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


Cydia Operating “Below Capacity,” Saurik Updates Homepage with News about Amazon EC2 Outage

By Alex Heath on Apr 24, 2011

Cydia’s backend has been extensively affected by Amazon’s EC2 outage. Towards the end of last week, Amazon’s popular EC2 cloud computing service went offline and affected many heavily-trafficked services across the internet.

When EC2 went under, Cydia’s store and account infrastructure went with it. Any type of account activity remained unavailable until EC2 slowly started kicking back in over the weekend.

Cydia’s creator and admin, saurik, has posted an update to Cydia’s homepage explaining the issues that Cydia has been experiencing for the past 84+ hours. Read More


Target is Going to Sell iPhones

By Alex Heath on Nov 2, 2010

“At Target we continue to offer our guests the best in electronics, so we’re happy to add iPhone to our Target Mobile offerings.” The senior VP of Target merchandising has confirmed that Target is slated to be the next retail chain to sell iPhones.

The iPhone 4 and 3GS will be available at all Target locations for walk-in purchases on November 7. Target has now joined the ranks of Walmart and Best Buy as a major retail partner for iPhone. Target has also promised to have in-store activations for AT&T…

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A Deeper Look at Apple’s App Store Guidelines Revisions

By Guest Author on Sep 13, 2010

We were all dancing in the street while holding up our posters of the Apple hierarchy when the announcement that the rules and regulations had been altered to allow just about anything into the App Store, right? Certainly there is no reason to believe that apps from the past that were once denounced will likely be gracing the store soon. But is that all of it?

What did the regulation altering really say? Certainly a company the size of Apple would need to put specifics down to paper when changing something as influential as the App Store regulations. PC World shows us they certainly did write things down, in that evasive Apple tone that always leaves room for immediate alteration in policy. Read More


Australia is the Latest Victim of Apple’s iPhone Shortage Game

By Guest Author on Sep 8, 2010

On launch day of the iPhone 4 I was 26th in line at the Mall of America. I arrived at 2 in the morning and by the time Apple opened their doors there were easily over 300 people waiting behind me. I know that everyone in line that day didn’t go home with the new iPhone. It was blissfully maddening.

The latest shortage reports are coming out of Australia where TUAW shows the country’s carriers are feeling the heat from a high demand, low supply market. With cell carriers down under getting new shipments each week, and the Apple stores in the US each day, I feel like the company purposely shorthands their retailers and inadvertently causes chaos… Read More


Target Announces You Can Trade Them Your iPhone for a Gift Card

By Guest Author on Sep 1, 2010

I’ll warn you ahead of time, this is a ridiculous piece of news. The folks over at Target have come up with a plan that will allow you to trade in your iPhone or iPod Touch to receive your very own gift card with the amount you’re granted in return.

So how much can you expect to get for your respective iDevice you ask? CNET says supported stores will issue you a card that ranges from “a couple dollars” to $200 in value… Read More

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