iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Apple Moves Forward with Plans to Open Online Store in Russia, Posts Job Listings Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:09:06 +0000 Read More]]> Apple Online Store in Russia

Apple is continuing to expand its international presence, setting up its Online Stores, iTunes Music store, and App Store all over the world. The Cupertino, California based company introduced its iTunes Music store in 56 new countries, including Russia late last year and is now moving forward with plans to launch an Online store in Russia.

Rumors about the store have been around since last August, with TechCrunch confirming that Apple is in fact looking to open an Online Store in Russia. TechCrunch notes that Apple has started to recruit staff and has posted a job listing for a “Russian Chat Team Manager”. The team manager would be managing as many as 15 advisors and would be working out of Cork, Ireland, despite the store being introduced in Russia.

Apple is also hiring for a Market Manager for Russia and Turkey, showing that it is dedicated to introducing its services in that region. Currently, Apple sells through resellers in the country, as it does in a number of other countries. The company will now be able to increase its product sales, as it has done in China, which currently accounts for a large part of Apple’s international revenue.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> 0 Sprint Drops iPhone 4S Price to $149 with a 2-Year Contract Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:08:30 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone 4S Sprint Discount

Apple’s next generation iPhone 5 is expected to be released on September 12th and with numerous news outlets and sources confirming this, it appears that such a release is imminent. On Monday, Sprint went ahead and quietly lowered the price of the iPhone 4S to $149 with a 2-year contract.

This price drop was first noted by AllThingsD, and is most likely in response to recent rumors. Sprint is the third carrier to service the iPhone in the United States, after AT&T which has had the iPhone since 2007 and Verizon since the release of the iPhone 4. Sprint is also waving the initial $36 activation fee and is making this deal only available through their website.

It is unclear why Sprint has chosen to lower the price, however, it is very likely in reponse to the release of the iPhone 5 next month or simply the fact that Sprint has purchased too many iPhone’s and is looking to earn back any form of profit from the initial investment. It is interesting to note, however, that the iPhone 4S is still at its $199 price on Apple’s Online Store.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 2 Apple Launches (PRODUCT) RED Bumper Case for iPhone 4S / 4 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:25:51 +0000 Read More]]>

Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 5 next month, with reports that there may also be two new cases introduced alongside the fifth gen iPhone. However, prior to this announcement, Apple has added a new color to the Bumper case line-up, the first change to case line since its introduction with the iPhone 4. On Tuesday, Apple went ahead and added a (PRODUCT) RED version of the Bumper case for the iPhone 4S / 4 to the already available assortment of colors.

Currently, Apple offers black, white, blue, pink, orange, and green, all of which were introduced in 2010 and did not experience any major changes, aside from a change in ringer switch size to accommodate the iPhone 4S.

This is not the first time that Apple is offering (PRODUCT) RED products, with the Cupertino company offering a red iPod nano and Shuffle, iPad Smart Covers, iTunes Gift Cards and now the Bumper. (PRODUCT) RED products from Apple sends a portion of the sale goes towards the Global Fund in helping to fight AIDS in Africa. The red iPhone 4S / 4 Bumper is currently shipping in 4-6 days from the Apple Online Store, as opposed to the normal Bumper which ships in 24 hours.

{via 9to5 Mac}

]]> 2 Shipment Time for Retina MacBook Pro Improves to 2-3 Weeks Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:59:23 +0000 Read More]]>

Last month, Apple Inc. (AAPL) introduced a new line of MacBook Pro at WWDC called the Retina MacBook Pro, introducing a slimmer design, paired with the company’s popular Retina Display. Since the unveiling and first day of sales, estimated shipment times remained frozen around 3-4 weeks, a hefty waiting period for an AAPL product. Typically, Apple products in high pent up demand such as the iPhone have shipment times of this range.

However, on Friday, shipment times began to slip and improved to 2-3 weeks in a number of markets including the U.S, Canada, and Asia-Pacific. The improvement in shipment time likely points to either an increase in production or the demand for the device decreasing after initial sales. Either way, a shorter shipment time is good not only for Apple customers who will be able to quickly purchase the product, but for Apple who can continue to control demand with a moderate ship time.

The updated ship times are slowly spreading to all markets and appear to be moving to the European market next. Apple currently offers Free Shipping on the Retina MacBook Pro and with the improved shipment times, can attract thousands of new customers.

Did you buy the new Retina MacBook Pro? Does it live up-to your expectations? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

{via 9to5Mac}

]]> 1 Apple Inc. (AAPL) to Launch the New iPad 3 in China on July 20th Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:21:00 +0000 Read More]]>

On Tuesday, Apple Inc. (AAPL) issued a press release, announcing that the 3rd generation iPad would be launching in China on July 20th.

In China the new iPad will be available through the Apple Online Store (, select Apple Authorized Resellers and by reservation from Apple retail stores. Reservation requests will be accepted daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning Thursday, July 19 for pick up the following day. Additionally, iPad 2 is available at a more affordable price starting at just $399 (US).

AAPL recently settled a dispute over the “iPad” trademark in China and was likely holding the release until the issue was resolved. The settlement was worth $60 million and gave Apple the rights to use the name. Although China is one the last countries to receive the new iPad 3, the introduction is a smart move by Apple and will positively affect their international revenue.

It should take only a week or two for China’s national trademark authority to transfer the iPad trademark for China to Apple, added Mr. Xie, of the Grandall Legal Group in Shenzhen.

China and other parts of Asia are a large part of Apple’s quarterly revenue and has become a crucial business strategy for the Cupertino, Calif. based company. Apple launched the new iPad earlier this year, in March, with an updated A5X chip, Retina Display, and a 5 megapixel iSight camera.

{via Apple}

]]> 2 Apple Releases ‘Every Dimension’ TV Ad for Retina MacBook Pro Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:29:10 +0000 Read More]]>

During Apple’s annual WWDC2012 conference, the company introduced the next generation of MacBook Pro. The new MacBook Pro features a retina display, the same type of screen currently found in the iPhone and the new iPad 3 as well as a new thinner design, faster processors and more hard drive space.

Apple recently released a television commercial called “Every Dimension” highlighting the design and screen of the Retina MacBook Pro. The ad shows a Retina MacBook Pro and fast forwards through a series of apps being used on the notebook. The ad then ends with a single line that reads:

The radical new MacBook Pro with Retina display. Innovation in every dimension.

Apple appears to have adopted a similar design for the commercial from the MacBook Air ad after its most recent redesign. The ad uses an all black background and centers the MacBook directly in the middle, and ends with a simple line that describes the product.

The ad aired on a number of channels in the United States, including the NBA Finals which is clearly Apple’s strategy for reaching a wide range of customers. The Retina MacBook Pro is currently available in the Apple Online Store and has a ship time of 3-4 weeks.

]]> 0 Apple’s iPad Smart Case Takes Smart Cover One Step Further Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:21:11 +0000 Read More]]>

Apple introduced the iPad 2 early last year, and with it, the Smart Cover. The Smart Cover was an accessory for the iPad that covered the screen, could be converted into a stand and automatically woke the iPad from sleep mode when opened. During the Apple’s 2012 WWDC conference, the Smart Cover was silently updated and added to the Apple Online Store.

The Smart Case is an updated version of Apple’s Smart Cover, and adds a polyurethane hardshell on the back for protection. It is available in the same six colors of the original Smart Covers (Light Gray, Dark Gray, Blue, Green, Pink, and a special (PRODUCT) RED edition. The Smart Case can be engraved for free when purchased.

The Smart Case adds a nice sense of style, and adds protection to what was otherwise the reason for a lot of broken iPad screens. The Smart Case is currently on sale in the Apple Online Store for $49.00, roughly $20-$30 cheaper than the Smart Cover and is eligible for gift wrapping and engraving.

]]> 0 Apple suspends sales of iPhone 4S in China over concerns of Safety Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:28:08 +0000 Read More]]>

Apple has been experiencing high sales volume for the iPhone 4S, since its release late last year, in October. Apple, after releasing in the United States, began the roll out of the popular device in international markets, including China, however, after scalpers caused many problems in recent months, and a near riot in Apple’s Sanlitun retail store in Beijing, the Cupertino company has decided to halt sales of the device in-store “until further notice”.

Reuters reported early Friday that Apple stopped in-store sales after police restrained a massive crowd, causing riot behavior and unsafe conditions for both customers and employees. Scalpers are very common in Chinese Apple Stores, buying up iPhone and iPad stock, causing limited availability of the device, and then selling them at higher than suggested retail prices.

This illegal activity has caused tensions in Apple Stores which consistently run low on stock iOS devices and has also caused a major headache for police who must manage crowds of angry people on a regular basis.

“The demand for iPhone 4S has been incredible and our stores in China have already sold out,” an Apple spokeswoman said.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to open our store at Sanlitun due to the large crowd. And to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees, iPhones will not be available in our retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being,” she said.

Apple’s decision to halt in-store sales is a smart one, because of the negative press that they would receive by allowing a riot in one of their retail stores. With sales halted, online sales will be increasing, which could possibly lead to a number of crashes and errors on the Apple Online Store. It’ll be interesting to see how Apple’s PR team will handle this situation as the days progress and the announcement of an iPad 3 gets closer and closer.

]]> 2 Free Shipping on Orders from Apple’s Online Store Until December 22 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 22:52:31 +0000 Read More]]> Free Shipping on Orders from Apple's Online Store Until December 22

Monday was Cyber Monday in the US and many retailers gave steep discounts on many of their products online, including Apple that reduced prices on some of its products for Black Friday. Alongside the price reductions, Apple is now offering Free Shipping on all US online orders through December 22nd.

The holiday shopping season is a major profit period for retailers across the US, and Apple is expected to experience heavy sales during this time of year.

Free shipping from Apple typically requires a minimum $50 purchase, so the new program offers customers the opportunity to save money even on low cost purchases such as cases, chargers, and other accessories. Apple is also offering other incentives to those shopping on their website, giving customers free engraving on iPods and iPads, signature gift wrapping and build-to-order Macs.

Apple’s Free Shipping promotion is different in all parts of the world, with New Zealand receiving free shipping through December 25th and others including Canada and United Kingdom only receiving it on Monday. Apple is setting itself up for the holiday shopping season, settling down with its current line-up of iPods, iPhones, and iPads as well as their current Mac offerings. Free Shipping from Apple is truly a big deal, as it is rarely offered or only offered on newly introduced products such as the iPhone 4S.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 0 Apple China online store sells out of iPhone 4 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 00:00:33 +0000 Read More]]> Apple recently launched its online store in China and within just four hours of iPhone 4 going on sale it’s sold out, macnn reports.

Tuesday was the big day for iPhone lovers in China who wanted to order the new iPhone 4 online to avoid the queues at retail stores.

Things aren’t all rainbows and unicorns though – the reported reason for the quick sellout is scalpers – people who buy products to sell on for profit. It’s not the first time Apple fans in China have fallen victim to such tactics after the same practice caused the Sanlitun Apple Store to close temporarily when shoppers confronted scalpers.

Unfortunately Apple has not yet said when they expect to be able to get more stock into the stores, but even when they do it’s far from certain the same scalpers won’t be waiting for them too.

]]> 0 Apple (AAPL) Launches Online Store in China Thu, 28 Oct 2010 21:08:37 +0000 Read More]]> Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been showing a lot of interest in the Chinese market lately. In early July this year Apple opened its second retail store in Shanghai and now they are ready to offer the online shopping experience too.

The online store in China will sell iPhone 4, iPad, iPods and the Mac products and will also include a wide selection of third-party products. The store will also include free shipping and personalized engraving.

Apple’s COO, Tim Cook said:

We are thrilled to open our newest online store in China. With personalized engraving, configure-to-order options and free shipping on everything, the Apple Store is a great destination for our customers in China.

Apple is committed to expand and explore new ways to enable people to experience and shop for their favorite products and the launch is perfectly timed for the holiday shopping season.

In addition to the online store they also announced that the App Store will be available in Simplified Chinese with featured apps which will appeal to the locals.

[Apple] ]]> 0 Apple Refunding iPhone 4 Bumper Case & Accepting Orders For Other Cases Fri, 23 Jul 2010 16:35:49 +0000 Read More]]> Apple today started sending out emails to customers who purchased their iPhone 4 bumper cases online notifying them that due to the recent announcement, they will be refunding the cost of their bumper cases.

The email being sent out states:

Dear Apple Customer,

Apple recently announced that iPhone 4 customers who purchased an iPhone 4 Bumper are eligible for a full refund.

As of today, we have automatically processed your refund.

Thank you for choosing Apple.

Apple Online Store Support

iPhone 4 Bumper CaseWhat is interesting is that it seems like Apple is refunding all iPhone 4 bumper case orders regardless of the quantity purchased. I had purchased two bumper cases on different occasions and received two emails notifying me of the refund on both. Apple’s online store does not show the refunds and they do not show yet on my credit card statement online. It would seem that Apple found it simpler to just refund the cases without trying to track down which case was for which phone. It also makes the entire process easier for the end user since it is automatic. Anything that Apple can do to please their customers at this point is a step forward.

For customers who did not purchase a case yet, Apple also released the Apple Case Program app for the iPhone 4. Any user wanting to get a free case, will need to install and run the app. Once logged in (using your iTunes account), the app gives a selection of the cases available. Aside from the bumper case, the app also has several cases from companies such as inCase, Belkin, Speck, and Griffin. All together, there are 8 cases to choose from. Once the user selects the case, they get a Thank You page with an estimates ship time. My selection is 3-5 weeks. Now the interesting thing will be whether or not I get it since they had already refunded my account for the bumper cases that I purchased.

All in all, though, Apple has done a great job in making this easy on the end user. Automatic refunds and an easy to use application are a great step toward resolving these issues.

]]> 0 iPad WiFi US Launch April 3, Pre-Order from Apple Online Store Starting March 12 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 16:49:57 +0000 Read More]]> iPad Launch Date April 3 2010

Apple WiFi iPad available for pre-order on March 12th. In store pickup on April 3rd. US Only initially.

Since the day Steve Jobs appeared on stage for the Apple Special Event 2010 to announce the iPad there has been a lot of buzz about it’s availability. Many rumor blogs suggested that there might be minor delays in production and that could possibly lead to shortage in the number of devices available at launch.

Today Apple has officially announced the pre-order, ship and Apple Store availability date, of the first iPad model to be released. This is the WiFi only version, and is initially only for the US market. The pre-order date is roughly two days after we reported that Apple Store staff are rumoured to be getting their hands on the devices for training. So that makes sense. The date you can pick up your ‘Jesus’ tablet in store, or have it delivered to your door has slipped slightly to the 3rd of April.

3G versions are supposed to be available in late April.

Apple originally stated that WiFi iPads would be available at the end of March, so they are not too far off their original ship date.

These dates are US only dates at the moment. So it should be noted that if you are outside the US the WiFi model will not be available to you until late April. But both WiFi and 3G versions should be available at the same time elsewhere though.

So which one are you getting? Anyone planning a pilgrimage to the US to get a ‘Jesus’ Tablet early? I did for a Newton, back in the day. So don’t be shy, let us know in the comments.

By: Stephen Northcott

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