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Apple Unleashes ‘Back To School’ Promotion With Loads Of Gift Cards


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Apple has today unleashed their 2014 ‘Back To School’ promotion, offering free Apple Store gift cards with purchases of new hardware. The offer, which is available only for educational users i.e. students or Faculty, gives a free gift card worth $100 with the purchase of certain new Mac devices (excluding the Mac mini). In addition, a $50 gift card is offered with the purchase of either an iPhone or an iPad. Given that the program is running in several different countries, gift cards of equivalent value will be offered depending on where the device purchased.
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Rumor: Apple Starting ‘Back To School’ Program Very Soon


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Apple is likely to be launching its ‘Back To School’ promotion at the end of this month, suggests a new report from 9to5Mac. According to the report, employee sources have suggested that Apple retail stores will be changing their front glass displays on the evening of 30th June once the stores close. This normally indicates a promotion of some kind, and falls within the expected timeframe of the Back To School program when it launched last year.
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iPad And iPhone Coming To Costco


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Following on from Costco ceasing the sales of Apple products in 2010, the company will soon be selling iPad and iPhone as part of a new agreement with Apple. According to an email from Wireless Advocates, a subsidiary company, the new partnership will allow the selling of wireless Apple products through Costco stores (via MacRumors). However, it is not clear what the timeline is for the launch, as Costco apparently requires some preparation before it can incorporate the new products into its line-up.
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Apple Waxing Lyrical About First Brazilian Retail Store


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Apple has today updated it’s website to announce that the very first Brazilian retail store will be opening on February 15 in Rio de Janeiro. The store itself will be on the Avenida das Américas in the Barra da Tijuca district and represents the first physical Apple store within Brazil. The company has had an online store for Brazilian customers for some time, offering consumers the chance to purchase devices like the iPhone 5S as little as two months after launch.
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The New Apple Store In San Francisco Will Look Awesome


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Following on from the news that Apple would be opening a ‘flagship’ Apple Store in San Francisco, some new renderings showing some revisions to the plans to the store have surfaced and they are spectacular. The pictures, obtained by SocketSite (via MacRumors), show a glass fronted store with two levels. The front of the store will now have two sliding glass doors that are the full size of the front of the store i.e. over 44 feet tall and 23 feet wide.
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Apple Posts Christmas Ordering Deadlines For UK


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Apple has today made some updates to its UK website to provide more detail on ordering deadlines for the Christmas season. The site shows latest ordering times for a variety of Apple devices, giving customers the opportunity to place an order that will be guaranteed to be delivered in time for Christmas.  The company has a similar page for US customers. For example, to order a new MacBook Air in standard configuration in the UK, the deadline is midnight on December 20, whereas a custom configured MacBook Air has to be ordered by midnight on December 11.  In the US it is December 18 for standard configuration, December 16 for custom configuration, and December 22 for standard configuration with next day shipping.

In addition to the MacBook Air, the company provides order deadlines for the MacBook Pro, the iMac and the Mac mini in standard and custom configurations. The company also provides deadlines for both engraved and non-engraved models of the iPad Air, the iPad mini with Retina Display, the original iPad mini and the iPad 2. The iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 4S can also be ordered in a variety of size configurations (all with the same order deadlines between sizes), and the iPod line up of devices. The company also offers order deadlines for Apple Store gift cards, for iTunes gift cards, for the Apple TV and for iPhone print products.
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Apple Offering Gift Cards Instead Of Discounts On Black Friday


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Apple has today launched its Black Friday discounts in a number of international online stores, revealing that the company will be offering Apple gift cards in place of discounts on devices this year. Consumers purchasing Apple devices will pay pull price for their items but will receive an Apple gift card in place of money off, effectively ensuring increased profits for the company.

As shown in the Australian Apple Store, shoppers will receive a a gift card worth $150 with the purchase of a MacBook Pro or Air, a $75 gift card with the purchase of an iPad Air, a $50 card for a first generation iPad mini purchase, and $150 for an iMac. Other accessories such as the Apple TV or AirPort Extreme offer $25 and $50 gift cards respectively.
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Apple Highlights Black Friday Sale


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Apple has today posted an image which teases its upcoming annual Black Friday sales event, set to take place on Friday, November 29. The event, held each year to showcase Apple’s discounted mainstream products, tends to offer substantial discounts on a number of Apple devices. Most of the discounts are in the 5-10% range and can be found both on the online Apple Store and in physical Apple retail stores.

There are no details as yet on what offers will be made available, but in the past, Apple has offered significant discounts on several product lines, including the iPad, the iPod and MacBook devices, as well as accessories such as AirPort routers together with mice and keyboards. The teaser was first made available on the Australian Apple Store but will likely be rolled out to all stores soon.
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Customers Can Purchase The iPhone 5S For In-Store Pick-Up Again


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Following on from the initiation, and subsequent discontinuation, of an in-store pickup option for the iPhone 5S, Apple has once again resumed the option in their physical retail stores and the Apple online store. The company had initially started the service on Monday, September 23, just three days after the release of the iPhone 5S, but then on Tuesday, September 24, discontinued the option to select in-store pickup. This was done in the face of massive demand and queues for the iPhone 5S at Apple retail stores.

Now, with the company re-instating the program, customers can once check the availability of the iPhone 5S at multiple retail stores around them during the purchasing process. With the device still in high demand, many stores are still experiencing significant stock shortages and it will likely be many weeks before full availability is seen.
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Apple No Longer Offering 24 Hour Dispatch In Some International Online Stores


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Apple seems to be no longer committing to dispatching products sold through some international online Apple Stores within 24 hours, according to some changes spotted on the Apple Store website. The company previously offered 24 hour dispatch for the majority of the products offered on some international online Apple Stores, in sections such as iPod, Mac and iPhone, or the accessories pages for these items. Whereas yesterday, the majority of items were listed as dispatching within 24 hours, all items are now listed as dispatching within 1-2 business days. This is a particularly significant change if shopping for an item at the weekend on a non-business day.

The reason for the change is unknown, whether it is due to a new policy that has been implemented in some international Apple Stores, or whether the company cannot guarantee meeting demand for an product within 24 hours. The change seems only to apply to certain stores in countries such as Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
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