Best Buy mocks Apple in new Ad

If you have been to Best Buy recently you will know that they offer a wide variety of Apple products since the company is an authorized Apple reseller, and it wants its customers to know that this holiday shopping season.

The retailer’s latest ad focuses on a customer who just discovered Best Buy sells all the hottest Apple gifts. The edgy commercial pits the customer who purchased all her gifts from Best Buy, against Santa who arrived too late to put anything under the tree.

While not all Best Buy locations carry Apple products, those that do are a valuable resource for Apple owners. Best Buy carries most Apple products including the iPhone, iPod, MacBook Pro and the iMac. The retailer also lines its shelves with Apple-compatible accessories for those in a pinch who need a case or screen protector right away.

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Apple offers free shipping on all purchases made before Dec. 22

Apple Offers Free Shipping On All Items Purchased Through Its Online Store Before Dec. 22

If you are anything like me you will wait until the last minute with completing your Christmas purchases, then this will be great news for you, you can now get free shipping on all items in the Apple online store. The company started the promotion today as part of its Christmas sales push, and it will run until December 22.

You can take advantage of the offer by purchasing goods from Apple’s website, or by using the Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Free delivery is currently only available to those in the U.S., according to Apple’s website. However, it’s possible other territories will get see free shipping soon for the Christmas rush. Thanks to Apple’s signature gift wrapping service (also free!), you can purchase gifts for friends and family via the online store and have them delivered directly to their recipients. Free shipping means you don’t have to worry about how many items you purchase, or how many deliveries you wish to make.

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Deutsche Telekom taking iPhone 5 pre-orders


Well this is certainly interesting, Deutsche Telekom (DT) has begun taking pre-orders for the so-called “iPhone 5,” the next generation of Apple’s immensely popular smartphone. Here’s the odd part according to a spokesman for the carrier they “have barely more information than we do.” A spokesman for the carrier confirmed to Bloomberg that it’s taking pre-orders as of today. Deutsche Telekom is concerned with supply shortages, and wants to help its customers secure one of the little guys.

DT admits that it does not now when the iPhone will be released, what it will be called, we think the most likely choice will be iPhone 5, but who knows, what the features will be and so on. DT adds that:

Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) will allow customers to reserve the next generation of Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone as of today in anticipation of supply bottlenecks for the device, spokesman Alexander von Schmettow said by phone. The operator will hand out coupons to people who expressly request the successor model to the iPhone 4, without providing the name or release details of the device. 

Apple to renovate SoHo Apple Store

For a while now everyone has known that Apple had planned to update some of their NY stores, well we finally  have some more details on the planned changes. According to ifoAppleStore.com, the SoHo store will close in the next three months and will remain closed for an unknown amount of time.

Apple will expand its SoHo store and take over the rear ground floor of the building. This part of the building has been vacant since the U.S. Postal Service left in 2009. The first floor and the new rear section will be renovated, while the upper level and glass staircase will remain untouched.

The location is a Heritage structure, but, thankfully, Apple’s changes meet the criteria set by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

New York’s Tekserve gets major redesign

Those of you who have visited New York will most likely also have visited Tekserve, New York’s greatest indie Mac retailers, made famous by Sex and the City and made successful by thousands of loyal customers…however like me you will most likely have felt that the store layout was a little bit cluttered and cramped.

It would appear as if the guys at Tekserve have also come to this conclusion, the team at Tekserve spent most of the Memorial Day weekend ripping out the furniture and refreshing the store layout from the (newly sanded) floorboards up.

All in all, the changes make for a more pleasant shopping experience; there are still a few rough spots to iron out, but considering this was done almost entirely by the store’s staff in just a few days, it’s quite impressive.

Check the website for details.

As rumored Apple Store gets update! Now offering interactive iPads instead of paper signs

Over the past week or so the internet has been buzzing with rumors about Apple updating their stores, now what  is being referred to as Apple Store 2.0 internally has officially launched. Just like rumored, paper signs and information cards have been swiped from Apple’s wood tables and have been replaced with super-interactive iPad 2s. These specially equipped tablets provide a simple and easy-use-view into the product right beside it.

Additionally, the iPads feature a button to call an Apple representative for assistance – sort of like an airplane call button.That’s all we’ve been able to find so far, but given that our sources nailed that part 100% – it won’t be too long until we see the other changes.

Toys R Us getting iPad 2 today!!!

Well this is good news for those among you you still haven’t picked up an iPad 2, according to a press release from Toys R Us, the chain will officially carry the iPad 2 from today, the magical, revolutionary tablet will be ready to go, along with a selection of Smart Covers. You can visit the chain’s website to see which stores are selling the tablets.

Toys R Us actually has a pretty good retail relationship with Apple, having offered iPad trade-ins at the store before. But that relationship doesn’t seem to extend to online sales — it’s likely that iPads will be available only in-stores rather than on the toy retailer’s website as well.

RadioShack to carry iPad 2 from tomorrow

This might be good news for those who are having difficulties getting an iPad 2, according to MacRumors the iPad 2 could arrive to RadioShack tomorrow, March 29, 2011.

The source indicated that all 500 RadioShack nationwide retail spots will carry the tablet and provided a blurry but otherwise genuine-looking notice stating:

We are thrilled that iPad 2 will be available at 500 RadioShack locations across the country starting March 29! Details have been sent to these stores.

It will be interesting to see if this will help a bit alleviate strong demand seen in Apple stores across the country and expand the iPad’s distribution footprint that now includes Apple’s, AT&T’s and Verizon’s online and retail stores, in addition to third-party retailers like WalMart and Best Buy.

Verizon to carry iPad 2 on March 11th Launch Date

According to news site 9to5Mac, Verizon has posted a banner on its site suggesting that the carrier will indeed be offering the iPad 2 as of its official U.S. launch date of March 11th.

Apple was silent in its initial iPad 2 announcement about how many and which retail partners would have availability of the device on launch day, but Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club have all signaled their launch participation, and with carrier partners apparently also onboard, Apple will have a significant number of distribution points for immediate sales.

If you bought your iPad within the last 2 weeks you get a $100 refund

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If for some reason you have been living under a rock during the past few weeks, or has simply just been ignoring the news and purchased an iPad within the past 2 weeks, then you’re eligible for a $100 discount from Apple, according to website Electric Pig.

Apple’s handling it the same way as they handle their refund process for Macs that have been obsoleted within a couple of weeks of a new revision being announced: just go into your local Apple Store or call up Apple, prove you bought your iPad within the past fourteen days, easiest done by showing them a receipt, and they’ll give you a refund of $100, €100, or £100.

Giving refunds on obsoleted products is one of the nicer things Apple does. I mean, yeah, it’d be nicer if they actually allowed you to return your iPad, but hey, what are they going to do with them now?