By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2012
A few days ago we told you that Tim Cook had sent out an email to Apple employees regarding a special Town Hall meeting yesterday. The CEO wanted to congratulate his team on its recent success, and discuss some “exciting new things going on at Apple.”
As it turns out, 9to5Mac — who originally broke the story — has gotten word of at least one of the topics of the meeting. No, it’s not a new iPad or an Apple TV set. Apparently Apple is planning to launch a major employee discount program later this year… Read More
By Zech TesfaYohannes on Jan 14, 2012
Target has announced that it will be adding “Mini Apple Stores” to 25 of its retail locations. Last week rumors were circulating that Target was going to be adding Apple stores to its locations throughout the US, and those rumors have been confirmed.
When Target adds the Apple stores, it will very similar to the Best Buy layout customers there currently experience.. Read More
By Zech TesfaYohannes on Jan 12, 2012
Today the long awaited iPhone 4S was supposed to go on sale in China. A lot of people crowded Apple Stores hoping to get an iPhone.
M.I.C. Gadget is reporting that a huge fight broke out between scalpers, shutting down the Apple Store in Beijing. It even got to a point where it was so bad that Beijing SWAT team had to be called in to help control the angry scalpers and customers. Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 20, 2011
With Christmas now less than a week away, the deadline for shipments guaranteed to arrive before the holiday is drawing closer. That means that the folks hoping to avoid the last-minute retail crowds are running out of time.
However, those still looking to snag an iPad or other Apple product for that special someone are in luck. The company has just upgraded its free shipping promotion from 2-3 day business day delivery to guaranteed next-day shipping. Read More
By Alex Heath on Dec 13, 2011
We recently told you about Apple’s free shipping holiday promotion for its online store. Any order placed through December 22nd will be shipped for free, including orders that are under $50.
Apple has added another perk to its promotion by offering 2-3 business day delivery for free. This means that online orders will be shipped much faster throughout the holidays. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Dec 12, 2011
Apple has posted a selection of photographs showing off its new Grand Central Station Apple Store on its website. While looking at the photos may be interesting, how does being able to view a 360 degree panorama sound?
But wait, there’s more!
How about viewing that panorama on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and being able to take a virtual tour of the store using the built-in gyroscope? Sounds awesome right? Well, it is… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Nov 29, 2011
Apple has found itself in the top 5 most-visited online stores in the United States for the first time, according to data compiled by comScore for Black Friday. Sitting pretty in fifth place, Apple is the highest ranking product brand in the list, almost overtaking Target in the fourth spot.
The impressive results come as Apple is also experiencing fantastic sales in its brick and mortar stores, with the Black Friday sales apparently breaking forecasts left and right… Read More
By Alex Heath on Nov 28, 2011
Apple has begun to offer free shipping in its online stores for all available products. The holiday offer lasts through December 22nd for US customers, while other countries, like New Zealand, are showing December 25th as the cut-off date.
Today is Cyber Monday, and many online stores are offering considerable discounts on electronics and other products. Apple, however, is only offering free shipping as a seasonal promotion. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Nov 28, 2011
If you needed proof that Apple is indeed recession-proof, then this may be it. Reports surfacing today suggest that Apple’s sales for the Black Friday event last week may have been the company’s best for a single day, ever.
With the global economy far from at its best, results such as this would certainly reinforce that Apple seems to be immune to the usual pains suffered by tech companies in a climate such as the one we are currently in. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 25, 2011
A few weeks ago, Apple updated its retail store app with multiple new features. The two that really stood out were the EasyPay self-checkout option and the new in-store pickup service.
The New York Times got a glimpse of the latter feature in action yesterday during the Black Friday sale at a SoCal Apple Store. Utilizing customer tracking software, the service is actually quite interesting… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 22, 2011
If you haven’t quite finished your holiday shopping yet, you’ll be happy to know that Apple has announced that it will be hosting a Black Friday sale this week. “Black Friday” is the Friday after Thanksgiving and is generally the busiest shopping day of the year.
On this day, retailers offer substantial discounts on their products to attract customers into their stores. Apple participated in the festivities last year by knocking up to $100 off its Macs and iOS devices, and it looks like its gearing up for another sale this year… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Nov 13, 2011
If there was ever any doubt about just how seriously Apple is taking the transition from the ‘trucks’ of the old generation, MacBooks and Macs, to the new generation of touch-enabled iOS devices, then this should end it. According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple is planning to change the way it operates its Genius Bar, by incorporating the iPad into its workflow.
Currently, Apple’s staff use MacBook Pros to help diagnose issues and then work to rectify them, but it would appear that the company will now begin using iPads running custom software.
The change sees Apple replace its own premium notebooks with tablets, offering increased portability to the technical customer service process… Read More
By Alex Heath on Nov 9, 2011
Apple enthusiast Thomas Park has put together an incredibly thorough catalogue of Apple’s 357 retail stores from around the world. In his gallery of storefront photos, Park has collected a picture of nearly every Apple Store in existence and assembled them all on one scrollable website.
His catalogue shows the evolution of Apple’s retail designs throughout the years, beginning with the first Apple Store in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia in August of 2001. Read More
By Alex Heath on Nov 8, 2011
If you’re still in need of an iPhone 4S, you’re best shot is probably your local Apple Store. With Apple’s latest smartphone selling out around the world, many are still unable to get their hands on the iPhone 4S.
According to recent industry checks, retails stores are still running out of iPhone 4S supply on a “daily basis.” Apple seems to be giving supply priority to its own stores, meaning that the Apple Store should have the most available stock for customers. And even then, your chances are slim… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 8, 2011
We’ve been hearing about Apple’s plans to implement some sort of a self-checkout system in its chain for over a week now. As a matter of fact, we’ve been expecting to see the feature added in an Apple Store app update since November 3rd.
As they say, better late than never. MacRumors was the first to spot the update in the App Store, which must have been uploaded sometime late last night. As promised, Apple added a number of features to the app, including self-checkout… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 2, 2011
A few days ago, MacRumors reported that Apple was going to be unveiling a new version of its iOS retail app in the very near future. The update is expected to bring multiple new features, including an in-store self-checkout option for accessories.
As crazy as the idea sounds, it’s starting to seem more and more legitimate. Now, BGR is claiming that it can confirm that an Apple Store app update is indeed on the way. And it has even obtained details of how the new services will work… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 31, 2011
Apple Stores are already considered trendsetters in the retail space. From their awe-inspiring architecture to their product-focused environments, the Cupertino company’s world-wide chain has other retailers turning green with envy.
Now it seems like the Mac-makers are looking to start another fad: self-checkout. No, we’re not talking about those big machines at your local Walmart. We’re talking about customers paying for items using their iPhones without the help of a sales clerk… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Oct 24, 2011
We’ve all wanted to order a new Apple product online, but have not wanted to wait for it to via companies like UPS. Wouldn’t it be much easier if we could just place an order and then go to a local store to pick it up?
If a MacRumors source is to be believed, we could be doing just that at some point in the near future, with the trial program known as ‘Sherwood’ getting underway.
The system, the report claims, will include any product currently available via the online Apple Store, including built-to-order Macs and engraved iPods… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 17, 2011
MacRumors came across an interesting change on Apple’s website regarding its how to buy an iPhone 4S section. The updated page now clearly states that the company’s latest smartphone is only available in store by reservation.
Considering Apple’s announcement this morning that it sold a staggering 4 million handsets on opening weekend, the new restriction isn’t surprising. But if you haven’t scored an iPhone 4S yet, you might want to note these new details… Read More
By Zech TesfaYohannes on Oct 13, 2011
Tomorrow, the iPhone 4S will go on sale in stores around the world, and many people will be (and already are) lining up to purchase one.
One problem people always encounter when Apple releases a new product is long lines. There are a couple of different ways to avoid the lines, which will save you time, and, most importantly, ensure that you get a new iPhone! Read More