Starting with the iOS 17.1 beta release, iPhone users in the U.K. can now add their debit and credit cards from select banks in the country to the Wallet app. This new feature, called Connected Cards, allows users to view their available balances and latest transactions for these accounts. Currently, Connected Cards is only available in the U.K., but evidence suggests that it will expand to the U.S. in the future.
The fine print in the Wallet app reveals that users permit Apple (either Apple Payments Services Ltd in the U.K. or Apple Processing LLC in the U.S.) to consolidate their account information and provide it to them. Apple emphasizes that they do not store or share this information. Additionally, a legal document found on Apple’s website explicitly mentions that the Connected Cards feature will eventually be available to U.S. residents.
Although it’s unclear when Connected Cards will launch in the U.S. and which banks will participate, it’s worth noting that the feature in the U.K. relies on the country’s open banking framework. It remains to be seen how it will work in the U.S. Earlier this year, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau stated that it expected to finalize an open banking rule by 2024.
The expansion of the Connected Cards feature to the U.S. is undoubtedly exciting news for iPhone users. It will provide a convenient way to manage their debit and credit cards directly from the Wallet app, offering a comprehensive view of their financial information. By consolidating account information and keeping it secure, Apple aims to streamline the user experience, ensuring that personal data is handled responsibly.
As for other Apple news, details have emerged about the highly anticipated fourth-generation iPhone SE, codenamed Ghost. The iPhone SE 4 is expected to feature a new design derived from the base model iPhone 14. This next-generation iPhone SE is likely to incorporate design and hardware upgrades, making it an attractive option for consumers looking for a budget-friendly iPhone without compromising on performance.
Additionally, Apple recently released the iOS 17.0.2 and iPadOS 17.0.2 updates. These updates follow closely after the previous releases and include bug fixes and improvements. Users can update their devices by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
In terms of the latest beta release, iOS 17.1 introduces some features that were previously promised for iOS 17 and enhances existing features. One notable addition is the ability to mark songs, albums, playlists, and artists as favorites in the Apple Music app, allowing users to easily access their preferred content.
Concerns about overheating with the iPhone 15 Pro have also made headlines recently. Both The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have documented anecdotal complaints from customers regarding overheating issues with the device. While it’s unclear how widespread the problem is, it’s speculated that thermal compromises in the device’s design may have contributed to the overheating.
Furthermore, there have been reports that certain USB-C power banks are not working correctly with the iPhone 15. Some users have experienced charging issues when using existing USB-C power banks with their new iPhones. This may be due to compatibility issues between the power banks and the iPhone 15 models.
Finally, macOS Sonoma introduces Game Mode, a feature that prioritizes CPU and GPU performance for gaming purposes on Macs. Apple has published a support document explaining how to use this feature, which optimizes the gaming experience by giving games the highest priority access to the CPU and GPU, reducing usage for background tasks.
As always, Apple continues to innovate and improve its products and services, providing users with a seamless and enhanced experience across its devices. With the expansion of the Connected Cards feature, the upcoming iPhone SE 4, and various updates and improvements, Apple users have plenty to look forward to.