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You Want An iPhone 5 Right Now….You Got It

Following on from a rather successful launch of the iPhone 5 in which Apple saw some extremely high demand for the device, supply appears to be finally catching up with demand. In contrast to the story from weeks ago when eager consumers looking to get their hands on an iPhone 5 would have to wait 4-6 weeks for the device to ship, the estimated ship times for the latest iPhone 5 have leveled out, and Apple will now dispatch a new iPhone 5 within one week of receiving the order.

The new shipping times affect more than just the USA, with Apple Stores in other countries such as Australia and New Zealand. However, demand is still high in some countries such as the UK, where shipping times are still stretching to two weeks for dispatch.
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Happy Black Friday: Apple Product Sales Are In Full Flow

The traditional Black Friday sales of Apple products are now in full swing at a number of third party retailers, and notably, Apple has started its own Black Friday deals in both US and International Apple Stores. The company is offering some significant discounts on its products including the Macbook Air, the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Pro with Retina Display all coming in at $101 knocked off the retail price. Other products to receive a discount include the fourth gen Retina Display iPad with a $41 discount, the iPad 2 with $31 discount and the iPod touch with $31 off.

That said, it’s recommended that you shop around as MacMall is offering slightly greater discounts with their own 60 hour Black Friday sale which sees the Retina Display MacBook Pro as being discounted by $151, the fourth generation iPad with a $45 discount and similar discounts to Apple on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The Mac mini is also discounted by $25.
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Brand New iMac Models Will Actually Arrive This Year

A new report is suggesting that Apple is on schedule with shipments of the new thinner iMac models and that they will indeed be shipping this year as had been originally announced. The report comes from 9to5Mac who say that their sources are pointing towards a November launch for the 21.5 inch version and a December launch window for the 27 inch version. This contradicts a rumor from last week that the Apple supply chain was struggling with the engineering demands of the new models and that launches would be pushed back to 2013.

The report notes that Apple retail stores will soon be receiving stock for sale within the stores, and that the Apple online store will soon be updated to allow online orders of at least the 21.5 inch versions, and perhaps even the 27 inch versions as well. The new devices will, however, be available in limited numbers so placing an order quickly is a good idea if you are looking forward prior to the festive break.
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The Apple Store Goes All Festive

Apple has today updated the online Apple Store with a rather festive theme, launching their holiday gift guide. The company is labeling the iPad mini as ‘The Year’s Biggest Gift. Only Smaller’. They have also highlighted the iPod touch and the MacBook Air as excellent gifts, as well as providing a gift guide, noting that everything that is contained within the gift guide will be shipped free of charge.
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Apple Store Now Offering Order Status Updates By Text Message

The Apple Store went down overnight, prompting speculation about the release of Mountain Lion or a new iPhone 5. Alas, the Store has returned, but without new products. There is, however, one improvement which will help eager consumers keep track of their orders from the online Apple Store, and that is the ability to receive order status updates by text message. The text notification service is in addition to the e-mail notification service giving tracking information, as well as info on when an order ships or is available for pickup from a local Apple Retail Store.
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Apple Restocks Massive Amount Of Refurbished Items In Online Apple Store

Following on from several days with absolutely no items in the refurbished section of the online Apple Store, Apple has completely restocked the area with a huge amount of items in the OS X and iOS device lines. There was no reason given for why the company was either letting the refurbished stock drop to nothing or whether or not a website error meant that no stock was showing up, but there a large amount of bargains available now.

Among the available products are refurbished MacBook Air models both with the earlier version Core 2 Duo processors and the later model Core i5, starting at $759 for an 11 inch model. There are also refurbished 2011 MacBook Pro models with Core i5 processors, as well as 2011 iMacs, also with Core i5 (quad core for the iMac, dual core for the MacBook Pro). There are also Mac Pro models from 2010.
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Rumor: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Set For July 22nd Release

The next iteration of the Mac operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion could be headed for a launch in the last week of July, specifically July 22nd, if Apple employee vacation blackouts are to be believed. According to MacRumors, Apple has put in place a vacation blackout for retail employees from July 22nd to July 29th, to support an unspecified event. There is no word on what the event is, but the vacation blackout suggests that a new product will be unveiled in Apple Stores.
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An iPad Retail Display; The Coolest Bar Ever?

A new listing has appeared on eBay featuring a genuine Apple Retail Store Display for the iPad 2 which can be bought for a mere $400. The display is approximately five feet tall and 4 feet wide, featuring a face on display panel for the iPad 2 as well as a plexiglass product cover. The display also features sliding glass doors and, perhaps even cooler, a laser cut black metal Apple iPad logo on the top.
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New Apple Store Link Highlights Statutory Seller Warranty In EU

The Apple Store went down overnight and, disappointingly for some, came back with no big changes or new products. However, one change was that notable for many European Online Apple Stores, such as the UK Apple Store, was the addition of a small link at the bottom of the page which, in English speaking countries, is labelled ‘Statutory Seller Warranty’. The link takes customers to a page which details statutory warranty rights for consumers who buy Apple products in the European Union.

The statutory warranty in the EU, laid down by consumer law, gives consumers protection in addition to the coverage offered by Apple’s product warranties. One notable difference between the what Apple offers and what is stated in EU law relates to the time period that consumers have when they wish to make a claim against a product warranty. As detailed by the document on the Apple site, there is a 2 year warranty claim period under EU Consumer Law whereas Apple only offers a 1 year warranty from date of purchase for customers outwith the EU.
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New iPad Gets A Second Wind Tomorrow

In the second wave release for the new iPad, the device will be going on sale in an additional 25 countries tomorrow. This follows on from the March 16th launch of the device in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK, along with Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the third generation iPad in your country, and according to Apple’s press release on the subject, the new iPad will be hitting Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden tomorrow.
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