Deirdre O’Brien is the new SVP of Retail + People, and she’s changing Apple retail to be more straightforward.
Mattel’s new Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit is available exclusively in Apple Stores. Vehicles cost US$6.99, the Race Portal is US$39.99, and the Smart Track Kit is US$179.99.
With the Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit, Hot Wheels id vehicles can be raced on a track that incorporates digital tracking elements through an app on the iPhone or iPad. The system allows users to keep track of speed, count laps, build a digital garage, and more, providing a mix of physical and digital play.
The second Apple Store in Taiwan is on its way – Apple branded barriers appeared at the Xinyi 13 mall in Taipei this week.
Similar to the company’s long-running education store, “current and Veteran members of the U.S. Military, National Guard and Reserve,” and their families, will be able to buy Apple products with a 10% discount.
Apple describes the new store as being in “Haussmann-era apartment building” and says that the inner courtyard will contain its “grandest” forum yet for hosting free Today at Apple events.
Items purchased at the Apple Online Store that are received between November 14, 2018 and December 25, 2018, may be returned through January 8, 2019.
No surprise here: Apple’s online store was replaced with the “Be right back” message Tuesday morning ahead of the “There’s More in the Making” media event.
Apple is hosting Today at Apple sessions throughout October with professional illustrators to highlight The Big Draw. The international event runs through October 31st to get more people interested in all forms of drawing. Apple’s sessions are happening at its flagship stores in Chicago, London, Milan, New York City, and Singapore. You can sign up for the free classes at Apple’s website.
Apple issued a press release reminding customers that Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max are available in stores starting at 8 AM on Friday, September 21st.
As of this writing, many iPhone XS configurations can be delivered or picked up on September 21st, whereas most iPhone XS Max configurations are available as early as September 28th, and as late as October 12th. Apple Watch Series 4 slipped to the middle and end of October.
Several Apple Watch Sport Band and Sport Loop bands are gone from Apple’s online store, and even more are showing as “Currently Unavailable.”
On August 25 Apple is opening an Apple Store in Kyoto, Japan. It will be the company’s 504th location worldwide and its ninth Japan Apple Store.
The new instant credit makes it much faster to buy the products you want while using your old devices to offset the cost.
Apple released Apple Store 5.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Thursday with a redesigned interface that supports voice-based product searches.
Apple’s Piazza Liberty store in Milan is opening in Milan this Thursday, July 26th. Apple says the store will be open 24 hours a day and host special events all year.
The Apple Cotai Central store has a grand opening on June 29. It’s the second Apple store in the Chinese district of Macau.
If you’re a kid between 8 and 12 years old, it’s time to sign up for Apple Camp. This year’s programs include Coding with Sphero Robots, Beat Making and Songwriting with GarageBand, and Telling Stories with Clips. The programs are hosted at local Apple stores and are 90 minutes a day for three days throughout July. The programs are all free and they fill up fast so be sure to sign up right away. You can check out the program descriptions and sign up at the Apple Camp website.
Apple’s Mac lineup seems to be shipping as normal leading up to this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, that is except for the 13-inch MacBook Pro which now shows as delivering two days after the 2018 WWDC keynote.
Apple’s online store was replaced with the familiar “We’ll be back” note Tuesday morning. That’s no surprise since Apple is hosting its “Let’s take a field trip” media event today.
In this TMO video podcast, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the causes of Mac decay and whether Apple Store is the new DMV. They also discuss an idea that’s been on social media lately, that Johnny was out to get Scott Forstall. They cap the show with a couple of show picks. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)