Tag - Apple Stores
Apple has opened registrations for its annual summer camp for kids in the US, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, allowing children ages 8 to 12 who are accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend a series of workshops at a local Apple Store focused on iMovie, iBooks Author, and in some countries, basic programming. The sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis, and tend to fill up quickly.
In the latest of several similar attacks targeting New York's Apple Stores, a thief has brazenly walked into an Apple Store and later out of it with 19 iPhones, reports DNAinfo. As with other recent instances, the thief worked with a small team, but crucially, dressed as an Apple employee wearing a replica store blue-colored T-shirt. Using this method, the thief was able to enter a back-of-store iPhone repair workroom at around 5:30PM on June 1, swipe the iPhones from a drawer, and pass them off to an accomplice, who managed to hide them under his shirt before the pair exited the store together.
Apple may still have a lifeline in its request for exemption from the Indian government's rule that 30 percent of the goods sold in single-brand stores must be locally sourced, reports Reuters. After a preliminary ruling from the Commerce and Industry ministry had delivered a recommendation in favor of the exemption, an Indian Finance ministry source indicated that Apple's request was in line to be blocked. Now, it appears, the two senior ministers concerned will be meeting to discuss their respective positions, offering Apple some hope that it will still receive the waiver.
The Indian Finance Ministry's decision to knock back an Apple exemption that would have freed it from a requirement that 30 percent of a future Apple Store's content must be made locally came with a particularly puzzling explanation: Apple's products, it said, were not"state-of-the-art" or "cutting-edge," which at first strains credulity. Unless the decision is reversed, it means Apple's goal to open at least three Apple Stores in India by 2017 will have to be put on the backburner, which is a significant blow to Apple's current plans for the country.
Apple's plans to rollout Apple Stores in India have been thrown into doubt following the rejection by the Indian government of a special exemption request. Under Indian regulations, companies seeking to open single-brand stores in the country must stock their stores with a minimum 30 percent of products either manufactured in, or produced, in the country. The news is potentially embarrassing for Apple's senior hierarchy, a number of whom were recently in India on a charm offensive, which culminated in a meeting between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modhi.
Macs, iPhones and all Apple gear just works –– until it doesn't. There is an advantage to being an OS X or iOS user in that we've got those Apple Stores with the free advice and potentially expensive repairs, but we all face one disadvantage. You need these devices to work! When they don't, you need them fixed fast but it's hard to know what the fastest solution is. Sometimes it will be that you can fix it yourself and sometimes it will be that you need to go to an Apple Store. This Pointers is about how you find out which is right for you and your situation.
One of the first handful "next-generation" Apple Stores in the US have opened over the past month, co-designed by Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive and Apple SVP of Retail Dame Angela Ahrendts. The new stores, seen in Albany and Buffalo in New York and the Memphis suburb of Germantown in Tennessee, are not radical departures from what has come before -- but do features some noticeable refinements and changes, including using more "natural" materials like wooden wall installations, more natural sunlight and plants where possible, a front facade with no obvious Apple branding, and a centerpiece 37-foot television display where the Genius Bar used to be.
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.
On the heels of a recently-announced partnership with Apple, the first visible signs have arrived: representatives from drone maker DJI have been spotted at some Apple Stores training employees on how to work with the company's products, such as the Phantom 4 camera drone, in live in-store demos. The $1,400 drone can fly for up to a half-hour, avoid obstacles automatically, and capture 1080p video at up to 120 frames per second. DJI announced a partnership with Apple earlier this month based on user studies that revealed that nearly all of the company's customers were using Apple products to control the devices, edit the footage taken from them, and more.
Apple has announced that the expansion of the Apple Watch to new countries is continuing, with an emphasis on the Middle East. The wearable will become available in several regional countries, including Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Israel, and Kuwait beginning February 11, according to notices on the Apple website in those countries. In addition, the Apple Watch will launch in Greece on February 12. None of the countries in the latest set of rollouts have physical Apple Stores, so the debuts will happen through resellers.
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Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu