Apple has revealed its new retail chief, grabbing John Browett from European tech chain Dixons as its new Senior Vice President of Retail. Browett, who has been Dixons CEO since 2007, will join Apple in April, and helm the company's global retail strategy as well as organizing the expansion of Apple's retail stores.
If you want an iPhone 4S in Hong Kong, you'll need an Internet connection, a government-issued photo ID, and a bit of luck. Apple has amended its online lottery system after scalpers and bots created mayhem and an utter lack of fairness to normal consumers. The new system makes Hong Kong the most stringent country to officially offer the newest iPhone.
Thought Apple is already sitting pretty inside Target stores across the nation inside hyper-controlled displays which noone can touch, they've been tipped to be expanding to store-within-a-store inside the year. According to a source speaking with Apple Insider, Apple is planning on operating Apple-branded mini stores inside 25 larger Target stores throughout the nation later this year. Visitors of the 1,000+ Best Buy stores across the USA may already have noticed similar miniature Apple stores inside the warehouses there - this would be something very similar inside what your humble narrator so lovingly calls the Big Red Living Room.
The word is in that Apple received more traffic online last month than Walmart or eBay. In fact, Apple is the sole retailer other than internet shopping sites Amazon and eBay to be in the top fifteen most visited websites in the United States in November, according to ComScore. The research company believes that pre-holiday shopping may have been what largely helped facilitate Apple's huge push past some of the largest online stores for internet-based visitors.
Apple looks to be planning a new prototype retail store that will be only a block away from one of its earliest retail locations in Palo Alto. Construction on the new 15,030 square-foot store is expected to begin soon and is linked to architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which described the design to be a "new prototype" and as a "commons for community to gather."
I think we all know that the lengths that some Apple fans will go to get the latest products are impressive. These folks will camp for days to get their hands on the newest gadgets like the iPhone or the iPad. Apparently, some of the people that wait for days or hours in a line for the grand opening of new Apple Stores aren’t there to buy gadgets; they are there for the free t-shirts.
When it comes to well-placed stores, Apple is more than a pro in the industry, and confirming their plans to add another hero store in Grand Central NYC on the 9th of December keeps their crown undeniably intact. Apple has both changed the sign in this newest and certainly amongst the grandest of future Apple Stores from "arriving soon" to "arriving Friday, December 9," this once again reminding consumers that the Black Friday launch was never in the cards to begin with. This store's launch has been mired in controversy since its initial announcement, but none too relevant to stop the actual opening of the doors next week.
The flagship Apple Store has been getting a revamped glass cube up top that we saw in renderings back in August. The new cube is much better looking than the old cube and has less visible hardware thanks to a reduction in the number of panes of glass the cube uses. The original glass cube used 90 panes of glass and the new one uses only 15.
Apple has begun offering a new ship-to-store or in-store pickup option for its online customers in the San Francisco area. The program allows customers to place an order online to have the item shipped to their local Apple retail store for pickup, saving shipping costs for customers. The program also provides pickup customers with Personal Setup service of any new Apple product.
According to the WSJ, two sources familiar with the situation revealed that Apple will be briefly closing down some of its retail stores on Wednesday during the company's internal Steve Jobs memorial ceremony scheduled for the morning of October 19. The ceremony is open only to Apple employees and will take place at the outdoor amphitheater on the Infinite Loop campus.