Tag - Apple Store
Apple is updating its iPhone Upgrade Program in the United States, expanding it to cover purchases made online. Previously limited to just iPhone sales within Apple Stores, Apple is now allowing those paying for a new iPhone through the online Apple Store to take part in the scheme, which provides participants with the ability to upgrade their iPhone on an annual basis, instead of on a two-year cycle offered by many carriers.
If you don't know what an Apple product does, then the odds are that you don't need it -- and if you're curious, then you can certainly just ask in an Apple Store. Maybe you can debate whether you need a MacBook or an iPad Pro, but you know what they each are, and you can try them both out in a shop with someone from Apple genuinely helping instead of just trying to sell you something. Except for the Apple Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter.
We can tell you right up front what Malcolm Owen would like to make his Thingy of the Week – but can't. It would be a new iPad Pro but at the moment, that's at best the Thingy of the Week for some courier company and throughout this One More Thing you're going to picture Malcolm looking out of the window for them to arrive.
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.