Apple Pay® is Changing Everything!

Apple Pay is changing the way consumers pay for products and services. The one-step payment process means you don’t have to dig through your wallet or purse to find credit cards or scrounge up some cash. Here’s what you need to know about Apple Pay . . .

What is it?
Apple Pay is a one-step payment feature exclusive to Apple® devices that avoids the need to carry credit cards. Long gone are the days of diving into your purse or wallet for cash or a credit card at check-out. Simply open Apple Pay while checking out, tap your phone onto any compatible pin pad, and you’re all done.

How secure is it?
Apple Pay is very secure thanks to tokenization and Touch ID®. Tokenization is a method that replaces credit card numbers with symbols, protecting sensitive credit card information from being stolen without your authorization. The Touch ID fingerprinting feature commonly used on Apple devices is used to secure payments, minimizing undesired purchases and other cases of unauthorized use of your card.

How can I get it?
Apple Pay can be downloaded in the Wallet® app once iOS 8.1® or later is installed in any of the following Apple devices: iPhone 6®, iPhone 6s®, iPhone 6 Plus®, iPhone 6s Plus®, iPhone SE®, iPad Air 2®, iPad mini 3®, iPad mini 4®, iPad Pro® models or the Apple Watch®. You can easily add up to eight credit or debit cards to Apple Pay using your device’s camera. You can manage your Apple Pay account in Settings.

How do I use it?
When paying within other apps, tap the ‘Buy with Apple Pay’ button and then all you have to do it is check your billing, shipping, and contact information to make sure it’s all accurate. You can also choose to pay with another card. If necessary, enter your billing, shipping and other contact information and you will not need to enter it again as Apple Pay will store it for you. Then, simply put your finger on Touch ID and once the payment has been sent successfully, a checkmark and the word ‘Done’ will appear on the screen.

You can also use Apple Pay in stores that accept contactless payments. Once you are ready to pay in the store, open the Wallet app on your compatible Apple device and place your registered finger on Touch ID as you hold your device within an inch of the contactless reader until the word ‘Done’ appears. Once the payment has been accepted, you will also see a checkmark on the screen. And voila, you have just paid using Apple Pay!

Where can I use it?
Apple Pay is accepted in hundreds of stores including grocery stores, gas stations, hotels and much more. You can also easily use it to pay within a lot of other apps.

There is never a bad time for convenience. Using Apple Pay is ideal for the day-to-day rush or even while shopping online. Considering setting up your cards through Apple Pay but finding that you need an upgraded iPhone® device or a repair to your iPad® tablet? Come in to your local Experimac today and we can help you out.

Battery Not Charging? Here’s Some Help!

Is your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® battery not holding a charge anymore? We have all become incredibly dependent on these devices and not being able to trust that it will have any battery power left when you need it, can be nerve-wracking. But don’t price out a new device just yet. This is a common problem that many face, and many times it is easy to fix.

Take a look at these possible reasons for why your device is no longer holding a charge and ways to correct these issues.

  • Faulty charger
    First things first, be sure that your charger is not broken. Look for any possible damage such as a torn or frayed cord, dirty or bent prongs or a bent USB. Make sure the USB adaptor is connected to the cord securely and be sure to try different outlets. You should also try different chargers because these are known to stop working out of the blue.
  • Dirty charging port
    Take a look at the charging port on the bottom of the device and be sure it is clean. Be sure to take great care when doing this; if handled too aggressively, the port could be damaged and you may worsen the condition of your device. Inspect your port with a flashlight, and look for buildup of debris (sand, grime, etc.). Next, try to gently sweep it out using either a SIM eject tool or a large needle. Don’t use a toothpick or a cotton swab, as these items can easily leave more debris by either breaking or falling apart. Once you’re done cleaning the port, try to charge it again. You may even notice a firmer connection between the charging cord and the device.
  • Restart your device
    Make sure you have given your device 30 minutes of uninterrupted charging before trying to restart it, even if it doesn’t appear to charge. To restart the device, hold down the power and home buttons at the same time for at least 10 seconds, then let go of the buttons once you see the Apple® logo. After this, let your device charge for another uninterrupted 30 minutes.

If your device still shows no signs of charging after trying all of these ideas, you should consider replacing the battery. Come into your local Experimac store with your device and charger; our technicians will inspect your device, replace its battery if necessary and have your device running like new, often while you wait.