Apple is setting up shop in Madrid, Spain where the company is building a new 6,000 square-foot flagship Apple Store, but during construction while digging out the store's basement, construction workers discovered remains of a piece of wall of an old hospital dating back to the 15th century.
Best Buy seems to be the go-to place for many companies to feature their products, which isn't too surprising since Best Buy is one of the most popular electronics retailers in the US. Both Apple and Samsung have set up shop in a number of Best Buy stores, and now Microsoft is moving in to become roommates with the two other companies.
In typical fashion, the online Apple Store is down to make room for some new products. Apple is giving its opening keynote today at WWDC 2013 where it's expected that the company will out a refreshed line of MacBooks, including updated MacBook Airs, Pros, and everything in between. There's also word on new Mac Pros, as well as OS X 10.9 and iOS 7.
If you had any doubts that Apple's retail business might be slowing down, it seems the latest numbers may correct any pessimism you had built up. The company raked in record revenues for its retail stores, averaging out to $57.60 spent per person on average, which is up from $51.75 per person during the same time last year.
Late last night, the online Apple Store quietly went down momentarily, provoking speculation as to what the company was updating. Of course, we haven't heard anything recently about an update to their product line (or at least an update that didn't warrant an event), so we assumed it was merely just a site redesign of sorts, and it turns that's exactly what it was.
It was only a matter time before we would see refurbished models of the new 4th-generation iPad and the iPad mini show up, and today is that day. Apple has officially released the cheaper models of the new devices in their refurbished store, where you can grab both the 4th-gen iPad and the iPad mini at a slight discount from their brand-new price tag.
One problem with the new iMacs was that there was no easy way to mount the all-in-one to the wall, since they didn't support a standard VESA mount. A lot of users like to save desk space and stick their displays to the wall, but there was really no easy way to go about that with the new iMac, unless you could do a bit of clever hacking. However, Apple has released an option specifically for that niche and is now offering iMacs with a built-in VESA wall mount adapter.
Governments have laws that protect workers from unethical practices, and some countries even have laws that lay out limitations for companies wanting to stay open past a certain time in order to protect workers. However, it seems that a handful of Apple Stores in France have been found guilty of violating these laws.
Today an announcement has been made that the cider and apple-related food and goods store "The Apple Shop", located in Norwich, England, will be changing its name after several years of calls by Apple computers users looking for technical support. And yes, today is indeed a slow news day, if you were wondering. The owner of this institution Geoff Fisher has spoken with the BBC saying that he's making the name change after 20 years with the same name of his own accord - and he's not mad about it. On the contrary, he's actually been quite amused, for the most part.
Last week, Apple officially announced a 128GB version of the fourth-generation iPad, set to go on sale today, and the company has kept true to their promise. You can now grab one of these bad boys starting at $799 for the WiFi-only version, or $929 for the WiFi+LTE variant. The WiFi-only model has a 1-3 day ship time, while the LTE model also has a 1-3 day ship time for AT&T, while other carriers have a 3-5 day ship time.