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...
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.
If you're a die-hard Apple fan -- and who reading MacLife.com isn't? -- you'll want to read an opinion piece published on The Guardian this week, which puts forth the theory that Apple may have hit its peak this year and it could all be downhill from here. Did that pique your interest? Then read on to find out more about it in our overnight recap.
It's iPhone 5 day, and Apple Stores around the country opened its doors an hour early to greet hoards of diehard Apple devotees with a new handset. It's a fairly exciting sight to see: people line up early in the morning -- some even camp out for days -- for the chance to be one of the first to get an iPhone 5. Those who were queued downtown at the San Francisco Apple Store, where I participated in the iPhone launch, had lined up on a whim early in the morning without a pre-order to guarantee them a unit. The person at the very front of the line, however, wasn't there for his own iPhone, but to wait in line for someone else. And he was paid to do it.
We're all excited for the new iPhone. And even if it doesn't live up to every one of everyone's expectations, Apple's sure to sell a boatload of them over the days, weeks and months following its release. Of course, many of those sales will be to existing iPhone users looking to upgrade to the latest and greatest, leaving behind a mountain of old handsets. Some, of course, will hit the second-hand market, but more than a few will end up in the garbage.
We've got a bit of How-To action going on this week, as most newsy stories took their vacation just like lots of staffers all over. So the news was slow as the mercury climbed. So now that you've retreated indoors with the air conditioning, these how-tos might just be the ticket. A little something to keep you occupied.
An Apple retail store in Georgia is making news this week after one of its employees refused to sell an iPad to a 19-year-old U.S. resident, presumably because she is from Iran, a country the employee claims has "bad relations" with the West.
Eager customers are starting to receive their new MacBook Pro with Retina Display models (we know because we’re looking at one right now!) as WWDC 2012 moves over the mid-week hump. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of other stuff going on in tech that you might have missed, so read on for the latest news for this Wednesday, June 13, 2012.
I hauled out of bed this morning and headed out to check out the commotion over at the downtown San Francisco Apple Store. This time around, things were a little tricky as construction has ripped out the sidewalk in front of the Apple Store, which had those in line queued up around the opposite side of the block. Also, it was raining, but that's why you invest in a proper raincoat, folks. Because you never know when you'll be waiting outside the Apple Store.
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