Posts Tagged ‘iPad Air’

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Apple Pay is coming to the UK and we are now getting more of an idea of the stores that will accept it from day 1.

As electronic payments have now overtaken cash payments for the first time in the UK, Apple have arrived at the right time to push that number up.

One of the best additions to Apple Pay is Transport for London who will give you the ability to touch in and out on the tube or bus. But Apple will also be updating the Passbook app on your phone and renaming it Wallet, allowing you to store all your Credit, Debit and loyalty cards in one place.

The banks that have signed up in the UK;

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Weirdly Barclays Bank have been omitted from the initial list, but have commented on Twitter about the situation.

Thanks for your tweets this evening. We can assure you that we’ve been talking with Apple about how our customers (1/2)

— Barclays UK (@BarclaysUK) June 8, 2015

could use Apple Pay in addition to our existing mobile and payment services, and that these talks remain constructive. (2/2)

— Barclays UK (@BarclaysUK) June 8, 2015

Most people will be worried of how secure this will be, but Apple Pay requires authentication through Apple’s TouchID fingerprint scanner before it will authorise a payment. The Apple Watch is permanently unlocked and authenticated while on its owner’s wrist, but needs a passcode if it is taken off of your wrist before it can make a payment.

The transactions are secured using the new digital secure remote payment standard, which ensures that the actual credit card data is never transferred over to who you are paying.

Here is the more extensive list so far of retailers accepting Apple Pay;

  • Aeropostale
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Babies ‘R’ Us
  • Bi-Lo
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Champs Sports
  • Chevron and Texaco, including retail stores like ExtraMile
  • Disney Store
  • Duane Reade
  • ExtraMile
  • FoodMaxx
  • Foot Locker, including Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, House of Hoops, and Run by Foot Locker
  • Footaction
  • Harveys Supermarket
  • House of Hoops by Foot Locker
  • Jewel Osco
  • Kids Foot Locker
  • Lady Foot Locker [basically, all Foot Locker variants]
  • Lucky
  • Macy’s
  • McDonald’s
  • Meijer
  • Nike
  • Office Depot
  • Panera Bread
  • Petco and Unleashed by Petco
  • RadioShack
  • Run by Foot Locker
  • Save Mart Supermarkets
  • Sephora
  • Shaws
  • Six:02
  • Sports Authority
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Staples
  • Star Market
  • Subway
  • Texaco
  • Toys ‘R’ Us
  • United Supermarkets
  • Unleashed!
  • Walgreens
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Winn-Dixie

The in-app payments also work on the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Launch partners for this come in the form of the following; Addison Lee, Airbnb, Argos, Booking.com, British Airways, Domino’s, easyJet, Hailo, HotelTonight, hungryhouse, JD Sports, Just Eat, lastminute.com, Miss Selfridge, Ocado, Stubhub, thetrainline.com, Top10, Topshop, Uncover, Vueling, YPlan, Zalando and Zara.

Coming in July!

So winter is finally drawing in here in London, so when better to sit down in front of the fire with my new super light iPad Air. Once again I am faced with the age old question….”Which case do I buy for my iPad?”.

Well this time I had the opportunity to cover the ZAGG Folio Keyboard for the iPad Air (thanks Richard) and it hasn’t disappointed.

From the second you hold the box in your case, it is immensely satisfying how it has even been packed, allowing you to open the case and view it in the shop as it discreetly opens like a book with its magnetic clasp allowing you to touch the product before you buy.

The ZAGGkeys Folio is a mere 7.6mm thin and only 17.7mm, when holding your iPad. This makes it one of the thinnest keyboards available on the market today but somehow have managed to keep it made of quite a hard wearing material that feels like leather. This case features a pivoting hinge that allows you to place your iPad at virtually any viewing angle, just like a laptop screen. Open it up, set it to your preferred angle, and just start typing as it is held in place wonderfully.

It amazes me how thin they have actually got this case and with the iPad inside, it feels like a fully blown netbook. The annoying thing with this is that it tricks the mind so much that I have found my finger so many times looking for the mouse touch-pad, regularly found on laptops. Even with this small form factor, the Zaggkeys manages to fit a 950 mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery inside which the manufacturers say will last several months with normal usage….all I can say is that it hasn’t faltered with me yet, but I have tested the USB charger which comes with the device.

Along with the rigidity of the screen, one of my favourite things about this keyboard is the backlit keys. The keyboard connects to the iPad via Bluetooth and the cool backlit keys omit a blue/white light to sufficiently aid you in low light conditions and generally just look awesome.

The designers have opted for an island style of keys on the keyboard which as a Mac user I am very at home with. It seriously beats the likes of Microsoft’s Surface keyboard case as this was just unresponsive and you simply had to press hard for the keys to react.  The “F” keys are replaced with shortcut keys which work very well with the iPad Air. When closed, the iPad is fully protected as it sits inside its clamshell case.

In terms of weight, due to the iPad Air being so light, it is fine for me and really doesn’t make me think of the weight every time I pick it up. My only issue with this device is that it doesn’t angle into a tablet form, so you are constantly faced with taking the iPad out of the case to hold it in the manner that Steve Jobs himself wanted you to.

Apart from this small issue, I cannot see anything else wrong with the device, it performs better than any of the cases in the same field, it’s light and protects your iPad from most falls and impacts and still manages to look and feel like a premium product.

The iPad Air Folio Keyboard case by Zagg, available now at £99 in black or white. Zaggkeys-Cover-image-001