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Rumor: Best Buy to sell AppleCare, AppleCare+ warranties ahead of next-gen iPhone launch

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Date: Monday, August 17th, 2015, 07:58
Category: Apple Watch, AppleCare, iPhone, News, retail


This leak came out the door pretty quickly, which makes it interesting.

Best Buy has apparently inked a deal to begin selling AppleCare+ warranty extensions for its products. In addition to this, employees have also been told that the next-gen iPhone will be announced to the public on September 10th.

According to a recent tip, the new iPhone lineup will be available at Best Buy starting September 13th, the AppleCare+ warranty covering all eligible products.


Rite Aid to accept Apple Pay beginning Saturday, August 15th

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Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2015, 08:22
Category: News, retail, Uncategorized


Rite Aid has apparently gone for both CurrentC and Apple Pay.

Last year, when a group of retailers disabled their Merchant Customer Exchange devices in favor of the upcoming CurrentC payment system, it was unknown as to whether they’d opt for Apple Pay. Drug store chains CVS and Rite Aid were among the first to block Apple Pay support after initially accepting it. Now, drug store chain Rite Aid is ending that blockade as it announced today that it will officially accept Apple Pay starting this weekend.

Beginning Saturday, August 15th, Rite Aid will turn on support for Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and Android Pay at almost 4,600 locations around the country. Competing drug store chain Walgreens has officially accepted Apple Pay since launch while CVS remains a hold out.


Sprig to reclassify large numbers of workers from contract to full employee status

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Date: Friday, August 7th, 2015, 06:13
Category: Legal, News, retail


There’s only so long that people will be content to work as “contractors”.

Health food delivery startup Sprig seems to be acknowledging this, as the company will soon offer its hundreds of contract workers employment at the company.

Over the past few months, startups like Instacart, Shyp and Luxe have all switched their workers to W-2 employees rather than independent contractors. The main difference between the two is that with W-2 employees, employers have to “withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee,” according to the Internal Revenue Service.


12-inch MacBook inventory numbers rise, device now available for Apple Store Personal Pickup

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Date: Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 06:52
Category: MacBook, News, retail


You can now snag the 12-inch MacBook via the Apple Store Personal Pickup plan.

Nearly four months after its release, the 12-inch MacBook notebook now has a strong enough inventory presence to qualify for Apple’s Personal Pickup plan.

The personal pickup option isn’t universal yet however, with only select configurations at select stores being available. For example, the 256 GB Silver MacBook is not available for personal pickup in New York, NY while the 256 GB Space Gray is widely available.


Apple Watch to become available in select Best Buy locations come August 7th

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Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015, 04:02
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables


Come August 7th, you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch at certain local Best Buy locations.

Best Buy announced on Sunday that Apple will be making Apple Watch available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S. on Aug. 7, making it the first major outlet to carry Watch outside of Apple’s own stores.

Best Buy will start stocking Watch through its online store and at select locations, with plans to expand to over 300 outlet before the lucrative holiday shopping season. Since launching in April, Apple has limited sales to its own online and brick-and-mortar outlets, international pop-up shops and a few token third-party boutiques.


Tim Cooks hints at wider Apple Watch retail presence this holiday season

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Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, 07:58
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables


Not surprisingly, Apple is looking to sell more Apple Watch units this holiday season.

And it plans to do this by increasing the device’s retail availability.

This news surfaced Tuesday, when CEO Tim Cook stated that the unit is expected the be a hot gift item this year and hinted at an increase in points of sale and/or inventory.


Apple releases updated iPod touch, adds improved hardware to device

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Date: Thursday, July 16th, 2015, 09:33
Category: Hardware, iPod, iPod Touch, News, retail, Uncategorized


Apple may not have done much with its iPod shuffle and nano models outside of changing the color offerings, but it beefed up the iPod touch in a big way this week.

The iPod touch’s camera is now on par with the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, going from 5 megapixels in the last generation to 8 in the new version. Apple also incorporated an iPhone M8 motion coprocessor for better activity-tracking and a new 64-bit A8 chip to make the unit that much faster. A new 1136 x 640 resolution Retina display rounds things out and makes the device that much more robust.


Apple releases updated iPod nano, shuffle models, offers new color options

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Date: Thursday, July 16th, 2015, 08:54
Category: iPod, iPod Nano, iPod shuffle, News, retail


Despite a three year hiatus between the last update, Apple gave the iPod a major overhaul on Tuesday.

Among these are the revamped iPod nano and shuffle models, which, like the new iPod touch, come in gold, dark blue, and pink colors.

Apart from the new colors, Apple hasn’t upgraded the hardware of the iPod nano since the 2012 rendition. The device arrives with the same 16 gigabytes of storage, but still supports video, FM radio and is available for a US$149 price tag.


Chevron announces first Apple Pay-compatible gas pumps

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Date: Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, 07:04
Category: News, retail


The very first Apple Pay-compatible Chevron gas pumps have arrived.

The company announced via Twitter that gas pumps that accept NFC payment support – including Apple Pay – have been installed at a gas station on San Ramon Valley Blvd., meaning nearby iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch owners can pay at the pump without reaching for their wallet. More locations will follow suit, but Chevron did not offer a rollout timeline. The company’s tweet did say, “Cupertino coming soon!” in reference to Apple’s nearby campus.


Apple Store down, new iPod models expected today

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Date: Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, 07:01
Category: iPod, iPod Nano, iPod shuffle, iPod Touch, News, retail


As of early this morning, the Apple Store web site is down.

The reason for this is most likely iPod-related.

The current rumor is that Apple will be launching its new iPod units. The new models are expected to feature an A8 processor, 8 megapixel camera and arrive in new dark blue, pink and gold colors available across the lineup.