Customers complain of difficulties pre-ordering iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets

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Date: Friday, September 12th, 2014, 15:37
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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The pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are coming in.

And they’re overwhelming Apple.

Per AppleInsider, Friday’s kickoff for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders was marred by a series of glitches, issues and errors that left a number of customers frustrated with Apple and its carrier partners’ inability to keep up with overwhelming demand.

Readers reported that they’d experienced a number of problems attempting to place their order for Apple’s next-generation handsets on Friday. Things kicked off just after midnight Pacific, 3 a.m. Eastern, but initial customers were only able to access preorders via the iOS Apple Store app, and not through Apple’s website on a traditional browser.

And while U.S. carriers AT&T, Verizon and Sprint were accepting preorders, customers could not buy a handset for T-Mobile, directly from the carrier or through Apple’s website, for hours Friday morning. That also affected AT&T customers looking to buy a no-contract, no-subsidy unlocked handset compatible with AT&T’s network.

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First iPhone shipments arriving on U.S. soil via China Southern

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Date: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 14:37
Category: iPhone, News, retail

The first iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units have landed on U.S. soil.

Per iPhone in Canada and MacRumors, the first cargo pallets have been transported to Chicago in two “special cargo” batches from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport via China Southern Airlines.

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Shipping manifests show the cargo weighed a total of 93 tons and was broken into two parcels, one weighing 14.5 tons on September 6 and a second one weighing 78.5 tons on September 10th. Previous rumors indicated that shipments would be beginning late last week as Apple begins staging units at central locations before distributing them around the country for launch.

As a very rough estimate based on the device weight supplied by Apple, these parcels could hold approximately 720,000 iPhone 6 units or 540,000 iPhone 6 Plus handsets. Apple is reportedly paying up to 200 million yuan for the freight in what may be a single-day shipment record for China Southern freight.

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Mac user creates iPhone 6 size chart to help with pre-order selection process

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Date: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 15:57
Category: iPhone, News, retail, Uncategorized

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been announced and a Mac user has assembled asomewhat nifty pre-order picker to help you choose the right size iPhone handset when the device becomes available for pre-order in a few days.

Per AppleInsider, Jeremy Anticouni assembled a cool PDF that, when printed on standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper at 100 percent scale, will display the footprint of Apple’s current iPhone 5S alongside that of the larger 4.7″ iPhone 6 and the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus.

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Rumor: Apple to release both 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 handsets on Friday, September 19th

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Date: Monday, September 8th, 2014, 16:50
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

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While no one knows exactly what Apple will announce at its media event tomorrow, the Europeans seem to have a few decent guesses. Per MacRumors, French web site iGen.fr claims Apple may begin selling both of its iPhone 6 models at the same time. According to the report, which is based on the same source who accurately predicted previous Apple product launches, the two models would go on sale starting Friday, September 19th. That has been the most widely expected date for the first wave of launches given Apple’s previous announcement and launch patterns.

Perhaps in line with a lack of significant leaks of parts for the larger model, a separate source indicates that the 4.7-inch model is likely to be available in higher quantities than the 5.5-inch model. Similar rumors have also been heard via a reliable source, who has indicated that two different iPhone models are incoming with the larger model shipping at only half the rates of the smaller one.

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Apple releases updated MacBook Pro lineup with slight speed boosts, lower prices on some models

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Date: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, 10:01
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail

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You can’t argue with a speed bump and a lower price on the notebook you want.

Per Macworld, Apple on Tuesday released it’s upgraded line of professional MacBook Pro notebooks, the intro-level and mid-range 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros going from a 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with a Turbo Boost of up to 2.9GHz to a 2.6GHz dual-core i5 with a Turbo Boost of up to 3.1GHz; the high-end 13-inch meanwhile goes from a 2.6GHz dual-core i5 to a 2.8GHz dual-core i5 (its Turbo Boost, which previously reached 3.1GHz, now gets up to 3.3GHz). The entry-level 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro also now starts with 8GB of RAM, like the mid-range and high-range models, instead of 4GB. Storage remains the same for all three models at 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of flash storage, respectively.

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Apple expands iPad, iPhone trade-in program to Australian market

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Date: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, 06:31
Category: iPad, iPhone, News, retail

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Apple’s iPhone and iPad trade-in program is coming to the land down under.

Per MacRumors, Apple today expanded its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to Australia, giving customers who trade in an older device credit towards the purchase of a new device. Users who trade in an iPhone can earn up to A$250, while users who trade in an iPad can get up to A$215.

Apple’s current press release states that the iPhone 5s, 5c, and iPad Air are not eligible for the credit, nor are first-generation devices like the iPhone 3GS or the original iPad. All other devices are eligible, however, and Apple will still recycle original models for free.

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Apple falls to third place behind Google, Roku in U.S. streaming device market

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Date: Friday, July 11th, 2014, 06:30
Category: Apple TV, News, retail

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As much as you may love and adore your Apple TV, it’s fallen to third place in sales next to its competitors.

Per Gigaom, Google sold 3.8 of its Chromecast streaming devices in 2013, making the device about as popular as Roku’s streaming devices.

Roku and Chromecast were the two most successful streaming devices sold in the U.S. in 2013, according to new data from Parks Associates, which puts Apple TV on third place.

Google sold an estimated 3.8 million Chromecast streaming sticks after introducing the product in mid-2013, according to Parks, which also estimates that this about equals Roku’s sales throughout 2013. Apple, on the other hand is trailing, having sold just a bit more than two million devices in the U.S. last year, according to data shared by Parks.

Still, the global picture might prove a little rosier for Apple, which has sold more than 20 million Apple TV units since its introduction in 2007, whereas Roku’s total sales since its launch were 8 million by the end of 2013.

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Walmart now offering iPhone 5s for $49, iPhone 5c for $29 with two-year contract

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2014, 12:17
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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You may not love Walmart, but you can get a cheap iPhone 5s and 5c there if you sign a two-year contract…

Per Engadget, in an announcement on Thursday, Walmart announced it will be slashing prices on Apple’s latest iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models on Friday ahead of an impending refresh cycle expected this fall.

Apple’s 16GB iPhone 5s will be available in stores for US$99 with two-year contract, down from US$149, while the 16GB iPhone 5c will be reduced to US$29, down from US$49.

The price changes were scheduled to take effect Thursday at 9 a.m. local time and are only available through brick-and-mortar stores. Further deals for higher capacity models like the 32GB iPhone 5s and 5c are also expected, though specific details have yet to be released.

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Apple releases updated 16GB iPod touch, includes rear camera, lowers price

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2014, 16:32
Category: iPod Touch, retail

The new iPod touch has arrived.

And it’s available at a pretty decent price.

Per TechHive, Apple on Thursday announced a new version of its 16GB iPod touch, available for just US$199, as well as dropping prices on the 32GB and 64GB models by US$50 and US$100, respectively.

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PayPal is eager to integrate Touch ID

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Date: Friday, June 6th, 2014, 08:07
Category: Apple, Finance, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, retail, security, Services, Software

touch-id_PaypalLittle was said about Touch ID in the WWDC keynote except that the API would be opened to third-party developers for use in iOS 8. Craig Federighi did show a nice pie chart claiming that since the introduction of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s, 83% of users now use passcodes, up from the 49% that used their iPhone’s security previously. Just days after this announcement, PayPal is reportedly dipping their toes into the Touch ID API with hopes of incorporating fingerprint recognition into their iOS app’s authentication system. This isn’t really surprising as it has already done this on Android with the Samsung Galaxy S5. Hopefully the process will be more hacker-proof on iOS.

PayPal may just be the first of several companies including other mobile payment services, banks, and even large retail chains, to take advantage of access to Apple’s fingerprint scanner. Getting users familiar with using Touch ID for purchases may be just the first step in Apple’s own long rumored plans to get into the mobile payments game, using it in tandem with their Passbook software. Apple is expected to start building Touch ID sensors into all of its mobile hardware soon. Here’s hoping the technology becomes more reliable than many users’ past experiences or people may get frustrated with the process and just not use it.