updated 10:30 am EDT, Mon May 7, 2007
Review, iPhone launch date
In brief: MacNN has reviewed the Vyper exo M laptop case by Booq Bags, an official letter apparently sent to all AT&T employees targets June 15th for Apple's iPhone launch, photos have surfaced of Apple's third retail store in New York which is under construction in the Meatpacking District, and Apple's new ProCare plan has come to Japan as well as Italy one week after its initial launch in the U.S. MacNN has reviewed Booq Bags' Vyper exo M ($175, shown at right) water resistant laptop case made from ballistic nylon material with dual cloth handles on either side. The case is just over four inches thick when closed and zipped, but can carry as much as some of the larger cases on the market. Booq's new case accommodates any laptop measuring 15-inches or less, and features two open pockets on the exterior of the laptop flap to carry a cellular phone or iPod.
iPhone to launch June 15th
A new official letter that was apparently sent to all corporate AT&T employees states that Apple's iPhone is due to launch on June 15th. AT&T is aiming to ensure proper staffing during the phone's launch period, according to the letter, and is encouraging sales personnel who planned to take approved time off during the launch window -- between June 15th and July 15th -- to schedule their vacations before June 15th or after July 15th to participate in the launch.
"No additional vacation requests will be approved during the launch period," AT&T wrote. "I want to thank you for your understanding as this is likely to be the biggest selling period we have seen in years."
NY Apple Store photos, ProCare revamp in Italy, Japan
Photos have surfaced of Apple's forthcoming retail store within the Meatpacking District in New York at 401 W. 14th St on the corner of 9th Avenue and Hudson Street; The construction site reveals scaffolding and two sets of billboards, while plans indicate that Apple will occupy most of the first and all of the second floor.... Apple has enacted its revamped ProCare plan in Italy as well as Japan after the new program went into effect in the U.S. last week.