Apple removes a significant barrier to opening its own retail stores in India

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2016

Apple’s removed a significant barrier to opening its stores in India as the country’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) recommended exempting the firm from a state ruling that requires foreign companies to source at least 30 percent of their goods from domestic suppliers for their branded retail stores, as per The Times of India. Read More

 

Is Apple prepping to refresh Thunderbolt Display?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2016

Apple hasn’t refreshed the beautiful Thunderbolt Display since its July 2011 debut. That could change soon, however, as shipping times for the Thunderbolt Display have risen sharply across its European stores.

As first noted by German blog Macerkopf.de, customers in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, the United Kingdom and other major markets in Europe are now faced with an eight-day delay when ordering a Thunderbolt Display. Read More

 

Apple launches new Trade Up With Installments 24-month iPhone payment plan

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2016

CNET is reporting that Apple is launched a new iPhone payment plan, the Trade Up With Installments program, that gives users the option of unloading their old phone to get a brand new iPhone for an outlay of less than about $35 a month.

The program, CNET explains, was designed for people who have older-generation iPhones and lets these customers hand over their old iPhone, Android or Microsoft Windows phone device in exchange for credit toward a new iPhone purchase. It’s currently available in the United States through Apple’s official retail stores. Read More

 

Apple removes iPhone 4s and iPhone 5c from sale in India as iPhone 5se launch looms

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2016

In India, Apple has stopped selling the iPhone 4s, which debuted in the fall of 2011, as well as the unapologetically plastic iPhone 5c, The Economic Times reported Tuesday. In withdrawing its most affordable handsets from the 1.25 billion people country—the world’s third market for smartphones and the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world—Apple is looking to boost its average selling price and profitability “which have been under strain in the country lately,” stated the report. Read More

 

Apple files application to open retail stores in India

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2016

Apple has filed an application with India’s department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) to build and operate its own retail stores in the populous country, India Times reported Wednesday.

Apple is also seeking to sell its products online in India. The official move is the culmination of Apple’s multi-year effort to bring the official retail presence to shoppers in the 1.25 billion people market. Read More

 

Apple Stores to offer iPhone photography and iPad illustration workshops next year

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 30, 2015

As part of a major retail streamlining under the watchful eye of Apple’s head of online and brick-and-mortar stores, Angela Ahrendts, the company will be hosting a number of workshops next year at its stores that will take its existing and basic photography workshops to the next level.

The new workshops were designed to teach customers about the tips and tricks concerning iPhone photography, as well as drawing, painting and sketching on an iPad, with the promise of giving customers “at all skill levels” a chance to learn about more advanced image-capturing techniques, CNET said today. Read More

 

Microsoft Store employees make a peace offering to their Apple Store peers in holiday video

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Following Apple’s holiday ad featuring Stevie Wonder and Andra Day, rival Microsoft today released its own holiday-themed commercial in which employees of its retail store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue are shown spreading the message of peace outside of Apple’s iconic glass cube store.

As reported by AdAge, Microsoft flew store employees from around the country to New York City to film this commercial on November 16. Read More

 

Apple honors World AIDS Day with (RED) apps, products, accessories and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Apple logos on the company’s retail stores around the world have turned bright red today, and that means one thing: it’s honoring the World AIDS Day. In the App Store, Apple and (RED) joined forces with developer Supercell, with 100 percent of proceeds from customers who buy (RED) packs for Supercell’s games going to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

And via its homepage at Apple.com, the company is inviting customers to help the initiative by purchasing (RED)-branded products like Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Watches and accessories such as Beats headphones, the Smart Cover for the iPad Air and the Smart Case for the iPad Air 2. Read More

 

Personal Pickup now available in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Personal Pickup, a handy option which makes it easy for customers to order an Apple product online and have it delivered a few hours later to a specific retail store for pickup, is now available in the following major markets within the European Union: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden, as first reported by German blog Macerkopf.de. Read More

 

Apple products among the most popular Black Friday items at Target

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2015

Target, the second-largest discount retailer in the United States behind Walmart, today released a chart listing the most popular products that shoppers were purchasing on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

The iPads were top sellers in Target’s brick-and-mortar and online stores, with the retailer selling an iPad every second throughout the day on Thanksgiving, Forbes reports. Read More

 

Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard deliveries slip to 4-5 weeks, Apple promises ‘regular shipments’

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2015

If you’re in the market for an iPad Pro and are considering purchasing Apple’s $99 Pencil or the $169 Smart Keyboard to take full advantage of the tablet’s new features for creatives and mobile workers, you’re in for some serious waiting as shipping times for these accessories have slipped to 4-5 weeks on the Apple Online Store.

In a statement to Mashable, the company did acknowledge limited supply of the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard in its own retail stores and promised “regular shipments”. Read More

 

Apple partnering with local retailer Croma to set up first stores in India next month

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

At long last, first Apple Stores are about to launch in India, home to population of 1.25 billion people. As reported by The Economic Times, Apple Stores will be debuting in India in partnership with Tata-owned consumer electronics chain Croma, which will host Apple products at six of its locations as a pilot.

Apple’s tried and tested store-within-a-store concept will go live at five Croma stores in Mumbai—Malad, Juhu, Oberoi Mall and Phoenix Mall—in addition to Croma’s Jayanagar store in the city of Bengaluru, the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state and the center of the country’s technology industry. Read More

 

Apple’s plans for walk-in iPhone 6s purchases largely unchanged from past iPhone launches

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2015

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are scheduled to hit retail stores on September 25 and a new report published today provides an insight into the company’s retail launch plans for the new devices.

Though hardly different from past iPhone launches, you’re advised to check out the following tidbits for a more seamless shopping experience regardless of whether you have pre-ordered your iPhone with in-store pickup or are planning on waltzing inside your local Apple Store on launch day. Read More

 

Apple Watch availability expands to UK’s John Lewis and Currys department stores

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2015

The Apple Watch world tour continues unabated with confirmation that the wearable device is slated to go on sale this week at John Lewis, the department store in the United Kingdom, Wearable reports.

Currys, another mainstream UK-based department store, also announced on its website that it would be selling the Apple Watch “soon.”

Both John Lewis and Currys will provide online support for Apple Watch sales as well. Read More

 

First Apple Store in Belgium opening in Brussels on Saturday, September 19

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 4, 2015

I’m based out of Europe and it’s always been a mystery to me as to why Apple lacks official retail presence in Belgium. Well, the company is finally opening its first brick-and-mortar store in the twelve million people market.

The forthcoming store will be located in Brussels, the largest city and capital of Belgium, the de facto capital of the European Union and headquarters for NATO, and is scheduled to open doors to customers on Sunday, September 19. Read More

 

Apple Stores gaining Mobile Try-On program for Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

As Apple continues to refine the shopping experience at its brick-and-mortar stores under the watchful eye of retail chief Angela Ahrendts, the company is now introducing a brand new retail initiative called Mobile Try-On.

As per 9to5Mac, Mobile Try-On encourages customers to try out Apple’s wearable device by walking around the store with a demo unit on their wrist paired to an iPhone running the Apple Watch companion application. Read More

 

Apple bringing its watch to more retail outlets in France

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2015

The Apple Watch will be available in some additional locations in France beginning tomorrow, August 21, French blog iPhoneAddict reported Thursday.

In addition to Apple’s own brick-and-mortar and online stores which have been carrying the device in the country since its April 24 unveiling, customers in Paris will be able to pick up the device through the Fnac online store and its flagship retail outlet at the famous Champs Elysées. Read More

 

Apple Watch hits Best Buy in Canada and Harvey Norman in Australia

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2015

Keeping true to its promise, Best Buy Canada today began carrying the Apple Watch in its retail stores throughout the country. The electronics retailer’s online store in Canada is now selling Apple’s watches, too. In addition, the Apple Watch is now available through the Australian department store Harvey Norman’s outlets in Auburn, New South Wales. Read More

 

Apple Watch goes on sale in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2015

Earlier this morning at 7:01am local time, Apple’s wrist-worn device went on sale in three new markets: New Zealand, Russia and Turkey. The Apple Watch is available through the Apple Online Store in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey, in addition to select non-Apple locations.

In Turkey, for example, the device is also available via company-woned brick-and-mortar stores at the Zorlu Center and Akasya Shopping Center in Istanbul. In Russia, the Apple Watch is available for walk-in customers at iPort, Re:Store and C-store outlets. And in New Zealand, the Apple Watch can be purchased in select Apple Stores. Read More

 

Best Buy will offer Apple Watch in Canada beginning August 14

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2015

Best Buy has not offered the Apple Watch since its April 24 debut, but now the American consumer electronics retailer is at last making room on its store shelves for Apple’s wrist-worn device.

The Wall Street Journal recently said that Best Buy will begin to offer the Apple Watch in more than a hundred U.S. retail stores, and online, on August 7.

Just a week later, the device will hit Best Buy stores in Canada, according to MobileSyrup. This will expand the device’s footprint in Canada, where it’s been available exclusively through the online and retail Apple Stores from day one. Read More

 
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