9%, but users of the system will not need a special bank account to accept payments. The system is still being tested, but Square believes that we could see it launch as soon as April, although it may come as late as June or July.
Also coinciding with the announcement, Square released their official "Welcome to Square" video, which they showed to members of the Square Pilot Program. Some of the information in the video is only relevant to users in the program, but it shows off how well the system works. Check it out below!
Software developer Mophie announced its intention to enter the mobile payment market on Thursday by unveiling details of a credit card reader peripheral for the iPhone. When released, the device will allow users "complete financial transactions on the go."
The device will ship with a companion iPhone application to handle the payment and, unlike some current peripherals, is designed to remain attached to the iPhone for long periods of time, resting flush with the iPhone's casing.