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Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.

The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.
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Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.



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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.

[QUOTE=AppleInsider;1823882]Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near fut
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near fut

Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.
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[QUOTE=AppleAddict2011;1823888]
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself petitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.
post #6 of 76
[QUOTE=AppleAddict2011;1823889]
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.
post #7 of 76
[QUOTE=AppleAddict2011;1823891]
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.
post #8 of 76
Just another example of Apple taking the lead in retail sales of tech.

Good for them!
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[QUOTE=AppleAddict2011;1823892]
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the numbe
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in the store, such peripherals will still be available for sale if a customer requests them.

Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.

r of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Unlike the hardware, which will still be available for sale, the games will not be available for purchase in Apple stores, as such software is said to not be strong sellers. Customers will reportedly be advised that they can download titles for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store.

In order to expand its personalized setup program, Dalrymple said that new employees are being hired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



Samsung says Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't delayed

Samsung has said that it will not delay its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to Yonhap News Agency. The company made a statement in response to comments from a company executive, who said that the company was looking to improve "inadequate" parts of its forthcoming 10.1-inch tablet after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 last week.

Specifically, Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division, said that it was the thinness of the new iPad that surprised the company the most. Apple's iPad 2 has a thickness of 8.8mm, or just 0.35 inches, which is a third smaller than the first-generation device.


The personal setup service is said to be viewed as an opportunity for Apple to differentiate itself from competitors. With the service, customers are guided through setting up their Mac, signing up for an iTunes account, and given a quick walkthrough of the Mac experience.

In February, it was said that the initial success of the Mac App Store has sped up Apple's plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company allegedly plans to rely solely on digital distribution of software, and in the process will clear out space in its retail stores.

The company has also halted retail boxed sales of one of its own major digital products, MobileMe, late last month. The cloud-based syncing service, which costs $99 a year, is rumored to receive a significant makeover in the near future.
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[QUOTE=AppleAddict2011;1823894][QUOTE=AppleInsider;1823882]Apple reportedly plans to ax some hardware and software products from its store shelves to make room for an expansion of its popular personalized in-store setup service.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop reported Monday that Apple plans to cut some products from its stores, including printers, scanners and potentially hard drives. Though they will not be displayed in thired in some locations. In other stores, the employee that sells a product will be the one to do the setup.vealed that it will continue to honor unlimited month-to-month 3G data plans for grandfathered customers when the iPad 2 launches on Friday. Also, Samsung has said it will not delay its Galaxy Tab 10.1, despite comments that the company would revise its design after seeing the iPad 2.

AT&T data plans

AT&T has confirmed that grandfathered unlimited data plans will continue to be offered on the iPad 2. AT&T began offering iPad customers contract-free unlimited data plans for $30 per month when the device launched last year.

New customers can no longer buy an unlimited plan, as AT&T began capping plans at 2GB of data last June. New iPad customers can get 2GB for $25 per month, or 200MB for $15 per month.

The iPad 2 launched this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be available at both AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as Apple retail locations and others. AT&T's chief competitor, Verizon, offers monthly iPad data plans of $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

AT&T last week added a postpaid data option for iPad users last week. This Friday also marks the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4, which will enable the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers, allowing tethering of a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi for an additional $20 per month.



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Who actually buys printers and hard drives at/in/from the Apple Store?
All software should move to the download model. (Well, maybe not Adobe as way too often you need the damn discs for CS).
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Who actually buys printers and hard drives at/in/from the Apple Store?
All software should move to the download model. (Well, maybe not Adobe as way too often you need the damn discs for CS).

Not everyone is connected to the internet though
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Who actually buys printers and hard drives at/in/from the Apple Store?
All software should move to the download model. (Well, maybe not Adobe as way too often you need the damn discs for CS).

First time consumers, and casual users who don't follow technological trends.
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Just another example of Apple taking the lead in retail sales of tech.

Good for them!

But aren't Mac supposed to be easy to set up? Here's the real reason...

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signing up for an iTunes account

Steve did a lot of bragging during the recent iPad event about how Apple has "over 200 million accounts with credit cards." So they eliminate some of the software they sell in the store, and if someone wants it they'll get them set up on iTunes, make sure they enter their credit card information, and show them how wonderful it is to buy apps from the Mac App Store. I'm sure some bean-counter at Apple has already projected how much more Mac App Store sales they can get if they could just get people hooked on the Apple kool-aid before they leave the store.

Not that it's necessarly a bad thing. But don't think this is much more than a way to get more people buying apps from the Mac App Store where Apple probably earns a much higher profit than selling boxed software in their retail stores.

Edit: Not to mention that it will encourage developers to get their software into the App Store if Apple stops selling the boxed versions.
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Who actually buys printers and hard drives at/in/from the Apple Store?
All software should move to the download model. (Well, maybe not Adobe as way too often you need the damn discs for CS).

Apple sells printers at their store because of rebate offers. Software on the other hand doesn't really need shelf space, just a dedicated Mac with a specific app that shows what the store has in stock.
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Apple is also said to drastically cut the number of games it sells in stores. Sources reportedly said that the company will get rid of 32 game titles from its retail locations, leaving each store with only about 8 games on display.

Where was there an Apple Store with 40 games available? Certainly not any around me. After purchasing my iMac a few years ago, I walked into an Apple Store looking to check out the games selection. If there was even 20 there I would be surprised. And the vast majority were The Sims and its myriad expansion packs. The selection was pathetic. Not that the selection of software in general was all that great either.
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Apple is preparing for the future. It is strongly believed that next January Apple will release the radically redesigned MacBook pros WITHOUT an optical drive. The writing is on the wall, software on CDs will become a thing of the past, and Apple will lead the way.

As far as getting rid of some of the 3rd party hardware, I can understand that too. Even tho I did buy a canon printer from pen of their stores once, they do take up alot of room. I can see why Apple wants to keep the focus on their products. But still, I know alot of people that when they buy their iMac or MacBook at an apple store, they also pick up a printer or other peripherals.

Personally when I buy a new iMac or MacBook, I buy it at the online apple store because I always chose the BTO option since they don't offer the upgrades from the base models at the stores.

Plus those who do buy a new iMac or MacBook in one of the Apple retail stores, can always buy peripherals like a printer at the point of sale, and just have that shipped to them.
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Not everyone is connected to the internet though

Cnosumers are guided through the purchasing process using the internet connection at the Apple Stores. That means all related hardware like printers and software like MobileMe.
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...I'm sure some bean-counter at Apple has already projected how much more Mac App Store sales they can get if they could just get people hooked on the Apple kool-aid before they leave the store. ...

I think it has more to do with using that retail space for things that generate more revenue. I can't imagine that most people buying Macs / iPods / iPhones aren't some of the 200 million with iTunes accounts. But then - I could just lack imagination.
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Apple should design and sell its own printers.
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Not everyone is connected to the internet though

That's like saying: "Not everyone has electricity in their home". Computers are now internet devices. People need to keep up with basic requirements or risk being left behind.

Since the rise in availability of broadband internet, I've wondered why software continued to be distributed on discs. This is Apple once again being ahead of the curve.
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Not everyone is connected to the internet though

Perhaps not everyone. But from one year go:

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A new report released today by John B. Horrigan, formerly of Pew Internet and now at the Federal Communications Commission, finds that 78% of adults in the U.S. are internet users and 65% of adults have home broadband access.

Adults who do not have broadband at home fall into four categories:

Digitally Distant: 10% of the general population. Median age is 63. Half say that the internet is not relevant to their lives or they lack the digital literacy to adopt broadband.

Digital Hopefuls: 8% of the general population. Low-income, heavily Hispanic and African American. Likely to say they want to go online, but lack the resources.

Digitally Uncomfortable: 7% of the general population. Likely to own a computer, but lack skills and interest in taking advantage of all the internet has to offer.

Near Converts: 10% of the general population. Median age is 45. Cost is the biggest barrier to having broadband at home.

And apparently about 90% of households have access to broadband: http://hothardware.com/News/US-House...-A-Goal-Of-98/

Once again, Apple is skating to where the puck is going.

Online, digital, downloadable and stream-able products like books, magazines, news, music, movies & TV shows, software, etc. will ultimately result in changing a large amount of retail space (Borders, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Best Buy, etc.) to other uses.

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Apple should design and sell its own printers.

They did, they should stay out of that business.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Apple_printers
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Apple should design and sell its own printers.

You must be new here



It was this kind of over reaching of SKUs that almost ended Apple.

Also, a printer? Really? Printing is increasingly becoming a niche market. When you can carry anything you would need to read or show another person on a handheld device like an iPad or iPhone, printing isn't necessary.
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That's like saying: "Not everyone has electricity in their home". Computers are now internet devices. People need to keep up with basic requirements or risk being left behind.

Since the rise in availability of broadband internet, I've wondered why software continued to be distributed on discs. This is Apple once again being ahead of the curve.

No it isn't

In fact, I don't have internet at my home, and I know about a hand full of people who don't either. You say you've wondered as if the answer isn't obvious: Not everyone has internet.
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Not everyone is connected to the internet though

uh, who's buying a $1000+ computer with no internet at home?
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You must be new here



It was this kind of over reaching of SKUs that almost ended Apple.

Also, a printer? Really? Printing is increasingly becoming a niche market. When you can carry anything you would need to read or show another person on a handheld device like an iPad or iPhone, printing isn't necessary.

Again I laugh

You seem to be living in the future or something. Whenever I give a presentation here at work, I print out that presentation for everyone to follow along with. If I emailed everyone the presentation (which I do sometimes) most of the people in the meeting would still print it out, with a few bringing their laptops in.

It'll will definitely get to where you think things currently are, with broadband being in every home, and printers being largely unneeded, but until then, bring yourself back to 2011 with us
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uh, who's buying a $1000+ computer with no internet at home?

Video editors, students, poor geeks with bad financial priorities?

Me? LOL
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personalized setup it's a great value add on paper, but i haven't seen it justify is space premium.

I went into the apple store westfarms, ct yesterday. it was packed like a night club on saturday night. there were easily 50 employees working and more than 200 patrons in the store. PACKED. everytime i walk into that store on a weekend i leave thinking "man i gotta buy more AAPL stock".

the ONLY area that wasn't full of people was the personal setup area. there were four employees sitting there and NOBODY using the service. in fact those 6 stations were the only ones without people crowded around apple product or talking to sales reps - because the reps were not allowed to help "ordinary" customers.
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No it isn't

In fact, I don't have internet at my home, and I know about a hand full of people who don't either. You say you've wondered as if the answer isn't obvious: Not everyone has internet.

Yes, but it's a shrinking minority.

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{Apple plans to cut some products from its stores}

The store in my hometown (Charlotte, NC) is mostly parsons tables and air. They need more product not less. Lots and lots of people talking very loudly in a fairly small retail space. Lots of staff looking like holdovers from the Heaven's Gate cult. I'm back to ordering from CDW and MacMall. Apple Stores are creepy.
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Printers are virtually ubiquitous. Go to any Best Buy-like store, computer store, electronics store, WalMart, etc. etc. etc. Same for hard drives.

Apple is maximising the return on per square foot sales which is already the best in the business.
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I think they really need to go for larger stores rather than reduced selection. The accessories have great margin and that is what makes people feel like they are getting a full experience. Goofy things like HDD's, cases, printers, iPod speakers... it all makes the end user happy. The customization might be nice for some people, and a less stressed shopping experience is nice... but getting rid of some of the little things is a mistake.

I vote for the vending machines.
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Printers are virtually ubiquitous. Go to any Best Buy-like store, computer store, electronics store, WalMart, etc. etc. etc. Same for hard drives.

Apple is maximising the return on per square foot sales which is already the best in the business.

Yes. And my guess is that Apple knows what it's doing here. It knows what is and isn't selling in its own stores. I don't think anyone is saying printers and hard drives are going away any time soon...but Apple is making a calculated bet based on its own stores and data.

P.S. I would personally never buy a printer from Apple nor most accessories. These can usually be found cheaper elsewhere.

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I went into the apple store westfarms, ct yesterday. it was packed like a night club on saturday night. there were easily 50 employees working and more than 200 patrons in the store. PACKED. everytime i walk into that store on a weekend i leave thinking "man i gotta buy more AAPL stock".

the ONLY area that wasn't full of people was the personal setup area. there were four employees sitting there and NOBODY using the service. in fact those 6 stations were the only ones without people crowded around apple product or talking to sales reps - because the reps were not allowed to help "ordinary" customers.

Same here in Winnipeg. Packed. Except for one thing. The personalised setup of four stations is always full and staff use some of the actual display computers to help people get set up if they do not need to use the customer's own newly bought computer. The Winnipeg store could use triple the customer setup area.

And there are a dozen stores within a quarter mile where you can buy virtually any peripheral you want, including Apple branded items.
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The store in my hometown (Charlotte, NC) is mostly parsons tables and air. They need more product not less. Lots and lots of people talking very loudly in a fairly small retail space. Lots of staff looking like holdovers from the Heaven's Gate cult. I'm back to ordering from CDW and MacMall. Apple Stores are creepy.

Yeah, most of the NC stores are like that, the Greensboro store is a little better. I buy most of my stuff online anyways, better prices.
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post #37 of 76
One step closer to becoming a glorified Verizon kiosk?
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I won't missing buying things there at list price.
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It was this kind of over reaching of SKUs that almost ended Apple.

When the Laserwriter came out it was the only Postscript printer available which contributed greatly to the DTP success of the Mac. Subsequently they came out with ink jets, scanners, the Performa line, a camera, and other marginal quality consumer accessories. That is when it all went south for them.

It wasn't so much that they had a lot of SKUs that hurt them, it was the rise of corporate IT departments based on Windows that prevented Apple from leveraging their previous success in DTP into the main stream corporate and consumer markets. They lost that battle and had to cut the number of SKUs they sold in order to just survive, but the number of SKU was only a small contributor to Apple's failure to make inroads into corporate and consumer markets. It was in large part, the big shift to Windows 95 and Office as the de facto standard for home and business computing that ultimately tipped the balance in Microsoft's favor.

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Again I laugh

You seem to be living in the future or something. Whenever I give a presentation here at work, I print out that presentation for everyone to follow along with. If I emailed everyone the presentation (which I do sometimes) most of the people in the meeting would still print it out, with a few bringing their laptops in.

It'll will definitely get to where you think things currently are, with broadband being in every home, and printers being largely unneeded, but until then, bring yourself back to 2011 with us

Wouldn't have to do that if everyone has a tablet.
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