Apple Online and Retail Store
Apple Retail Stores are going to start training America’s next generation of coders by offering a one hour course to get them started. On Monday, Apple announced it will be offering an “Hour of Code” development class this Wednesday to introduce some students to programming. The free workshops will be held at all of the company’s retail stores during the 5:00-6:00 PM hour. Students cannot just walk in and take the workshop like some of the other workshops that Apple offers, but must make reservations prior to Wednesday.
Apple has released an updated version of its Apple Store app with support for iBeacon Systems. The OTA update allows customers to receive location based information about Apple’s products when they are in close proximity to or inside of one of the company’s retail stores. The app utilizes the Bluetooth Low Energy profile on all of the new iOS devices and then connects with physical transmitters that are placed inside of the store.
Apple’s iPad Air is no doubt one of the best products the company offers to its customers, and CEO Tim Cook seemed very enthusiastic about how the device would hold up during the holiday season. Cook called this year an “iPad Christmas,” and he seems to be right. According to analytics firm Localytics, Apple’s iPad Air activations increased by 51% during this past Black Friday weekend.
Refurbished versions of Apple’s newest products are now being sold in the company’s online store, including the 11-inch and 13-inch Macbook Airs. The new Macbook Air models were introduced in June this year and Apple is already offering them at a discount. On Monday, Apple’s late 2013 27-inch iMac appeared in the refurbished store, bringing the price of several models down by more than $200.
Last month, Apple unveiled the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. The iPad Air went on sale last month as planned, but the availability of the iPad mini with Retina was delayed, not going on sale until November 12th. If you’re residing in India, you’ll be glad to know that both tablets are expected to hit the shelves in India on December 7th, according to a press release. The news comes from BGR.in.
We may be done with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but it’s not the end of the holiday season, by far. At least for this month, several retailers will continue to offer attractive discounts to their customers. And according to a new report at 9to5Mac, several Apple stores have started offering iPhone 5c and iPad Air price matching.
If you’ve been holding out on your Black Friday shopping to see what Apple has in store, you were wrong to do so; Apple’s specials are never as good as those from the big box retailers. You do get the benefit of shopping online for some items other retailers aren’t offering online, such as the iPad mini with Retina display…except Apple isn’t offering a discount on the iPad mini with Retina display. So never mind.
Every year, Apple offers minimal discounts on its products on Black Friday. The discounts have not traditionally been as high as the ones offered by other major retailers, but things might be a little different this year. It seems Apple will not offer discounts on Black Friday, but will go with Apple store gift cards with every purchase, according to 9to5Mac.
With Thanksgiving only a few days away, Apple has begun posting its Black Friday 2013 “One Day Sale” teasers on its online store pages in different countries. The Australian online store was one of the first to see the new posting, which is sure to offer discounted prices on many of the company’s products, including the Macbook, the iPad, and the iPod lineups.
The title of this piece alone will raise a lot of arguments about how making employees work on a holiday is just wrong. I understand that, and I do agree employees deserve to be home with their families, stuffing their face with turkey and sitting in front the television with a football game to which they’re not really paying attention. However, I also believe Thanksgiving Day presents a huge sales opportunity for Apple.
Finally, Apple is selling the SIM-free version of the iPhone 5s in the United States. The unlocked model will work with any GSM SIM across the globe, and is a very interesting option for people who travel frequently. This also means users don’t have to sign a contract with a specific carrier and use their current SIM with the iPhone. The handset is shipped without a SIM card, and is unlocked from the moment you turn it on.
In the past, Apple has offered product discounts on Black Friday, and this year is going to be the same. Many Apple retails stores in the U.S. and Canada will open early November 29th for Black Friday—some of them as early as 6AM—while others will open on their regular hours. In Canada, select stores will open by 7AM while the majority will maintain normal working hours.