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!
Planning on taking advantage of Walmart's $20 discount on Apple's new 16GB iPad Air? Apple and Best Buy would like to have a word with you. Specifically, they'd like for you to know that they're matching the juggernaut retailer's prices at least in their retail stores. 9to5 Mac even reported that Staples is now in on the action, offering the device for $479 even on its website.
The 2013 holiday season hasn't kicked off yet, but it's already a great time to buy an iPhone 5c as retailers attempt to undercut each other with deals that allow buyers to nab a phone for as low as $45 up front.
Some names you don't immediately associate with Apple news this week, Microsoft and Walmart, are making some headlines for their offerings. Plus a little history is made and Apple chimes in on that. And Facebook looking, rather late, to jump in on the news and RSS game, now that Google Reader is set to bow out. That and more, as always, below the fold.
Seems like everywhere you look, Apple's iPhone is on sale at bargain prices -- a big departure from a couple years ago, when there were simply no savings to be found. But if you want the absolute best deal, head to Walmart.
It only took a day, but Apple's iOS 6.1.3 release on Tuesday is already embroiled in drama, once again centered around a lock screen bug that could potentially allow intruders to circumvent the built-in security method. But hey, Apple also managed to delight mobile music lovers by incorporating Audiobus support into GarageBand on Wednesday, so that's got to count for something… right?
Apple continues to find ways to make the iPhone more accessible to cell phone users on a budget, teaming up with Walmart and Straight Talk to offer a no-contract handset with unlimited talk, text and data.
As the holiday shopping season fast approaches, retailer Best Buy is planning to shrug off concerns that many internet users are simply using their stores as a showroom for products purchased online by price matching.
If you've been using stores like Best Buy as your own personal showroom for turning right around and buying from Amazon, those same retailers may be stepping up efforts to get you to spend money with them instead.