Mac shipments fall 13 percent in year-over-year comparison to third quarter of 2016

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Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, News, retail

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It looks like Apple will need some new blood in its Mac product line to stop its decline in sales.

According to a new report from IDC, third-quarter PC shipments declined by 3.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year, but Mac shipments dropped by 13 percent. PC shipments totaled 68 million units.

Still, IDC had predicted worse sales across the industry and the numbers were about 3.2 percent ahead of IDC’s initial projections.

In the top five PC companies, fourth-placed Apple registered the largest decline, with the 13 percent drop in Mac shipments. Apple’s Mac sales totaled 5 million units during the quarter, declining from 5.76 million units in the same quarter a year ago.

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Apple Pay added for New York Rail customers via MTA eTix app

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Date: Friday, October 7th, 2016, 05:54
Category: Apple Pay, iOS, News, retail, Software

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Apple Pay has arrived for users of the New York state commuter rain.

Customers can now use either Apple Pay or Masterpass to buy tickets and passes through the MTA eTix app, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week.

The two payment options can be used for rides on both the Metro-North Railroad as well as the Long Island Rail Road and a full range of purchases are available, from one-way trips through to weekly or monthly passes.

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Apple apparently discontinues third-gen Apple TV units, focuses on fourth-gen models

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Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 05:26
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News, retail, TvOS

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It’s been some time coming.

Apple has officially discontinued the third-gen Apple TV set-top box. In an email sent out today to employees and education partners, Apple confirmed that it is discontinuing the device, shifting its focus entirely to the fourth-gen, tvOS-powered model.

In the email, Apple explained that it would fulfill order backlog for the device, but pointed partners towards the other available products for new purchases.

Apple offered the following explanation in the email:

Effective immediately, Apple TV (3rd generation), MD/199LL/A, has reached end of life and is now discontinued. The Apple Supply team is going to fulfill all shippable backlog.

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Apple Pay launches in Russia, becomes 10th country to go online

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Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 05:05
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, retail

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You can now use Apple Pay in Russia, comrade.

Apple launched Apple Pay in Russia on Tuesday, marking the 10th country in which Apple Pay has gone online, following the United States, Britain, Canada and others.

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iPhone 7 to launch in wider array of international markets on October 14th

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Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2016, 05:11
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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The iPhone 7 is about to hit the road with a wide international debut over the next 10 days.

Following an October 7th debut in India, the handset will be available in Turkey, Malaysia, and South Africa, as well as smaller markets like Macao, Macedonia, and Montenegro and possibly other regions on October 14th.

A South Korean launch is “tentatively” set for Oct. 21st as well. The target was allegedly arrived at in talks between Apple Korea and three phone carriers on Thursday, but still has to be approved by Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

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Jet Black iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units in short supply, manufacturing difficulties cited in recent research note

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Date: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, 05:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

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There’s a reason why the new Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus you want is out of stock.

The new handset faces a global shortage as the new high-gloss finish has proven challenging for the company’s manufacturers.

The Jet Black models apparently suffer from a low casing production yield rate of 60 to 70 percent, meaning 30 to 40 percent of units do not pass Apple’s quality standards test and must be retooled. The report comes from a recent note hailing from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Apple sells out of iPhone 7 Plus, jet black iPhone 7 handsets, inventory to be limited in stores on launch day

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Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 10:42
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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If you’re looking to snag a jet black iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus tomorrow, you might be out of luck already.

Apple has issued a statement citing that the iPhone 7 Plus, especially in its jet black color, would be in short supply for walk-in customers without a reservation.

The statement also indicates that Apple’s jet black iPhones and all iPhone 7 plus models in all colors have sold out completely in the initial online ordering period and that no inventory will be available.

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Apple hits some snags with iPhone 7, 7 Plus preorders, offers number to try to sort this out

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 05:29
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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Preordering an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus might be a little harder than it should be.

Last week, a number of customers looking to preorder the new handset via Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program encountered issues selecting the correct model because a lot of them were already sold out.

Apple is attempting to smooth this out, but the availability issue stemmed from Apple placing customers enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program in a different queue than the general preorders. These customers had to reserve their model directly from a local Apple store, which resulted in limited availability. Some customers in the iPhone Upgrade Program were unable to select their preferred model, carrier, color, or storage capacity. Others weren’t even able to enter the reservation system to begin with.

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Apple nixes $10,000 Gold Edition Apple Watch, replaces it with Ceramic model

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Date: Friday, September 9th, 2016, 05:12
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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The ultra-expensive $10,000 Apple Watch is no more.

In its place, Apple has released the $1,249 Ceramic model, which serves as Apple’s new top shelf unit.

Apple is currently touting the Ceramic model’s durability and scratch resistance as a luxury feature worth the extra money. The company is claiming that the proprietary metal is four times harder than steel and thus that much more durable.

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Apple increases iPad storage capacities across the board, nixes 16 GB models

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Date: Friday, September 9th, 2016, 05:12
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, retail

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While the focus of the Apple media event centered on the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple nixed the 16 GB model of its iPad variants and is now offering 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB storage capacities.

The iPad Pro has had the biggest shakeup with pricing on higher storage tiers falling. The 9.7 inch iPad Pro costs $599 for 32 GB, $699 for 128 GB, and $799 for 256 GB. The 12.9 inch iPad Pro costs $799 for 32 GB, 128 GB for $899 and 256 GB for $999.

The iPad Air 2 is now available in 32 GB and 12 GB capacities and can be purchased for $399 and $499. The iPad mini 4 is the same storage options and the same price points.

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