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Assorted customers report iPhone 6s pre-order status changing to “Preparing for Shipment”

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Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 08:07
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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If you ordered an iPhone 6s, it’s on its way.

A number of pre-order customers are seeing their statuses change from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment” on Apple’s website. There have been no specific reports of order status changes on the iPhone 6s Plus yet, but the larger smartphone should also begin seeing movement soon as the September 25th launch approaches.

Recently, customers living outside the United States reported that their order statuses had changed, the changes occurring in Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Apple has also begun charging credit cards for some of these customers, which is common at this point in the pre-order process but earlier than usual this year.

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Line rules, details for Apple Store iPhone 6s, 6s Plus surface

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Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015, 07:03
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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If you’re looking to snag an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus from an Apple Store during its launch next Friday, there are some rules you need to follow.

First off, like previous years, Apple will limit customers to purchasing only two new iPhones per day and you can only buy two per store reservation.

On the big day, Apple will once again close normal Genius Bar appointment services to dedicate as many people as possible, about 50% of specialists and Geniuses, to iPhone sales. Other initiatives like Personal Training will also be shut down for the launch period.

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iPhone 6s, 6s Plus pre-orders begin, ship times slip to 2-3 weeks for several configurations

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Date: Monday, September 14th, 2015, 07:28
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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The good news is that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets are now available for pre-order.

The bad news is that the one you wanted is selling like hotcakes and shipping times have slipped.

Several of the new iPhone models are now displaying shipping estimates of 2-3 weeks. Models in the new Rose Gold color are the most heavily affected, particularly in the United States.

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Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland add Apple Pay support for UK market

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Date: Friday, September 11th, 2015, 07:05
Category: News, retail

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Apple Pay seems to be expanding over on the other side of the pond.

Three of the largest banks in the region have added support for Apple Pay. Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland have recently added support for Apple Pay, allowing customers to use their credit and debit cards through Apple Pay.

In addition, others on social media also indicated that Bank of Scotland is supporting Apple Pay as of Friday. No official announcement has been made from any of the three banks, nor Apple.

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Rumor: Apple Watch to become available in Austria, Denmark, India and other countries in September

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Date: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, 04:25
Category: Apple Watch, retail, Rumor, Uncategorized, Wearables

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The Apple Watch could be debuting in Austria, Denmark, India and other countries later this month.

A rumor from Austrian website MacMania claims that the Apple Watch will be available in Austria starting September 15th, citing information it received from a reputable source working for an undisclosed large electronics chain in the country. As yet, Apple does not have an official retail presence in Austria.

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Saddle Creek Apple Store to move, debut possible changes for retail chain

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Date: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, 04:42
Category: News, retail

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One of Apple’s “next-gen” Apple Store retail locations will debut near Memphis in the near future.

The Saddle Creek Apple Store location in Germantown will move, pending project approval.

Early plans for the new store, located to the east of Memphis, were approved by the local design review commission last week. In his presentation, Apple representative Rick Millitello called the project “the next generation of retail store that we’re rolling out,” saying it would be one of the first of its kind in the U.S.

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Apple Pay transaction limit jumps to 30 pounds in UK

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Date: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, 05:49
Category: News, retail

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The amount of stuff you can buy with Apple Pay in the UK without entering a PIN or signature has grown to 30 pounds, wherein it had previously been 20 pounds.

That’s kind of like getting an expanded allowance.

The UK Cards Association, a national credit card payments industry group, raised the upper limit for contactless payments to 30 pounds on Tuesday local time, a change that also affects smartphone-based systems like Apple Pay. Previously, Apple Pay users were constrained to the UK’s contactless payment transaction limit of 20 pounds.

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IDC Device Tracker estimate puts Apple Watch sales at 3.6 million to date

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Date: Thursday, August 27th, 2015, 07:02
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Although Apple has yet to announce its official sales numbers for the Apple Watch, yet another research firm is putting forth an educated guess, estimating that Apple debuted at second place in the wearable device market behind Fitbit.

IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker suggests that 3.6 million Apple Watch units shipped last quarter, giving it a 19.9 percent share of units worldwide. IDC claims that was second only to Fitbit, which it estimates shipped 4.4 million units, for a 24.3 percent share.

The only other wearable device which has cracked the million-unit mark, according to IDC, was Xiaomi, which is said to have shipped 3.1 million units, good for third place. IDC’s estimates place Garmin in fourth with 700,000 devices shipped, and Samsung in fifth with just 600,000 units.

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Best Buy CEO announces Apple Watch will be available in all locations, cites other Apple-specific improvements

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Date: Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, 04:10
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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It looks like you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch at every Best Buy location in the relatively near future.

Albeit Apple has been pretty quiet about the Apple Watch’s sales numbers, Best Buy’s CEO has stated that the device has been a hit with customers. The electronics retailer started selling Apple Watches this month in select stores, first in the United States and later in Canada. As of Tuesday, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said that Apple Watch demand has been “so strong” both online and in stores as the retailer plans to carry the smartwatch at even more locations.

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Rumor: Apple to end “One to One” training program, fold training into larger workshops

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Date: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015, 07:54
Category: retail, Rumor

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The beloved US$99 “One to One” tutoring sessions for Mac and iOS users at the Apple Store may be coming to an end. A recent rumor is currently stating that Apple is stopping the program to allow retail employees to focus on hosting a greater number of free workshops, which multiple people are able to attend at once.

The One to One program allowed users who bought a Mac to pay an additional US$99 for one year of Mac and iOS instruction. One to One sessions include 30 or 60 minute Personal Training sessions, 90-minute Group Training sessions, and 90-minute group-based Open Training sessions.

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