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.
Following rumblings in recent weeks that Apple is facing yet another iPhone 4-related challenge with “Glassgate,” it appears the company has pulled all slide-on cases for the handset from their retail stores over concerns about dirt causing scratches and cracks.
It looks like the folks in Redmond have fired up their copying machines again, this time taking the bold move of building a new Microsoft Store right across the hall from an already-existing Apple Store in the Mall of America.
According to key Apple executives Peter Oppenheimer and Ron Johnson, despite Apple's efforts to keep supplies in line with iPhone 4 demands, they just can't do it. Chris Whitemore, a Deutsche Bank analyst who recently met up with the two execs, says "iPhone 4 demand remains very robust and despite efforts to close the supply-demand imbalance and the continued supply ramp, Apple still cannot meet iPhone demand."
Frustrated by the lack of iPhone 4s on Apple's floors? We're boggled by the fact that you still can't walk in an Apple store and buy an iPhone 4 on the spot. Well, according to Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, this should change by the end of September.
Kumar says Apple needs to supply more iPhones to surpass their current earnings and sell 14 million new handsets in the next few months, and 15 million by the end of the year. He says that once they catch up on current orders, more iPhones will show up in stores.
Despite successfully launching ever-bolder retail locations around the world, one of the busiest continues to be Apple’s Regent Street store in London -- and it served to offer the executive behind it a wealth of lessons that are well-served in other locations.
With over 300 stores in the US (and growing), Apple has managed to attract quite a following to its retail locations. The stores consistently stay packed, carry a supreme selection of products, and customers usually leave with a huge grin on their faces. But, what does it take to get to that point? What exactly goes into an Apple Store launch, and how grueling is the long waiting period before the store is actually opened to the public? As a frequent write for Maclife.com and a huge Apple fan, this writer is here to tell you all about the days leading up to South Carolina's brand spankin' new Apple Store.
While the head of Lenovo may have stated earlier this week that Apple doesn’t care about the Chinese market, you wouldn’t know it from looking at pictures of this week’s unveiling from the latest Apple Store in Shanghai.