Extra iCloud time given to customers due to Greek financial crisis
Greek users of iCloud are being assisted by Apple during its ongoing financial crisis, by providing an extension to their accounts. Customers in Greece are unable to make transactions out of the country, including payments to app stores and other online subscriptions, so Apple is helping with the addition of 30 more days to paid iCloud plans, in order to prevent an interruption of service to any of its users.
Plan only pegged for 'the near future'
Authorized Apple service providers -- and presumably Apple itself -- will soon start servicing Beats speakers and headphones, according to a memo to providers obtained by a Greek website. The message states that "in the near future, Apple will be responsible for providing service" for Beats products. The company adds that it is now sending out contract addendums, and will publish articles explaining the exact processes for handling Beats gear.
Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong among new places
Apple's Volume Purchase Program is coming to 16 more locations in the near future, according to pages on the company's Business and Education sites. Most of the new regions are in Europe, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. Also joining in are Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands seeing access
(Updated with complete list of countries) Access to movies and TV shows via iTunes in the Cloud is rolling out across several more European countries, reports say. The one confirmed country is France, where the feature has been tested with both iTunes and the Apple TV. Various people on Twitter, however, are claiming that the option is now also available in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
Service now in oer 40 countries
Apple has once again expanded the availability of iTunes Match, the company's music upload and streaming service, reports say. The service is now available in several more countries, including Austria, Italy, Greece, Portugal,and Slovenia. In Italy the service is priced at €25 a year.
Italy, Spain, Sweden among prominent regions
The third-generation iPad is now on sale in an additional 25 countries. The emphasis is mostly on Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden are included. The only non-European countries are in fact Macau, Mexico, and New Zealand.
Android secures grip in Greece, Portugal
Apple's dependence on high carrier subsidies for the iPhone is giving Android devices an advantage in parts of Europe, especially the south, suggests research firm IDC. The group notes that Apple had over 20 percent of the US and UK smartphone markets last year. But in Greece and Portugal, two of the countries hardest hit by European economic problems, the iPhone claimed just 5 and 9 percent shares, respectively. Shipments of smartphones costing over $300 before subsidies dipped below 50 percent in those countries.
Apple adds bulletpoints for upcoming iPhone event
Apple has dramatically expanded the presence of iTunes in Europe, reports say. In addition to Poland, the iTunes Music Store is now accessible in 11 more European countries. The remainder of the list includes Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Plans encompass five countries
Deutsche Telekom will soon start selling iPad 2s in its stores, Dow Jones reports. While the carrier has offered iPad data plans for some time, the actual tablets have been sold elsewhere, whether through Apple Stores or third-party retailers. DT's in-house iPad sales will cover five different countries, including stores in Germany, Austria, Greece, Poland and the Netherlands.
Systemgraph admits to 'excessive' response
One of Apple's official support companies, Systemgraph, has dropped a lawsuit it filed against a Greek customer, reports say. Dimitris Papadimitriadis brought an iMac to the company to fix dark areas in the display, only to get worse results in return. The legal action came as a result of a public complaint in a web forum, which Systemgraph subsequently insisted was "an organised attempt to slander and insult" the firm.
Case generates publiclity backlash
An Apple-authorized reseller and service company, Systemgraph, is taking one of its customers to court for complaining about bad service, reports say. A Greek man, Dimitris Papadimitriadis, recently brought his iMac to Systemgraph in order to fix dark patches in the display. The company is said to have recommended interior and exterior cleaning, and then a replacement LCD panel. The results are alleged to have been even worse however, with trapped moisture and an unfixed LCD.
iPhone 2.2 on Nov. 21st?
Apple's planned iPhone 2.2 firmware will become available on November 21st, a Greek site alleges. iPhone Hellas cites an anonymous insider, who also suggests that the firmware will still not include a Greek keyboard or Greek menu text. The iPhone 3G is currently available in Greece through Vodafone, but while localizations are available for countries such as France, Japan and Germany, a native Greek interface has yet to be announced.