Apple begins accepting pre-orders for iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2016, 08:55
Category: iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, iPhone SE, News, retail

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After several hours of downtime last night, Apple’s Online Store is back up and allowing customers to pre-order the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The iPhone SE starts at $399 off-contract, while the iPad Pro starts at $599. Deliveries will begin in one week on March 31st.

In terms of carrier availability for the iPhone SE, details are listed below:

T-Mobile – Available at 5AM PT/8AM ET

Verizon – Available Now

AT&T – Available Now

Sprint – To Be Determined

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Apple Store down ahead of March 21st media event

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 08:27
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, OS X, retail, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

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As expected, the Apple Online Store has gone down ahead of today’s scheduled media event.

At present, there’s just a graphic stated “We can’t wait to show you what we have in store”.

Apple is scheduled to hold its media event at 10 AM PST in Cupertino and is expected to launch the 4-inch iPhone SE, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and updates to its Apple Watch line.

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Apple launches iPhone screen protector program in assorted Apple Store retail locations

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Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 08:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

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Apple’s new screen protector program is coming to Apple Store locations in the United States and other countries today. The program was first mentioned and rolled out to Japanese Apple Store locations last week and allows customers to get a Belkin screen protector carefully applied to their iPhone in store. At Apple Stores across America, customers can purchase a Belkin screen protector and have it applied in store by an Apple Store employee. The program supports only Apple’s latest iPhone models in both 4.7 and 5.5 inch variants: the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

The service looks to apply screen protectors to the iPhone, eliminating common errors like air bubbles. For the official experience, Apple employees will use a cloth to remove any dust from the iPhone before applying the protector with the mechanical system. As a guarantee, after application, unsatisfied customers can ask the Apple employee to repeat the process with a new cover to get the fit just right. The service is free with the purchase of the appropriate Belkin screen protector for your iPhone.

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Apple begins two new Apple Store iPhone incentive programs, goes after broken devices, offers protective screen replacement

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Date: Friday, February 5th, 2016, 08:44
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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These could be two interesting moves on Apple’s part.

Apple is gearing up to launch a pair of new retail initiatives centered around the iPhone: an upgraded iPhone trade-in program for iPhones with damaged screens, cameras, or buttons, and a new program that allows Apple Retail Stores to install screen protectors on iPhones.

As of this week, Apple updated its Apple Store Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program currently allows a customer to bring in an older iPhone model and trade it in for credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone model. The revised program will allow Apple Stores to give credit for iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6 Plus units with damaged displays, cameras, and buttons within reason. Apple believes that this new program will encourage new iPhone upgrades versus a standard iPhone screen repair.

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Apple retail chief Ahrendts snags $25.8 in salary, stock and bonuses for 2015 financial year

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Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016, 08:04
Category: Finance, News, retail

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If you ever doubted the power of corporate bonuses, keep in mind that Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts just made almost $25.8 million in compensation last year, according to a regulatory filing.

Ahrendts, who draws a $1 million base salary, has also been awarded a $20 million stock grant, a $4 million bonus and relocation expenses of $474,981.

This is down from $73.4 million in 2014, in which Ahrendts was offered $37 million to compensate her for the value of the Burberry stock that she walked away from in accepting the Apple job, plus a new-hire stock allocation valued at $33 million.

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Apple Pay to enter Chinese marketplace in 2016 with support of UnionPay

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Date: Friday, December 18th, 2015, 06:32
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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This is a pretty huge step in the world of Apple Pay.

Apple on Friday announced that it’s bringing Apple Pay to China with the support of UnionPay for its mobile payment system.

In China, Apple Pay will support 15 of the country’s leading banks. It’s presently unknown as to which banks will be supported. In China, Apple Pay will work with the UnionPay Quickpass, which is an existing contactless payment method in the country. iOS users in China will be able to simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a UnionPay terminal at participating stores to activate Apple Pay.

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Apple adds more than 60 new banks and credit unions to Apple Pay, rolls in BJ’s Wholesale Club

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 08:53
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

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With 2015 almost gone, Apple added another chunk of banks and credit unions that accept Apple Pay, the big news being that BJ’s Wholesale Club is among the new entries and was the second retailer to allow their store cards to be added to the Wallet app and be used for Apple Pay.

As always, here’s the list:

– American Community Bank of Indiana

– American United Federal Credit Union

– Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union

– Aspire Federal Credit Union

– Bank of Colorado

– Bank of Montgomery

– Catholic Federal Credit Union

– Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust

-CFCU Community Credit Union

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Walmart introduces “Walmart Pay” feature for iOS app

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 08:30
Category: iOS, News, retail

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This might come in handy.

Walmart on Thursday introduced its own mobile payments service called “Walmart Pay” built into its Walmart app on iOS and Android. The new Apple Pay competitor will roll out in select Walmart stores in the U.S. this month, followed by a nationwide launch within the first half of 2016.

The Walmart Pay system functions via QR codes during the checkout process that involve opening the Walmart app, selecting Walmart Pay, activating the camera, scanning the code displayed at the register and waiting for the cashier to finish bagging your items. An electronic receipt will automatically be sent to the Walmart app.

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IDC estimates Apple Watch sales numbers around 3.9 million worldwide

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Date: Friday, December 4th, 2015, 06:09
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Apple has yet announce hard sales numbers for the Apple Watch, but the current intelligent guess is that the company has sold 3.9 million units worldwide since the wearable’s launch in April.

The latest data from market research firm IDC estimates Apple Watch sales totaled 3.9 million worldwide in the third quarter of 2015, making it the second most popular wearable device behind Fitbit fitness trackers during the three-month period ending September 30.

Apple posted a slight increase from the previous quarter, mostly the result of additional markets and channels coming on line. End-user attention has been going toward its entry-level and least expensive Sport line, to which Apple responded by introducing gold and rose gold models. In addition, Apple released watchOS 2, bringing native third-party applications to the device.

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JCPenney’s apparently testing Apple Pay, should incorporate support for 2016

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Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 05:38
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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You should be able to use Apple Pay at JCPenney’s sometime in 2016.

The retailer has apparently begun testing Apple Pay support for its store cards, with plans for an official introduction sometime in the spring of next year according to a shopper’s anecdote indicated on Monday.

The shopper recently tried to add his JCPenney card to iOS 9’s Wallet app, and was met with an unusual Terms and Conditions page. A notice at the top of the page explained that JCP is running a pilot program out of the Village at Fairview outlet northeast of Dallas, paving the way for the spring rollout.

Apple and JCPenney have yet to officially confirm the plan.

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