Apple Pay grows, now supports 90% of U.S. credit cards

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Date: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, 11:48
Category: News, retail

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Apple Pay is growing.

Per MacRumors and the New York Times,

With the list of Apple Pay-supported companies growing more every week, Apple has revealed that the new mobile payments service now supports cards representing about 90 percent of the credit card purchase volume in the United States. This is up from the 80 percent figure cited at Apple Pay’s launch just two months ago.

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Apple holiday ship times improve for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Retina iMac

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Date: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, 10:30
Category: iMac, iPhone, News, retail

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You may be able to have that Apple device you want to give as a present arrive in time for Christmas.

Per AppleInsider, it appears Apple’s supply chain is making significant progress in catching up with demand, as all non-128GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models now show ship-by times of three to five days, while 5K Retina iMacs are listed as ready to ship in one to two weeks.

A quick check with the Online Apple Store confirms 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versions in all colors are available to ship in 3-5 business days. Interestingly, all 128GB variants are showing slower 7 to 10 day ship-by dates, suggesting a shortage of high-capacity memory modules.

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Former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine receives one year in prison, $4.5 million fine in insider information case

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Date: Monday, December 8th, 2014, 12:26
Category: News, retail

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The lesson learned is not to mess with Apple’s legal department and don’t sell inside information about upcoming Apple products.

Per MacRumors and the Associated Press, former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine will face a year in prison and a hefty US$4.5 million fine for leaking secrets of the company to various accessory manufacturers in exchange for kickbacks.

The sentencing comes over three years after Devine pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy in relation to the leaking of Apple secrets. At the time, Devine faced a possible twenty-year sentencing over the fraud and money laundering counts.

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Sprint launches new promotion, offers to halve the wireless bills of customers switching from AT&T and Verizon

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Date: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, 09:20
Category: News, retail, wireless

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Sometimes competition is a good thing.

Per Re/code, Sprint unveiled an aggressive new price promotion Tuesday that it claims will halve the bills of customers who defect from AT&T and Verizon in the latest salvo of an increasingly bitter price war.

Under the terms of the deal, which kicks off Friday, a customer can bring a current AT&T or Verizon bill to a Sprint store and store representatives will set up a new plan that is half of the service portion of that bill (the cost of calls, texting and data). In addition to that service cost, though, customers have to buy an unsubsidized device, either up front, through installments or using one of Sprint’s new leasing plans.

Sprint will also pay up to US$350 in early termination fees or remaining device-installment payments, though customers must turn in their existing devices.

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T-Mobile offers iPhone pricing discounts for Cyber Monday

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Date: Monday, December 1st, 2014, 09:49
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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It’s Cyber Monday and there’s a decent chance at savings if you know where to look.

Per 9to5Mac, T-Mobile just announced a few special iPhone deals available for today. As of now, the carrier is offering discounts on the iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5c, allowing users to upgrade to a higher capacity model at no additional cost.

For the iPhone 6, for example, T-Mobile is offering a 64GB model for the cost of the entry-level 16GB model, allowing users to save US$100 off the US$750 the device usually sells for. The company normally sells the 64GB model for US$749 or US$99 down and monthly installments.

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35 percent off iTunes gift cards – if you act fast

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Date: Friday, November 28th, 2014, 14:32
Category: App Store, Apple, Gift card, iTunes, iTunes Store, retail

Heck, I thought getting 20% off iTunes gift cards was a good deal.

Turns out 35% off is a lot better.

Here’s how to get the deal of the year on iTunes gift cards.

25 percent off iTunes gift cards

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Apple’s Black Friday deals in effect, (PRODUCT)RED iTunes gift cards available for qualifying purchases

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Date: Friday, November 28th, 2014, 06:45
Category: Apple TV, iPad, iPod Nano, iPod Touch, News, retail

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Today’s the day for both decent deals as well as that Apple (PRODUCT)RED iTunes gift card you’ve been dreaming of.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple is now offering a one-day-only deal on its products for Black Friday. Customers who purchase qualifying Apple products will receive a (PRODUCT)RED iTunes gift card valued from US$25 to US$100 depending on the product.

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Where to find the best Black Friday deals on Apple gear

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Date: Thursday, November 27th, 2014, 18:31
Category: News, retail

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There’s some good Black Friday deals out there if you’re willing to brave the crowds. And if you’re feeling less than completely brave, there’s some good online savings to be had as well.

The cool cats at MacRumors have compiled a terrific Black Friday roundup page, complete with savings from brick and mortar stores such as Apple, Target, Walmart, MacMall, Sam’s Club, Best Buy, Staples, Radio Shack and Toys ‘R Us as well as online outfits like Twelve South, Speck, Apogee, Sonos, Karma and others.

Apple is offering a number of discounts tomorrow (Black Friday) in store and online, click through for the details…

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Rumor: Apple to discontinue iPhone 5c production in early 2015

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Date: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, 10:41
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail

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Apple may be shedding the iPhone 5c in 2015.

Per MacRumors and Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times, Apple is slated to discontinue the iPhone 5c in 2015. Production of the handset is said to be stopping in the middle of the year, as Apple suppliers Wistron and Foxconn will look to wind down production of the device. The news follows a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week which noted that production of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4S would end later in 2015 after promotional plans.

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Apple to sell (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards, give proceeds to charity for Black Friday shopping holiday

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Date: Monday, November 24th, 2014, 14:58
Category: News, retail

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If you’re looking to buy new Apple gear and do some good on the side, you might want to wait until Friday

Per Macworld and USA Today, as part of a 2-week-long effort to raise money for (RED), the nonprofit organization U2 singer Bono founded to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, Apple will be giving away (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards with the purchase of certain Apple products this Friday. Proceeds from every Apple product sold on World AIDS Day, which coincides with Cyber Monday on Dec. 1, will go toward (RED).

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