Prince’s Warner Brothers music catalog released on Apple Music, other streaming services

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2017, 05:06
Category: Apple Music, News, retail

Following Prince’s abrupt retraction of his entire catalog from all music streaming service except for Tidal in 2015, the artist’s catalog has returned.

As rumored last month, Tidal’s exclusivity officially ended on Sunday after Warner Brothers made its collection of Prince tunes available to all streaming platforms, including big players Apple Music and Spotify. The release coincides with tonight’s Grammy Awards, where industry stars are expected to pay tribute to the late musician onstage.

Apple has already begun advertising the catalog’s availability and has sent out promotional emails linking new subscribers too the music.

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iPad Air 2 models experiencing stock-outs, updated models could be forthcoming soon

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2017, 05:25
Category: iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, News, retail

When Apple’s inventory runs low, a new model tends to be around the corner.

This seems to be the case with the iPad Air 2, wherein inventory levels have dropped as a trio of new models are rumored to soon launch, potentially suggesting the popular iPad Air 2 will be axed for a new model with faster processor.

Certain models of the table are not available from a number of authorized Apple resellers. At MacMall, neither the space gray nor silver variants of the 32-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only iPad Air 2 are in stock. And on the high end, B&H lists all LTE-equipped 128-gigabyte models as “no longer available,” suggesting inventory will not be replenished.

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Apple Watch Series 1 goes on sale at Target, matches pre-Christmas pricing

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Date: Monday, February 6th, 2017, 05:42
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

It looks like the Series 1 version of the Apple Watch is on sale again.

A quick notice over at Reddit pointed out that the 38 millimeter version is on sale for $199 and the 42 millimeter version is on sale for $229, respectively.

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Apple’s iCloud Activation Lock page removed without explanation

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Date: Monday, January 30th, 2017, 05:48
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, retail, security

Without hint or warning, Apple has removed the iCloud Activation Lock status page, which used to exist at iCloud.com/activationlock, but that URL now leads to a 404 error instead. The utility let anyone type in the IMEI or serial number of an iOS device to find out if Activation Lock had been turned off, something which proved to be useful to verify the authenticity of a seller when buying a used iPhone online.

References to the web page have been removed from Apple’s support documentation, indicating this is not a temporary issue and the page has been intentionally pulled from service.

A previous Apple support document recommended that users check the Activation Lock status of an iOS device before buying it to ensure that the product was ready to use. The text was removed on January 24th and the iCloud.com/activationlock URL stopped working not long afterwards.

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Apple’s market share grows in Q4 2016 following launch of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

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Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2017, 05:57
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Uncategorized

Apple apparently gained some market share in the fourth quarter of 2016 thanks to the refreshed MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar built in.

The latest data from research firms Gartner and IDC show Apple gaining ground in the PC industry, despite the market continuing to slow as a whole. IDC’s new data shows that 70.2 million PCs shipped in the fourth quarter of 2016, marking a 1.5 percent year-on-year decline, but showing a continued stabilization of the market.

For the year, IDC says that PC shipments hit 260 million, down 5.7 percent compared to 2015. Worldwide, Apple saw its marketshare rise from 7.4 percent in Q4 2015 to 7.5 percent, though overall shipments fell by .9 percent for the year as a whole. Overall, Apple ranks as the fourth largest PC vendor worldwide, with Lenovo coming in at the top, followed by HP and Dell.

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Apple Pay to gain support, integration at more than 300,000 MORE loyalty card-based vending machines

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Date: Friday, January 6th, 2017, 05:16
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

You’ll soon be able to use Apple Pay to buy additional snacks.

Vending company USA Technologies announced today that Apple Pay is getting support for its MORE loyalty card and payroll deduct program that is accepted at more than 300,000 vending machines across the US.

Following the integration, customers will be able to take advantage of offers, promotions and discounts at the self-serve machines.

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Apple to release Q1 2017 financial results on January 31st

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Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2017, 05:19
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, retail

Come January 31st, you’ll find out how profitable Apple’s last three months have been.

The company announced that come January 31st, it will announce its quarterly earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2017, revealing performance metrics for the new iPhone 7 series and the lucrative holiday shopping season.

Announced through the company’s Investor Relations webpage, the upcoming results will be followed by a conference call live stream is set to take place on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. Eastern. Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are expected to attend the conference call.

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Apple to give away Product (RED) Beats Solo3 headphones in select Asian markets as part of Chinese New Year promotion

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Date: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017, 05:19
Category: Hardware, News, retail

If you’re in the Asian markets, this could be nifty.

As part of upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations, Apple on Monday announced customers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore will receive a pair of Beats Solo3 wireless headphones with the purchase of select Mac and iPhone products as part of a one-day sale.

The sale offers a Product (RED) variety of the headphones, the color red specializing good luck and prosperity in many Asian cultures, and is a common sight around the new year.

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Refurbished first-gen Apple Watch units now available at 14 to 16 off on most models

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Date: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016, 05:18
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Uncategorized, Wearables

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You can now snag a refurbished first-gen Apple Watch at a pretty decent savings.

Apple has just posted its cheapest model, a refurbished Apple Watch Series 1 in a 38mm rose gold aluminum case, is only $229. Others, like stainless steel versions of the Apple Watch Series 2, are available for $509, or about 15 percent off. This move follows Apple’s recent decision to start selling refurbished iPhone models on its online store.

The discounts generally range between 14 to 16 percent off throughout the entire range of models.

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Rumor: Apple to begin selling AirPods in its Apple Store retail locations on Monday, December 19th

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Date: Monday, December 19th, 2016, 05:22
Category: AirPods, Hardware, retail, Rumor

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The current rumor has it that Apple will begin selling the long-awaited AirPods wireless headphones in its retail locations starting Monday, December 19th.

An anonymous retail source has offered this information and has stated that Apple is currently informing stores about the imminent launch and shipping product to retail locations.

Apple previously announced that AirPods would be in stores this coming week, but did not give specific information on when the in-store launch would take place. In addition to retail stores, carrier stores and Apple Authorized Resellers will also be receiving stock.

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