Two top Apple executives in India met Monday with CEOs and top executives of major retailers in the country to discuss a new strategy and marketing vision, according to the Economic Times. The idea is to set up "stores within stores" in the "top 50 tier II and III markets," expanding its presence outside large metropolitan areas and into smaller markets. According to the report, the … Read more
Apple has scored a patent for the large round glass structure that leads customers down to its retail store in Shanghai.
Awarded Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark office, the patent known as "Glass building panel and building made therefrom" describes the unique design of the cylinder. The structure is made of huge glass panels united by metal joints. But to achieve the cylindrical design, the glass panels had to be manipulated to curve precisely into the right shape.
The structure itself also had to be strong enough to support itself and the stream of customers going … Read more
Warning: Watching the following short film may cause you to drop everything and sleep on a sidewalk for two weeks to buy a gold smartphone.
Casey Neistat -- an indie filmmaker, onetime Apple whistleblower and a director of commercials for companies like Nike and Mercedes-Benz -- has made a nice little minidoc about all those seemingly obsessed people who queue up outside Apple Stores to be the first to bag the latest iGadget.
In documenting the launch of the iPhone 5S/5C at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Neistat, along with partners Gabriel Nussbaum and Jack Coyne, presents the viewer with a range of major and minor characters, steering clear of sitcommy fanboy stereotypes like those served up in Samsung ads.… Read more
The volume of customers waiting in line for new iPhones has prompted Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster to stick to his forecast that Apple can sell 5 to 6 million handsets before the weekend is over.
Tracking early-morning lines at a few Apple Stores on Friday, Munster and his team found an 83 percent jump in eager buyers at Apple's flagship 5th Avenue store in New York City. Specifically, 1,417 people were already in line at 8 a.m. local time, compared with 775 people in line at the same time last year waiting for the iPhone 5.… Read more
Apple is gearing up for what will be a busy time for its retail stores and support staff. According to a report from AppleInsider, vacations for AppleCare employees are largely blocked from September 15 through September 28. Apple's new iPhones and iOS 7 are expected to be announced on September 10 in San Francisco, with shipments of the products beginning around September 20.
Below is some of what's expected to be unveiled for the iPhone 5S and the lower-cost iPhone 5C. (Read our full Apple rumor report here.)Camera: Probably the most important feature for the consumer is a better camera. … Read more
I'd heard Apple stores were in serious trouble.
How had I missed this? Apple stores had always seemed the same to me -- so full of people that I don't really want to spend too long in there.
Could it be that by not launching something magical and revolutionary lately, this was an evil scheme to make the stores more pleasant to be in?
So on the way back from … Read more
Apple's last retail sales chief, John Browett, stepped down 10 months ago. And while the company has been on the hunt for a new boss, no one has seemed to fit the bill.
Apparently, several names have come across CEO Tim Cook's desk, but no one has yet panned out, according to The Wall Street Journal. People familiar with the matter told the Journal that Apple had unsuccessful interviews with telecommunications-industry executives and a CEO of a privately held retailer in France. Apparently, internal candidates aren't in the running either.
"We're actively looking for a … Read more
Tone is everything. I say that to all my exes as they're telling me that I'm a no-good worm that turns every apple rotten.
It's also something that must have been learned by the lady who walked into an L.A. Apple store recently. Yes, the one who screamed her head off because she couldn't just get the part she required to complete her computing life.
The poor lady didn't have an appointment -- other than with fame, of course.
Apple's policy of requiring its retail store employees to undergo two mandatory bag searches per day has now become grounds for a class action lawsuit.
Two former workers from Apple stores in New York and Los Angeles filed a complaint in San Francisco federal court on Thursday regarding this policy. These employees claim that they had to stand in lines up to 30 minutes long every day for store managers to check their bags and ensure they weren't smuggling home stolen goods.
Adding up these daily waits, the employees say they were deprived of dozens of hours of … Read more
Tim Cook's plan to attack the smartphone market from above and below seems to be working out, based on Apple's fiscal third-quarter earnings results.
In a surprise to analysts, Apple beat expectations, selling 31.2 million iPhones, compared with 26 million for the same quarter in 2012. Given the last new iPhone was introduced in September 2012, and Samsung, HTC, Nokia, and others have been cranking out new, feature-rich devices in every tier of the market, the numbers indicate that the iPhone still has extraordinary cachet.
At the higher end of the market, Cook believes that Apple still … Read more