A few things to note about Apple Pay:
When you turn over your Card in Apple Pay, you will see two different sets of numbers. One will be the last 5 digits of your American Express Card number. The other is the Device Account Number, which is a unique number assigned to this Card on your Phone. If a merchant asks for the last 5 digits of your Card after you’ve made a purchase with your American Express Card in Apple Pay, please use the last 5 digits of the Device Account Number. There are no changes to your American Express Card or account. You can continue to make purchases with your American Express Card, even if you lose your phone.
iOS 8.1 comes out Monday. OS X Yosemite released today. ApplePay starts Monday (with the release of 8.1) and they [Apple] have numerous banks and retailers partnered with it. This will be telling to the success of the service. I look forward to trying this and hope more retailers hop on this.
iPad mini 3’s update was lackluster. It’s basically the 2 (formerly known as the iPad mini with Retina Display) with Touch ID. iPad Air 2 got an expected update… Now we have 3 model iPhones (5s, 6, and 6 Plus) and model iPads (iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2) with Touch ID. It’s worth nothing the iPad’s won’t have ApplePay.
iMac has been updated to have a Retina Display. Not just any display… No, not 4K. They went with 5K. Starting price is a reasonable $2499. Considering the price of a similar size (27”) 4K screen, this isn’t crazy.
Mac mini also got a nod. It’s been updated with the latest CPUs, 2 Thunderbolt ports, and a few other things. If you’re in the market for a new desktop, they also cut off $100 of the starting price - starts at $499 now. Worth noting that the base model is 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB spinning HDD.