Apple Online and Retail Store
Apple today reported its sales numbers for the fourth calendar quarter of 2013 and first fiscal quarter of 2014, noting they sold a whopping 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads. The company also sold 4.8 million Macs and made above $4 billion from iTunes services alone. Apple is seeing record numbers across most of its product lines and has sold 3.8 million more iPhones than it did in the year ago quarter.
Things may not be great at the Apple’s iconic Fifth Avenue store after the heavy snowfall, as a snowblower reportedly shattered one of the glass panels at the store. the Fifth Avenue Apple Store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and was reportedly open after the incident as well. The damage was done to one of the 15 glass panels installed at the iconic store a couple of years ago.
Apple is now officially offering iPhone 5c screen replacements in its retail stores, a service previously limited to the iPhone 5. Apple began fixing screens in-store with the iPhone 5 in June of 2013. The company either replaces the screens under the standard one year warranty, AppleCare, or, if the customer pays out of pocket, the company will typically take less than an hour to replace the screen.
Late last year, Apple begin rolling out iBeacon technology in its retail stores, allowing customers to use the Apple Store app on their iPhone to find more information about the products available. On Thursday, Shopkick announced that American Eagle Outfitters will begin rolling out the new iBeacon technology. If iBeacon proves successful in American Eagle, Shopkick will eventually roll out the tech to Best Buy, Crate & Barrel, JCPenney, Old Navy, and a number of other retailers.
With students in New Zealand and Australia heading back to school, Apple has launched its annual Back to School promotion. Apple is offering up free gift cards with the purchase of any new iPad, iPhone, or Mac. The gift cards are not limited to any specific store and can be used with the iOS App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore.
Those seeking a good deal on a new computer can now buy a refurbished 2013 15″ Retina Macbook Pro at Apple’s Online Store. Apple typically adds its latest MacBooks to the refurbished store after the company begins to receive malfunctioning units and fixes them up for sale. The company also offers the refurbished units as replacements for customers that come to the Genius Bar with a defective unit.
Apple is expected to open a new Apple Store in Brisbane, Australia, after it was set back multiple times because of construction issues with the developer. It was initially reported that Apple had given up on the location and was planning to build it elsewhere. However, Apple refiled blueprints with the city in 2013, and construction on the site began once again. Apple has announced they will be opening up their new flagship Apple Store in Brisbane on January 17th in the MacArthur Chambers building.
While early days results had been disappointing, it appears Apple’s Newsstand iPad magazine model is finally beginning to bear fruit in the form of revenues for magazine publishers. An analysis conducted by MPA – The Association of Magazine Media—using Kantar Media’s PIB Advance data for magazine ad pages and their tablet edition ad unit database—shows a 6% increase in the magazine media advertising footprint of print pages and tablet units for 2013.
Last month, Apple announced it would be holding its annual New Years “Lucky Bags” or Fukubukuro promotion in Japan on January 2nd. Today, Apple finally gave away a number of products, including iPads, Macbook Airs, and iPods. All of these Apple products came along with several items such as speakers and cases. The largest Lucky Bag contained an 11-inch MacBook Air, Apple Magic Mouse, Pill Speaker by Beats, red MacBook Air jacket, special New Year’s Apple shirt and other small items.
Boxing Day in Canada is a bank holiday that typically takes place the day after Christmas, on December 26th. However, sales from retailers are usually held from December 24th until January 2nd, which seems to be the course Apple is also taking. Apple is offering some decent deals on hit iTunes Music albums for about $5.99 from some good artists such as Thirty Seconds to Mars and Arctic Monkeys.
Japanese Apple Stores will soon be spreading some cheer for New Years, offering up their annual “Lucky Bags” (or fukubukoro) promotion on January 2nd. The one-day promotion consists of Lucky Bags full of an assortment of Apple products, including iPods, headphones, T-shirts, and occasionally some bigger products such as iPads and Macbook Airs.
Apple’s refurbished products are in many ways a price discount, especially because the company replaces defective parts, replaces the outer shell of all of the devices, puts in a new battery, and even tacks on a renewed standard 1-year warranty. The only thing that remains is the technology inside of the device, such as the camera, the processor, and any other non-defective part.