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Following a new ad for Apple Music that features singer Mary J. Blige that is aimed at women, saying that the service's curated playlists are like "a boyfriend who makes you a mixtape -- in your laptop," Apple music executive Jimmy Iovine has apologized for remarks made on "CBS This Morning" where he appeared to infer that "women find it very difficult at times -- some women -- to find music" to suit their mood.
Electronics chain Best Buy has opened pre-orders for the latest version of Apple TV, and in so doing leaked an official launch date: November 4. The company says that units will be available to purchase in-store starting from that day, although Apple has not made a similar announcement for its own stores yet. Customers who can now pre-order the new Apple TV online and choose expedited shipping may receive the new units as early as October 30, however.
Best Buy stores around the US are already starting to support Apple Pay and other such systems as they upgrade point-of-sale terminals to NFC-compatible devices that work with Apple's mobile payment technology even if it is not specifically implemented, according to user reports. Transactions using Apple Pay are working at some California Best Buy stores, with rival NFC-based systems like Android Pay also working, according to reports of successful transactions.
Verizon and AT&T are going to make things easier for new subscribers to sign up for their services, by having their own store-within-a-store at a number of Best Buy retail locations. Both carriers are aiming to open the miniature "experience stores" in 250 locations across the United States by the end of this year, with some Best Buy stores hosting both carriers at the same time, with Verizon planning to open up 100 of the stores later this month.
Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly has announced that the retailer will change course on the Apple Watch, and rush to put the wearable in all 1,050 of its retail locations in the US "by the end of September," instead of the 300 outlets it was previously planning for. In addition, the iPhone maker's "Store Within a Store" branded Apple sections within Best Buy stores in some 740 locations are undergoing renovations in time for the holiday season.
Best Buy customers buying Apple products through the retailer may soon offer more protection for their newly-acquired devices when they reach the checkout. A report claims the electronics chain will start offering AppleCare plans in stores from mid-September, with both AppleCare covering Macs and AppleCare+ for iOS devices and the Apple Watch expected to be offered under the unannounced program.
As previously reported, Best Buy has launched a selection of Apple Watch models for try-on and purchase in its US stores. The electronics chain will carry all models of Sport models, but only three versions of the regular stainless-steel models, and none of the gold Edition units. The Canadian side of the company will start offering the Apple Watch at its stores beginning August 14. The company will also carry a line of Apple and third-party Apple Watch accessories.
Following the US electronics chain Best Buy's announcement that direct Apple Watch sales would begin August 7, the Canadian branch -- which recently took over the existing Futureshop chain there -- has revealed that it will begin its own sales of the device starting one week later, August 14. The company says it will offer Apple Store-like "try-on" sessions at 20 stores, and sell the product at 50 store initially, as well as on the online site.
The Apple Watch is going to be easier to acquire in the United States, with major electronics chain Best Buy set to sell the smartwatches to customers from next month. An announcement from the retailer advises that it will be the first national retailer where the Apple Watch can be acquired, aside from Apple's own store network, with the first locations to put the wearable device on sale doing so from August 7.
The Pebble Time is now available to buy in-store by non-Kickstarter backers. The second-generation of smartwatch can now be acquired in Best Buy stores in red, white, and black color options, reports CNET, priced at $199. Target will also be selling the smartwatch through its retail and online stores, starting from August 17. A retail release date for the Pebble Time Steel has yet to be confirmed.