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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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Apple Store app gets 2-step verification, Touch ID security

Apple Store app gets 2-step verification, Touch ID security

Considering the mess it found itself in over the iCloud fiasco, Apple could not but help hunker down on its security measures. Aside from data encryption and Touch ID, which is advertised to be both secure and convenient, Cupertino has also started enabling stronger two-factor authentication across its services. It's exactly these latter two features that have now just landed on the iOS app for the Apple Store in order to make sure that even physical purchases are just as secure as digital ones.

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Apple Watch bands to be available in limited numbers at Apple Stores

Apple Watch bands to be available in limited numbers at Apple Stores

Along with yesterday's news that the Apple Watch is soon to be available for purchase at Apple's retail stores — as opposed to display and try-ons only — it sounds like wrist bands for the Watch are also to become available this week. Apple has been limiting Watch and accessories purchases to the online store since launch as part of an effort to give customers the best experience and reduce long lines. Apple Stores are said to have recently received a memo stating that Watch bands are to be available in "limited" numbers.

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Tim Cook: Apple Watch available at retail in June

Tim Cook: Apple Watch available at retail in June

It seems almost everyone around the world is wanting to get their hands on an Apple Watch. Or, at least enough that Apple is having difficulty keeping up with demand. But that may not be the case for much longer, according to comments from CEO Tim Cook. During his recent trip to China, he visited Apple's local headquarters to discuss how the launch of the Watch was going. The most promising thing was that he told a number of employees that the smartwatch will be available at Apple Stores around the world beginning in June.

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Apple Watch may soon be available for in-store pickup

Apple Watch may soon be available for in-store pickup

When the Apple Watch became available for purchase, those who stayed up late or woke up really early were among the lucky ones to snag one for a quick delivery. As minutes ticked away, so did the delivery timeframe. First Apple Watch delivery shipped into June, and it now seems to be settled into a July delivery for those who’ve ordered. A new report details Apple may soon allow hopeful Apple Watch wearers to pick theirs up in-store rather than have it delivered.

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