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AT&T plans to drop two year contracts through third-party retailers, Apple included

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We’ve confirmed that AT&T’s plans to stop offering two-year contracts through third-party retailers will also extend to Apple.

Droid-Life first reported that AT&T was planning to drop its two-year contracts through third-party retailers starting June 1, and we’ve confirmed with several sources that the move will also kick in at Apple retail.

AT&T will continue offering phones on two-year contracts in its retail stores and through its website, but it will instead be pushing its no-contract AT&T Next installment plans through Apple and other third-party retailers like Walmart.

Apple is already well prepared for the transition, as the company started offering iPhones on AT&T Next plans through its retail stores and online last summer. Apple is also preparing retail employees for the change, according to sources.

AT&T wouldn’t comment directly on the news, but it said “Customers love AT&T Next, and we are continuing to focus on it as the preferred way that customers want to shop. We have 2 year plans available for those customers who choose them.”

The original report from Droid-Life claimed some third-party retailers would still technically be able to sign-up customers on a two-year contract, but that option means you won’t walk out of the store with the device and it will instead ship out from AT&T days later (essentially the same as ordering from AT&T online). It’s unclear if Apple will have that option once the transition is complete. Otherwise, AT&T Next monthly installment plans will be the only option for those signing up or upgrading at Apple and other third-party retailers. 


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A look at the modified Apple Watch w/ Lightning connector Apple Stores use for display units

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Apple’s in-store “magical” Apple Watch displays have brought about a variety of questions since they first appeared back on April 10th. Thanks to new documents from the Brazilian regulatory process, shared by BlogDoiPhone, we now know a bit more about how the Apple Watch display units are set up. The documents and accompanying images show how a special, proprietary band is connected to the Watch that incorporates a built-in Lightning cable and charges the device.

The strap capable of charging is connected to the 6-pin diagnostic port on the Apple Watch, which we revealed earlier this year has already been used by accessory manufacturers for battery straps. The Lightning cable that runs from Apple’s display strap is connected to the display unit, which is also connected to an iPad mini.

The Apple Watch display unit is connected to an iPad mini, as well. When an app is opened on the Watch, the iPad shows information about that app and what it is capable of. It’s unclear if the Watch is connected to the iPad or to the physical display box itself. On the back of the display box is what appears to be either a Lightning port or USB-C connection. This implies that perhaps the box itself contains a battery that is charged every night and used to power the Watch and iPad for the next day.

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This process shows how the Apple Watch is constantly powered on in Apple Stores and able to be continuously used by customers. From the front of the display unit, the Apple Watch looks identical to other models, giving customers a realistic expectation as to what their Watch would look like, should they purchase one.

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Trader Joe’s begins accepting Apple Pay at select retail locations

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Last month, Apple added 10 new retailers to its Apple Pay website, which brought the total to 68 merchants and more than 700,000 payment terminals. Now, it appears that popular grocery chain Trader Joe’s is preparing to accept Apple Pay in its more than 400 retail locations.

The popular grocery chain has started outfitting its checkout lanes with new VeriFone touchscreen machines over the recent months and with those new machines comes support for wireless payments with Apple Pay. While Trader Joe’s is not yet listed on Apple’s website, several users have reported success in paying with Apple’s payment service.

Availability of Apple Pay support in Trader Joe’s appears to vary by specific location, with some stores already supporting the technology, others saying it’s coming soon, and others unaware of any plans to add support.

Apple Pay is officially supported at 78 merchants and various others, including grocery stores, clothing retailers, and sports arenas. Trader Joe’s joins retailers like Meijer and Acme. It was also announced earlier this month that Best Buy will introduce to Apple Pay support to its retail locations later this year.

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Tim Cook talks Apple Pay, Xiaomi, new environmental efforts during China visit

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Tim Cook, who is in China this week to discuss Apple’s new environmental initiatives, spoke to Chinese media regarding his plans to further expand Apple services in the country. Speaking to news outlet Xinhua, Cook discussed a variety of topics, including his hope to launch Apple Pay in China and get a smartphone in the hand of every resident.

Regarding Apple Pay, Cook reiterated comments he has made in the past. The executive remarked that Apple “very much wants to get Apple Pay in China.” Previously, Apple has said to have been in negotiations with popular Chinese retailer Alibaba regarding a potential partnership. Cook has met with Alibaba executives in the past regarding the partnership, but nothing has been officially announced. “I’m very bullish on Apple Pay in China,” Cook said today.

Tim Cook also talked about the recent news of Apple passing Xiaomi in the China smartphone market. Cook remarked that it is “great news” to see Apple gaining traction in China and overtaking Xiaomi. During Apple’s Q2 earnings call, Cook announced that Apple sold more iPhones in China during the quarter than it did in the United States. “I think China is a market where everyone will own a smart phone,” Cook remarked today. An IDC report from this morning, however, claimed that the Chinese smartphone market is approaching its saturation point, but Cook does not seem worried.

While discussing Apple’s new environmental initiatives in China, Cook bragged that, “this area is one where we can make a significant contribution.” The Apple executive went on to reiterate that Apple’s main goal is produce its products in the cleanest and most environmentally conscious way, while not advocating.

“The environmental issue is very important in China. We don’t advocate, that is not our responsibility. By the same token, we focus on the manufacturing of the product, not just the final assembling, but all the way back to the raw materials. That’s the only way Apple can make an enormous impact on the environment.”

Apple’s focus on China has been apparent over the recent months with the company aiming to open more than forty retail stores in the country by mid-2016.


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Tim Cook talks Apple Pay, Xiaomi, new environmental efforts during China visit

apple-china

Tim Cook, who is in China this week to discuss Apple’s new environmental initiatives, spoke to Chinese media regarding his plans to further expand Apple services in the country. Speaking to news outlet Xinhua, Cook discussed a variety of topics, including his hope to launch Apple Pay in China and get a smartphone in the hand of every resident.

Regarding Apple Pay, Cook reiterated comments he has made in the past. The executive remarked that Apple “very much wants to get Apple Pay in China.” Previously, Apple has said to have been in negotiations with popular Chinese retailer Alibaba regarding a potential partnership. Cook has met with Alibaba executives in the past regarding the partnership, but nothing has been officially announced. “I’m very bullish on Apple Pay in China,” Cook said today.

Tim Cook also talked about the recent news of Apple passing Xiaomi in the China smartphone market. Cook remarked that it is “great news” to see Apple gaining traction in China and overtaking Xiaomi. During Apple’s Q2 earnings call, Cook announced that Apple sold more iPhones in China during the quarter than it did in the United States. “I think China is a market where everyone will own a smart phone,” Cook remarked today. An IDC report from this morning, however, claimed that the Chinese smartphone market is approaching its saturation point, but Cook does not seem worried.

While discussing Apple’s new environmental initiatives in China, Cook bragged that, “this area is one where we can make a significant contribution.” The Apple executive went on to reiterate that Apple’s main goal is produce its products in the cleanest and most environmentally conscious way, while not advocating.

“The environmental issue is very important in China. We don’t advocate, that is not our responsibility. By the same token, we focus on the manufacturing of the product, not just the final assembling, but all the way back to the raw materials. That’s the only way Apple can make an enormous impact on the environment.”

Apple’s focus on China has been apparent over the recent months with the company aiming to open more than forty retail stores in the country by mid-2016.


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Apple promotes upcoming Miami retail location with colorful new mural by HENSE

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Apple has been using murals created by well-known artists to launch new Apple Store a lot recently. In Hangzhou, China the company debuted a calligraphy mural alongside a new retail location, while a store in Chongqing, China got a similar treatment. Earlier this month, Apple revealed that its upcoming retail location in Miami would launch with a mural designed by internationally acclaimed artist HENSE. Apple this evening has updated its website with an image of the mural at its new Miami store, as well as specific opening information.

The Apple Store on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Florida will have a grand opening on Saturday, April 25 at 10:00AM EST. The store replaces an existing location at 738 Lincoln Road. The new location is 1021 Lincoln Road.

As for the mural, Alex Brewer, also known as HENSE, combined the techniques of street art and abstract painting to create the incredibly colorful design. Brewer is able to capture the dynamic energy of street culture, which is something for which Lincoln Road in Miami is known. You can view a gallery of images from HENSE’s design process of the new Apple Store mural below:

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Apple Watch will be available to buy from some boutique fashion retail locations on Friday

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Update: Confusing the situation further, HDBlog has received news from Italian Apple PR that Milan will not have Apple Watch stock to buy.

Amidst all the craziness, it now transpires that Apple Watch will in fact be available to be buy at some retail locations on Friday. The New York Times reports that select boutique locations will have stock in the brick-and-mortar locations of Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch.

This includes Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, Maxfield in Los Angeles, Collette in Paris, the Corner in Berlin and Corso Como in Milan.

Apple had previously announced these locations in a press release but it was unclear whether the plans had changed as Apple had since said that there would be no in-store stock until June at the earliest. although now it appears this only applies to Apple’s own retail stores.

The New York Times spoke to the chief executive of Dover Street Market about stock levels for the retail sales. The representative said that the company will have about 350 Apple Watches available in Ginza and 570 in London. However, the Apple Watch Edition will not be available for sale in any capacity. Only the aluminium Sport and stainless steel Watch models will be offered for purchase.

The Apple Watch was featured at Collete back in September, but now it will actually be available to buy from the boutique store. Online, stock of the Watch remains universally back-ordered and sold out.


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