Tossing aside rumors of a delay, Apple has officially confirmed that the iPad 2 will debut in 25 more countries this Friday, March 25 as originally scheduled -- which probably won’t make frustrated would-be buyers in this country any happier.
While no one wants to see tragedy on the scale of what happened last week in Japan, it’s heartening to see how people can come together in the wake of such events, with Apple’s retail stores in the country helping offer solace.
Last week we told you about a top-secret meeting with Apple retail staff being held on Sunday night, reportedly focused on a new small business support service dubbed “JointVenture.” Expected to launch this week, details have now leaked out of the meeting.
There’s been plenty of hubbub this week about a top-secret Apple retail meeting set for Sunday night after the close of business. Rumors of new MacBook Pros and the iPad 2 aside, the meeting appears to be focused on a new Genius Bar service aimed at small businesses.
With it becoming possible for computer users to download large files at greater and greater speeds, it could be argued that the launch of the Mac App Store was inevitable. The big question, however, is whether that inevitability also means the beginning of the end for the sale of software through Apple's brick and mortar retail locations. Could it be that one day in the not so distant future, Mac users will no longer have the option of choosing whether their software comes from the cloud or out of a box?
Over the weekend, Apple retail stores were advised of a couple of changes during staff meetings -- one at long last eliminates the restocking fees, while the other introduces personal Mac setup along with the one offered for iOS devices.
For those of our readers that can't get enough Apple legal news, your ship has come in this week. Yesterday, we told you about a lawsuit mounted against Apple and a few of iOS developers for which alleges that location and usage information supplied by iOS devices to Apple and third-party developers was being shared with advertisers without permission. Today, we've got something a little different, but just as interesting: An allegation against Apple of workplace discrimination.
Only two months ago, reports were flying about warehouse club chain Costco Wholesale feeling spurned by Apple after rival Sam’s Club got the iPad and Costco didn’t. Today, it appears the relationship is completely over.
We finally got The Beatles on iTunes last month, which means we no longer have anything to bug Apple about -- right? Maybe you’ve forgotten about that elusive white iPhone 4, but if an Apple display is to be believed, the company will finally make good on that Spring 2011 promise.
Count us as among the folks scratching our heads in bewilderment when Microsoft announced they were going to fire up those copying machines and open a chain of retail stores. A new report finds that the effort appears to be faltering at best.