It looks like all those folks who've been camping out for the iPhone 5s might have the right idea, after all. Based on reports from numerous sources, the iPhone 5s appears to be suffering from limited inventory ahead of its launch. It's certainly believable, as even this morning reports were coming in that iPhone 5s preorders in China had depleted the available stock not long after they became available.
It's a little early to call it, but the Apple enthusiasts over in Tokyo may have just endured the most taxing campout for a new iPhone to date. We've already reported that some people are already camping out in front of the Apple Store on New York's Fifth Avenue, but Apple fans in Tokyo just had to endure a typhoon that struck the city, which prompted evacuations in some areas. But Toyko's Ginza branch didn't dare leave the loyal fans out in the rain and wind; instead, the store invited them in.
The official launch date of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C (September 20) may still technically be but a rumor, but that isn't stopping a few intrepid souls from camping out in front of Apple's retail store on New York's Fifth Avenue. As reported by MacRumors, two representatives from Cincinnati's SellYourMac showed up this morning expecting to be the first to start the long campout, but were surprised to find two other enthusiasts already ahead of them.
Well, that was quick. Earlier this week we reported that Apple might be rolling out its trade-in program sometime next month, but as CNBC reports, it's actually effective in Apple retails stores today. Much as we've seen with Best Buy's popular trade-in program over the summer, iPhone users can trade in their old iPhones for a gift card, which will then be used toward the purchase of a new Apple smartphone with a two-year contract.
Could Nintendo lift its sagging fortunes by releasing its hottest properties on other platforms like iOS or Android instead of keeping them on their own hardware? It's a question we may never have an answer to, but it's fun to speculate. And for our American readers, you'll have plenty of time to do so as we enter the three-day Labor Day weekend, so get out there and enjoy the last blast of summer -- we'll be back with a weekend recap on Tuesday morning!
While Apple already has a retail store in Tokyo, Japan, a new report claims a second store could join it in the months ahead -- and also suggests that the company may indeed unveil a new iPad alongside its new iPhone.
Way back in June, we reported that Apple was planning on rolling out a trade-in program of its own "soon," but that "soon" has been pushed back from late June to sometime next month. Happily, it appears that next month's the real deal. Reports are coming in from 9toMac, MacRumors, and AllThingsD that Apple's already coaching select Apple Stores on how to implement the plan.
Last month, we found out that two former Apple retail store employees were suing the mothership, alleging that Apple insists employees wait around, off the clock, to have their bags checked, before they can leave. When Apple did not respond right away, there was some hope that perhaps Cupertino would just settle out of court and change its store policies. Well, Apple did finally respond, and it's taking a totally different approach. Read on.
We're back! Summer vacation is now behind us, and boy, it looks like we missed out on some big news over the last two weeks. Pretty much everyone seems to agree that Apple will be announcing the next iPhone on September 10, so we have that to look forward to, but our first August recap has gathered up plenty of other stories you may have overlooked, so let's dig in!
If you're using a Windows machine, be on the lookout for a malware-laden e-mail that claims to be offering a $200 gift card to the Apple Store. (If you're using a Mac, you have less to worry about, but it's still fake.) As Webroot reports (via MacRumors), though, the e-mail goes beyond the simple phishing schemes usually associated with these mails and actually possesses the power to do damage to your computer.