Apple has released an update for its Apple Store app, bringing it to version 2.4. This one adds both Passbook and Siri integration. Now users can send gift cards straight from the app and have them emailed directly to the recipient; it is housed digitally in the Passbook app for convenient access. In addition, Siri's API protocol is now enabled to access the Apple Store's catalog.
What's New in Version 2.4
- Buy new gift cards and email them to friends and family right from the app. These gift cards are easily integrated with the new Passbook app (U.S. only, iOS 6 required).
Ask Siri to help you find prices and shop for Apple products. (Siri-enabled device required.)
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We come to you live from the Apple Store at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington for this edition of Unboxing Live! The brand new iPad mini has launched, and we were first in line to enter the store and make our purchase (and we'll show all of the festivities in our follow-up video, along with our iPad 4th generation unboxing!) The iPad mini is Apple's smaller, 7.9-inch iPad. Check out our unboxing and let us know what you think, and don't forget to check out our iPad mini unboxing gallery as well!
Just as Apple promised at its iPad mini event, the new iPad mini is now available for pre-order, as is the 4th generation iPad. We are guessing these are going to go fairly quickly, so if you wanna get one delivered on the November 2 launch day, you'd better hurry over to Apple's online store to place your order.
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If you bought yourself a 3rd generation iPad sometimes within the past 30 days and are disappointed that the new 4th generation iPad is on the horizon, there may be hope. Some Apple Store locations are allowing customers who purchased the last iPad within the past month to exchange it for the new 4th generation model, aiming to relieve some of that buyers remorse. It doesn't appear that this is a company-wide policy, but rather on a store-by-store basis. Give your local Apple Store(s) a call and see if you can make the trade. Let us know how it goes in the comments.
The Apple Store at Bellevue Square Mall was the first that the company opened here in the Pacific Northwest region of the country, way back in May 2003. At the time, it was a bold and innovative move, but as time went on and Apple's popularity surged with the introduction of the iPhone and iPad, the location became overcrowded. So what did it do? Rather than refurbishing the existing location, Apple began work on building a new, groundbreaking location on the upper level of Bellevue Square, right above the original and across the hall. As is typical when Apple has something under construction, the location was covered up under a shroud of mystery until opening day. We were on hand as Apple opened its new, much larger Bellevue Square Apple Store, and were able to get a private tour of the location. As you'll find out in the video, the Bellevue Square Apple Store sports the largest glass-front display of any mall location, the first domestic skylight in an Apple Store mall location, and the first 360 degree Genius Bar, with 40 seats in total. All in all, the new location is about three times larger than the previous one. Check out the video for all the new hotness, and try and count the number of times that Duke Zurek uses the word "opportunity."
Be sure to also check out our Apple Store Bellevue Square Grand Re-opening hype video, and our Apple Store Bellevue Square gallery. While you're at it, take a peek at our iPhone 5 review as well!
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Yesterday we hit you with footage of the re-opening of the Apple Store - Bellevue Square location, highlighting the excitement of Apple's customers in the Bellevue area, as well as its employees. Today we bring you a bunch of images from the event. We must say, we've been in line at Apple launches for 12 different Apple products at some of the biggest stores in the US, but the combined customer and associate excitement we witness for the Bellevue Square grand re-opening was unparalleled. Take a peek at our Apple Store - Bellevue Square Grand Re-opening gallery, and stay tuned for our next video, which features a tour of the new location right before the doors are opened for the first time.
We were on hand to witness Apple's grand re-opening of its Bellevue Square Apple Store, and the festivities were a sight to behold. We'll have much more info for you from the opening, including a private tour and interviews, but we thought you guys would get a kick out of seeing how Apple opened the store for the first time to hundreds of excited customers. As you'll see, Apple staff came out in full force, riling up the crowd with anticipation through cheering, high-fives, and that familiar Apple charm. Stay tuned for more from the Apple Store - Bellevue Square re-opening. Check the video for the goodness.
If you thought that the placement of anything in an Apple Store by employees wasn't planned with the utmost precision, think again. It turns out that everything, even down to the exact tilt of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air displays, have an intricate science around them. Get this--each morning Apple Store employees use a leveling app like Simply Angle to help set the tilt of the displays of all the notebook computers to exactly 70 degrees.
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At first glance, when Apple introduced its new MacBook Pro with Retina display during its WWDC 2012 keynote, we thought it looked amazing, but that the price would make it a difficult choice for consumers. It looks like we were wrong. Lines have formed at multiple Apple Store locations around the country, and the Apple Store online is now showing a 2-3 week backorder on new Retina display MacBook Pro orders. Obviously, this product is in high demand, and your best bet is likely a trip to your local Apple Store. Anyone manage to snag one?
WWDC 2012 kicks off in a little over an hour, highlighted by an Apple keynote that's sure to bring forth details of iOS 6, Mountain Lion, and new Mac hardware. When we are expecting new Macs, we can also expect the Apple Store to go down prior to the announcement. As you can see by the image above, step one is complete, and the Apple Store will be inaccessible until after the keynote.
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