In February this year, Apple announced a new system called “Tap to Pay on iPhone “, which allows individuals to make contactless payments, using only their iPhone as a payment terminal. With the feature turned on, users can conduct contactless transactions simply by placing their NFC iPhone or bank card on the receiving device’s phone.
It’s important to point out that the iPhone has supported contactless payments since Apple Pay launched in 2014. The new Tap to Pay feature focuses on receiving payments, no additional hardware is required to accept contactless payments, just an iPhone X S or a newer iPhone is all it takes into a mobile credit card machine.
The “Tap to Pay on iPhone” feature is not yet available to consumers, but businesses can use it through Shopify and Adyen’s point-of-sale commerce platforms. There has been some speculation that Tap to Pay will be supported in Apple Pay Cash in iOS 16, allowing iPhone users to send money to each other simply by holding their phones together.
For many years in Apple retail stores, employees have been able to accept Apple Pay payments through their mobile phones by attaching a special accessory to the iPhone. With Tap to Pay built into the iPhone system, these accessories are theoretically no longer needed.
As evidenced by a new video leaking online, Apple has begun using the Tap to Pay feature in Apple Park, where a customer completes a transaction at the Apple Park Visitor Center by simply leaning two iPhones against each other. Pay together.
It is normal for the Apple Park Visitor Center to serve as a testing ground for new changes in Apple retail stores in the future, and we look forward to the Tap to Pay feature being rolled out as soon as possible.
Apple’s iOS 16 public beta may be delayed until July
According to the latest report, Apple will officially release major updates to iOS 16 and other operating systems at its WWDC 2022 developer conference on June 6, but a new report from Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman claims that iOS 16’s first public beta will launch a little later than usual.
Gurman said in a tweet that this year’s iOS 16 beta release schedule is a bit different. According to the reporter, Apple plans to launch the first public beta and third developer beta of iOS 16 in July. In previous years, the first public beta of a new iOS version was launched alongside the second developer beta.
The reason, Gurman said, is that the current build is a bit more buggy. Therefore, Apple engineers need more time to make the iOS 16 beta stable enough. However, he also mentioned that the situation may change.
It’s worth noting that new iOS developer betas are typically compiled days or even weeks before the official release. This means that now Apple may have completed the first beta version of iOS 16, which will be available to developers shortly after next month’s WWDC 2022 event.
According to recent rumors, iOS 16 is expected to bring major improvements to notifications and bring a new interface to iPad OS multitasking. As for watchOS 9, another report from Gurman suggests that the update will bring “significant upgrades to activity and health tracking.” He also believes that most watch interfaces will be redesigned to take advantage of the larger Apple Watch Series 7 screen.
Apple iPhone’s supplier Pegatron alerts of coronavirus lockdown
According to the latest report, Apple’s assembly partner Pegatron said production at a Shanghai factory was affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, a warning that could hurt the manufacturing of iPhones and other products.
The coronavirus lockdown has created problems for manufacturers in China, and many of Apple’s assembly partners are struggling to keep operations as smooth as possible despite lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere. One supplier, Pegatron, confirmed that it was working to deal with the situation.
Moreover, Pegatron said production of communications equipment and consumer electronics will decline this quarter due to the coronavirus lockdown. But Pegatron did not say how much production would fall.
The announcement comes a month after Pegatron suspends operations at its Shanghai and Kunshan factories, drastically slashing output at its only two manufacturing bases in China.
Furthermore, Pegatron assembles 20 to 30 percent of all iPhone models, but it’s unclear whether the latest announcement means Apple-related production will take a hit, or if it will have a bigger impact on other Pegatron customers.
Apple is well-prepared for the impact of disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said on an April financial results call that revenue in the June quarter was likely to fall by $4 billion to $8 billion year over year due to coronavirus lockdowns and supply constraints.
Apple informs retail store managers to stop employees from forming unions
Apple retail store employees will always be more and more active in the formation of labor, and this is exactly what Apple does not want to see. Recently leaked documents show that Apple has been handing out anti-labor union talking points to retail store managers, hoping to prevent employees from forming unions.
Moreover, Apple tells managers how to discourage employees from forming a labor union, but Apple’s instructions are somewhat threatening, suggesting that retail store managers can warn employees that joining the labor union will lose career development opportunities, personal vacation time, and performance-based promotion opportunities.
The document says there are a number of factors to consider, not the least of which is that labor will fundamentally change the way Apple operates. Apple appears to be shaping a “narrative” that labor always gets in the way of teamwork.
“Building teams that work well together can lead to excellence in retail,” the document said. “Just like human relationships, if we want to work well, we have to help each other, know if someone is under stress, know if someone needs some space, People have to discuss and solve problems. It’s hard to do that when the union represents a team member in a retail store.”
Not only that, but Apple also believes that labor will always damage company culture and make retail store operations less resilient. Apple claims that retail stores pursue a balance between personal life and work. The labor union contract is very strict and must be followed at all times, which will make the balance difficult.
Apple has so far not publicly opposed the formation of a labor union, but Apple has hired anti-labor union lawyers from Littler Mendelson. It’s also easy to understand why Apple’s retail employees formed a labor union, arguing that wages were too low to support themselves.