Angela Ahrendts to Depart Apple in April

Angela Ahrendts

In a surprising announcement, Apple has appointed Deirdre O’Brien as the new Senior Vice President of Retail & People as Angela Ahrendts is set to depart in April. The news caught many off guard as many consider Ahrendts a key player in the revamping and expansion of Apple Stores globally. Angela Ahrendts came to Apple … Read moreAngela Ahrendts to Depart Apple in April

Apple Begins Selling Refurbished iPhone X Models in The Apple Clearance Store

Apple iPhone X

The Apple iPhone X was a groundbreaking device when it was released in 2017. It was the first iPhone to eliminate the Home button, brought gesture navigation to iOS, and introduced us to arguably the best Portrait mode camera on the market. It was the forerunner to this year’s iPhone XS and now it is … Read moreApple Begins Selling Refurbished iPhone X Models in The Apple Clearance Store

Apple Store App Update Brings Siri Shortcuts Support

Siri Shortcuts in The Apple Store App

Apple has updated the Apple Store app for iPhone and iPad, bringing support for Siri Shortcuts.  Once you have updated to the new version of the app, you will be able to configure Siri to check on product availability and on your order status without having to actually open up the Apple Store app first.

As with other Siri Shortcuts, setting them up in the Apple Store app is pretty straightforward.  For the product availability feature, open the Store app then go to the product you are wanting to find.  Next, select the Store location where you want to check.  At the bottom of the page, you will see the option to  create a Siri Shortcut to check for that product at that store.

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Apple Releases a Clear Case for the iPhone XR – Finally!

iPhone XR Clear Case at The Apple Store

It took over a month after the iPhone XR was released but Apple has finally made a branded case available for the entry level iPhone.  Price at $39, the clear case is designed to protect the phone while also allow you to clearly see the color choice of your XR at the same time.  The case is crafted with a blend of optically clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU materials.

That combination of materials makes the case fit snuggly on the iPhone XR but also gives a soft touch to all the controls of the device while it is in the case.

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Apple Store Adds Military Active Duty and Veterans Dedicated Store

Apple Store for Military

If you are an active military member or a veteran, the Apple Store has a new place for you to shop.  Yesterday, the online Store added a new Veterans & Military store that gives members discounts on Apple products.

Once registered, a military member can purchase iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches and other Apple products at various levels of discount.  Most of these discounts are 10% off regular prices.  For example, the iPhone XS is $899 for military members, which is $999 for civilians.  The iPhone XR is down to $674 from its normal price of $749 for military members.

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The Apple Store on Amazon is Now Live

Apple Store on Amazon

After being announced last week, the new Apple Store storefront on Amazon has gone live.  You can find it here and you can now place orders for your Mac, Apple Watch, and iPad Pro directly from the online retailer.

After years of a less-than-great relationship, Apple and Amazon came to an agreement earlier this month for some Apple products to be sold on the site.  It means that those who prefer to shop at Amazon can still get Apple products at competitive prices.

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Apple Store Launches New Certified Refurbished Section

Apple Refurbished Store

Late on Friday of last week, the certified refurbished section of the Apple Store received a great looking update.  The update makes it easier to find products you are interested in purchasing with a much improved filtering and searching functionality.

For those that may not know about this part of the Apple Store, the certified refurbished section allows you to buy Apple products that the Cupertino tech giant has refurbished and certified.  They come with a one-year warranty and, importantly, you can buy AppleCare+ on these products.  If you are willing to go refurbished, you can save yourself some significant amount of money.

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iPhone XR Now Available for Purchase SIM-Free at The Apple Store

iPhone XR Yellow

After being available for the first few weeks as a carrier associated upgrade or purchase, the iPhone XR is now available to buy SIM-Free from the Apple Store.  Being SIM-Free means that you can now buy the XR outright and put your existing SIM into the device without having to deal with your carrier.

The SIM-Free version of the iPhone XR works with all of the major carriers here in the United States.  That includes AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon.  Pricing of this variant of the XR is the same price of $749 for the base 64GB model.

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Apple Store Champs-Élysées in Paris Set to Open Sunday

Apple Store Champs-Élysées

After months of construction and restoration, the Apple Store Champs-Élysées in Paris is set to open this coming Sunday at Noon local time.  Apple has painstakingly restored the store area to match the building, a key requirement set on them by Paris in order for the store to happen.

Apple today announced its latest retail location, Apple Champs-Élysées, paying tribute to Paris’s rich history and creativity. Housed in a Haussmann-era apartment building, the inner courtyard has been transformed into Apple’s grandest Forum, dedicated to free Today at Apple sessions.

A careful blend of historic and modern architecture, the store design honors the building’s past while introducing modern spaces. The facade and entryway have been meticulously restored and the Burgundy stone of the exterior has been carried throughout the building. French oak parquet floors line the upper levels, which aim to revive the building’s original spirit by restoring the detailing and interconnected spaces of the quintessential Parisian apartment.

By the description offered by Apple in the announcement, the store sounds as if it will be stunningly beautiful in one of the most beautiful – and elite – areas of Paris.

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Apple Extends Apple Store Return Window for The Holidays

Apple Logo

If you are thinking of getting an Apple product for a loved one this holiday season, there is some good news for you this morning.  The Apple Store has updated their return policy and any purchase made between November 14, 2018 through December 25, 2018 is eligible to be returned up to January 8, 2019.

Normally, the Apple Store’s return policy is 14 days on most things so the extension out to January is considerably longer, especially if you make a purchase now.  There is no limitation on what the return policy applies to at the Apple Store.  It is everything from an iPhone to a MacBook to accessories.  It just has to be returned in full working order with all original packaging.  Ideally, because it is a gift, it is best if it is unopened but that’s not a requirement.

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