Apple improves shipping delivery estimates for some Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro buyers, changes status to “now shipping” in certain cases

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2016, 05:53
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail, Touch Bar

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The first of the Touch Bar-equpped MacBook Pro units look as if they’re about to ship on Friday, November 11th.

A number of users have reported that Apple has started changing the status of several preorders from “processing” to “preparing for shipment”, which typically happens in the days before it ships and delivers orders to customers.

Reports from the first preorder customers estimated a ship date of November 11th, while others were quickly notified that their orders had been pushed back 2-3 weeks to 4-5 weeks after the units became available via the Apple online storefront.

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Apple now selling refurbished iPhone 6s, 6s Plus units through online store

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, 05:59
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

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You can now snag a refurbished iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus model from Apple.

The company has begun offering the refurbished handsets via its online store. The units are available in a variety of colors and capacities. Prices for an entry-level 16GB iPhone 6s start at $449, while a 16GB iPhone 6s Plus can be purchased for $529.

Those prices are $100 to $120 less than brand new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices, which are priced at $549 and $649 for 32GB of storage space. All refurbished iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models are unlocked and SIM-free, meaning they are compatible with all U.S. carriers.

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Apple quickly selling out of refurbished last-gen 15-inch MacBook Pro units

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Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, 05:35
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

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In addition to the new Touch Bar-equipped 2016 MacBook Pros being among the most popular notebooks Apple has ever announced, the company has sold out of refurbished last-generation 15-inch MacBook Pros from its online store as the company introduces new models expected to ship to customers in the coming weeks.

A number of Reddit users noticed that several models of the refurbished last-generation notebook models had been available at discounted prices. That supply is apparently running low as customers snag up remaining stock.

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Rumor: Apple won’t refresh iPhone SE in 2017

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2016, 05:05
Category: Finance, Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

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As nifty as the iPhone SE may be, it probably won’t be refreshed in the coming year.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a report to investors state that Apple will prolong iPhone SE’s lifecycle beyond the usual one year rotation in a bid to boost gross margins and minimize cannibalization of high-end flagships like the iPhone 7.

To the point, Kuo noted that it seems unlikely that Apple will launch a new iPhone SE handset in the second fiscal quarter of 2017, which for Apple ends in March. The 4-inch iPhone variant debuted this year on March 31, leaving some to speculate that a next-generation version with updated internals would see release at roughly the same time in 2017. Kuo does not mention plans beyond the second quarter, meaning a refresh might land later in the year.

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Apple responds to customer feedback, drops prices on assorted USB-C adapters

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail, USB-C

Responding to customer demand, especially in the wake of USB-C becoming that much more prevalent on the newly-released MacBook Pro notebook, Apple has dropped the prices on all of its USB-C adapters by $6 to $20.

The simple USB-C to USB Adapter, formerly priced at $19, is now $9, while the more expensive USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, formerly $49, is now available for $29. Even Apple’s newly released Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter has seen a price drop from $49 to $29.

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Kohl’s to carry Apple Watch this holiday season

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Date: Friday, November 4th, 2016, 05:15
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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You’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch in a Kohl’s this holiday season.

The retail chain will be carrying the device on store shelves before Black Friday. Kohl’s is joining Macy’s in selling the Apple Watch at select locations starting this month with one key difference: Kohl’s is positioning the watch as a wellness product, not an electronic one.

Where Apple’s deal with Macy’s will place the Apple Watch in 180 department store locations selling a variety of Apple devices, Kohl’s isn’t looking to get into the consumer electronics business. Instead, the chain will be grouping the Apple Watch in with its fitness gear, much like its Fitbit selection.

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Phil Schiller cites 2016 Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro as most ordered Apple notebook ever made

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Date: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016, 05:20
Category: Hardware, iOS, MacBook Pro, macOS, News, retail

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The Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro may be about the most popular MacBook Pro to date.

In a recent interview, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller noted that the new model is the most popular notebook that Apple has ever shipped.

“Our online store has had more orders for the new MacBook Pro than any other pro notebook before,” said Schiller.

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Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro shipping times slip to 3-4 weeks

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2016, 05:31
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Touch ID

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Even though the new MacBook Pro has only been available since late this morning, Apple’s shipping estimates on the new notebook have slipped from two to three weeks to three to four weeks, meaning orders placed now won’t deliver until late November or early December.

The three to four week shipping estimate now covers all MacBook Pro models with the new touch Bar and Touch ID built in.

The new entry-level MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar continues to be available for delivery as soon as October 31 using the fastest shipping method. Apple Store pickup is not yet available for any of the MacBook Pro options, but the standard MacBook Pro should be in stores soon.

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China outpaces U.S. in iOS App Store revenue

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Date: Friday, October 21st, 2016, 05:48
Category: App Store, iOS, News, retail, Software

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The Chinese user base is apparently even more app-crazy than its U.S. counterpart.

According to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie, the country earned over $1.7 billion in Q3 2016, which puts it ahead of the U.S. by over 15 percent. The U.S. had been the number one iOS market since 2010.

Today, Chinese consumers spend more than 5 times the amount they were spending compared with just two years prior.

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Tile unveils Mate, offers original Tile’s functionality at 25% smaller size

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, 05:04
Category: Accessory, Bluetooth, Hardware, News, retail

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The Tile devices have gotten a bit smaller and more useful.

The accessory maker, which uses Bluetooth-enabled devices that attach to and help you find lost items, unveiled a small key ring tracker to help you find your keys.

The Tile Mate, which retails for $25, looks similar to the original Tile, but is now 25 percent smaller. The details of the device were refined by Fuseproject, a firm created by roving industrial designer Yves Béhar.

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