Apple Pay gains additional support among banks, credit unions in U.S., China, and Canada

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, 03:56
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, retail

Apple has expended its lineup of banks and credit unions that support Apple Pay in the United States, Canada, and China.

Canadians can now add cards from Servus Credit Union. In China, the expansion includes Visa and Mastercard for China Construction Bank, and PrimeCredit Limited Visa in Hong Kong.

The complete list of new U.S. issuers is as follows:

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Some Apple Store locations running low on iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries, some swaps delayed until March

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2018, 03:20
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

You might have to wait a while before you can snag a $29 replacement battery for your iPhone 6 Plus.

A number of users have reported shortages of the iPhone 6 Plus battery and have, in some cases, been told that they’ll have to wait until March or later for their repair.

Delays are only impacting stores that have already run out of iPhone 6 Plus batteries, according to sources close to the story. Still, many locations have batteries for the iPhone 6 Plus in stock.

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Zurich Apple Store location evacuated after iPhone battery overheats

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, 03:53
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

Not every iPhone battery is going to behave perfectly.

An Apple store in Zurich, Switzerland was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday after an iPhone’s battery at the service desk overheated in the middle of a removal procedure, emitting smoke and burning the worker who was doing the work.

The incident caused the technician to burn his hand and a total of seven people received medical attention. Local police evacuated roughly 50 customers and employees from the Apple Store location.

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Apple offers apology for iPhone speed throttling controversy, reduces prices for replacement batteries for qualifying iPhones to $29

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2017, 03:03
Category: battery, iOS, iPhone, News, Processors, retail

following up on the iPhone processor slowdown scandal that’s been plaguing the company, Apple on Thursday offered an apology and has also lowered the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements to $29. The company has also stated that it will issue a software update in early 2018 to let users find out more information about the health of their device’s battery.

The new battery replacement is marked down from $79 and will be available for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018.

Apple offered the following letter of apology regarding the issue and following controversy:

“December 28, 2017

A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.

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iMac Pro units beat delivery dates, begin arriving early for some users

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2017, 03:57
Category: iMac, iMac Pro, News, retail

It seems as if some 5K iMac Pros have arrived a bit early.

A slew of images posted to Instagram and a video on YouTube have shown the desktop and assorted Space Gray accessories arriving in the hands of customers.



Japanese Mac site Mac Otakara has also posted a video and photos of the iMac Pro tearing through several benchmarking applications.

The iMac Pro starts at $4,999 and is available in 8, 10, 14, and 18-core configurations.

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Apple Watch Series 3 three-month LTE grace period ends, subscribers begin seeing surprising charges from wireless carriers

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Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, 03:53
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables, wireless

If you’re about to deactivate the LTE service on your Apple Watch Series 3 and then reactivate it later, there might be some fees to consider.

When the device was first launched, carriers in the United States and other countries where the LTE version of the device is available offered three free months of service and waived activation fees.

This three month grace period is now coming to an end, and customers have begun receiving their first LTE bills, which include a $10/month service charge.

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iPhone X availability improves to same-day pickup in most Apple Store retail locations, one-day shipping times in the United States, United Kingdom

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Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, 03:41
Category: iPhone, News, retail

If you’re looking to snag an iPhone X for the holidays, you’ll probably be in luck.

Apple’s updated online store now reflects the improved availability of the handset in the United States. As such, potential customers can most likely pick up an iPhone X from an Apple Store retail location or via next-day delivery.

According to the Apple website, orders in the United States for all combinations of color and capacity of the iPhone X are claimed to be “In Stock” for deliveries, with orders arriving with customers as soon as “Tomorrow.” This appears to apply to devices for all four major carriers, as well as the SIM-free variant.

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AirPods reportedly sold out in week before Christmas

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2017, 03:48
Category: AirPods, News, retail

It may be harder to find Apple’s AirPods in time for Christmas.

Over on Apple’s online store, the company is now quoting delivery of the units in the first and second weeks of January. As such, you might have to hunt around for the headphones if you want to get them under the Christmas tree for a loved one on the 25th.

Best Buy, Verizon, and Sprint all list early January delivery dates or no availability at all. B&H also shows AirPods as back-ordered. AT&T seems to have some availability for 2-day shipping, but be sure to act fast as that could change within a few minutes.

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AppleCare for iMac Pro priced at $169

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2017, 03:38
Category: AppleCare+, iMac Pro, News, retail

It’ll be 169 clams for AppleCare+ coverage for your new iMac Pro.

Apple has announced that AppleCare+, which extends your iMac Pro’s warranty from one to three years, will retail for $169. This is cheaper than the AppleCare+ policy for an iPhone X and also reduces the cost of some repairs. If you have a Mac notebook and the display fails, for example, AppleCare+ more than pays for itself.

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Apple launches iMac Pro, 8-core, 10-core, 14-core and 18-core models available for order and pre-order

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2017, 03:20
Category: Hardware, iMac Pro, News, retail, Thunderbolt

The all-powerful iMac Pro you’ve been hankering for is now available.

Apple has announced that its 8-core and 10-core iMac Pro models start at $4,999 and $5,799 respectively and currently ship by late December in the United States, while 14-core and 18-core models starting at $6,599 and $7,399 can also be ordered today, but aren’t estimated to ship for 6-8 weeks, which pushes deliveries into February.

Each iMac Pro configuration has optional upgrades for storage, memory, and graphics, the ultimate, maxed-out, high-end 18-core unit with 4TB of SSD, 128GB of ECC RAM and an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics processor with 16GB of HBM2 memory retailing for $13,199.

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