Top iOS news of the week: iOS 9, Apple Pay fees, serious hack

This week in the world of iOS we saw iOS 9 for the first time, heard that credit card companies are leaning on Apple Pay fees, and there are now a lot of apps for the Apple Watch.

Safari in iOS 9 gets ad blocking

Blocking ads on web sites has long been available on all browsers, save Safari in iOS. That will change with the release of iOS 9, as Apple is opening the browser to content blocking extensions.

This won't make web site operators happy but iPhone and iPad owners will no doubt be glad to catch up with the rest of the industry.

Source: ZDNet

OS 9 unveiled by Apple

The next version of iOS adds features for the iPad and improvements for the iPhone. The biggest new feature is multitasking for the iPad Air 2, SlideOver, and the QuickType keyboard that turns into a trackpad.

The OS will offer picture-in-picture for watching video in a window.

Source: ZDNet

Credit card companies pushing Apple to drop transaction fees

Major credit card companies are not happy that Apple gets a fee from every Apple Pay transaction. They plan on pushing the company to drop the fee, as Google is doing with Android Pay.

This may lead to a standoff between Apple and the companies using Apple Pay.

Source: Fierce Wireless

Now over 6,000 apps for the Apple Watch

Apple knows that apps will make or break the watch and is making that clear to developers. The release of the SDK to let them make native apps for the Apple Watch is aimed at getting a lot of apps released quickly.

Everything seems to be going to plan as there are now over 6,000 apps available for the Apple Watch.

Source: Cultofmac

Security researcher proves iOS vulnerable to iCloud password theft

A serious vulnerability in the iOS Mail app leaves it open to the theft of iCloud passwords. A security researcher published a proof of concept hack that loads remote HTML to facilitate the theft.

The hack works by replacing HTML code in an email that prompts the recipient to enter the password, which the hacker grabs.

Source: Ars Tecnica