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On the 15th anniversary of the opening of the first two Apple retail stores, the company's SVP of Retail, Dame Angela Ahrendts, led journalists on a public preview of the forthcoming new Union Square flagship store in San Francisco, California. The new store, which has been under construction for two years, features 42-foot-tall glass doors that slide open that are unique to this story, the latest next-generation store layout and design from Sir Jonathan Ive and Ahrendts, and a back "green" wall that features a Wi-Fi plaza that is open 24 hours a day, and includes a historic fountain by artist Ruth Asawa.
Apple is looking to move into some or all of 61,000 square-feet of prime retail space at the bottom of the GM building, right behind where its iconic Steve Jobs-designed square glass box-domed Fifth Avenue store currently stands, reports the New York Post. Initially, the move could be temporary, as its basement-level operations at the Fifth Avenue store is getting overcrowded, and the company is keen to give the store a revamp. However, if it can get the right price on a long-term lease, a discount that it is alleged to believe it is "entitled" to, it could permanently expand its operations at the location.
[Article updated with additional details, photos] A sales representative for high-profile handbag and satchel maker Coach has revealed that the fashion designer is planning to partner with Apple for a range of fashion bands for the Apple Watch that will likely start to debut in June, though some may follow across the rest of the year. The nine bands, which may reflect that seasonal colors, decorations, charms, and styling of the company's spring line of bags, are said to be retailing for $150 and will likely be sold at the company's boutiques and online. Unlike a collaboration with French fashion company Hermés, the Coach line appears to be offering bands only.
Retailer Best Buy, which has been holding sales on the current models of the MacBook family, has now listed all models of 12-inch Retina MacBook as "discontinued," which is a likely sign that the model, which is now just over one year old, is about to get a refresh. Some other retailers have sold out on several configurations with no plans to replenish the line, while some others that still have stock, such as B&H Photo and MacMall, have dropped prices in a clear event to move existing inventory. Current rumors project the MacBook line to move up to more current processors, and that the MacBook Air line will be folded in under the "MacBook" moniker.
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.
The newly-released iPhone SE, a four-inch iPhone model with most of the same functionality as the iPhone 6s, looks to be doing the job it was designed to do in winning more share in developing markets -- if reports from local retailers in China are true. CNBC reported on Monday that pre-orders for the unit have exceeded 3.4 million units during its opening weekend. The iPhone SE is currently in pre-order in 13 countries and territories, and will expand to another 47 more in the near future.
Sprint is expanding its retail presence in the United States, by receiving some help from a European mobile phone retailer. Following on from a successful pilot scheme that ran last summer, Dixons Carphone's Connected World Services division will be working with the carrier to open up 500 more retail locations in a number of states across the country, with the two companies holding an equal ownership interest in the Sprint-branded stores.
A local Apple spokesman in China has noted that an inrush of new Apple Pay signups from users on the first day of availability in China yesterday has resulted in some delays and problems with letting users add their credit or debit cards to the service, but that problems would be "resolved soon." Unlike in the United States, Apple Pay in China has launched out of the gate with support from 80 percent of the country's card issuers, and many large retailers, who -- like most non-US countries -- have had NFC support in point-of-sale terminals for years.
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.
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NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg