Report: Apple testing iPhone 7 models with USB-C, multi-touch 3D Touch, dual cameras, more

The iPhone 6s launched just two months ago, but rumors surrounding its successor are already circulating. Earlier rumors have claimed that the device will feature a waterproof and dustproof design, as well as a new casing material. Now, G For Games reports that Apple is currently in the process of testing five different iPhone 7 models, all with distinct differences. While the report should be taken with grain of salt, it claims that one model Apple is testing ditching the Lightning connector in favor of a USB-C port. The report also claims Apple is testing various models with wireless charging technology, multi-touch Force Touch, dual cameras, and in-display fingerprint recognition. Wireless charging has been a feature users have requested often over recent years, but Apple has yet to implement. Our own Ben Lovejoy argued, however, that wireless charging is not on his iPhone 7 wish list due primarily the idea of “charging mats” being too cumbersome. At this point, however, it’s unclear as to how Apple is testing wireless charging. Presumably multi-touch Force Touch/3D Touch would mean that you could press harder with two fingers to bring up different options than what appears when you press harder with one finger. In-display fingerprint recognition would presumably allow for Apple to eliminate the home button entirely, something that has been tossed around for a long time now. Apple has been criticized for having too large of top and bottom bezels and removing the home button would allow for the company to finally shrink those. This report should be taken with a decent amount of skepticism, however. While it’s possible, or even likely,...

PSA: Beats Music shuts down today, here’s what changes and how to move to Apple Music

Later today Apple is set to pull the plug on Beats Music and completely stop the service. The reason? After buying the subscription music service in a $3 billion deal that also included Beats headphones and speakers last year, Apple Music has now fully launched and replaces Beats Music. Any remaining subscribers will need to transfer from Beats Music to Apple Music immediately to avoid losing saved music libraries and playlists. The good news is Apple Music now has almost all of Beats Music’s features with only a few exceptions… Both services costs $9.99/month for access to music catalogs that can be streamed or saved offline for playback, while Apple Music offers a 3-month free trial up front and a $14.99/month family plan for up to six users through Apple’s Family Sharing. Beats Music briefly offered a similar free trial and family package, but only to AT&T subscribers. Apple Music also features a bigger library of content and is available in many more countries, but switchers will likely notice a few tracks from Beats Music not make the jump to Apple Music. Apple Music recently launched as a public beta for Android 4.3 and later, replacing the discontinued Beats Music app on Google’s mobile platform, and later this month Sonos users will begin testing Apple Music streaming where Beats Music was previously available. While Apple Music is available to Windows users through iTunes on the desktop, there’s no replacement for the discontinued Beats Music app for Windows Phone users. The Beats Music web app (which requires Adobe Flash Player) is also not being replaced, but iTunes on the Mac also includes Apple Music. Apple TV...

Apple Pay support for JCPenny store cards in testing with spring 2016 rollout goal

JCPenney is following the lead set by Kohl’s and testing Apple Pay support for its store credit cards, according to a new report. JCP shoppers in Texas are being added to a pilot program that allows them to set up their store cards on their mobile devices for use in stores. The program seems to be limited to only one store at the moment, with a full rollout planned for spring 2016. Customers included in the trial will see the following notice when adding their card to Apple Pay: JCPenney is running a pilot program available to cardholders residing in Dallas Ft. Worth and shopping at The Village at Fairview store. Cardholders nationwide will be able to add their JCPenney credit cards to their Wallets and pay using Apple Pay in spring 2016. Apple first debuted support for store credit cards in Apple Pay as part of the iOS 9 software update in September. Only a few days ago, Kohl’s became the first retailer to enable this feature for its cards. Filed under: Apple Pay Tagged: Apple pay, JcPenney For more news on Apple pay, Apple Pay, and JcPenney continue reading at 9to5Mac. What do you think? Discuss “Apple Pay support for JCPenny store cards in testing with spring 2016 rollout goal” with our...

AT&T to increase price of grandfathered unlimited plans in February

AT&T subscribers who previously had unlimited data plans back in the iPhone 3G era and have managed to hang onto that plan are in for their first price increase in seven years, a source with knowledge of the matter has informed 9to5Mac. The price jump won’t be huge—the almost-too-good-to-be-true rate of $30 will increase to just $35—but it does open the door to further tinkering later down the line, which may make some customers a little uneasy. The change will go into effect in February 2016. As is currently the case, talk and text costs will be separate from the data fee. T-Mobile recently raised its own unlimited data price along with the announcement of its “Un-carrier X” offer, though that was a much larger jump from $80 to $95. Verizon also updated its own unlimited plan recently with a $20 price hike, making AT&T’s increase the most generous of the bunch. Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: AT&T, T-Mobile, unlimited data, Verizon For more news on Tech Industry, AT&T, and T-Mobile continue reading at 9to5Mac. What do you think? Discuss “AT&T to increase price of grandfathered unlimited plans in February” with our...

Apple’s Tim Cook to receive Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 2015 Ripple of Hope Award

Early next month, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization will present Apple CEO Tim Cook with its 2015 Ripple of Hope Award honoring leaders in commitment to social change. Cook has described RFK as a personal hero on multiple occasions over the years. The Apple chief is being honored with the award alongside Congressman John Lewis, Evercore co-founder Roger Altman; and UNESCO Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization said the Ripple of Hope Award “lauds leaders of the international business, entertainment, and activist communities who demonstrate commitment to social change and reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights, and his belief that we all must strive to ‘make gentle the life of this world.’ Cook has been increasingly vocal in recent years about his dedication to fighting discrimination and inequality, both in his personal life and at Apple where he’s started several initiatives since taking over as CEO. Earlier this year Cook was honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s National Visibility Award for his efforts. The Apple CEO has also partnered with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization in the past, including auctioning off sit-down lunch dates with himself and tickets to Apple keynote events. The last auction raised over $200,000 for the charity. Cook will be presented with the 2015 Ripple of Hope Award during a ceremony in New York on December 8. Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: RFK, Robert F Kennedy, Tim Cook For more information about AAPL Company, Tim Cook, and Robert F Kennedy continue reading at 9to5Mac. What do you think? Discuss “Apple’s Tim Cook to receive Robert F....