Apple Now Accepting UPI, Rupay Cards and Net Banking for App Store Payments in India

Apple has started accepting App Store and iTunes payments in India using UPI and Rupay cards and Net Banking.

The acceptance of RuPay and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) cards means Apple users in India will be able to use the domestic payment systems as alternatives to regular credit/debit card payment methods to add funds to their Apple ID balance.

They can then use their ‌Apple ID‌ balance to buy apps, games, music, iCloud storage, and more in Apple’s online stores.

RuPay was launched in India in 2012, and facilitates real-time electronic payments at all Indian banks and financial institutions. The massively popular instant payments network UPI followed in 2016.

Apple reportedly asking employees for COVID-19 vaccination status

Following comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding potential mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, the company is now said to be asking staffers to disclose their vaccination status at certain locations.

According The Verge reporter Zoe Schiffer, Apple has handed out guidance on vaccinations as the company prepares to bring more employees into the office. Specifically, the tech giant wants to know whether returning staff are vaccinated in order to keep possible viral transmission at a minimum.

“Apple is asking our team members in certain locations to share their current vaccination status. You can confidentially share whether you’re fully vaccinated, have had a partial dose, are not vaccinated, or do not wish to share,” Apple’s guidance reads, according to Schiffer.

It is important to note that Apple is not barring workers who have not received a vaccine dose from entering its facilities. Additional precautions will be implemented at sites hosting unvaccinated employees or those unwilling to divulge their vaccination status.

“If you don’t provide your vaccination status, your vaccination status is assumed to be unvaccinated [ . . . ] If you’re not fully vaccinated and working onsite in an Apple building, additional health and safety protocols may apply,” according to Apple’s internal human resources website, as cited by Schiffer in a tweet.

It is unknown when Apple put the vaccination guidelines into effect, but the revelation of their existence comes a day after Cook said the tech giant is mulling a vaccine requirement for its workforce. In a brief statement to CNBC regarding Google’s recent decision to mandate vaccines, Cook said Apple is “monitoring things daily to really conclude whether that is the right answer or not.”

On Wednesday it was reported that Apple resumed mask requirements at about half of its U.S. Apple Store locations.

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‘Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson’ docuseries debuts on Apple TV+

What you need to know

  • Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson has premiered on Apple TV+.
  • The six-part documentary series examines sound and the technology that has shaped the music industry.

You’re going to want to get some good speakers or headphones for this one.

Apple’s latest documentary series is here and this one is all about the music.

Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson, a new six-part documentary series, has made its worldwide debut on Apple TV+. The series, which features interviews with artists like Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, and Questlove, examines the “sound creation and the revolutionary technology that has shaped music as we know it.”

Each episode of “Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson” will follow Ronson as he uncovers the untold stories behind music creation and the lengths producers and creators are willing to go to find the perfect sound. Ronson explores music’s intersection with artistry and technology in candid conversations with music legends and icons including Paul McCartney, Questlove, King Princess, Dave Grohl, Ad-Rock and Mike D from the Beastie Boys, Charli XCX and more, where he discovers the ways in which these unique tools have influenced their work.

At the end of each episode, Ronson will create and unveil a unique piece of original music using groundbreaking technology and techniques including reverb, synth, auto-tune, drum machines, sampling and distortion. “Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson” is produced by Tremolo Productions with Ronson, Neville, Mark Monroe, Jason Zeldes and Kim Rozenfeld serving as executive producers.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for the new series, check it out below:

Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson is streaming now on Apple TV+. The streaming service is available on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV as well as a ton of different streaming boxes, game consoles, and Smart TVs. It’s even on the web for anyone without any of the aforementioned devices.

If you want to enjoy the series in the best audio quality possible, check out our list of the Best Speakers for Apple TV 4K in 2021.

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Apple reportedly asking employees for their vaccination status in some locations

Earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned that the company has been considering the whole COVID-19 situation before deciding to fully return to the office or even require employees to all be vaccinated. However, the company now seems to be asking employees to share their COVID-19 vaccination status “at certain locations.”

The Verge’s Zoë Schiffer reported on Twitter that while Tim Cook has not confirmed that Apple will require employees to be vaccinated before returning to the offices, the company is now asking for the vaccination status of some employees in certain locations.

The report mentions a statement that was published on Apple’s internal HR website. The memo does not say that employees are required to provide their vaccination status or even that those not vaccinated will not be allowed to return to the office. However, Apple does say that their “vaccination status is assumed to be unvaccinated” for people who do not submit their status.

Apple is asking our team members in certain locations to share their current vaccination status. You can confidentially share whether you’re fully vaccinated, have had a partial dose, are not vaccinated, or do not wish to share.

When asked in an interview this week about requiring Apple employees to be vaccinated, Tim Cook answered that Apple “it’s not ready to make that decision yet” and that the main focus right now is to decide when to come back to the office.

As new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the US and other countries, Apple is once again requiring the use of masks in its retail stores. The company has also postponed the return to office to October, while it was previously planned for September.

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Latest Apple Pay promo nabs Sonic, ParkWhiz and HotelTonight specials

With summer in full swing, Apple on Thursday issued its latest Apple Pay promotion featuring freebies and discounts from Sonic Drive-In, ParkWhiz and HotelTonight.

Announced in an email, the new round of deals invite Apple Pay users to “hit the road and save” with the payments service.

Headlining the promotion is a free cheeseburger from Sonic, available to MySonic account holders when they place their next order while logged in online or through the Sonic app.

Parking service ParkWhiz is offering 10% off on users’ next three reservations when applying promo code “APPLEPAY10” in the company’s app.

HotelTonight is also providing a 10% discount when booking hotel reservations through its app with promo code “APPLEPAYHT.”

Finally, Apple includes an advertisement for Apple Pay integration in the Exxon Mobil, ChargePoint and Taco Bell apps.

All deals are valid through Aug. 4, Apple says.

Apple routinely partners with retailers, brands, service providers and app makers to increase Apple Pay engagement and boost adoption. The most recent Apple Pay promotion ran in June and brought discounts on summer clothing and scooter rentals.

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Apple Pay launches new promo with Sonic, ParkWhiz, and HotelTonight

What you need to know

  • Apple’s latest “Pay Perks” are here.
  • The latest Apple Pay promo offers savings at Sonic, ParkWhiz, and HotelTonight.
  • The offers are available through August 4.

Hit the road and save. With Apple Pay.

The latest Apple Pay promotion is here and this one is all about life on the road.

Apple has sent Apple Pay customers an email this evening with some new special offers. The latest promotion, “Hit the road and save. With Apple Pay,” includes savings at Sonic, ParkWhiz, and HotelTonight.

Sonic app customers can get a free cheeseburger with their next order as long as they are logged in to their MySonic account. From what it looks like, you just need to use Apple Pay when you check out rather than needing to enter a promo code.

ParkWhiz customers can get 10% off their next three parking reservations if they reserve them in the ParkWhiz app using the promo code APPLEPAY10,

HotelTonight customers can grab 10% off their next hotel reservation by using the code APPLEPAYHT and checking out with Apple Pay in the HotelTonight app.

All three promotions are live now and will be available until August 4. If you want to get into the nitty gritty, below are the full terms and conditions for each offer:

  1. Reward may be earned on any purchase made online or in the SONIC® App, while logged in to your MySonic account, using Apple Pay through August 4, 2021. Reward is valid for one free SONIC Cheeseburger, redeemable with any future purchase when you order online or in the SONIC® App while logged in to your MySonic account. Add-ons cost extra. Limit one per customer. Tax not included. Reward is valid for 14 days from the date of issue, only at SONIC Drive-Ins. Mobile ordering available only at select locations; hours may vary. No cash value. ™ and © 2021 America’s Drive-In Brand Properties LLC.

  2. Pay for parking on ParkWhiz with Apple Pay through August 4, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST, and get 10% off your next three parking reservations. To redeem the offer, use Apple Pay and enter promo code APPLEPAY10 at checkout in the ParkWhiz app between August 10, 2021, and October 31, 2021. Offer valid in the United States only. Maximum discount of $20 per parking reservation. Not valid on Drive Up or Monthly parking. No minimum purchase; no residual value.

  3. Offer valid through August 4, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Eligible on hotel reservations made using Apple Pay and using promo code APPLEPAYHT at checkout in the HotelTonight mobile app. This one-time-use, nonrefundable promo code is valid for a discount of 10% off the price of one reservation made during the offer period. By using the APPLEPAYHT promo code, you agree to HotelTonight’s Terms of Service and Promotional Terms. HotelTonight reserves the right to any remedy, including voiding this code, in cases of suspected fraud, misuse, violation of Terms of Service, or technical errors. The following rules apply: (i) Reservation must be paid for using Apple Pay at checkout on the HotelTonight mobile app; (ii) valid only for U.S. residents; void where prohibited; (iii) code is not redeemable for cash, gift cards, or previous purchases; (iv) code cannot be transferred or combined with another offer, coupon, or discount; (v) discount is calculated on the base reservation price before taxes and fees; (vi) reservation must be booked during the offer period, but the check-in date of the reservation may occur later; and (vii) limit one per customer.

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App Store, iTunes Store unavailable to some as outage hits Apple services

Apple is experiencing an outage of two major digital services, with the company offering no explanation or timeline on an expected fix.

According to the company’s system status webpage, an undisclosed problem with the App Store and iTunes Store have left some users without access to the storefronts.

The issue began at 3:29 p.m. Pacific and impacts a subset of App Store and iTunes Store users, Apple said. Some are reporting slowdowns, while other are unable to access either store.

Unlike most Apple online service difficulties, which are usually deemed “issues,” today’s downtime is considered an outage. The root of the problem was not immediately disclosed and the company has not offered an estimated time to resolve the complication.

Apple . In 2015, the company issued an apology for a more than 7-hour outage blamed on DNS error.

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App Store Not Working? You’re Not Alone

Apple’s App Store and iTunes Store are both experiencing outages at the current time, according to Apple’s System Status page.

apple app store outage
The outage started this afternoon, and affected users may see slow ‌App Store‌ performance or may be unable to use the ‌App Store‌ at all. There are numerous reports on social media from users who are seeing ‌App Store‌ issues.

It is not clear what caused the outage nor how long it will last, but we’ll update this article when the issue is resolved.

Beatles producer says Spatial Audio album doesn’t sound right, plans new mix

Legendary Beatles producer Giles Martin in an interview this week discussed the advent of Dolby Atmos, the technology on which Apple’s Spatial Audio format is built, revealing that he intends to create a new mix of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” because the current version “doesn’t sound quite right.”

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Martin explained that “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was among the first albums — perhaps the first — to receive a Dolby Atmos mix. While the result sounds “good,” it doesn’t sound “right” in part because the mix was meant to be a theatrical presentation.

“Sgt. Pepper’s,’ how it’s being presented right now, I’m actually going to change it. It doesn’t sound quite right to me. It’s out in Apple Music right now. But I’m gonna replace it. It’s good. But it’s not right,” Martin said. “Sgt. Pepper’s was, I think, the first album ever mixed in Dolby Atmos. And we did that as a theatrical presentation. I liked the idea of the Beatles being the first to do something. It’s cool that they can still be the first to do something. So Sgt. Pepper’s is a theatrical mix that’s then being converted into a smaller medium. Therefore, it’s not quite right.”

The mix lacks bass and “a little bit of weight,” he added, noting that the Dolby Atmos version of “Abbey Road” is “much better-functioning” because it is sonically closer to the stereo version.

“It’s a bit like someone you love for years having a slightly different haircut. And you realize you still love them,” Martin said of the new mixes.

Martin also shared insight on Dolby Atmos for headphones, a technology that is incredibly difficult to get right. There has been “exponential growth” in the sector over the past two years, he said, but the technology is still in its infancy. While products like Apple’s Spatial Audio is a good experience, it will get better as companies learn how to tweak their products to suit user needs.

“You can hear the difference with spatial audio. It may not always be better, but there’s a difference,” Martin said. “I think we’re learning the tools to provide that difference for people. What’s great is that it creates more of a lean-in listening environment where you’re paying attention to it, as opposed to just having audio being played into your head to stop you from thinking.”

Interestingly, Martin believes that advanced biometric tech like facial recognition, body measurements and in-ear pressure testing will one day be used to customize the listening experience. Perception of Dolby Atmos mixes in headphones is dependent on multiple variables, from head size to bone structure, and new technologies are needed to present recorded music as intended, he explains.

Apple introduced a form of hardware adaptation with the AirPods Pro ear tip fit test, which analyzes an earbud’s seal by capturing speaker output with onboard microphones. AirPods Max goes a step further with Dynamic EQ, a system that measures sound signals within the headphone’s ear cushions and adjusts sound output in real time.

Martin offers details on producing Dolby Atmos tracks and more in the full interview.

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Apple confirms ongoing outage affecting App Store and iTunes Store

Right after Snapchat went down, it seems that some Apple services are also experiencing issues on Thursday night. Apple just confirmed that the App Store and iTunes Store are not available right now for some users, as shown on the System Status webpage on Apple’s website.

What caused the outage is unclear, but Apple says both the App Store and iTunes Store may be slow or even completely unavailable for some users. So far, the company has not acknowledged any issues with its other online services, such as iCloud, Apple Music, or Apple TV+.

According to Apple, the outage began around 3:29 PM PT.

App Store | iTunes Store – Outage

Today, 3:29 PM – ongoing

Some users are affected

This service may be slow or unavailable.

As usual, we’ll update this article once the company confirms that all issues have been fixed. 

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