updated 05:55 pm EDT, Mon May 18, 2009
In brief: MyService has expanded its hard drive upgrade options to include a 500GB 7200RPM Seagate drive. The option is available for both MacBooks and MacBook Pros, for a price of $345 which includes all labor and shipping costs. Apple has continued to expand its retail locations and opened a new store in Santa Barbara over the weekend. The store provides all of the Apple Store services and is located at 928 State St. Apple has also filed for a new trademark related to its iWork.com services. The service was originally announced in January and is still in its beta testing stage.
MyService has announced a new hard drive upgrade option for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. The new service allows users to update their Mac notebook with a Seagate 500GB 7200RPM hard drive for $345. The price includes all shipping costs, installation, data transfer, and shipping containers for the hard drive and a computer. Each drive includes a 3-year warranty and is installed by a certified technician who also transfers data from the old drive. After the installation is complete, the laptop is cleaned, tested and sent back along with the old drive.
A new Apple Store location opened last Saturday, May 16th, in Santa Barbara, California. The opening represents the 44th official Apple Store to be opened in California, and the first in Santa Barbara. The State Street building is located just north of the Paseo Nuevo mall and features all of Apple's normal retail services, including a Genius Bar, business services, workshops, personal shoppers, one-to-one training and youth programs.
Apple has filed for an iWork.com trademark in Europe and the US, potentially indicating the beta tests are nearing completion. iWork.com was first introduced back in January at MacWorld, and the upcoming WWDC event could provide an opportunity to announce details of the official release. The service is web-based and allows users to share their iWork documents, spreadsheets and presentations with friends and colleagues who are working on any operating system. Files can be uploaded directly from within iWork and e-mails are sent to anyone the user wishes to share them with. More information on the trademark filing is covered in the MacNN blog.