https://touchreviews.net iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPad mini Shipping Estimates Improves to 1-3 Days in US Apple Store https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-ipad-mini-shipping-estimates-improves-1-3-days-apple-store/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-ipad-mini-shipping-estimates-improves-1-3-days-apple-store/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2013 15:48:49 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22008 Read More]]> iPad mini shipping

Last week, Apple Inc. (AAPL) shipping estimates for the iPad mini dropped to 3-5 days in the U.S Apple Store. Now, the iPad mini’s shipping estimates has once again improved to 1-3 days in the U.S store. The estimates have been slowly improving and customers will now have an iPad mini order fulfilled, shipped, and delivered in under a week.

Other online Apple Stores around the world are also experiencing improvements in their shipping estimates, coming in at 3-5 business days. Apple’s European store had a two week wait for an iPad mini, which has since improved to 3-5 days.

The introduction of a smaller iPad has proved to be successful for Apple. It is a direct competitor to all the e-readers available in the market. By launching a smaller tablet Apple aims to capture every segment of the tablet market. Even though the iPad mini is an expensive product when compared to other smaller tablets available, consumers continue to pay premium for seamless integration of hardware and software services.

Apple experienced supply constraints for the iPad mini which caused a backlog of orders, and as a result, a very long wait time. Apple noted that it expects the supply to catch up to demand by the end of March. Supply constraints were caused in part by the iPad mini’s G/F2 (DITO) thin-film display technology, which is also rumored to be used in the new iPad 5 (fifth gen).

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-ipad-mini-shipping-estimates-improves-1-3-days-apple-store/feed/ 0 Apple Collecting Donations on iTunes for Relief Efforts https://touchreviews.net/apple-collecting-donations-itunes-relief-efforts/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-collecting-donations-itunes-relief-efforts/#comments Sun, 04 Nov 2012 17:37:14 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21516 Read More]]> Apple Retail Store

Over 30 retail stores on the East Coast of America, including 4 Apple Stores in NYC shut down earlier this week because of Hurricane Sandy, which swept across the NorthEast region and knocked out power to much of Lower Manhattan and uprooted trees and even the roofs of houses. Apple’s 14th Street location in Manhattan, pictured above, is one of the 4 in the metro area of NYC that was shut down during the storm.

The storm, brought over 10 inches of rain to the region, and wind gusts in excess of 90MPH which threatened numerous retail chains in NYC, including Apple Stores, which have all glass designs. With subway and bus stations shut down across the region, Apple Stores may have a hard time getting fresh supplies of iPad mini.

However, during the storm, Apple did take precautionary measures and sent its employees home and put sandbags at the base of stores to prevent water from entering. On iTunes, Apple is now collecting money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Apple posted a page for users to donate to the American Red Cross to help supply regions in the Northeast with power, water, food, and other forms of assistance. Apple is accepting donations for $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200. One hundred percent of the donations will be transferred to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief, and Apple will not profit in any way. They have done this in the past following the tsunami in Japan and other natural disasters.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-collecting-donations-itunes-relief-efforts/feed/ 1 Apple Inc. (AAPL) Introduces New 13 inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-introduces-13-inch-macbook-pro-retina-display/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-introduces-13-inch-macbook-pro-retina-display/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:57:43 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21440 Read More]]> new 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina Display

On Tuesday, alongside the announcement of the new iPad mini and the 4th generation iPad, Apple Inc. (AAPL) also went ahead to introduce a thinner, lighter 13 inch MacBook Pro with a Retina Display. The new MacBook Pro is only 0.75 inches and 3.57 pounds in weight, making nearly 20% thinner than its predecessor and about a pound lighter and also has a FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones, improved speakers, faster 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a MagSafe 2 charging port.

With the newest addition to the MacBook lineup, AAPL has made nearly all of its products into portable machines. The 13 inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display does not have an optical drive as with most of Apple’s Mac products, and instead sports a slimmer form factor with a Retina Display that has 227 pixels per inch and flash storage that is faster upon startup.

With the transition to flash storage, Apple can produce thinner and lighter machines that start up and run programs much faster than the last generation. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is now one of Apple’s base models, with a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starting at only US$1,699. Users then have the option to configure their machines with 256GB of flash storage coming in at US$1,999.

The 13 inch and 15 inch MacBook Pros with Retina Display are on sale in Apple Stores and online with free shipping.

Are you planning to buy the MacBook Pro with Retina Display? Do you think it is worth the upgrade?

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-introduces-13-inch-macbook-pro-retina-display/feed/ 1 Apple Inc. (AAPL) Set to Bring New iPad to China Gains Certification for Cellular Model https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-bring-ipad-china-gains-certification-cellular-model/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-bring-ipad-china-gains-certification-cellular-model/#comments Thu, 31 May 2012 20:59:57 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20230 Read More]]>

Recently, the Chinese government approved the sale of the new iPad in the country, and the WiFi version of the popular tablet went on sale after being certified. In a report from MarketWatch, it was confirmed that the Cellular model of the new iPad, identified as such by the A1430 model number in the database, received its network access license early on Wednesday.

As a result, Apple will now be able to sell the Cellular model in addition to the WiFi models in China and will be able to begin shipping to Apple Stores in the country. Apple has been continuously adding to the list of countries receiving the new iPad, and is now beginning to introduce its products in new markets across Asia, which is also a large source of Apple’s international revenue.

According to China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center, an Apple device with third-generation, high-speed wireless data capabilities has been issued the license needed for the company to begin sales in China.

The device, listed as “model number A1430″ is compatible with the 3G standard wide band code division multiple access, or WCDMA. The language used by the regulator suggests the device is the new iPad, which has yet to launch in China. Vendors often begin selling new devices within weeks of network access licenses being granted.

Apple is continuously adding to their country selection page; last week, the Philippines and Guam, and most recently Honduras and Paraguay. Apple’s new iPad is continuing to dominate the tablet computer market and will continue to help the company’s revenue increase as they enter new and emerging markets overseas.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-bring-ipad-china-gains-certification-cellular-model/feed/ 7 Apple Inc. (AAPL) To Open New Retail Store in Paris on May 25 https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-open-retail-store-paris-may-25/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-open-retail-store-paris-may-25/#comments Wed, 23 May 2012 18:12:16 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20163 Read More]]>

According to a report from ifoAppleStore, Apple is all set to open a new retail store in Paris. This new location is its sixth retail store in the metropolitan area of Paris and one of the more spacious and extravagnt ones available in a mall.

The huge store will be located on Level 1 adjacent to the Gap store. The five-level mall is located in the La Défense district of Paris, along the north extension of the Champs Elysées, and sits adjacent to the iconic Grande Arche building.

The store will be the eleventh store overall in France and is part of Apple’s plans to continue to increase its international presence. France is now the fifth most popular country for retail stores, after other countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. Apple normally does not put its larger retail stores inside of malls or stations, but has recognized the potential for more foot traffic.

One of the first major Apple Stores in a cluster of retail shops was Apple’s Grand Central store in New York City. The details for the Les Quatre Temps store have not yet been revealed and square footage of the store is yet unknown. The opening of the Les Quatre Temps store is scheduled for this Friday, May 25th.

{via MacRumors — Image Credit: MacGenerations}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-open-retail-store-paris-may-25/feed/ 0 Apple Looking to Patent Glass Design on Upper West Side Retail Store in NYC https://touchreviews.net/apple-patent-glass-design-upper-west-side-retail-store-nyc/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-patent-glass-design-upper-west-side-retail-store-nyc/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:49:08 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19956 Read More]]>

Apple’s retail stores are truly one of a kind, blending materials such as glass and aluminum into intricate pieces of art that dress up any neighborhood they are built in. Apple intends to protect that idea, hoping to be the only one with a one of a kind experience for its customers. The latest act of preservation by the company is to patent the 54 foot tall, 75 foot wide and 30 foot deep glass design on its Apple Upper West Side store.

Details for the patent were revealed in a patent application earlier this week, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent filing focuses specifically on the curved glass roof of the store, located blocks from Lincoln Center and a few avenues from Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue Store. The support structure of the store are also parts of the filing, which highlights specific sections of the outer shell that adds to the design of the store.

The Upper West Side store opened in November of 2009, and since then has become one of the five stores in Manhattan. This latest patent comes only a week after the USPTO revealed plans to patent the cylindrical design of Apple’s main store in Shanghai, China.

Apple’s obsessive focus on the simplicity of its stores plays very well into the design of the store, which the company goes to great lengths to preserve and shelter from copycats. Much of this personal belief comes from the vision of former CEO and Chairman, Steve Jobs, who believed simplicity was the key to life, and vowed to preserve Apple’s ideas.

Apple Stores around the world receive about 18,000 visitors a week per store, with each store bringing in about $12.2 million in revenue. Apple has continued to expand its retail sector, focusing on countries such as China as well as larger cities in the United States.

{via Apple Insider}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-patent-glass-design-upper-west-side-retail-store-nyc/feed/ 0 Apple Retail Stores Replace iMac with the new iPad in Kids Section https://touchreviews.net/apple-retail-stores-replace-imac-new-ipad-kids-section/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-retail-stores-replace-imac-new-ipad-kids-section/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:30:57 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19943 Read More]]>

Apple has replaced the popular iMacs at the kids section of the Apple Store with iPads. First noticed by iMore, Apple appears to be taking a more compelling approach to drawing in kids and essentially starting them off with a product that a number of children are familiar with.

Apple Stores have been using iMacs in the kids section for quite some time now, loaded up the screens with kid friendly applications and games. Apple’s strategy behind replacing the iMacs is an excellent way for the company to appeal to a younger generation and build relationships with their future customers.

Apple has also replaced the display cards next to products with iPads, as well as the Macbook Pros at the Genius Bar previously, the kids section being the latest change. Apple may also look into replacing the Genius Bar registration computers with iPads.

The iPad is no doubt the future of Apple’s line-up and will be leading Apple into a whole new era of portable computing. The iPad is slowly becoming a bigger part of the daily operations of Apple’s retail stores.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-retail-stores-replace-imac-new-ipad-kids-section/feed/ 3 Apple Product Displays Begin Appearing in Walmart Stores https://touchreviews.net/apple-product-displays-appearing-walmart-stores/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-product-displays-appearing-walmart-stores/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:29:32 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19894 Read More]]>

Apple has been expanding their retail stores all over the world, with over 357 retail stores worldwide with plans to build a number of others in China and the United States. Now, Apple is expanding their retail efforts by setting up new product displays in Walmart stores around the country. Although Best Buy has had smaller Apple product displays in their stores for quite some time, this is the first time that Apple has introduced such a wide variety of products and accessories in a major retail outlet other than its own stores. The first Apple Store within a store was spotted in an Arkansas Walmart, where ifoapplestore snapped a couple of pictures and posted them online.

A report from 9to5Mac also speculated that the displays may be a prototype for future expansion into the Sam’s Club retail chain, which is the warehouse retail division of Walmart. Sam’s Club is usually within the same retail area as Walmart and are readily available in areas that do not have a local Apple Store. The new displays have back-lit graphics, just like the Apple Stores, the same classic wood table, the iconic array of display products and under-table accessory storage.

The under-table accessory storage features the same products available in the Apple Store, with anything from chargers, docks and headphones. This new display is available in Lowell, a town of 7,500 residents. The town does not have a local Apple Store, and would therefore benefit from the new store within a store at the local Walmart. At this point, this is the only known Apple Store within a Walmart in the United States, however, Apple will likely expand this idea into other Walmart Store, and maybe eventually Sam’s Club as well. This is a great idea not only for Apple and its retail expansion, but for the other retail stores such as Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.

{via ifoapplestore}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-product-displays-appearing-walmart-stores/feed/ 1 Apple Inc. (AAPL) to Open Retail Stores in India? https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-open-retail-stores-india/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-open-retail-stores-india/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:13:11 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19253 Read More]]>

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) opened its first retail stores in the US long ago, giving customers a whole new retail experience, allowing them to use the devices hands on, try out the products and provide them with help if needed. Now, over a decade later, AAPL is opening up retail stores all around the world.

Apple has branched out to China, London, Japan, and many other countries. However, in a recent report from Indian business newspaper, Mint, it was mentioned that Apple is looking to increase their presence in India and is looking to open a number of retail stores in major retail districts.

Apple Inc. may open its own shops following the Indian government allowing full ownership of single-brand retail stores by foreign companies, according to a senior official of the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).

The maker of the iPad and iPhone has been in discussion with the department for some time and is keen to re-enter Indian market after an earlier bid to do so in 2006, said the official on condition of anonymity.

The report also suggests that Apple went ahead with plans to make stores in India after the Indian government decided to eliminate ownership requirements, which previously required retail stores such as Apple Stores to have at least 49% domestic investment.

However, problems remain, with Apple being forced to source 30% of their product value from small businesses in India. Regulators are willing to address the requirement based on the guarantee of whether Apple will be moving their retail presence to India. Mint’s report also suggested that Apple attempted to open a tech support call center in India in 2006 in order to expand its presence but later drew back the effort and scrapped the idea.

However, if Apple were to open retail stores in India, a large influence of Apple products would spread across the east, starting with China, which is a large part of Apple’s international profits.

{via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-open-retail-stores-india/feed/ 0 iPad 3 Media Event Planned for Early Feb? https://touchreviews.net/ipad-3-media-event-planned-early-feb/ https://touchreviews.net/ipad-3-media-event-planned-early-feb/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:20:02 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19238 Read More]]>

On Tuesday, Japanese site Macotakara reported that Apple is planning to hold an iPad event in early February to announce the iPad 3, which is expected to arrive with iOS 5.1. The website pointed out that they had an Asian supplier and a source in the U.S who could confirm these rumors.

Although the iPad 3 is expected to be announced in February, other rumors suggest that the iPad 3 will actually be released in March, the same as the iPad 2 which arrived on March 11. This long delay could be in part because of the Chinese New Year which is going to be celebrated from January 23 to the 28th.

Foxconn and Pegatron, two of Apple’s main suppliers are expected to start shipping the device to the Apple Stores in early March, likely for a mid-March release. The iPad 3 has long been rumored to include a higher resolution display, as well as the introduction of the A6 chip and better 2 megapixel camera, up from 0.9 megapixels.

Macotakara has a mixed track record with the release of Apple products, correctly reporting on Apple’s iPad 2 and iPhone 4S but incorrectly suggesting that Apple would be releasing a Macbook Air with high-speed 400MBps flash memory and that a fifth-generation iPhone would feature an aluminum back.

If the event is scheduled for February we can expect media invites to be sent out in the first week of the next month. It will be interesting to see if Apple will finally bring the retina display to the iPad, which will certainly make the poplar tablet worth an upgrade for many users.

{via AppleInsider}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ipad-3-media-event-planned-early-feb/feed/ 2 Apple suspends sales of iPhone 4S in China over concerns of Safety https://touchreviews.net/apple-suspends-sales-iphone-4s-china-concerns-safety/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-suspends-sales-iphone-4s-china-concerns-safety/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:28:08 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19176 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.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-suspends-sales-iphone-4s-china-concerns-safety/feed/ 2 Apple Begins Fifth Avenue Store Plaza Renovation Temporarily Removes Iconic Glass Cube https://touchreviews.net/apple-begins-avenue-store-plaza-renovation-temporarily-removes-iconic-glass-cube/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-begins-avenue-store-plaza-renovation-temporarily-removes-iconic-glass-cube/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:21:44 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=16698 Read More]]> fifthavenue cube outline

Earlier today ifoAppleStore reported that Apple has started work on a $6.6 million project to revamp the plaza at its flagship Fifth Avenue retail store in Manhattan. The area is currently home to the iconic glass cube, Manhattan’s famous Central Park, and The Plaza hotel. As part of the project, Apple will be temporarily removing the glass cube to install new pavers on the plaza.

The building that it is currently sitting on is over 5 years old and needs to be rebuilt. This will cause more traffic in a retail location that is already packed with tourists and visitors on a daily basis. It seems that big changes are underway for Apple to cause crowding at one of it’s prime retail locations, something that they take very seriously. Worker’s arrived yesterday night in order to begin work on the Apple Store’s revamp began fencing off areas around the store in order to do so.

It is unclear what Apple plans to do with the store’s construction, whether they will be replacing the glass or working on the seating area outside. Not to worry though, Apple’s Upper West Side store is only a few blocks away from the iconic 5th ave location, where it also seems that Apple is doing construction. In a recent visit to the Upper West Side Apple Store, pieces of the exterior glass were being replaced with pieces of black plastic, possibly a space holder for new glass.

Apple may also be implementing this in their 5th Ave. store in order to prevent degradation of glass that is exposed to the elements. Either way, Apple will still be stocking iPads, iPhones, and iPods, so customers will still be happy.

{via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-begins-avenue-store-plaza-renovation-temporarily-removes-iconic-glass-cube/feed/ 0 Group of Apple Employees to Form ‘Apple Retail Workers Union’ https://touchreviews.net/employees-form-apple-retail-workers-union/ https://touchreviews.net/employees-form-apple-retail-workers-union/#comments Thu, 19 May 2011 22:51:12 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=16292 Read More]]> Today, TUAW reported that they recieved an email from a group called the “Apple Retail Workers Union”, who are looking to gather enough support to form a collective union of Apple retail workers.

On May 19, 2001, Apple opened the doors to its first retail stores. It encouraged people to “shop different.”

Ten years later, the people of Apple are coming together to “work different.”
We are launching today to get fellow employees, shoppers, and the world know that we work in one of the most demanding retail environments while suffering through unfair treatment and compensation among many other various issues.

We deserve better. Our time has come.
This campaign is by and for the workers of Apple’s retail stores in the United States.

Apple Retail Store UnionMacWorld was told by some members of the small group that “some stores in the Pacific Northwest may be talking amongst themselves” about forming a union, and that “an attempt at [the] Alderwood store… is the closest anyone has come to collective action”.

It was also noted that members of this union are coming together to combat “unfair treatment”, including break schedules, training opportunities, the selection and hiring process for internal candidates for open positions, and wages.

Apple always claims to stand for what’s right and this particular group deserves the attention they are recieving from the media in order to voice their complaints.

[Via TUAW] ]]> https://touchreviews.net/employees-form-apple-retail-workers-union/feed/ 1 China Unicom Unable to Meet iPhone 4 Demand https://touchreviews.net/iphone-4-demand-china-unicom-sales/ https://touchreviews.net/iphone-4-demand-china-unicom-sales/#comments Mon, 27 Sep 2010 19:34:46 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=10109 Read More]]> The iPhone 4 went on sale in China on Saturday, and China Unicom doesn’t have enough of the handsets to meet the huge demand. Sales of the new iPhone have sold in China at a much faster pace than any of its predecessors.

Before sales had started Saturday, Unicom had received over 200,000 pre-orders for Apple’s sought-after device. By comparison, last year Unicom sold just 100,000 iPhone handsets in approximately 6 weeks.

40,000 buyers received their iPhone with a bundled service plan that day, and an Apple spokeswoman has said that more iPhones will be available soon. Customers awaiting the device have been advised that they should check online or with local stores.

The sale of the iPhone 4 has been a boost for China Unicom by attracting more customers to its network, which is more expensive than other providers, but does offer a faster service.

It’s also a boost for Apple, who is attempting to increase product sales and promote its brand there. Apple opened a store both Beijing and Shanghai this weekend as part of a plan to have 25 in China by the end of the year.

[via WSJ] ]]> https://touchreviews.net/iphone-4-demand-china-unicom-sales/feed/ 0 The Problem with iPhone 4 Cases https://touchreviews.net/iphone-4-cases-problem/ https://touchreviews.net/iphone-4-cases-problem/#comments Thu, 15 Jul 2010 16:46:22 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=7844 Read More]]> Let me start by saying that, at last count, I own 48 iPhone 3G and 3GS cases. You name a manufacturer, I probably have one or more of the cases that they produce. I have cases from the ultra expensive Vaja cases to the cheap ten dollar rubber case that is sold at discount stores. I have the most protective case on earth (the OtterBox cases) to the flimsiest case (the PowerSupport Air Jacket.) My collection has cost a small fortune and has been the subject of many of my friends’ jokes. But it has served me well over the years.

But now, I have a problem. I have an iPhone 4 and I don’t want to put it in a case.

The problem is not that there aren’t any cases for it. There are actually plenty of cases available even though many of the Apple stores that I visited do not carry any (in my area, there are four Apple Stores within a 10 mile radius and only one of them carries 3rd party iPhone 4 cases.) The problem is bigger than that. I just can’t bring myself to putting the phone in a case. And it is all Apple’s fault.

Apple designed such a beautiful device with such gorgeous curves and lines that any case you put it in, causes it to look like the old iPhone. I want to see the metal antenna surrounding the phone. I want to see the glass back with the Apple logo. I want to see the simple lock and volume buttons. Why hide all of these design elements with rubber or plastic? Forget the fact that these cases help with the “death grip” issue. Forget the fact that a device made out of glass can break easily. I sit in an office all day long and the rest of the time, the phone is in my pocket.

To many people, the updated look was definitely a reason to upgrade. Aside from the hardware improvements, for most people the iPhone 4 is not a necessary upgrade (the feature that Apple touted as being revolutionary – FaceTime – at its current incarnation is not all that useful due to its limitations on hardware and connectivity requirements). But that look is gone the moment you put a case on it.

So does this mean that I don’t own any iPhone 4 cases? Come on, didn’t you read the first paragraph? I own, so far, five cases. It is because of these cases that I don’t want to put another one on. The most minimalist of the them all is Apple’s Bumper case but it is nothing more than a way of getting around the death grip issue. The most protective is Case-Mate’s Tough case which increases the thickness of the new iPhone to be the same as the old iPhone. Everything in between is just a cover. Nothing more. What do I have on right now? Nothing. Do I feel a little vulnerable? Yes.

So what am I to do? The most promising case that I have seen so far is the Vapor Case by ElementCase. It looks like it will be both protective and minimalist at the same time while keeping the phone’s curves and design features. But that case seems to be at least a couple of months away and at a cost of $79, it will have to be an amazing case to justify its cost. For now, if I have to have a case on, it will be the Bumper case. It solves two problems (death grip and scratching) while still maintaining the phone’s design elements.

What case do you use on your iPhone 4? Let us know how you protect your phone and whether or not it is important for you.

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/iphone-4-cases-problem/feed/ 11 Apple (AAPL) Sells an Estimated 1.5 Million iPhone 4 units on the First Day https://touchreviews.net/iphone-4-sales-estimated-1-5-million-units-first-day/ https://touchreviews.net/iphone-4-sales-estimated-1-5-million-units-first-day/#comments Fri, 25 Jun 2010 17:18:16 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=7557 Read More]]> Various industry analysts are totting up the iPhone 4 sales figures for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new iPhone launch day. Based on 600,000 pre-orders, 100,000 sales in Apple Stores, 50,000 in Best Buy stores, and an additional few hundred thousand in countries other than the US it is certainly over 1 Million.

Estimates vary, but all in all assuming Apple can keep up with demand then they are expected to sell between 1.5 Million and 2 Million iPhone 4 units by the end of June.

Here are some other interesting tidbits from Piper Jaffray :

77% of iPhone 4 sales are from iPhone users upgrading. We have to wonder what the second hand iPhone market will be like in coming days.

16% of buyers were switching carriers to AT&T.
28% already owned an iPad.
39% of those who didn’t own an iPad hope to buy one in the next 12 months.

Morgan Stanley have gone one further and estimated that Apple will sell 100 Million iPhone 4s by the end of 2011.

On iPhone supplies being constrained: I can report that if you are outside of the usual high profile locations then getting an iPhone 4 is not as hard as the media are making out. Apple seem to be resupplying outlets quite dynamically. Certainly on a daily basis so far.

I know that in Exeter in the UK they were sold out yesterday, but had new stock delivered today (twice). I also know that in locations around the US, where friends have been picking up iPhone 4s that stores are telling people to expect new supplies daily too.

So if you’ve been turned away, don’t give up. Go back the next day. You know you want one!

Are you one of the new iPhone 4 owners? How are you finding it? Did you have any problems getting hold of one?
Let us know all of your news in the comments.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/iphone-4-sales-estimated-1-5-million-units-first-day/feed/ 17 Wal-Mart and RadioShack to sell iPhone 4 on June 24 https://touchreviews.net/wal-mart-radioshack-buy-iphone-4-june-24/ https://touchreviews.net/wal-mart-radioshack-buy-iphone-4-june-24/#comments Sun, 13 Jun 2010 23:54:05 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=7333 Read More]]> Apple will begin taking pre-orders for the new iPhone 4 on June 15. It will be officially available in the US Apple Stores on June 24 and this year you can either line up at an Apple Store or visit Wal-Mart:

Wal-Mart said Friday that it will be one of several retail outlets that will have the iPhone 4 on June 24, its first day of availability anywhere. While Wal-Mart has carried previous versions of the iPhone, this is a first that it will be for sale in its stores on the device’s official launch day.

CNET in a report said that Wal-Mart won’t be taking pre-orders for the new iPhone and according to MacRumors RadioShack will also be carrying the new iPhone on its launch day and will be taking pre-orders too.

Unlike previous iPhone launches this year Apple seems to have worked towards offering alternatives for buying the new iPhone 4 as they could be anticipating huge demand.

[CNET] ]]> https://touchreviews.net/wal-mart-radioshack-buy-iphone-4-june-24/feed/ 1 iPad set to outsell Apple Mac Computers Internationally https://touchreviews.net/ipad-set-outsell-apple-mac-computers-internationally/ https://touchreviews.net/ipad-set-outsell-apple-mac-computers-internationally/#comments Sat, 29 May 2010 17:38:12 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=6958 Read More]]> AppleInsider are reporting that Mike Abramsky of RBC Capital Markets estimates that 600,000 – 700,000 iPads will be sold overseas (meaning outside the US) in June. And some believe the number may even go higher still. Apparently the entire stock of iPads for the international launch are now spoken for in their entirety when split between retail outlet allocations and online orders.

In contrast, the current estimate for Apple Macintosh computers to be sold outside the US in June is 500,000 units.

Abramsky had this to say :

Industry contact feedback and previously published surveys point to strong international demand, supported by media reports of long lineups at Apple stores, and strong demand for iPads.

iPads appear to be stocked out already at some stores and resellers, particularly in countries like Japan, Australia, and U.K. Online availability has been further delayed, to a vague ‘June,’ from June 7 (prior to which was May 28).

What is really interesting about the current retail areas for iPads is that they only cover 18 of the 88 countries that Apple currently sells the iPhone into. They do however account for around 50% of Apple’s overseas international revenues.

Apple has not even confirmed dates for the next 20 territories to get the iPad, and after that the remaining 50 territories have not even had a mention in Apple’s plans yet.

Abramsky also noted that the iPad is selling at about 200,000 units per week currently in the US. By contrast Apple sells around 110,000 Macs in the same period there.

In conclusion he sees Apple selling as many as 8.1 million iPads in 2010. Assuming they can ramp up manufacturing sufficiently. Personally I think they may well surpass that number by year end.

Apple changing its name from Apple Computer, Inc. to Apple, Inc. back in 2007 seems quite prescient now.
Their core business is now without doubt handheld mobile devices, and not traditional computers.

Did you pick up an iPad in one of the new countries that have it on sale this weekend? Let us know about your personal experience in the comments.

[AppleInsider] ]]> https://touchreviews.net/ipad-set-outsell-apple-mac-computers-internationally/feed/ 2 Apple iPad Sold out in the US again https://touchreviews.net/apple-ipad-sold-out-us/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-ipad-sold-out-us/#comments Fri, 21 May 2010 15:57:18 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=6735 Read More]]> Apple Store

A little over 24 hours ago we reported on the frustrating news that Apple (AAPL) seemed to be stashing iPad for in-store sales at its UK launch on the 28th of May. The knock on effect of that being that UK customers who had ordered online in the last week or so would have to wait until the 7th of June to get their iPad. Over a week after they would be in Apple Stores on general sale!

It seems though, that Apple is having problems all over the place keeping up with the demand for iPads. So maybe they are a bit panicky about having stock for their stores. Especially high profile launches like the UK one.

Gene Munster has been Apple Store hopping, and making calls again, and has come to the conclusion that 74% of Apple stores are sold out of iPads in the US. The remaining 26% only have Wi-Fi models available. Reserving an iPad in an Apple store that has no stock will get you one in 4-7 days. Whilst ordering online will get you one about 7-10 days later.

From those figures, and accounts of when Apple says it will have more iPads available for those who order now, Munster has surmised that Apple may not hit its own target of 2.5 – 3 millions iPads sold in this quarter.

I am not so sure. It is entirely possible that Apple is keeping supplies back for the several countries that the iPad launches in next week. In which case it may well hit, or surpass those targets anyway.

Do you think Apple is hoarding iPads? Or do you think they have had massive manufacture problems? Let us know in the comments.

[businessinsider] ]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-ipad-sold-out-us/feed/ 0 iPad to hit UK Apple stores before pre-order customers get theirs? https://touchreviews.net/ipad-hit-uk-apple-stores-preorder-customers/ https://touchreviews.net/ipad-hit-uk-apple-stores-preorder-customers/#comments Wed, 19 May 2010 18:49:14 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=6685 Read More]]> A worrying story is coming out of the UK today. One that might have a few loyal Apple customers upset! We reported around a week ago that any pre-orders for iPads made after the 13th of May would not ship to customers until the 7th of June. This is still the case as far as we know.

However, the iPad launch in stores in the UK is still going ahead on the 28th of May and customers will be able to walk into stores and pick one up then. Presumably after queuing for a while. The Regents Street Apple store says it expects customers to camp outside overnight to ensure getting their “Jesus Tablet”.

Whilst one can understand that Apple would like to have some in-store stock for such an important launch, this seems a little hard on customers who have already ordered their device online, shown their loyalty to Apple, and agreed to wait until the 7th of June to get their iPad that others now may well be able buy over a week earlier.

I know if I was one of the customers with an outstanding order I’d seriously consider cancelling my order before, or perhaps after, I had a go at getting one from an Apple store on the 28th. I am assuming that Apple have not charged anyone in the UK prior to dispatch, which is normally the case.

I am sure Apple won’t mind people doing that. But it would have been nice if they had been upfront about it.

What do you think? Is Apple being a little dismissive of online customers in the UK? Let us know in the comments…

[t3.com] ]]> https://touchreviews.net/ipad-hit-uk-apple-stores-preorder-customers/feed/ 1 Apple iPad first day sales estimated at up to 700,000 units https://touchreviews.net/apple-ipad-first-day-sales-estimated-700000-units/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-ipad-first-day-sales-estimated-700000-units/#comments Mon, 05 Apr 2010 15:42:19 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5942 Read More]]> Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimates that in the first day of iPad sales in the US 600,000 – 700,000 units were sold. That includes pre-orders.

Getting units without a pre-order did not seem to be a huge problem on the first day either. I myself was in touch with a couple of friend’s in California who were able to pick up an iPad having not reserved one. Those iPads are now in a plane hold on the way to friends of mine in Thailand! My iPad was delivered by Black Hawk helicopter to my penthouse HQ earlier today! I jest.

However it is worth noting that Munster had previously estimated that 200,000 – 300,000 units would be sold over the iPads first weekend in stores.

Even so his findings seems to agree with mine :

“[Despite] longer than expected lines at the start of the day,” as of 7:30 p.m. Eastern time 19 of 20 Apple stores he contacted still had all three models available for sale.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that some stores had very small lines, if any : [online.wsj.com]

Perhaps those people who don’t have one yet in other countries won’t have to wait too long for them to appear in their Apple Stores.

How did your iPad pickup go? Let us know in the comments.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-ipad-first-day-sales-estimated-700000-units/feed/ 2 Apple ‘iPad’ now shipping https://touchreviews.net/apple-ipad-shipping/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-ipad-shipping/#comments Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:14:02 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5757 Read More]]> Apple enthusiasts every where! Rejoice! News is starting to pop up on various blogs today that those who pre-ordered their iPads on the first day of availability started getting shipping notices. 9To5Mac and Macrumors provide separate reports of the glorious news on their sites.

This news is likely to kick off a frenzied week of lead up to the first public usage of the iPad. I’m sure it’s no coincidence the first units shipped today; the beginning of a build up orchestrated by Apple. Already we’ve seen more and more previews of iPad-specific Apps come out through official and unofficial channels. That trend will likely continue the rest of the week as an almost carnival atmosphere builds around the launch. It will be interesting to see how much Apple does to encourage or discourage lines and fanboys camping outside of stores before the launch. I’m sure many Apple Stores will open at midnight on the 3rd to build on the fanfare around the device. You have to appreciate the masterful way Apple is subtlety directing the energy.

All of this shouldn’t really be a surprise. Anyone who has followed Apple knows one of their main competencies is marketing. They were using viral and guerilla marketing to great effect long before it became common practice among big companies. It’s their great brilliance in marketing that has generated the demand and interest in the iPad. While I’m sure the device itself is technically excellent, I hope it can live up to all of the anticipation used to sell it.

And to those of you hoping your FedEx guy might show up a little early with a white box with your name on it, I have bad news. Apple has given very explicit instructions that the iPad not be delivered before April 3rd, regardless of availability. I’m sure one or two may slip through the cracks but this is too big an item for any kind of mass mistake. So sit back and decide what you want to do on Saturday while you wait for the courier to show up.

What do you think of the frenzy and anticipation Apple has built around the iPad launch? Is Apple’s Ninja-like marketing skills really just selling a great product or selling you on a great product. Are you waiting with anticipation for an iPad to show up on Saturday? Let us know in the comments section.

[9to5Mac] [Macrumors] ]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-ipad-shipping/feed/ 2 Apple Removes Camera Option in iPhone (iPad) OS 3.2 SDK beta 4 [Images] https://touchreviews.net/apple-removes-camera-option-in-iphone-ipad-os-3-2-sdk-beta-4/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-removes-camera-option-in-iphone-ipad-os-3-2-sdk-beta-4/#comments Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:16:22 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5348 Read More]]> iPad SDK 3-2 beta 3 camera

Almost every soon to be released Apple product goes through a lot of speculation before it is officially available. The iPad has undoubtedly become one of the most discussed topics in the blog-o-sphere and there has been speculation regarding its hardware and software since the time it was first announced by Steve Jobs.

The first rumor which became very popular followed from the iPad video featured on Apple website which displayed NYTimes.com flash based section as it appears on desktops, which implied that the iPad supports flash. The video was later updated and now it shows the missing flash based content to reflect iPad’s inability to show flash content.

Yesterday Apple released iPhone (iPad) SDK 3.2 beta 4 which finally ends all speculation regarding the possibility of  camera on the device which will be available on April 3 in US Apple stores.

In iPad SDK 3.2 beta 3 when the Photos app was launched for a few seconds you used to be able to choose between camera and photos (image 1), before it would go to next view (image 2), it can be presumed that the iPad simulator was checking for a camera. iPad SDK 3.2 beta 4 does not give you any option to choose between photos or camera and it only shows the pictures in your library (image 3)

The reason why the camera option appeared when photos app was launched in beta 3 is not very clear and the only assumption that we can make is that since iPad OS is essentially based on iPhone OS therefore Apple probably didn’t pay much attention or didn’t expect it to become such a hot topic for discussion. It is safe to say that the next version of iPad (being tested in Apple’s secret lab!)  will certainly support a camera.

iPad Camera SDK beta 3 iPad SDK 3-2 beta 3 camera iPad SDK beta 4 No Camera ]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-removes-camera-option-in-iphone-ipad-os-3-2-sdk-beta-4/feed/ 0 Touch Reviews on iPad https://touchreviews.net/touch-reviews-ipad/ https://touchreviews.net/touch-reviews-ipad/#comments Mon, 08 Mar 2010 02:28:35 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5307 With less than 27 days left for the iPad to be made available in the US Apple stores, we couldn’t resist testing how ‘Touch Reviews’ would look like on the iPad.

We’ve managed to get some screenhsots of our blog on the iPad simulator! The large display allows you to view more content above the fold.

Touch Reviews iPad Touch Reviews iPad_2 Touch Reviews iPad_Desktop1 ]]> https://touchreviews.net/touch-reviews-ipad/feed/ 0 iPad Training for Apple Store staff Commencing on the 10th of March? Free gift for early adopters? https://touchreviews.net/ipad-launch-training-apple-store-staff-commencing-10th-march-free-gift/ https://touchreviews.net/ipad-launch-training-apple-store-staff-commencing-10th-march-free-gift/#comments Wed, 03 Mar 2010 20:29:44 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5233 Read More]]> The Examiner is reporting that Apple store employees will receive iPad training on, or around, March 10th. They are quoting various sources including an Apple Store manager in Southern California “who wishes not to be named”.

This seems to tie up with the anticipated date of the iPad launch. The currently rumoured release date of March 26th seems likely as Apple tend to launch new products on Fridays and it’s the last Friday of the month. An advertising drive, perhaps focussing on the iPads eBook capabilities is said to be planned for the 15th of March. This gives plenty of time for Apple retail staff to get up to speed, and public awareness to be reinvigorated.

Earlier rumors citing production problems for the iPad, initially reported in early February by various industry watchers seem to have abated somewhat. Those rumours suggested reduced launch numbers from an estimated 800,000 units down to a more conservative 300,000. Was this a controlled leak to spur on those early sales?

Rumor also has it that people who buy an iPad on the first day, after going through the traditional ritual of camping outside Apple stores, will receive a “special gift”. Bearing in mind that it’s already been suggested that Apple will be ramping up advertising around this time and focussing on the eBook capabilities of the iPad, perhaps the mystery gift is a book token? This might tie up nicely as a joint promotion with any publishers Apple has managed to sign up since the iPad’s initial announcement. Whilst also serving to wet people’s appetite for this new form of content Apple will be pushing.

No news has been forthcoming on advance orders for Developers happening any time soon. That subject has been the cause of some consternation in the Developer community as people scramble to have dedicated iPad apps ready for distribution as close to launch as possible. Currently the only way to test applications for the iPad is with the Simulator provided in the iPhone SDK, available only to paid up iPhone Developers. Even the Simulator itself seems to be a bit of a shifting landscape currently as partially ready versions of Safari and Photo have popped up only recently in the SDK. This beggars the question, what dedicated software will be available at launch for the iPad? We know of course that it will have access to the 150,000 Apps already available in the App Store.

It also seems that accessory manufacturers may well be holding their collective breath right now, as anything they have potentially manufactured for simultaneous launch around the end of March must be assumed to have been built based on specifications released by Apple, rather than physical units.

Will you camping outside Apple Store to buy the iPad? Let us know in the comments section.

By: Stephen Northcott

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