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Apple is on the verge of offering in-store pickup for people buying the Apple Watch, although no exact timeframe is being quoted, checks of the Apple Store iOS app revealed on Wednesday. While the Watch is still listed as "unavailable" for Personal Pickup when placing an an order through Apple's Web store, taking the same course in the Apple Store app now shows Personal Pickup as "available soon." Since launch, Apple has limited Watch orders to deliveries and a...
Apple's rapidly-expanding internal search group --?aimed at making Spotlight a legitimate Web search engine --?is being led by the team acquired in 2013 with social search firm Topsy, AppleInsider has learned. Topsy co-founder and CTO Vipul Ved Prakash serves as the search group's director of engineering, while Topsy product chief Jamie de Guerre leads the engineering program management team. Perl luminary Chip Salzenberg --?Topsy's former chief engineer --?is...
Adoption of the iPhone was up globally during the March quarter, and in Europe was particularly influenced by people switching from Android devices, according to new smartphone market data published on Wednesday by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. The research firm noted that while Android remained in control of the five major European markets -- Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain -- with a 68.4 percent share, that was a decline of 3.1 percentage points...
Former JC Penney CEO and one-time Apple retail head Ron Johnson on Wednesday launched a new company, Enjoy Technology, that will not only sell products like smartphones, drones, notebooks, and tablets, but also offer free personal delivery and setup for orders. The company is Web-based, and currently only serving parts of the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, the latter starting on May 13. It's also limited to a few dozen different devices, such as the GoPro...
AppleInsider this week is proud to offer the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's entire MacBook lineup with AppleCare protection. Separately, today also marks the last call for readers looking to take advantage of a week-long Apple Accessories super sale delivering the lowest prices on everything from SuperDrives and Keyboards to MacBook Power Adapters and AirPort base stations. 2015 MacBook Airs & 13" MacBook Pros with AppleCare With this exclusive promotion from Apple...
Popular photo editing app Pixelmator, already available on Mac and iPad, will also be coming to Apple's iPhone in the near future, the company announced on Wednesday. Because it will be a universal iOS application, Pixelmator for iPad owners will automatically get the software for free on their iPhone. To celebrate the announcement, Pixelmator for iOS is currently on sale for 50 percent off, priced at just $4.99 on the App Store. No release date for Pixelmator for...
Apple on Wednesday notified the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it is planning yet another bond sale, accruing debt to fund its ongoing quarterly dividend payments and share repurchase program. The Apple capital reinvestment program has been fueled in part by debt taken on by the company, and this latest round of share buybacks will be no different. In the preliminary filing, Apple revealed its seven-part bond offering will feature floating rate notes due...
Apple has confirmed the existence of a long-rumored web crawling service -- first noticed last November --?and provided some details of its operations in a recently-updated support document. According to Apple, AppleBot is a crawler that primarily serves Siri and Spotlight. Both services offer web search capabilities, though until now it was thought that Apple routed queries through an existing search engine such as Google or Bing. AppleBot operates similarly to...
It looks like Apple's efforts to revamp Beats Music is drawing the wrong kind of attention from government antitrust officials, as the company's dealings with record labels and artists -- already said to be the subject of a Department of Justice investigation -- are now under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission, a report said on Tuesday. According to sources, the FTC is concerned that Apple is leveraging iTunes' considerable sway as the world's biggest digital...
In an update to its Apple Pay support webpage on Tuesday, Apple announced a new batch of 24 participating card issuers, with credit unions accounting for a large majority of additions. The new banks and credit unions were added to a rolling list of Apple Pay participating issuers, which is closing in on 250 officially announced institutions. New issuers are listed below: Bellwether Community Credit Union Benchmark Federal Credit Union Blackhawk Community Credit...
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