Apple Retail two-hour deliveries are a reality

Apple Retail two-hour deliveries are a reality

Apple continues to surprise me, even after 35 years of using the company’s products. Today I needed to order an Apple Pencil 2 because of an upcoming article I’m working on. I’m quite busy, so I didn’t want to take the time to run over to either of the two Apple retail outlets that are nearby and decided to order using the Apple Store app. Well, imagine my surprise when I saw an option for two hour delivery! For $9, that Apple Pencil will be delivered in two hours by courier.

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Apple World Today News Update: January 29, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 29, 2018

It's a quiet day for Apple news, so we've gathered up some stories that might make your day!

  • Virgin Mobile is selling "pre-loved" iPhone 7/7 Plus models at a significant discount, and you may be able to get a $1 per month trial plan for six months as a new user
  • A pair of Apple stores, one in Nashville and one near Seattle, will be closing next month for renovations and possible expansion
  • We have a list of the Apple Music services that will be supported by the HomePod once it's available on February 9
  • Apple's share price dropped today on rumors that the iPhone X isn't selling well and that the company might cut production of the high-end phone
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Apple World Today News Update: January 10, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 10, 2018

It's Hump Day™! As we reach the middle of this week, there's not a lot of news that we haven't covered elsewhere, but we still have two kinda creepy stories for you.

  • Remember the "FruitFly" malware that was infecting Macs last year? The hacker behind the attack has been indicted for not only his malware attacks and stealing data, but for child pornography as well
  • A second iPhone fire has occurred, this time in Spain. The uptick in incidents seems to be tied to the increase in iPhone battery replacements taking place due to Apple's discounted replacement plan
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Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 available soon from Apple retail

Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 available soon from Apple retail

Everything is getting smarter, including your toothbrush. Colgate announced today the release of the new $99.95 Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1, which not only monitors brushing but is integrated with Apple ResearchKit so that the dental hygiene company can "anticipate the future of oral care."

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Apple World Today News Update: January 5, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 5, 2018

The first Friday of 2018 arrives with stories about ugly smart sunglasses, a tiny and fast Thunderbolt 3 SSD, and how Apple's App Store is making a huge amount of money:

  • Vuzix will be showing its Blade Augmented Reality Sunglasses at CES, which run Alexa and are...well...butt-ugly
  • Plugable announced the new Thunderbolt 3 4b0GB NVMe SSD, which is a perfect accessory for video editors on the move
  • Sensor Tower data shows just how large app sales have become for both Apple and Google 
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AWT News Update: December 15, 2017

AWT News Update: December 15, 2017

We have some short and sweet stories for this Friday afternoon, including word of a new space drama TV series ordered by Apple:

  • A Chinese woman has received two refunds for two iPhone Xs on which Face ID was unable to discern between her and her co-worker
  • Apple's bringing a concert film with former Oasis lead guitarist/vocalist Noel Gallagher to Apple Music soon
  • Apple has ordered a new space drama TV series from the man who was responsible for the very successful "Battlestar Galactica" reboot
  • A new Apple retail store will be (hopefully) opening in Seoul, South Korea by year end
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AWT News Update: November 10, 2017

AWT News Update: November 10, 2017

It's a Slow News Friday™ but we still have news for you about several Apple store renovations that are complete, green lines on the edges of iPhone X displays, and spoofing Face ID

  • Burlingame and Burlington -- two cities on opposite sides of the US -- will see newly renovated Apple retail stores next week
  • A tiny fraction of iPhone X screens are displaying a thin green line on either side
  • Vietnamese security firm Bkav says they can spoof Face ID with a sophisticated 3D mask
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AWT News Update: October 26, 2017

AWT News Update: October 26, 2017

Planning on being up at 12:01 AM PT tomorrow morning to pre-order an iPhone X? We think a lot of people will be and we give you some tips and other news in today's Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • You might want to consider a Silver 64GB iPhone X if you want a good chance of getting one
  • Concurrent with the iPhone X release on November 3, Apple will be unveiling the revamped Century City store in Los Angeles
  • Another beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 (the fifth) was released today
  • A Google engineer shows a proof of concept app that can use social engineering to make it possible for a malicious developer to capture photos or videos from an iOS device camera
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AWT News Update: September 1, 2017

AWT News Update: September 1, 2017

It's September, and the month will bring us some amazing new Apple devices. For now, we have some stories about your favorite fruit-flavored company:

  • The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus may be the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but who knows what the so-called "iPhone 8" will be called
  • The Simi Valley, CA Apple Store is closing on September 15
  • Apple's fitness guru Jay Blahnik talked to Men's Health about the company's amazing fitness lab
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Vintage Apples: The Original iPhone Launch on June 29, 2007

Vintage Apples: The Original iPhone Launch on June 29, 2007

On June 29, 2007, I was one of those many people around the country who was standing in line at an Apple Store to try to get one of the first iPhones. The purchase was going to be a change for me; Cingular (now AT&T) didn't allow users to swap SIMs between devices -- something I needed to do at the time -- but since it was the sole carrier at launch of the iPhone, I decided to part ways with T-Mobile. 

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AWT News Update: June 22, 2017

AWT News Update: June 22, 2017

In today's news, a few tidbits of info about Apple buildings that are nearing completion, and Apple and Foxconn lose out on their bid for Toshiba's flash memory business:

  • The new Chicago River Apple Store being built in the Windy City has a roof that looks like a MacBook Air and temporarily sported an Apple logo
  • Apple is hiring for the new Visitor Center Caffe near Apple Park
  • Bain Capital and a consortium of Japanese government investors snap up the Toshiba flash memory biz in an $18 billion deal
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United MileagePlus rewards program now has its own Apple Store

United MileagePlus rewards program now has its own Apple Store

Say what you want about United Airlines, which has become the whipping boy of the airline industry since a recent incident where a passenger was injured while being forcibly removed from an overbooked flight. The airline's MileagePlus rewards program has been popular for quite some time, and a lot of frequent business fliers have a lot of miles built up that they can exchange for flights, upgrades and merchandise. That program now includes an "Apple Store" where those miles can be redeemed for Apple gear.

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