Apple probably could have gotten away with shrugging its shoulders at the recent news that a Chinese woman died from an electrocution allegedly caused by a faulty knockoff iPhone charger, but today 9to5Mac reported that the Cupertino company is taking a far more nobler stance. Later this month, it'll allow customers to bring in their old USB power adapters and receive new, Apple-designed ones for a lower price via a "takeback program."
As if near-constant news about faulty smartphones and peripherals weren't enough, apparently Apple users in China have to worry about scalpers selling appointments to the Genius Bars at local Apple Stores as well.
So how about those Apple fiscal third-quarter earnings? Seems like everyone has an opinion about them, although for a three-month period that saw zero new products released, we'd certainly like to be raking it in Cupertino style. The good news for sad investors is that they won't have to wait long for the upswing, given how many times Apple executives have teased big things on the horizon for later this year -- including one such tease in today's recap.
In case you had any doubts that Apple is trying to adjust itself to the changing smartphone market, consider this--Bloomberg is reporting that Apple may soon start accepting trade-ins for iPhone 4 and 4s units at its retail locations in an attempt to get users to upgrade to the newer models. The actual trade-in program will allegedly be run by Brightstar Corp, which already handles trade-ins for T-Mobile and AT&T.
Remember when you could only find Apple Stores in the busiest hubs of the nation's largest cities? That's increasingly not the case, as evidenced by the detective work of tipsters at ifoAppleStore that revealed possible openings scheduled for Woodbridge, Virginia; Lawrenceville, New Jersey; and Farmington, Utah. The locations were determined by inference from job postings in the relevant areas.
Apple's anticipated reveals of new iPad hardware may only be a couple of months away (unless they shock us all and reveal them at WWDC), and it looks like they're trying to move as much of the old stock as they can. That's good news if you've been looking for a comparatively low-cost iPad directly from the source, as Apple today announced discounts of 15 to 17 percent for refurbished iPad 4 units and iPad Minis for the Apple Store.
There's a very good chance we'll see the next iPhone by late summer, if history holds true. But maybe you're still in the market for a new smartphone, and looking to save a few bucks. Well, it's not a ground-shaking promotion by any means, but Apple is throwing free, next day shipping on every single model of iPhone.
The world is a weird place. Electronics are high-dollar items, and as such, are of course prime targets for criminals to pilfer and sell on the black market. But while smash-and-grab capers and the occasional break-in are far from out of the ordinary, spraying people with bear repellent has to be an entirely new method.
As the world waits to hear Apple's quarterly earnings report next week, there are rumblings that the company is cutting back on iPhone 5 part orders by nearly half. A sign of trouble in paradise or just business as usual following a busy holiday quarter and the rumored handset refresh that could arrive by mid-year? You be the judge after reading our weekend recap...