Apple Store going down tomorrow morning amid rumors of impending product refreshes

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2017

Reputable supply chain analysts recently told MacRumors Apple could announce new products between Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24. Well, today Apple did something it’s never done before—via its System Status webpage, the firm announced that its online stores will be undergoing maintenance tomorrow morning, March 21.

“The Apple Store will be updated and unavailable during this time,” reads the message first spotted by MacRumors. It’s become a tradition for Apple to take its store offline ahead of major media events and product launches. Read More

 

Apple Store shopping app now requires iOS 10

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2017

Apple’s mobile shopping app, aptly named Apple Store, now requires iOS 10.0 or later. This requirement happened in the last three days and even though it’s not a huge deal, it deserves to be mentioned. The app’s most recent update, dated March 9, included only “various improvements and performance enhancements,” according to Apple’s release notes. Apple Store for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch is available at no charge from App Store. Read More

 

Steve Jobs originally thought Genius Bar would never work

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2017

When Apple’s former retail chief Ron Johnson presented the idea for tech support stations—dubbed Genius Bar—that would be located inside the company’s brick-and-mortar stores, Steve Jobs loathed the concept and thought it would never work.

“I remember the day I came in and told Steve about the Genius Bar idea and he says, ‘That’s so idiotic! It’ll never work!’”, Johnson told Recode. Read More

 

The best exercise apps for Apple Watch

By Steffen Reich on Jan 28, 2017

One of the predominant selling points of Apple Watch has always been the notion of having a chummy, yet inspiring fitness pal on your wrist. Since its inception, Apple Watch’s App Store has therefore given rise to a plethora of apps, offering new ways to conduct and manage physical exercise, ranging from running to yoga companions and everything lying in between.

Focussing on one particular branch in the field of exercise – strength training from the comfort of your home or gym – we have put some time aside to cut through the clutter and size up todays’ most prominent apps in the segment. If you are currently on the lookout for a personal trainer on your wrist, here are the best exercise apps for Apple Watch you will want to consider. Read More

 

Apple planning to open first retail store on Samsung’s home turf

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2017

Apple is planning to open a retail store in Seoul, South Korea, reports Reuters. This will be the company’s first official store in the country, which also plays home to the headquarters of Samsung, Apple’s largest competitor in the smartphone space.

A spokesperson for Apple confirmed the plans with Reuters via email, saying “We’re excited about opening our first Apple Store in Korea, one of the world’s economic centers and a leader in telecommunication and technology, with a vibrant K-culture.” Read More

 

Apple gives employees t-shirt and credo print for the holidays

By Cody Lee on Dec 16, 2016

Apple this year is giving each of its retail employees a special edition t-shirt and credo printing gift for the holidays. MacRumors has photos of the presents, which show a gray t-shirt featuring a two-circle design made up of all of Apple’s retail locations.

As for the credo, it’s printed on what appears to be glossy, heavy paper and it even comes in a protective envelop. Apple introduced the 6-paragraph statement earlier this year, which starts off “we are here to enrich lives, to help dreamers become doers.” Read More

 

AirPods will be available in Apple Stores Monday

By Cody Lee on Dec 15, 2016

Apple will start selling AirPods in its retail stores on Monday, reports MacRumors. Citing a retail source familiar with the matter, the outlet says the company has begun informing its stores about the imminent launch and has even started shipping inventory.

The news follows the launch of AirPods online sales earlier this week, where shipping estimates quickly slipped beyond 4 weeks due to short supply. So for those hoping to score a pair of the wireless earbuds before Christmas, in-store is really your best bet. Read More

 

Apple announce it will open a seventh retail store in Shanghai this Saturday

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

Apple on Monday announced on its Chinese retail website that it will be opening a brand new retail store at Vanke Mall in Qibao, a popular tourist destination located in the suburbs of Shanghai. The store will opens its doors to customers on Saturday, December 10, at 10am local time. Read More

 

Apple Store goes offline ahead of today’s “Hello again” Mac event

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2016

Like clockwork, Apple has taken its online stores around the world offline ahead of today’s “Hello again” Mac event, which kicks off with a keynote at 10am PT / 1pm ET at Town Hall on the Cupertino campus. iDownloadBlog will be providing remote live coverage of the announcements as they happen.

Apple typically takes the online store down ahead of major product introductions. The store should go back up with new product listings as soon as the event wraps up. Be sure to stick around as we’ve got a lot more coming up. Read More

 

Apple Stores begin removing security tethers from display iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 14, 2016

Apple continues perfecting retail experience for its customers as CNET reports today that some Apple Stores have begun to remove or have already removed security tethers from iPhone display models. Last year, Apple relegated iPods to side shelves and removed iPad smart signage.

According to CNET, Apple’s flagship London Regent Street store re-opening this Saturday will feature Apple’s next-generation store design and no iPhone security tethers. Read More

 
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