Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly confirmed an upcoming Apple Store in Istanbul, doing so at a meeting he had with Turkey's President Abdullah Gul today. This particular Apple Store is said to be unique amongst all the others, offering features that aren't found in its retail brethren.
It would appear that the Japanese Apple Store team has upped the ante this year for their New Year Lucky Bag event, bringing on one 2013 Mac Pro for some lucky buyer. Since there’s only a single Mac Pro out there to be had, only a single customer will receive it - otherwise they’ll be getting a set of devices from the Apple Stores in Japan that are otherwise overstocked or for whatever reason an OK thing to give away. There’s also a set of devices that will be added to a limited number of bags.
There's little doubt that Samsung is growing in more than just smartphone sales, and it would appear that the company is setting out to prove it. A recent tipped hire of a former Apple Store designer suggests that the company is ready to bring on the heat to full-fledged retail stores, likely in a fashion not unlike the Microsoft Store wave that hit over the past several years.
A number of Apple stores around the world are mysteriously set to close early next weekend. Several stores in Canada and stores in other countries will be operating under special hours on November 17 and November 18. Exactly why the stores are closing early is unknown.
The Apple iPad Air goes on sale online and in-stores today, with not just the Apple Store itself sending the machine out to the public. This device is the newest in a line of iPad devices having been released over the past several years, this time bringing on the thinnest and smallest physical footprint the larger of the two iPad models has ever had. This device will continue to be sold alongside the iPad mini and soon the iPad mini with Retina display - likely by the end of this month for the latter.
The iPad Air is coming to the Apple Store this Friday, and ahead of its launch some countries are finding the online iteration of the retail giant going down - with the prerequisite "we'll be right back." Meanwhile the Retina iPad mini's release date - while not officially noted by Apple yet as such - has been tipped by a Target retail website. This website suggests that November 21st, 2013 will be the day the Retina iPad mini arrives - right in time for holiday shoppers.
It would appear that Apple's supply of the iPhone 5s has been safely restored to near-normal as the "October" shipping time has been reduced to 2-3 weeks. Now that we're inside October, it certainly wouldn't make a whole lot of sense to stick with the October shipping time note, but up on Apple.com you'll now find no change-over to November. This means good things for those users looking for the Gold iPhone 5s specifically, as the device has been sold out and many locations across the nation for the last couple of weeks.
Starting at 8AM local time here in the United States (that's local whatever time zone you're in), the iPhone 5s will be going on sale - and at midnight (this morning) the iPhone 5s in gold was the first to start flying off digital shelves. It's become readily apparent not only online, where at Apple's online store you'll find the gold iPhone 5s kicked back to a general October ship date, but in store openings across the nation (through mountain time, at this point) that the gold iPhone 5s is headed for short supply. Meanwhile those satisfied with their older-model iPhones appear to be asking line-goers and online sources in droves: when does iOS 7 come out? Good news: it was released Wednesday, two full days before the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c hit the hands of consumers.
Today pre-orders began for Apple's iPhone 5c, the phone that's set to replace the iPhone 5 in the company's stock while the iPhone 5s takes the hero spot, and they've already begun to sell out pre-orders. Though it is only one model and one color for now, it would appear that this smartphone is set to be a winner despite controversy over its specifications being so similar to last year's model. Meanwhile the iPhone 5s has been announced to be hitting the Apple store online at midnight, starting the 20th of September off right with a launch at 12:01 AM PST.
We see a lot of scams and phishing attempts all the time, but a new one that was discovered by security research firm Webroot reveals a malware-infested email campaign that tricks users into thinking that they have received a $200 Apple Store gift card, when in reality, it's an attempt to install malware on Windows computers.