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Rumor: Apple to revamp Genius Bar, workshops, associated web sites on Tuesday, August 25th

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Date: Monday, August 24th, 2015, 09:01
Category: retail, Rumor

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The Genius Bar and its associated web site might be getting revamped in the new future.

A rumor has stated that Apple will begin changing the Genius Bar and its corresponding web site as of Tuesday, August 25th. Through these changes, Apple reportedly plans to move Genius Bar online appointments pages from their separate “Concierge” site into individual Apple Store pages

The new updated web-based service has also been re-written with a focus on accessibility and mobile devices. “Customers with visual or hearing impairments can more easily use the Concierge system,” Apple wrote in a note to retail employees about the upcoming change. As for mobile optimization, the new system will have a unique user interface depending on whether it is used on a desktop, smartphone, or tablet.

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Apple Watch coming to 100+ Fnac locations in France beginning August 21st

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Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 08:06
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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The Apple Watch just became a little easier to find in France.

The device has begun to appear at assorted Fnac locations within Paris, starting with just one store alongside the Fnac official website.

The Fnac retail store, which is thought of as the equivalent to Best Buy in America, initially selling the Apple Watch is the one located at the Champs Elysées, and will officially begin to sell the wearable on August 21. Other Fnac stores will begin to offer the Watch “within the next week,” and the store’s employees will be trained to field questions and concerns from customers regarding Apple’s smartwatch.

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Rumor: German wireless carriers back September 18th for next-gen iPhone release date

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Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, 08:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, wireless

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Sometimes it’s the German wireless carriers that give away the details you want to hear.

A group of German carriers are reportedly preparing to launch Apple’s next-gen iPhone on September 18th, a date in line with a rumored press event earlier in the month.

At least two out of three major German carriers have apparently signed on for September 18th. The carriers are thought to be at least two out of three, the German market being controlled by O2, Vodafone, and T-Mobile DE (owned by Deutsche Telekom). All three will likely be ready on the same day, since they already carry the iPhone 6.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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