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Apple has commenced preorders for both of the new devices it launched during its "Let us loop you in" event from earlier this week. The online version of the Apple Store started accepting the preorders in a total of 13 territories for the compact iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro from just after midnight pacific time (3am ET), with orders for the iOS hardware currently expected to start being delivered to customers by March 31.
Apple has temporarily closed the online version of the Apple Store, hours before the 'Let us loop you in' event is set to take place. A customary part of any major Apple product launch event, the store section of the site has been taken down, with visitors greeted by a multi-lingual notice explaining it will be opening the store again to customers soon.
Hand on heart, I wanted a new iPad, but I didn't lust after the iPad Pro the way I may possibly have been drawn to previous Apple products. I tried it in Apple Stores in the UK and France, wherever I passed one, and there's no question but that 3D tour of Paris in Apple Maps is beautiful on the iPad Pro. Even there, I hesitated though; and instead, bought an Apple Smart Cover for my original iPad Air before moving on. The iPad Pro is just a bigger iPad, and everyone who argues that it is or isn't a replacement for their Macs is just daft. Or so I thought, until I had an iPad Pro, and I went travelling.
Rallies are being held today at Apple Store locations around the world, in support of the company's stance on privacy. Set to take place at over 40 stores across the United States and abroad, the rally organized by Fight for the Future will start at 5:30pm local time for each store, with the message being one of support for Apple, and a protest against government demands for tech companies to weaken encryption used on smartphones and tablets.
Construction work may soon begin on a new flagship Apple Store in Stockholm, Sweden, with a view to opening the retail outlet within the next two years, according to a local report. While a date for the project to break ground has yet to be confirmed, it is claimed the store will be located within King's Garden, with the store close to Harbour Street at the northern end either being built nearby or on top of an existing TGI Fridays restaurant.
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores.
Apple is apparently getting closer to launching its first retail stores in India, with the government reportedly preparing to fast-track the company's application. A source of a report claims Apple will be able to bypass a number of regulations that typically prevent foreign entities from setting up stores to sell their own products, with Apple deemed a "provider of cutting-edge technology" and is being given preferential treatment.
Apple is apparently trying to help people with a tendency to crack or smash their iPhone display, with two initiatives to help before and after the screen is damaged. It is claimed Apple will soon provide credit for iPhone trade-ins with cracks or damage to the screen or buttons, while some Apple Store outlets in Japan are apparently offering the installations of screen protectors onto devices on behalf of the customer.
The Apple Store has ended its year with the highest employee retention rate the company has ever seen, advises retail head Angela Ahrendts. In an interview, Ahrendts reveals the store achieved a retention rate of 81 percent, with a strong company culture and a connection between employees and the company said to underpin the success of the retail business, with Ahrendts also claiming to look at store staff as if they were "executives."
Apple is edging ever closer to reaching its target of operating 40 retail stores in China by the middle of 2016, by launching the 33rd store in the country later this month. A new announcement advises an Apple Store is being opened at 10am local time on Saturday, January 30, at a large MixC shopping mall located in Qingdao, Shandong province, and would become the first store opened by the company in the major east coast industrial center.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE