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.
Thursday's edition of the Morning Report takes a look at Apple's growing iMessage spam nuisance and also questions why the Apple TV can no longer be purchased online for in-store pickup, with a great deal for iPhone 5c buyers tossed into the mix for good measure. Read on for the details!
It's not quite as useful as the Apple Store inventory scraper Cupertino just shut down, but if you're in the market for an iPad mini with Retina Display, a web tool lurking secretly within Seaturtle.org might just do the trick.
The critics who lament that Apple is all out of surprises were certainly wrong today, as Cupertino quietly began accepting orders for its refreshed iPad mini with Retina Display in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
Well, that was fun while it lasted: The developer of an inventory tracking website for Apple's latest devices has been slapped with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice from the overlords in Cupertino.
Now here's a rumor we can get excited about: Apple's latest iPad Air will apparently be eligible for Personal Pickup on launch day, meaning we can order online while still in our pajamas, then pick it up at the store later the same day.
Last week we reported that Personal Pickeup for the iPhone 5s would resume today, and while that's technically true, you shouldn't expect to be able to waltz into any Apple retail store and be able to leave with one if you ordered one online. The option is available, but in almost every case, the phones themselves are not.
You might recall that we reported that Apple retracted the Personal Pickup option for the iPhone 5s almost as soon as it was offered, but according to two sources who spoke with 9to5 Mac, you'll be able to use the option again on Monday, September 30. When it works, Personal Pickup allows iPhone enthusiasts to order their devices online and then pick them up at an Apple retail location, possibly even on the same day.
Sure, having iMessage on the Android platform would certainly be a coup for Apple, allowing iOS users to chat absolutely free with their Google-loving friends and colleagues. But don't expect it to ever happen — judging from this week's quick exit of the bogus iMessage Chat app from the Google Play store, maybe Google itself doesn't want it to happen. Read on to find out more...