Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts has only been at the helm of Apple Retail for three short weeks, but a new report claims the latest veep plans to shake up the future of Cupertino's brick-and-mortar stores in a number of ways.
Apple CEO Tim Cook appears to be bummed out that only 20 percent of iPhones sold are actually purchased in one of the company's retail stores -- a number he hopes to increase to 50 percent in the future.
The vacancy left behind by former Apple senior vice president of retail John Browett has yet to be filled. Obviously, there was some discussion current VP Jerry McDougal would take over the reins, but apparently he's decided to resign. Cupertino has already named a successor to take McDougal's place.
Dixons vet John Browett may not have been the best executive fit for Apple's retail stores, but you can bet that CEO Tim Cook won't be making the same mistake twice. But who might be the next head of Apple's retail division?
I still remember my first visit to an Apple Store. Several years later, I would live close enough to walk to one, but back then there were barely 15 of them, so as soon as one opened within rational driving distance, I made sure to get there. Roughly 65 miles away, I set my sights on Woodcliff Lake, N.J., where Apple had targeted a new shopping center for its first store in the tri-state area.
Sure, Pennsylvania might be one of the larger states in the U.S., but when Apple has eight retail stores to serve a population of 12.7 million but only six such outlets serving more than 1.3 billion in all of China, it's clearly a problem for Cupertino.
Apple is again the focus of a New York Times profile for the newspaper's "iEconomy" series, but this time the spotlight turns from China and shines brightly on the company's apparently underpaid retail staffers here in the U.S.
Just because Apple blessed us with a Retina Display-enhanced MacBook Pro this month, that doesn't mean every Mac is going to get them right away. That's the word on the street for this lazy Friday in late June, with a week left to go before the clock turns to July and we begin the wait for OS X Mountain Lion. In the meantime, take in some tech news for this fine Friday, June 22, 2012.