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AWT News Update: August 18, 2016

We have some fun Apple news highlights for you today, as well as a good rumor! Well, no rumors are good, but it’s an interesting one…

  • An amazing 35-piece collection of rare Macs and other Apple-related products is up for auction
  • Kanye West’s pop-up stores in the US, Canada, and Australia will take Apple Pay
  • Battery life issues appear to be the reason why the next Apple Watch won’t have cellular capability
  • A “Store” is missing from your local Apple Store
  • We conjecture about the iPhone 7 (or whatever it’s going to be called) camera and how a two-lens camera might work to improve iPhone photos

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

Last month those banks, including the top lender, National Australia Bank, e lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones. 

Apple, which operates its Apple Pay mobile payment service, doesn’t allow third-party electronic payment apps to be installed on the smartphone. The banks are seeking to be able to negotiate jointly for access to Apple’s phones without themselves being accused of violating anti-competition law.

The ACCC said that its decision not to grant the banks the interim ruling was not indicative of whether the full ruling, expected in October, would be successful or not.

“The ACCC has considered interim authorization within a short time frame at the request of the applicants,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims told Reuters. “However, given the complexity of the issues and the limited time available, the ACCC has decided not to grant interim authorization at this time. The ACCC requires more time to consult and consider the views of industry, consumers, and other interested parties.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.