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


Apple’s upcoming World Trade Center store to open next Tuesday

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 11, 2016

Apple is set to open a new brick-and-mortar outlet at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, a $4 billion train transit station in Lower Manhattan, in less than a week, on Tuesday, August 16, at 12pm ET. The firm announced that its tenth store in New York City, located at 185 Greenwich Street, is located in the lower level section of the Oculus Transportation Hub. Read More


Apple confirms a new retail store opening at World Trade Center later this year

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Jason Barlia, who is Market Director for Apple’s New York stores, confirmed today to CNET plans to open a brand new brick-and-mortar store at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, a $4 billion train transit station in Lower Manhattan. The forthcoming store will be opening doors to shoppers later in 2016. Read More


Apple makes significant progress on its first retail store in Singapore

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

Apple’s first retail store in Singapore appears to be progressing nicely, with new photos obtained by MacRumors proving that the construction of the store’s glass facade and canopy is now well underway. Apple confirmed in November 2015 that its first-ever store in the Southeast Asia city-state will be powered by hundred percent renewable energy, but did not provide a timeframe for the opening.

The store location has been under renovation since earlier this year. Read More


Apple announces first Brooklyn store will be opening doors to customers on July 30

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Job listings discovered in May 2016 suggested that Apple’s first retail store in the New York City borough of Brooklyn could open for business this year. Today, the company’s Retail website officially announced that grand opening of its all-new Brooklyn store will take place on Sunday, July 30, at 10am local time. Read More


Apple paid $33,333 per stair for glass staircase in San Francisco’s Union Square

By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2016

Apple’s signature glass staircase in its newly launched store on San Francisco’s Union Square set the company back a cool $1 million, or approximately $33,333 per stair, while the shell of the building cost about $19 million, according to official building permits obtained by Patently Apple.

The building’s sprinkler system cost an estimated $2.28 million to upgrade, the solar power installation on the roof cost $800,000 while installing canopy panels came with a $150,000 price tag attached to it. Read More


Job listings suggest Apple’s first retail store in Brooklyn could open for business this year

By Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

Following setbacks, Apple’s first retail store in Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough, could open some time this year.

That’s because the company’s now started a recruiting process for the Brooklyn area. The store should be located at 247 Bedford Avenue, at the corner of North 3rd Street, in Williamsburg.

A series of job post on Apple’s website, first spotted by MacRumors, advertise positions for Creatives, Experts, Geniuses, Specialists, Business Leaders and management, with LinkedIn ads seeking a Retail Manager and Senior Manager specifically in Brooklyn. Read More


Apple merges product and store pages in major site redesign

By Cody Lee on Aug 6, 2015

Apple on Thursday launched a new version of its website,, featuring merged product and store pages. The standalone ‘Store’ tab has been removed from the top navigation bar, as is the infamous ‘’ domain.

Now, the online store is integrated throughout the website, with purchasing buttons and options pinned at the top of every product page. The goal here is to streamline the experience, allowing you to explore and shop in one place. Read More


Apple’s new store in China is all-glass cylinder covered by another breathtaking mural

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

New SVP of Retail and former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts said Apple’s retail presence in China is going to expand from 15 to 40 stores within two years.

And one of the new stores is opening this Sunday in Chongqing, a major metropolis in Southwest China and one of the five national central cities in the 1.33 billion people country.

Scheduled to open at 10am local time on Sunday, January 31, the store is officially called Jiefangbei. It’s even more gorgeous than the Pudong store in Shanghai and marks Apple’s second flagship outlet that uses its patented cylindrical glass entrance design.

Apple posted a video posted to its Chinese retail website ahead of grand opening. In it, the firm details a collaboration between China-based artist Yangyang Pan and US-based photographer and engineer Navid Baraty who joined forces to create a breathtaking mural art for the store. Read More


Apple launches online retail store in Russia

By Cody Lee on Jun 26, 2013

It’s been nearly a year since we heard of Apple’s plans to begin direct sales in Russia, and this week it’s finally putting that plan into action. The company has opened a web store in the country, allowing consumers to order iPhones, iPads and more.

Believe it or not, this is actually the first time that folks in Russia will be able to order products directly from Apple. Previously, the company’s devices were only available via third-party retailers, as it doesn’t have any physical stores in the country… Read More


iPad mini shipping times drop to 1-3 days in some countries

By Cody Lee on Feb 4, 2013

Apple has had a hard time catching up with demand for its new iPad mini. Since the tablet debuted last November, supply has been extremely constrained, and shipping estimates only recently dropped below a month.

But things are starting to even out now—either due to Apple ironing out supply chain issues or a recent drop in demand—because the mini is now showing shipping times (in some countries) of just 1-3 business days… Read More


iPad mini shipping times improve to 3-5 days

By Cody Lee on Jan 25, 2013

During Apple’s earnings call earlier this week, Tim Cook noted that the iPad mini was constrained for most of the holiday quarter. And he was right, estimated shipping times were as high as a month in November, and still a week out in December.

But it looks like Apple’s supply is catching up with demand. Today, for the first time, those estimates have dropped below a week. In the United States, in Canada, and several other countries, Apple’s web store is showing ship times of just 3-5 days… Read More


Apple advertising engraved and gift-wrapped iPads for Valentine’s Day

By Cody Lee on Jan 23, 2013

Now that Christmas is just a tiny spec in our rear-view mirrors, it’s time to start looking ahead to the next gift-giving holiday: Valentine’s Day. And this morning, Apple started doing just that, highlighting the affair on its web store with a new “There’s more than one way to say I love you” iPad advertisement… Read More


Amazon optimizes MP3 Store for iPhone

By Cody Lee on Jan 17, 2013

Amazon’s been really stepping up its game in the digital music business over the last 6 months. Last fall it overhauled its Cloud Player service to make it more competitive with iTunes Match, and earlier this month it introduced AutoRip.

It’s work continues today, with a new announcement that it has just optimized its MP3 Store for the iPhone and iPod touch. That’s right, you can now purchase music from Amazon from your Apple device, with tracks starting at just $0.69… Read More


Apple brings community Q&A to online store

By Jake Smith on Mar 19, 2012

Apple already has one of the most customer friendly shopping experiences around with its online store. An easy to navigate UI combined with pages full of information and a great customer support staff make it one of the best. Today, Apple has added a new element in hopes of making things a bit easier when you’re buying your new iPhone or iPad online.

Apple has introduced an ‘Answers from the community’ section that allows customers to ask any question and get quick responses from fellow Apple fanboys. For more direct questions, this new section of the site should be of more assistance than Apple’s support forums… Read More


Hint reveals the new iPad will be available at 8AM this Friday

By Jake Smith on Mar 12, 2012

Customers have already rushed to get their pre-orders in for the new iPad, as it’s set to deliver and go on sale in-stores this Friday. Apple confirmed that the first wave of iPads are sold out and that demand for the new tablet is “off the charts”.

Today, Apple has revealed it plans to open its new Houston retail store this Friday, at 8 AM. Apple typically opens its stores at 10 AM, but has made an exception this time around. More than likely, this reveals that Apple will begin selling the new iPad in its stores Friday at 8AM… Read More


As Predicted, Apple Store App Updated to Support Self-Checkout

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


iPhone 4 Shipping Times Extended to 1-3 Days, Product Refresh Imminent [Updated]

By Alex Heath on Sep 8, 2011

Apple has extended shipping estimates for nearly all of its products on its online store, including the iPhone 4. Many of Apple’s products would usually ship within 24 hours, but estimates have been moved to a longer timeframe across the board.

The changes are visible in the US and European Apple stores, though shipping estimate changes were initially discovered in the European channel last night… Read More


New in iOS 5: Tone Store to Download Customized Email and SMS Tones

By Cody Lee on Jun 13, 2011

Apple’s iOS software design strategy is interesting, to say the least. For example, many people wonder why it took the company nearly a year to implement the App Store after launching the iPhone. It took another year after that to add copy/paste and picture messaging features.

Apple excluded unnecessary items in early builds of iOS, demonstrating a quality-over-quantity sort of approach to adding new features. Luckily, iOS 5 seems to be finally bringing many of those omitted functions to the iPhone. Who’s been dying to change the email tone? Read More


Wal-Mart Offers iPhone 4 Priced at Only $147

By Alex Heath on Jun 7, 2011

The mega-retail chain, Wal-Mart, is currently offering Apple’s iPhone 4 for a reduced price of $147. The 16GB iPhone 4 is originally priced at $197, but Wal-Mart’s promotion offers the device in white and black at a $50 discount.

This sale goes through June 30, and requires an accompanying contract with either AT&T or Verizon. Read More

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