Apple has started selling iTunes gift cards in electronics retailers throughout the United Arab Emirates, according to photos sent by 9to5Mac readers. This is the first time these cards have been available in this market.
The change is part of a larger move into the region by Apple’s retail arm, which began hiring for an upcoming Apple Store in Dubai several months ago. Some are saying that the upcoming Dubai store could become the largest in the world as Apple continues its push into new territories.
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According to iFixit, the "gapless" front panel is more rigid than previous iPad models, and feels sturdier when it's being pried up with the company's proprietary iOpener. As with all iPads, the glued down display is the only access point to the tablet.
As noted in reviews, the iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery than the original iPad Air, coming in at 27.62 Whr and 7,340 mAh. The first generation tablet had a 8,827 mAh/32.9 Whr battery life.
iFixit's teardown confirms the existence of both the more powerful A8X processor and 2GB of Elpida F8164A3MD RAM. The iPad Air 2's logic board includes two separate 1GB RAM chips located in on either side of the A8X processor.
The iPad Air 2's Touch ID sensor cable appears to be very similar to the sensor cable found in the new iPhones, and the Touch ID sensor itself was made by NXP Semiconductors. The 8-megapixel camera is similar to the camera in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well, but they are not identical. The iPad Air 2's ambient light sensor has been split into two sensors, with one now located on the headphone jack, possibly for improved accuracy.
Along with the repositioning of several internal microphone and camera components, the Wi-Fi model's antennas, previously located at the bottom of the tablet, have been moved to the top of the iPad.
Apple's iPad Air 2 is currently available for order online, with new orders shipping in two to four days. Wi-Fi only models are also available in retail stores as of today, with Wi-Fi + Cellular models coming at a later date. Prices for the new iPad Air 2 start at $499.
iFixit's teardown is still ongoing and we will add any additional information here.
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Following up on a bevy of miscellaneous issues with Apple Pay, some Bank of America account holders are now reporting that the new service is charging them twice for some transactions. Re/code has now confirmed that Bank of America is in fact experiencing a technical error that is causing the double charges and is currently attempting to roll out a solution that will resolve the problem.
The glitch was apparently the result of a miscommunication between the bank’s systems and an unnamed payment network and wasn’t Apple’s fault at all, according to the report. The bank said that only about 1,000 transactions were affected by the problem, which is a relatively minute number compared to the number of transactions likely being carried out nationwide today.
Re/code says the problem is expected to be fixed later today. Reports of multiple charges when using Apple Pay in third-party apps have also appeared today, though Apple was to blame for a formatting error that caused those. Those issues have already been resolved.
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Other new deals:
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More deals still:
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- Apple’s former Director of Industrial Design is behind the new Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight
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