Vladimir Putin may not want to give America Edward J. Snowden, but America -- and more specifically Apple -- just gave Russians a big gift in the form of an official online store for buying Cupertino's wares.
Whenever a new product is imminent from Apple, the first thing most die-hards do is rush to the online store to check for the familiar yellow sticky note. On Tuesday night, however, the online store went down briefly and the yellow sticky was MIA.
Going out of the country for a few months? Apple will begin selling unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S handsets online here in the US. The 16GB model will go for $649, 32GB for $749, and 64GB for $849. It's not a bad price to pay, but if you're attracted to Verizon or Sprint you should avoid going this route and purchase the handset for that service instead.
One thing U.S. customers often take for granted is the ability to head to websites like Apple.com and order products with a few clicks. Today, four more countries will now be enjoying such a convenience, as United Arab Emirates, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland light up their own Apple Online Stores at long last.
Apple has had a tough time keeping up with insatiable demand for the iPad 2 since its went on sale in the U.S. March 11, but last week the dark clouds parted and let some tablet sunshine come through, with shipping times reduced to three to five days -- and now they’ve shrunk yet again.
If you've left your Christmas shopping to the last minute Apple, as always, has your back. As is the case every year, the good folks from Cupertino are offering up a number of great gift ideas that, if ordered in a timely manner, are guaranteed to wind up under the tree or on the doorstep of one of your loved ones by Christmas eve.
Despite some wild speculation about shipping delays on the new Apple TV, customers who preordered the refreshed box after the September 1 media event where it was introduced are now seeing their shipment status changed -- or even getting shipment confirmations.
In one of the most meta things we've heard lately, MacRumors believes that Apple could soon release an iPhone app via the App Store designed to browse the online Apple Store. The app could allow you to set up a Genius Bar appointment, browse the store, and purchase items. MacRumors also believes that Apple could launch this in time for iPhone 4 preordering.