TORONTO – Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook visited Canada for the first time as CEO Monday, surprising students at a downtown Toronto Apple store to highlight the importance of learning to code, and dropping in on a group of developers to thank them for their contributions to the tech giant’s app store.
The unannounced visit by Cook, who as Apple’s chief executive since 2011 has overseen the rollout of the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch, was the first time an Apple CEO has visited Canada since Steve Jobs made the trek north in the late 1980s.
CIBC and RBC clients can now use Apple Pay wherever contactless payments are accepted.
Visa, MasterCard and Interac debit cards can be added to compatible Apple devices to start paying for everyday purchases with your phone wherever contactless payments are accepted.
“Being able to do more everyday banking through a mobile device is now essential to client experience, which is why we are focused on delivering innovations like Apple Pay to our clients,” said David Williamson with CBC.
Tech experts gathered in Winnipeg Thursday to discuss the upcoming electronic trends for 2010.
During a breakfast seminar at the Fort Garry Hotel, gurus said to expect the popularity of eBooks and net tablets to soar. The future didn’t look as promising, though, for eBook readers, such as the Amazon Kindle. Apple is expected to release a tablet next week, and experts believe it will be the year’s hottest item, next to smart phones, which will also see an increase in popularity.
What won’t be hot this year is traditional media advertising, such as in newspapers, magazines or on television. Duncan Stewart, tech guru with Deloitte Canada, said advertising models will shift online.
The not-yet-announced, but highly rumoured Apple Tablet is looking very promising to revolutionize a number of fields. This, according to experts and technology analysts.
According to a recent report on CNET, Apple wants to give Amazon’s Kindle a kick in the pants and push its famed Kindle aside with the launch of the Tablet. Having drawn such comparisons to the iPod Touch, but on a larger scale, the Tablet could end up replacing some laptops depending on the user’s needs.
Apple is also reported to be in talks with a number of newspaper publishers, including the New York Times, to help deliver their content in a paid arena across the Tablet platform. The Kindle also has agreements with newspapers and magazines to deliver the same service.
The entertainment and computing industry are also in for a complete makeover if the Tablet does in fact make an appearance as Apple’s newest invention.
Late Monday, an online report surfaced citing negotiations with Apple and publisher HarperCollins to bring even more content to the new platform.
Apple has invited the media to an event next Wednesday, January 27 in San Francisco. Tech experts say if the Tablet is not unveiled, it will be a major shock. Meanwhile, rumours are still swirling over the new iPhone 4G, which is said to be released sometime between June and July of this year.
There was buzz circulating earlier this week when word spread of a possible Apple store opening up in Polo Park Shopping Centre. Access Winnipeg first reported that it may be a possibility, as Apple’s website has the option to apply for job positions at a future store located in the mall.
ChrisD.ca did some digging to try and get to the bottom of this. According to Apple spokesman Simon Atkins, “Apple does not comment on rumour of speculation regarding the announcement of new Apple Stores.”
However, Polo Park general manager Deborah Green did squash any rumour by saying, “Although there is a listing for future employment opportunities at Polo Park, we do not have an Apple store here and do not have a lease in place for a store in the future.”
But a posting Tuesday on ifoAppleStore.com apparently confirms the opening of two new stores — one in Vancouver and the other in Winnipeg. ChrisD.ca spoke to the site’s owner, Gary Allen, who told us, “Apple has posted job listings for the location, which are almost always a confirmation. There have been one or two cases where Apple cancelled a store after posting a job opening, but otherwise the job listing is always correct.”
So, Apple fans… never say never. Remember when we all thought IKEA would never come? We’ll keep you updated.
— With files from ChrisD.ca’s Sarah Klein Image credit: RandomProcess.ca