Apple Store Grand Central opens its doors Friday, December 9th

By on December 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM.

Apple Store Grand Central opens its doors Friday, December 9th

Apple officially announced Wednesday that it will open its brand new Apple Store in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 9th. It is the fifth Apple Store location in Manhattan. Apple has 315 employees working at the store, there will be two Genius Bars, and the company will use Grand Central’s balcony coves for personal training and personal setup rooms. The Apple Store Grand Central is open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00  p.m., and Sunday 11:00  a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Apple’s full press release follows after the break. More →

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Apple’s Grand Central Store to open Friday

By on December 5, 2011 at 9:20 PM.

Apple’s Grand Central Store to open Friday

Apple confirmed on its website Monday that its brand new 23,000-square-foot  retail store in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal will open on Friday, December 9th at 10:00 a.m. The Apple Store will be located on the East Balcony of the train station’s main terminal. Unlike Apple’s 5th Avenue location, the Grand Central store will not be open 24 hours a day. It will close at 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. Despite initial reports that Apple’s deal with New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) had soured, Apple officially won approval to occupy the Grand Central Terminal space in July. Apple reportedly agreed to a 10-year contract with the MTA, during which it will pay $800,000 per year to occupy the space. Original rumors suggested that Apple’s Grand Central store would be the world’s largest, those claims have not been confirmed. More →

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Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 4S starting at $649

By on November 11, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 4S starting at $649

Apple on Friday began offering a factory-unlocked version of its popular iPhone 4S smartphone that will work on any GSM network in the world. The company now sells the unlocked phone in both black and white starting at $649 for the 16GB model. The 32GB iPhone 4S costs $749 unlocked, and the high-end 64GB model costs $849. No carrier contract is required with the purchase of an unlocked iPhone 4S from Apple’s online store, and the vendor is currently quoting shipping estimates of between 1 and 2 weeks. Apple also notes that while the device will work on a variety of GSM networks around the world, it will not work with CDMA carriers such as Verizon Wireless and Sprint. More →

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Apple updates ‘Apple Store’ app with self checkout, in-store pick up support

By on November 8, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

Apple updates ‘Apple Store’ app with self checkout, in-store pick up support

Apple on Tuesday released a highly anticipated update to its Apple Store app for iOS, adding functionality that may represent the future of the company’s retail operations. The new app was released five days later than initially planned and while the cause of the delay is unclear, Apple’s new Store app includes all of the great functionality BGR exclusively detailed last week. Apple’s change log for version 2.0 includes “Personal Pickup,” giving users the ability to make purchases in the app and then pick them up at a local Apple Store of their choosing, and “EasyPasy,” a self-checkout feature that allows iPhone 4 and 4S users to scan and pay for accessories without any required interaction with Apple retail staff. Apple’s updated Apple Store app is available immediately in the App Store. More →

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We’re live from Apple’s new glass cube at the 5th Avenue store

By on November 4, 2011 at 10:06 AM.

We’re live from Apple’s new glass cube at the 5th Avenue store

We’re live outside the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York City where Apple has just unveiled the redesign of its iconic glass cube. This is easily one of the most recognizable Apple retail outlets in the world, and the new design makes it infinitely more elegant. There are now fewer glass panels than before and the redesign looks terrific in the morning light. A few store employees are standing outside making sure that nobody will “get fingerprints on the glass” before the grand opening. We’ll be taking more photos once the store opens but in the meantime, check out our images of Apple’s new 5th Avenue store in the gallery below.

UPDATE: The doors are now open and we’ve added almost 30 new images to the gallery, including several of the redesigned interior of the store.

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New Apple Store app launches Thursday; here’s how it will change Apple’s retail operations

By on November 1, 2011 at 4:51 PM.

New Apple Store app launches Thursday; here’s how it will change Apple’s retail operations

While information about Apple’s new iOS app and retail plans have leaked out in various forms over the past few weeks, we now have the whole story thanks to a trusted source. On Thursday, Apple’s new retail store app for iOS will launch, and it will bring two major features with it. First, it will enable online ordering with retail store pick up. This has already started happening in a few stores in California and New York City Apple stores as well, and more stores will go live on Thursday. Hit the jump for details on what happens when you place an order through the app to pick up in a retail store nearby. More →

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Apple to close retail stores tomorrow during Steve Jobs memorial

By on October 18, 2011 at 8:15 PM.

Apple to close retail stores tomorrow during Steve Jobs memorial

As Apple holds a memorial on Wednesday at its Cupertino, California campus to honor the life of co-Founder Steve Jobs, the company will close its U.S. retail stores for at least an hour. Employees of several Apple Stores were informed of the closures at a private company event or by phone, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The exact duration of the closures is unknown, however one employee told the paper they could last up to three hours. Apple Store employees noted that closings of this kind typically only happen ahead of product launches. Steve Jobs’s funeral was held on October 7th, and a larger memorial event for friends, family, Apple employees and industry executives took place this past Sunday. Tomorrow’s event in Cupertino is for Apple employees only.

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Apple’s iPhone 4S now available in the U.S.

By on October 14, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

Apple’s iPhone 4S now available in the U.S.

It’s 8:00 a.m., do you know where your iPhone is? The day is upon us and Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone is now available for purchase on the East Coast of the United States. Apple Stores that fall in the Eastern time zone are now open for business, and online pre-orders are out on delivery trucks en route to hundreds of thousands of homes across the country. As the sun moves west, retailers will open early and, in all likelihood, quickly sell through their limited launch day inventory. Did you pick up an iPhone today? Are you waiting in line for one right now? Post a comment below or shoot us an email and let us know how things are going. And if you already snagged a new iPhone 4S this morning, feel free to have Siri send that email for you.

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Steve Jobs tribute at Apple Store Hong Kong

By on October 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM.

Steve Jobs tribute at Apple Store Hong Kong

There has been an outpouring of emotion ever since news broke that Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday. One BGR reader sent us in some photos of the new Apple Store in the ifc mall in Hong Kong. The inside of the front wall of the store is covered in Post-its with notes remembering Steve Jobs, and it’s nothing short of amazing. “It’s like a huge piece of art,” Nick wrote to us in his email. Indeed it is. Check out the rest of the photos in the gallery, and you can even zoom in on the photos to read some of the notes.

Thanks, Nick Lynch!

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Pre-sales of ‘disappointing’ iPhone 4S fail to disappoint

By on October 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Pre-sales of ‘disappointing’ iPhone 4S fail to disappoint

Despite assorted cries of disappointment following Apple’s iPhone 4S unveiling last Tuesday, pre-sales of the company’s latest smartphone have seemingly been nothing short of stellar. But this is hardly a surprise. AT&T sold more than 200,000 iPhone 4S handsets during the first 12 hours of pre-order availability, making this the carrier’s most successful iPhone launch to date according to a company spokesperson. No other carriers have revealed pre-order figures thus far, but Apple took in a total of 600,000 iPhone 4 pre-orders across all carriers and distribution channels last year on the first day of pre-sales availability. That figure was a record for Apple at the time. Read on for more. More →

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AT&T said to have installed LTE equipment at Apple Stores [updated]

By on August 16, 2011 at 1:45 PM.

AT&T said to have installed LTE equipment at Apple Stores [updated]

Following BGR’s exclusive report that showed carriers are currently in the process of testing a 4G LTE-enabled iPhone, a new report raises additional questions surrounding Apple and its plans for LTE. Engadget has received a photograph from an anonymous tipstethatr  reportedly shows LTE equipment that was recently installed at an unnamed Apple Store location. According to the report, the gear was installed by AT&T and it supports the 700MHz and AWS bands, which AT&T plans to use for 4G LTE if its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA is approved by regulators. No other information regarding the equipment was made available, though the report does go on to claim that Apple Stores in the region where this gear was installed are currently in the process of increasing their sales forces by 30%. Engadget says this increase is unrelated to the standard ramp-up in hires ahead of the holiday season each year, which occurs closer to the season.

UPDATE: Image removed at source’s request. More →

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China uncovers 22 additional fake Apple Stores

By on August 11, 2011 at 4:54 PM.

China uncovers 22 additional fake Apple Stores

Authorities with China’s Administration for Industry and Commerce have uncovered 22 additional fake Apple Store outlets in Kunming, the largest city in the Yunnan Province, Reuters reported on Thursday. Kunming is where a blog named BirdAbroad first revealed the existence of unofficial Apple Stores that posed as the real deal. In late July Chinese officials closed down two of the stores for lacking business licenses, but allowed others to remain open because they have licenses to trade and sell genuine Apple products. Now, the stores are being forced to remove Apple’s official logo after Apple China accused them of violating its trademark. The Administration for Industry and Commerce will setup a hotline in an effort to catch more illegal stores. More →

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