Apple Pay Landing Page Goes Live on Apple’s Mexico Website, Suggesting Imminent Launch

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Apple added an Apple Pay landing page to its regional Mexico website late on Tuesday, indicating the mobile payment system could launch in the country imminently.


Way back in March there were suggestions that Apple Pay could be coming to Mexico, after reports that some iPhone users in the country had been able to add their Banregio cards to the Wallet app, with only the verification process failing.

Cards from banks other than Banregio were not able to be added to the Wallet app on the ‌‌iPhone‌‌, suggesting ‌‌Apple Pay‌‌ in Mexico could be limited to Banregio at launch.

That’s still uncertain, since the ‌Apple Pay‌ page on Apple’s Mexican website offers no launch date and doesn’t list any banks that will integrate with the service. All it says is ‌Apple Pay‌ will be compatible with “credit and debit cards of the most important payment networks, issued by various banks,” which sounds a lot like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

When ‌‌Apple Pay‌‌ launches in Mexico, it will be the second country in Latin America to support the payments service. Apple launched ‌‌Apple Pay‌‌ in Brazil in 2018, but has not expanded it to other Latin America countries. ‌‌Apple Pay‌‌ has also been available in the United States and Canada for years.

Apple maintains a complete list of the countries where ‌‌Apple Pay‌‌ is available on its support site, and we have a detailed Apple Pay roundup with everything you need to know about Apple’s payments service.

(Thanks, Luis!)

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Five new Mac models pop up in regulatory documents, suggesting imminent release

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An international regulator is showing five unannounced Apple Mac models running macOS Big Sur, although unusually, the new listing also includes multiple Macs and iOS devices that have previously been registered.

Four new entries in the Eurasian Economic Commission’s regulatory database together list a total of 64 Apple devices — though only five have not appeared before. It’s unusual to see so many re-listings, and the EEC database does not explain them, but the new devices are required to be listed before they can go on sale.

All five of the entirely new entries are Macs listed, in translation, as “personal computers of the Apple trademark, and spare parts for it.” They are running “macOS software version 11.0.” These new devices have the model numbers A2348, A2438, A2439, A2337, and A2338.

Also listed and not yet released are Macs with macOS Big Sur model numbers A2147, A2158, and A2182. These three were previously listed on the EEC database in June 2019.

Given that this original date comes before the release of macOS Catalina, it’s possible that the re-listings are all to do with the devices now being registered as coming with macOS Big Sur installed.

Extract from the EEC database showing four new sections, each containing very many repeat listings —  but some new Macs

Extract from the EEC database showing four new sections, each containing very many repeat listings — but some new Macs

Similarly, the EEC database shows 39 iOS devices as being new, but all are either existing devices or if they are yet to be released, have previously been listed. The nine iOS devices that have yet to be released were all listed in June 2020.

It’s likely that these refreshed iOS listings are in reality for the “iPhone 12” range that is expected to be launched at Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event. The timing of the re-listing is likely to be coincidence, however, and there is

Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple refute House Judiciary report suggesting Big Tech restraints

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are rebuking a House Judiciary Committee report from Democratic lawmakers that suggests Congress should pass legislation to rein in Big Tech.

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The report, issued Tuesday and entitled “Investigation of Competition in Digital Markets,” suggests reforms aiming to “address anticompetitive conduct in digital markets” and strengthen antitrust enforcement.

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In addition to proposing separations of some dominant tech platforms from the companies’ other businesses, the report also calls for the platforms to be required to offer equal terms for equal products and services for all users. It proposes laws be changed to impose a higher bar for approving future tech industry mergers and acquisitions.

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“To put it simply, companies that once were scrappy, underdog startups that challenged the status quo have become the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons,” the 450-page report issued by the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee’s Democratic staff. “Although these firms have delivered clear benefits to society, the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google has come at a price.”



Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg are posing for a picture: This file combination of 2019-2020 photos shows Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In a report issued Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, Democratic lawmakers called for Congress to rein in Big Tech, possibly forcing Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to sever their dominant platforms from their other lines of business and imposing new uniformity on the terms they offer users.


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This file combination of 2019-2020 photos shows Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In a report issued Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, Democratic lawmakers called for Congress to rein in Big Tech, possibly forcing Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to sever their dominant platforms from their other lines of business and imposing new uniformity on the terms they offer users.

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