Apple offers early iPhone X pre-order access to iPhone Upgrade Program members

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2017, 05:18
Category: iPhone, News, retail

This is one of the perks of being part of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program.

Apple is now enabling IUP members to ‘get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X’ starting Monday, October 23, ahead of pre-orders on Friday, October 27.

The ‘head start’ on Monday appears to only apply to customers already enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program and doesn’t necessarily guarantee launch day inventory. The process instead is intended to let upgraders complete the loan eligibility process through Apple, which partners with insurance firm Citizens One, before the official pre-order period kicks off at 12:01 am PDT on Friday, October 27.

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Apple may have nixed Beddit, could be working to incorporate sleep tracking into its own product line

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Hardware, News, retail, Software

Apple has apparently nixed Beddit.

Beddit, the sleep monitoring system company purchased by Apple earlier this year, has had its product pulled from everywhere except Apple’s own retail stores and website.

The Beddit sleep tracker included a special sensor strip for your mattress that tracked your movement and respiration while you slept. It included a companion iPhone app where your sleep activity was logged.

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Apple adds 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to refurbished products list

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2017, 05:00
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail, Touch Bar

Because refurbished products are a good thing.

Apple on Tuesday added the June 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks equipped with a Touch Bar to its refurbished products list.

At present, Apple’s refurbished store has six different 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro models available for purchase at a discount of approximately 15 percent.

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AirPods inventory expands, pairs now easily found at Apple Store locations

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 05:23
Category: AirPods, Hardware, News, retail

If you’ve been hankering for a pair of AirPods but haven’t been able to find it on your normal store shelf, odds are they’ve finally arrived at your local Apple Store. Apple has been ramping up in store inventory over the past couple weeks, and most of the stores The Mac Observer checked have plenty in stock all the time.

Apple introduced AirPods a year ago but suffered from ongoing inventory constraints from the first day they were supposed to hit store shelves. Prior to a couple weeks ago, finding AirPods in a store was akin to finding a Wonka golden ticket and ordering online meant waiting weeks—if not months—for them to arrive.

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Microsoft announces Office 2019, states users will be able to buy software via one-time fee as opposed to a recurring subscription

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 05:39
Category: iOS, macOS, Microsoft, News, retail, Software

You’ll be able to purchase Microsoft Office 2019 outright as opposed to signing up and paying for it on a monthly basis, as you currently have to do with Microsoft Office 2016.

Office 2019 will ship in the second half of 2018, Microsoft said, with a preview version scheduled for mid-2018. The Office 2019 suite will include the standard complement of Office apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, plus server apps like Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. It’s thought that Microsoft will offer different versions of Office 2019, including a version for the Mac, but executives didn’t say.

Microsoft has called Office 2019 a suite of “perpetual” apps wherein a customer pays for them with a one-time fee as opposed to a recurring subscription. The company will continue to offer Office 365 on a subscription basis with the payment spread out over a longer period of time. At present, Microsoft’s Office 365 Home retails for $100 per year.

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First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K units begin to arrive for customers in New Zealand, Australia

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Date: Friday, September 22nd, 2017, 05:06
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPhone, News, retail

The very first pre-ordered iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K units have begun to arrive in the hands of customers living in Australia, New Zealand and Asia on Friday, local time, while Apple retail stores in those regions began sales of the new hardware.

The sales process appears to be running much more smoothly than past iPhone releases. Of note, Apple stores in Australia are not seeing extremely long queues lining up outside, as they did with last year’s iPhone 7 launch. One reason could be the upcoming launch of iPhone X, Apple’s flagship handset set to debut in November.

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Apple to begin accepting iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus pre-orders on September 15th at 12:01 AM PT

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Date: Thursday, September 14th, 2017, 05:12
Category: iPhone, News, retail

You can begin pre-ordering your iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in the wee hours come Friday.

Apple has announced that the company will begin accepting pre-orders for the handsets on Friday, September 15 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time or 3:01 a.m. Eastern Time in the United States. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will launch simultaneously in all first wave launch countries, so pre-orders will kick off at 8:01 a.m. in the United Kingdom and 3:01 p.m. in Hong Kong.

It’s unknown as to how readily available supplies of the iPhone 8 might be, so this may be your best chance of locking a unit down. Rumors have also surfaced suggesting that supplies of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would be constrained alongside the iPhone X, and Plus models in particular are often in short supply.

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iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus announced at Apple press event

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 13:15
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

The iPhone 8 you’ve been hankering for has just been announced.

Over at Apple’s media event, the company announced the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and the 5.5-inch iPhone Plus handsets. Both models feature LCD displays and incorporate Apple’s new six-core A11 Bionic processor.

The A11 processor features two high-performance cores said to be 25 percent faster than the A10, and four high-efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster. An Apple-designed GPU is said to deliver a 30 percent speed boost. Also attached is a new image signal processor, providing faster autofocus in low light, improved pixel processing, and better noise reduction.

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Rumor: iPhone 8 could be in rare supply until early 2018 following manufacturing difficulties

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

Apple’s “iPhone 8”, complete with an edge-to-edge OLED display and facial recognition, may be a bit hard to get a hold of for a while following “extended supply shortfalls and shipping delays,” as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The production problems have led to a setback of “about a month” in Apple’s manufacturing timetable, but Apple supplier Foxconn is ramping up development and working to hire new employees.

The report supports a statement made months ago by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who stated that iPhone 8 units would be in rare supply until early 2018. Other rumors have pointed towards problems with the display lamination process and other high-tech components like the 3D sensor embedded at the front of the device.

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Apple adds June 2017 21.5-inch Retina iMac to refurbished store selection

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Date: Thursday, August 31st, 2017, 05:04
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, iMac, News, retail

A good deal’s a good deal.

Apple on Wednesday updated its refurbished products web site, adding the new 21.5-inch iMac models that were initially released in June of 2017.

The refurbished iMacs feature Kaby Lake processors, upgraded displays, faster solid state storage, and discrete graphics.

At present, the refurbished selection only includes the 4K models with Retina display and there are no offerings for the non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac models for purchase.

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