When the Apple store goes dormant, it’s usually due to a new product coming in. Even when the site was slightly revamped for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, there was no noticeable lull in the action. Now, the Apple Store has fallen to a blank screen with a “we’ll be back soon” message.
After T-Mobile broke down the subsidy wall, all other carriers of note followed suit. Apple had enjoyed a close relationship to carriers with the subsidy model, but the new thinking is apparently coming to Apple Stores as well. Starting later this month, you might be able to buy your iPhone using a monthly installment plan from your favorite carrier.
If you managed to bust your iPhone 5S screen, there may be some positive news. Sources claim Apple will be adding the iPhone 5S screen to their replacement and repair program. The repairs aren’t cheap by any means, but they aren’t nearly as steep a price as buying a new phone.
We’ve heard plenty of rumors about when Apple would officially announce the iPhone 6, but when will you be able to get your mitts on it? While a simultaneous announcement/launch would be nice, it’s likely not th case this time around. If the latest reports are true, we’ll have to wait a full month before seeing the bigger iPhone in stores.
Apple Stores in the US may let you walk out with a prepaid plan, soon. According to sources, the Cupertino firm will not only sell you a device at full price, they’ll also offer up a low-cost prepaid plan. This move is believed to be starting the last week of June.
A new version of the MacBook Air is coming tomorrow, according to various sources. The newest of Apple’s thin laptop has been making its way to stores, but won’t be on sale until tomorrow. The newest version is said to house a new processor, which could push the battery life of the Air over the top.
There’s a new Elgato device being released this month with the ways and means to connect several of your devices in an above-average easy way. This is the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock, and it’s made with an aluminum that’s extremely similar to that of several Apple products. It’ll be carried, too, by Apple stores later this month.
With Gimbal, Qualcomm has a device that breaks quite a few molds. Open source, secure, and conceptually cool, Gimbal has the ability to actually make a difference in your day-to-day life. If you’re one to shop at an Apple Store, chances are you already know just how sublimely smooth the Gimbal experience can be. We sat down with Kevin Hunter, Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Product Management for Retail Solutions, to find out just how Gimbal makes it happen, both for retailers and consumers.
Apple's second-generation iPad (and the last to sport a number) appears to be ramping down this season. After almost three years of being sported and sold by Apple, the company has apparently seen the sales of the iPad 2 go down to a point where they're ready to retire it. At the moment this iPad is the second least-costly iPad available at Apple, beaten only by the 16GB Wi-fi iPad mini (without Retina display).
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.