Expansion mostly limited to minor towns
Sprint has expanded its LTE 4G coverage to 28 more towns in the US, according an announcement. The new locations are spread out across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Missouri, Mississippi, Minnesota, Washington, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, and Massachusetts. Most of them are relatively minor; some notable names include Branson, Missouri, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Clerks continue working in frigid conditions
The glass door to the Lehigh Valley Apple Store in Whitehall, Pennsylvania shattered for the ninth time this year last Wednesday, a report says. The incident is attributed to sub-freezing temperatures and the wind, which started at about 8mph at sunrise but gusted up to 37mph by 1PM. As a store visitor opened the door, the wind caught it and threw it fully open, causing it to break into a "million tiny pieces," according to one person in the vicinity.
Total 4G cities to total 116 after additions
Verizon is reportedly preparing to launch its 4G network in at least 11 new cities by August 18, continuing the company's trend of monthly LTE rollouts across the country. New cities are expected to include Council Bluffs, Iowa; Ithaca, Syracuse and Albany, New York; Fort Collins, Colorado; Provo/Orem, Utah; Salinas/Monterey and Bakersfield, California; Omaha, Nebraska; and Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Expansion of 4G coverage is also expected in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio and Rockland County, New York.
Apple gear bought using stolen credit info
The US government has indicted 27 people suspected of belonging to a fraud ring targeting Apple Stores, reports say. The group is accused of making fake credit cards using stolen data bought from the Internet, and in turn fraudulently buying $1 million or more in goods from Apple Stores in 13 states. Products like Macs and gift cards were fenced to bring in cash.
Possibly connected to earlier T-Mobile robbery
Thieves smashed a plate-glass door at the Apple Store on Walnut Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania early this morning, making off with over $10,000 worth of merchandise, police say. The robbery occurred just before 4:30am and may be connected to an earlier burglary at a downtown T-Mobile store that also involved smashing a glass storefront at about 1:40am. Police say surveillance video at both locations should reveal if the crimes are connected.
Nice store just fourth in France
Apple is planning to open two new retail stores on Saturday, August 28th. The first is based in Nice, France, specifically at the Cap 3000 commercial center on Avenue Eugčne Donadeď. Operating hours are scheduled for 10AM to 9PM every day, except for Sundays, when the shop will be completely closed. Despite the country's population, the outlet is just the fourth Apple Store to open in France; two of the existing ones are located in Paris.
Store long under construction
The first Apple Store to be located in downtown Philadelphia will finally open this Friday, July 30th, according to an announcement. The shop is located at 1607 Walnut Street, between 16th Street and 17th Street. Grand opening is set at the late hour of 5PM, particularly unusual as the store will close again just three hours later.
Unusual demands could take months more to solve
Full construction is at last underway for the Walnut Street Apple Store in downtown Philadelphia, a report notes. Despite the size of the city, residents have so far had to drive as far away as Ardmore or Cherry Hill to shop at a first-party store, which can be particularly important during major product launches. The Walnut Street outlet should address that problem, but until now development has been hampered by the need to carefully remove asbestos from a building dating back to the 1900s.
Few obstacles remain before construction
Apple is on the verge of building the first Apple Store within Philadelphia proper, writes Metro. The newspaper notes that design plans for the outlet are today scheduled to be reviewed by the city Art Commission, but most likely to be approved. The planned location is in an existing structure at 1607 Walnut Street, in a district suffering from slumping retail sales.
Philadelphia Apple Store
Apple has decided on a location for its first Apple Store in Philadelphia, a claims a MacNN source connected to the planning of the project. The company has allegedly signed a lease to take over the location of the former Brasserie Perrier restaurant, situated at 1619 Walnut Street. The surrounding portion of Walnut is said to be a high-end shopping and eating district, ideally suited to Apple's strict aesthetics.
New stores for Sept. 20th
Apple has scheduled four new store openings for this weekend, all on September 20th, and exclusively within the United States. The first of these is the rumored location for San Mateo, California, which will open inside the Hillsdale Mall. Also opening for California is the North County store in Escondido, situated at272 East Via Rancho Parkway. Both shops should launch at 10AM local time.