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Apple’s new 2015 Back to School offer: free Beats headphones with Mac purchase

Apple’s new 2015 Back to School offer: free Beats headphones with Mac purchase

While many have been left wondering what happened to Apple's annual Back to School promotion, last week retail chief Angela Ahrendts promised an update, and here it is: Those who qualify for the education pricing discount and buy an eligible Mac will get a free pair of the Beats Solo2 headphones. Unfortunately for potential iPad customers, no part of the promo applies to tablet purchases, unlike the last few years. The offer is not yet highlighted on Apple's website, but begins today, July 23rd in retail stores, and on August 6th on the online store.

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Apple Store down, Music down: social network freak out

Apple Store down, Music down: social network freak out

Online services including the Apple Store and iTunes experience outages across all app and media sales outlets. This outage approximately 9:00 AM Central Time and ramped up over the next several hours. Downed service checkers have seen troubles appearing mainly in the United States and in central Europe as well as Japan. Service troubles have been acknowledged by Apple System Status ticker as well, with a general "some users are affected" status appearing this morning. Meanwhile, the general iPhone-owning public has either not noticed or went and jumped headfirst into a tizzy.

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Apple promises info on ‘Back to School’ promo this week

Apple promises info on ‘Back to School’ promo this week

Many students and others involved in the education industry know that summer is one of the best times to buy a new Apple computer or laptop, as its annual "Back to School" promotion gives customers a $50 or $100 gift card good at either the Apple Store or the App/iTunes Stores. Unfortunately, that promotion usually starts in early July, and there's been no word from Apple on this year's program. But late last week, word got out that Angela Ahrendts, Apple's retail chief, is going to reveal some new information this week on the situation.

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Apple co-designing 3rd party boxes to match its style

Apple co-designing 3rd party boxes to match its style

Apple's minimalistic approach to its packaging is legendary, but that light hand on styling may end up a requirement if accessories want to join Apple Store shelves. The Cupertino firm's spartan approach has already inspired many third-party accessory makers, but new leaks suggest Apple has gone so far as to work with those manufacturers over the past six months to bring their box art in line with official products, thus making the stores more harmonious.

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Apple Watch finally available in stores

Apple Watch finally available in stores

Apple's Watch becomes available for the masses straight through the company's physical stores after weeks of being on sale online. While the company's sales of the Apple Watch have been taking place through online pre-orders and general sale for the past several weeks, in-store availability had not been a reality anywhere around the world. Not at Apple Stores proper. That's changed this week, as stock has been sent to most official Apple Stores for full swing standard selling to everyday citizens.

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Apple transforms 100-year old Manhattan bank into an Apple Store

Apple transforms 100-year old Manhattan bank into an Apple Store

Apple stores aim to impress, and its new residency on the Upper East Side (UES) of Manhattan goes above and beyond Apple's standard architectural faire. The tech giant has set up shop in an old bank building from the 1920s, giving this location a completely different vibe from any other Apple Store. The store is swanky, situated at on the UES at 940 Madison Avenue, only a block away from Central Park. Guests who attended the opening event last night were met by Apple Senior VP of Retail and Online Sales, Angela Ahrendts.

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iPhone: AT&T 2-year contract no longer available at Apple Stores

iPhone: AT&T 2-year contract no longer available at Apple Stores

About two weeks ago it was reported that US carrier AT&T was going to begin moving away from 2-year contracts on smartphones it offers, instead trying to push customers to sign up for its AT&T Next plan. The change was predicted to begin on June 1st, and while it's a few days late, it appears that's what AT&T is now doing, starting with iPhones sold at Apple Stores. As of today, purchasing an iPhone on AT&T from Apple will require users to choose AT&T Next.

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Apple Watch available in-store in 2 weeks, internationally June 26

Apple Watch available in-store in 2 weeks, internationally June 26

Big news from Apple today on availability of the Apple Watch outside of online orders. The company announced today that a number of models will available for purchase at Apple Stores in the U.S. two weeks from now. Following that, June 26th will see the Watch's first release in seven new countries, both online from Apple's website, and at their stores. If you're still waiting an online order of a Watch you placed in May, there's good news: Apple says orders of nearly every model that were placed last month are due to ship within the next two weeks.

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Apple Stores to carry Jawbone UP once again

Apple Stores to carry Jawbone UP once again

It wasn't that long ago, March in fact, that the fitness wearables Jawbone UP and Nike Fuelband were removed from the shelves of all of Apple's retail stores. It was never made exactly clear why, but since the act also followed the Fitbit no longer being carried at Apple Stores, it was assumed that it was to reduce competition with the Apple Watch. Fitbit's removal was due it not supporting Apple's HealthKit platform, and Nike has said it's moving away from wearables hardware like the Fuelband. Fortunately for Jawbone, it seems the UP is making a triumphant return.

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Apple Store app updated with same-day delivery via Postmates

Apple Store app updated with same-day delivery via Postmates

Apple updated its Apple Store app for iOS this week, and to our surprise is now offering same-day delivery for some of the items offered in the app. The choice seems to be in testing at this point as it's only available in select cities, but is an alternative to using Apple's in-store pickup option. The same-day delivery comes via a new partnership with Postmates, the on-demand logistics service. For customers where the service is available, they will see the option to have an item delivered that day, usually within a few hours, for a flat price of $19.

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