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Apple – Grand Central Station

NEW YORK—December 7, 2011—The Apple Store® Grand Central, Apple’s fifth store in Manhattan, will open Friday, December 9, at 10 a.m., just in time for the holidays. This one-of-a-kind Apple retail store overlooks the historic Main Concourse from the East and North East balconies of the world-famous Grand Central Terminal, and has two Genius Bars for free tech support and advice.

Convenient services at the Apple Store Grand Central include Personal Pickup, a feature of the free Apple Store App which lets iPhone® users shop and buy from anywhere they are, then pick up their purchase when they reach the terminal. Customers using the Apple Store App can even scan and pay for accessories with their iPhone using the new EasyPay function. And new 15-minute Express Workshops offer tips and tricks in a streamlined format to serve customers on a tight schedule.

The store’s expert team has 315 passionate employees who deliver these and other amazing services, which have become the hallmark of Apple retail stores worldwide.

Beyond the balcony overlooking the expansive Main Concourse, the Apple Store Grand Central offers rooms dedicated to some of our most popular services, including the largest area in the world dedicated to Personal Setup. In the Personal Setup room, customers who buy an iPad®, iPhone, iPod® or Mac® can get up and running before they leave the store. There’s also a room designed especially for Personal Training, where new Mac owners learn the basics or take their skills to the next level as part of Apple’s popular $99 One to One program.

Holiday shoppers in Manhattan now have five unique Apple stores to choose from, each perfectly suited to the neighborhoods they serve: Fifth Avenue, Upper West Side, SoHo, West 14th Street and Grand Central. Around the world, nearly 300 million people have visited Apple retail stores in the past 12 months. There are 361 Apple stores in eleven countries including the US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, China, Australia and Canada.

The Apple Store Grand Central is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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Steve Jobs Exhibit on Display

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week opened a new exhibit honoring Steve Jobs at its museum in Alexandria, Virginia. Located in the atrium of the office’s Madison Building headquarters, the free museum offers interactive exhibits, a portrait gallery and a theater.

The Steve Jobs exhibit consists of 30 giant iPhone-like display panels, most of which display the front pages from over 300 patent and trademark filings that bear Jobs’ name as inventor or co-inventor. The remaining panels offer a brief description of the exhibit and photos of Jobs.

“This exhibit commemorates the far-reaching impact of Steve Jobs’ entrepreneurship and innovation on our daily lives,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “His patents and trademarks provide a striking example of the importance intellectual property plays in the global marketplace.”

The Steve Jobs exhibit at the USPTO Museum runs through January 15, 2012.

Apple’s Black Friday Deal

APPLE is having an online BLack Friday Sale. Apple has made this public through email notifications, and it is on the home page of their website, as well as their Apple Store app. They have not released any details. Simply, it says just to check back in on the 25th or the day after Thanksgiving. Below is a screen capture of what their email looked like.

6th Grade iPhone App Developer

Thomas Suarez a 6th grader at a middle school in the South Bay area. While most of his friends are probably playing outside, watching TV, etc. Thomas is writing code for his iPhone applications.

“I have been interested in technology as long as I can remember” he said. The middle schooler has even created his own corporation, CarrotCorp. CarrotCorp has created numerous applications, all of which are available on iOS. His apps include Bustin Jieber, Earth Fortune, Bustin Piers and more.

A lot of kids these days like to play games, but now they want to make them,” he says. “And it’s difficult because not many kids know where to go to find out how to make a program…And not many parents have written apps.” Suarez, inspired by Steve Jobs, started an App Club at school where any student can come to learn to design an app.

In the future, Suarez wants to create more apps, more games and get into Android programming and development. He plans on continuing his app club and find other ways for students to share knowledge with others.

Thomas Suarez has recently spoken at a TED conference. You can watch the recorded video below.

Apple Names New Chairman of Board Replacing Steve Jobs

An article from Mercury News.

Apple  announced Tuesday that Arthur Levinson will replace the Cupertino company’s legendary cofounder Steve Jobs as chairman of its board. Apple also appointed Robert Iger to the board as a director.

Levinson is chairman of the board at South San Francisco biotechnology firm Genentech, where he also served as CEO from 1995-2009. He has been on the Apple board since 2000 and has been co-lead director since 2005.

“Art has made enormous contributions to Apple since he joined the board in 2000,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a news release announcing the appointments. “He has been our longest serving co-lead director, and his insight and leadership are incredibly valuable to Apple, our employees and our shareholders.”

“I am honored to be named chairman of Apple’s board,” Levinson said in the release. “Apple is always focused on out-innovating itself through the delivery of truly innovative products that simplify and improve our lives, and that is something I am very proud to be a part of.”

Iger, president and CEO of Disney, said “Apple has achieved unprecedented success by consistently creating high quality, truly innovative products, and I am extremely pleased to join the board of such a wonderful

Apple Makes Big Change

This week Apple introduced a new feature for the iPhone in its Apple Store app. The feature, called EasyPay, it  allows people to take a picture of the bar code of a product with the phone’s camera and then buy the product on the spot, using your iTunes account.

Previously, the app could be used to research products and order them, but the products had to be picked up from an employee in the store. Now, use of iTunes as a traveling wallet is modest; you can use it to buy the cheaper accessories in an Apple store. The phone’s location tracker has to be on, too, so Apple can verify that you are in one of its stores. The effectiveness of the product is impressive, I tried one out at the Apple Store in San Francisco and it worked flawlessly after a couple of setup steps. It works the sales tax into the final price after you scan the code, then offers a one-button purchase. The credit card associated with an iTunes account, normally used for buying music, is charged.

An Apple store clerk assured me that Apple would “never, never, never, ever” use the product for big ticket purchases, like computers, as these are expensive items that Apple doesn’t want customers walking off with.

That shouldn’t make Google feel a lot better. In May, Google announced its payment system, Google Wallet, with support from MasterCard, among others. In September, the service became available on a Nexus phone, available through Sprint. The advantage of Google Wallet is supposed to be near field communications technology, or N.F.C., which enables payment by tapping the phone onto specially equipped readers at checkout counters. In videosshowing  the service, people make low-price purchases, as they can with the Apple app.But with one app, Apple has started to move on Google’s payments plan, with potential distribution far greater than anything Sprint will be able to do with Nexus. Google had a very tight-lipped “no comment” on Apple’s move.

This change will be very interesting to see where it goes. And how it might affect retail checkout in the future.

Q: Do you think this change is good? Will it work? (Leave in comments)

 

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Apple Posts Remembering Steve Jobs Messages

APPLE has updated their Steve Jobs page on their site to reflect many memories, thoughts and feelings that people have submitted about Steve Jobs since his passing.

Over a million people from all over the world have shared their memories, thoughts, and feelings about Steve. One thing they all have in common — from personal friends to colleagues to owners of Apple products — is how they’ve been touched by his passion and creativity. You can view some of these messages at their site. And share your own at rememberingsteve@apple.com

Apple reports that over a million people have already shared their thoughts, and more are being sent every day.

Steve Jobs has seen an outpouring of support and tributes since his passing on October 5th. Apple Stores around the world have turned into makeshift memorials as fans have left flowers and notes in his memory.

Jobs was 56 years old, and had been struggling with complications related to pancreatic cancer over the past several years. Apple will be holding a private company wide celebration of Steve Jobs’ life on Wednesday, October 19th. The event will take place on Apple’s campus in Cupertino. Apple Retail stores will be closed for several hours during the event so that employees may view a live webcast of the service.

 

Rest In Peace Steve, you will be missed.

Apple Employees Celebrate Steve Jobs’ Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUPERTINO, California — October 19, 2011 — Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks to employees at a celebration of Steve Jobs’ life.
Copyright © 2011 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

Apple iPhone 4S Sales Doing Well

APPLE just released this:

CUPERTINO, California—October 17, 2011— Apple® today announced it has sold over four million of its new iPhone® 4S, just three days after its launch on October 14. In addition, more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, in the first five days of its release, and more than 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices. iPhone 4S is available today in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on October 28 and more than 70 countries by the end of the year.

“iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.”

iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.

End of article

So as you can tell Apple’s new iPhone sales are doing very well. Certainly a lot better than I thought it would be.

Apple Pulls Google App From App Store

WHAT once was there now is gone. Earlier today, Google Voice was just two clicks away in the iOS App Store. Now, all that remains is a page cache,and versions of the app that were already installed on iPhones and iPod touches. Vincent Paquet, Senior Product Manager for Google Voice confirmed that the app had been pulled, explaining “our last update of this week had a bug that caused the app to crash at sign in. We removed it so it did not affect additional users until the fix gets published.” We’ve been using the most recent version — 1.3.0.1771 — on an iPhone 4 running iOS 5 without issue, but recent reviews cite the reported crashing, so it’s definitely affecting at least some users. We don’t have an ETA for when you can expect the app to return, so if you don’t already have it installed, you’ll need to hang tight for the time being. The service should function normally otherwise, assuming your phone number has already been registered, though you won’t be able to begin new text threads or make outgoing calls using your Google Voice number.

iPod Nano

APPLE has released a new version of their famous iPod Nano. It comes with some unique features.

  • Clock Faces– This allows you to use an iPod Nano wristband and then set one of many clock faces to your iPod to use it as a watch. Apple has come up with over 15 different types of appearances so that it is sure that you will find one that fits you and your style.
  • Fitness- The iPod Nano is great for working out. With the iPod Nano, it has a built-in accelerometer which allows you to keep track of your exercise with Nike integrated.
  • FM Radio- This makes it very easy to tune right into your favorite FM Radio station, right from your iPod.

The iPod also has multi-touch, which makes it enables it to do so much more.

 

 

New iPod Touch

APPLE came out with a new iPod Touch a few days ago. The new iPod Touch (5th Generation) has shockingly only a few new features that they added.

Some new features are:

  • iOS 5
  • iCloud
  • Better Video Recording and Picture Taking
  • New Color

Apple has added the iPod Touch in a White colour. It is the same as the iPhone.

It also has better video recording and picture taking, which allows you to get the best shot each and every time. With built-in editing, it allows you to edit your photos and video clips while you  are on the run, or as a great mobile tool.

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iPhone 4S

TODAY Apple released some new products. The iPhone 4S, is one of many. The new iPhone (4S) has some brand new features that I will be telling you about.

Siri

One of the newest of the new features of the iPhone 4S is a feature called ‘Siri’. With this new Siri feature you can actually tell your phone what to do. The technology behind Siri allows for you to just tell/ ask it something and it will interpret and perform the action, literally making your wish, its command. With Siri, you can talk to it like you would a normal person. The program not only understands what you say, it is also smart enough to know what you mean. So when you ask something such as: “Any good burger joints around here?” Siri will reply “I found a number of burger restaurants near you.” Then you can say “Hmm. How about tacos?” Siri remembers that you just asked about restaurants, so it will look for Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood. Siri is not only good for finding things, but it can also do things such as reply to text messages, add calendar events, and so much more.

Performance

In order for Apple to help make your experience better, they have added the new ‘A5’ chip. This is supposedly going to make the phone about 2 1/2 times faster. It will help with both game play, and web streaming. In the A5 chip, there are two cores.

Better Camera

The new camera that is on the iPhone 4S has added a 5th lens to the camera. Also it has a much better picture. You now have 8 megapixels, and a much larger 2.4 aperture. It also takes amazing pictures. Also they have made the new video camera much better. The camera shoots 1080p video quality. It also adds very high quality video stabilization. For both pictures and video, you have video editing tools.

iOS 5

The new phone will also have the latest of Apple’s mobile operating systems installed on it. I have touched on this a lot before, so there is not too much else to report. Just as a reminder, iOS 5 has: Reminders, Notification Center, iMessage, Twitter Integration, NewsStand, PC Free and More!

Better Antenna

The iPhone 4S is the first phone to intelligently switch between two antennas to transmit and receive, so call quality is better. It also doubles the maximum HSDPA data speeds to 14.4 Mbps, this means faster connections, faster loading and reloading, and faster downloads.

 

The iPhone 4S will be available on October 14th, however you can pre-order it off of Apple’s online store (www.apple.com/store)

 

Steve Jobs Has Died

As of today October 5th 2011. Steve Jobs has been announced dead. Apple has confirmed his death.

Below is the statement from Apple:

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

The Apple Home Page has been set to remember Steve.

Rest In Peace Steve, you will be missed.

Apple Home Page-In Memory of Steve Jobs

 

 

Steve Jobs has been announced dead as of October 5th 2011. The picture below is a screenshot of Apple’s home page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Jobs Rest In Peace, You will be missed.