Last night was rough for Apple enthusiasts seeking to pre-order the iPhone 6. As we recounted in our Morning Recap, heavy traffic brought down the online Apple Store for almost two hours after pre-orders went live at 12:01 a.m. PST. But apparently plenty of people got through (and it didn't hurt that the sites for AT&T and Verizon worked fine), as a new report says that last night set a record for iPhone pre-orders.
Tuesday's presentation for the iPhone 6 presented extremely few surprises; for the most part, we'd heard accurate rumors about what we would see on stage weeks and months before. But there was one key feature missing from the show, accentuated by Tim Cook's silence regarding the iPhone 6's screen. Where were those sapphire crystal displays we were supposed to see?
If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on the newest iPhone, you won't have to wait that long. You can pre-order the device for yourself tonight beginning at 12:01 a.m. PST, and if you're not in the mood to wait for the FedEx person to show up at your house next week, you can check an option for "Personal Pickup" when you pre-order and get it right at your local Apple retail store on release day.
We've told you before about grabbing the Mac minis when we offer them. This week's crop of refurbs is fresh out of the diminutive powerhouse desktops, but fear not, we have plenty of great deals including, like last week, some of the newest model MacBook Airs we've seen yet. But our youngest model of all is an iMac that just hit the market as a new model this very June — and best of all, it's under a grand. So let's get into these tasty deals while they're hot!
Today singer Adam Levine joined the embarrassingly long list of Samsung spokespeople who just can't stop using their beloved iPhones. The revelation is particularly remarkable in Levine's case, as just last week he was quoted in a presser for Samsung's Milk Music service that he'd be participating in "a ceremonial iPhone burning" after the event.
If the word coming in from multiple sources is correct, Apple will announce both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones tomorrow, countering speculation that the Cupertino company would wait a few months to announce the larger version. We also reportedly have names for the units now, which seemingly marks the end of the last bit of secrecy associated with the project.
By next week, the hottest stories will all be features unveiled in the newest release of iOS 8 and of course, the iPhone 6. And maybe, just maybe, we'll also be talking about the iWatch. It's only a matter of time, so while you wait, lets see what else has been going on.
After so long stuck in the mire, Apple's mobile payment system appears to be taking its final form quickly. Just yesterday we heard how the Cupertino giant had managed to snag lower credit card processing fees for the service from the likes of MasterCard and Visa, and now word's coming in from Re/code that retailers Walgreens and CVS plan to accept purchases made with the system once it's released.
News about Apple's rumored mobile payment initiative have been scarce over the last couple of months, but details are finally starting to emerge ahead of the company's September 9 media event. And they're worth paying attention to. According to Bank Innovation, Apple has secured lower credit card transaction fees for the service with heavyweights like Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Capital One, and Bank of America.
As everyone who reads these columns more than once knows that we like to focus on refurbs that aren't too old. Picking a Mac that's 2 years old gets you a decent enough machine, but everyone prefers brand-spanking new. This week, we're excited because there are some MacBook Airs in here from THIS YEAR. That's pretty doggone new, and all our others are less than 1 year old, so these are some pretty sweet refurbs in action.