Today at Apple program launches, brings special guests, events and workshops to Apple Store locations

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 05:37
Category: News, retail

Apple on Monday officially launched its Today at Apple program, a series of workshops and creative performances held at all 495 Apple Stores around the world.

The Initiative began with programs such as Photo Walks, Kids Hour, Getting Started with Coding to How To: Sketch, Draw and Paint with iPad. The stores collectively hosted 4,000 sessions a day including illustrator Todd Selby, movement artist Lil Buck, artist, songwriter and producer Charlie Puth and others.

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Apple shuts down Repair Extension Program for 2011 MacBook Pro notebooks with GPU-based issues

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Date: Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 05:22
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

The bad news: Apple is no longer offering extended support for its 2011 MacBook Pro notebooks via its Repair Extension Program for Video Issues.

A group of updated support documents point out that Apple is still covering 15-inch Retina models of the Pro from 2012 and 2013, as long as they were bought less than four years ago. The program was slated to end on December 31st, 2016, although Apple has kept it in effect for users within a four-year window.

Apple first launched the Repair Extension Program for Video Issues in February of 2015. The program addressed what the company claimed was a “small percentage” of Pros with absent or distorted video, or prone to sudden reboots. Problems came to light as far back as 2013, however.

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Apple Pay goes live in Italy

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Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2017, 05:45
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, News, retail, Software

Apple Pay has come to Italy.

The service is now available within the country, allowing for Visa and MasterCards issued by Boon, Carrefour, and UniCredit to be used with Apple Pay in Italy. Per the Apple Pay web site, support for additional banks will be added later this year.

Rumors of Apple Pay’s expansion to Italy have been circulating for several weeks as Apple worked to add support for its payments service in the country, and the service has been listed as “Coming Soon” on the Apple Pay Italy site since March.

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Apple to hold Q2 2017 conference call on Tuesday, May 2nd

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Date: Friday, April 28th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, News, retail

Come next Tuesday, Apple shall once again reveal where it stands where units of currency are concerned.

Apple will hold its Q2 conference call on Tuesday, May 2nd in the early afternoon at 2 PM PST.

Last quarter, Apple’s revenues shrunk for the first time in recent memory. At the time, Apple suggested that its next quarter would generate between $51.5 and $53.5 billion in revenue, which would make it a second straight quarter of slight year-over-year revenue growth.

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Apple to launch “Today at Apple” workshops beginning in May

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, 05:55
Category: News, retail

Apple is looking to make its retail locations the places to be for educational events.

The company has announced that it plans to launch a new series of education sessions at its stores dubbed “Today at Apple,” retail head Angela Ahrendts revealed on Tuesday.

The program will roll out across all of Apple’s retail locations as part of an effort to manufacture “town squares” wherein customers engage with their communities and their devices. Visitors should be able to attend classes, complete with Apple’s new “creative pro” staffers skilled in fields like music and photography.

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Apple offering iPad Air 2 units to some customers looking to repair their iPad fourth-gen units, dwindling stock cited

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Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017, 05:13
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Air, News, retail

If you’re looking for a replacement fourth-gen iPad, Apple may send you a newer and more capable iPad Air 2 as a substitute from Apple Stores and authorized service providers. The company is apparently implementing the new policy, allowing its repair staff to ship an iPad Air 2 for a unit replacement when stock of the aging and now discontinued 4th gen iPad isn’t available.

A leaked company memo offered the following information:

Starting March 30th, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2.

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Some users report of “popping sound”, possible thermal issues with 2016 MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2017, 05:13
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

This may not be the happiest news in the world, but if you’re experiencing a “popping sound” issue with your 2016 MacBook Pro, you’re not alone. A growing number of users are reporting that they hear a strange “popping” noise coming from their MacBook Pro.

Users explain that the sound is a popping similar to that of when you “slowly squeeze a plastic bottle.” While some users explain that there doesn’t appear to be a rhyme or reason as to when the popping sound occurs, other say that it seems to happen during more intensive tasks like gaming and video streaming, especially when the MacBook Pro’s fans start to kick in.

Some users have speculated that the issue relates to the ingest on the notebook where heat has caused some glue or plastic mount to lose some of its sturdiness. The issue seems to be more prevalent among 15-inch MacBook Pro users, which makes sense considering the heavier screen panel of the device.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone may be available for pre-order in September, some shipments may be delayed until “several weeks later”

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Date: Monday, April 10th, 2017, 05:03
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

The next-gen iPhone may ship a bit later than usual.

A new rumor has it that the upcoming handset will likely be available to pre-order in September, but deliveries of the 5.8-inch model will not begin until “several weeks later” according to longtime Apple analyst Brian White.

White issued the following comments in his research note to investment banking for Drexel Hamilton:

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Apple begins offering refunds for customers who paid for the Workflow app

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Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2017, 05:51
Category: iOS, News, retail, Software

If you happened to pay the initial $2.99 fee for Apple’s spiffy new Workflow app, App’s going to give you that money back along with tax.

Apple has apparently begun emailing iTunes customers who recently purchased Workflow to let them know that the app is now free and that refunds are imminent.

It’s unknown as to exactly when the purchase window is for refunds.

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9.7-inch iPad, (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus now available to order online

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Date: Monday, March 27th, 2017, 05:37
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

The new iPad and (PRODUCT)Red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus you want is now available for order online.

Apple has added the products to its online store in the United States and dozens of other countries and regions around the world. (PRODUCT)RED iPhones are also available for in-store pickup at select Apple Stores as of Friday.

The 9.7-inch iPad features a faster A9 processor and a brighter Retina display compared to the iPad Air 2, which has now been discontinued. The tablet is a bit thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2 given that it lacks a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating in order to keep costs down.

The tablet also features a display resolution of 2,048‑by‑1,536 at 264 PPI, an 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel front FaceTime camera, two speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack, Touch ID with Apple Pay, and Bluetooth 4.2.

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