Apple Online Store Opens in Turkey With Full Product Lineup

October 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Apple opened its online store to customers in Turkey today, bringing direct ordering of its full lineup of products to the the country’s 74 million residents.

Apple is set to open its first Turkish retail store in Instanbul at the beginning of 2014, with several other stores in the country in the pipeline. Earlier this year, Apple launched its online store in Russia as international sales make up an increasing portion of Apple’s revenue.

Turkey is not part of the first round of countries selling the iPad Air.

Thanks Sihirli!

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/31/apple-online-store-opens-in-turkey-with-full-product-lineup/

App Store Promo Suggests Redesigned ‘Remote’ App Coming Soon

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A promotion occasionally visible on the Colombian App Store suggests Apple will soon be releasing an updated version of the Remote app that allows control of Apple TV and Mac/PC iTunes installations from iOS devices, complete with an iOS 7 redesign.

It’s not the first hint that Apple has a redesign in the works — some users have noticed that the most recent release of iTunes has a new Remote icon as well.

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The last major update to Remote occurred nearly a year ago with support for iTunes 11, with a bug fix release coming this past January. Last week, Apple released updates for Podcasts, iTunes Movie Trailers, and Find My iPhone apps with iOS 7 redesigns, along with redesigned versions of the iWork and iLife suites.

Aside from Remote, iTunes U and Find My Friends are also awaiting iOS 7 redesigns.

Remote is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Thanks Sebastián!

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/31/app-store-promo-suggests-redesigned-remote-app-coming-soon/

Apple Discontinues Original Smart Cases and Covers Despite Continued Sales of iPad 2 [iOS Blog]

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Apple appears to have discontinued the iPad Smart Cases and Smart Covers designed to fit the second, third, and fourth-generation iPads.

As noted by iLounge, Apple’s Online Store is no longer offering the products online for shipping, but there are a limited number of cases and covers (in dark gray) that can be ordered for in store pickup. It is possible that retail stores may also have other colors as well, but the covers and cases for the older iPads can no longer be obtained online and will have a limited lifespan in stores too.

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While it makes sense to discontinue the older varieties of Smart Cases and Covers to prevent customers from confusing them with the newer options developed for the iPad mini and the iPad Air, it is an odd move considering Apple still sells the iPad 2 to customers. The iPad 2 can only be used with a traditional Smart Cover or Smart Case, and is incompatible with the newly released iPad Air accessories.

Though Apple is no longer selling Smart Covers and Cases for the iPad 2 and other now-discontinued iPads, it does still list a number of third party options on its website. Currently, the remaining in-store Smart Cases are selling for $49, while the Smart Covers are available for $39.

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/31/apple-discontinues-original-smart-cases-and-covers-despite-continued-sales-of-ipad-2/

Western Digital Warns External Hard Drive Customers Over Mavericks Data Loss

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NewImageWestern Digital has emailed customers warning them about possible data loss when connecting external hard drives to Macs with OS X Mavericks installed.

The MacRumors Forums, Western Digital’s forums, and Apple’s Support Communities all have threads about lost data after connecting Western Digital external hard drives to computers after updating to Mavericks.

In an email to customers, Western Digital warned about using its WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager, and WD SmartWare software products with Mavericks and suggests customers uninstall those applications before upgrading to Mavericks, or, if they already have upgraded, to uninstall those applications immediately.

Dear WD Registered Customer,

As a valued WD customer we want to make you aware of new reports of Western Digital and other external HDD products experiencing data loss when updating to Apple’s OS X Mavericks (10.9). WD is urgently investigating these reports and the possible connection to the WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager and WD SmartWare software applications. Until the issue is understood and the cause identified, WD strongly urges our customers to uninstall these software applications before updating to OS X Mavericks (10.9), or delay upgrading. If you have already upgraded to Mavericks, WD recommends that you remove these applications and restart your computer.

The WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager, and WD SmartWare software applications are not new and have been available from WD for many years, however solely as a precaution WD has removed these applications from our website as we investigate this issue.

Sincerely,
Western Digital

Most of the complaints seem to center around Western Digital drives, but the company does say other drives could have issues as well.

Thanks Jackie!

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/31/western-digital-warns-external-hard-drive-customers-over-mavericks-data-loss/

Apple’s Asia-Pacific Online Stores Begin Taking iPad Air Orders, Shipping Within 24 Hours

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After going offline earlier today in advance of today’s iPad Air launch, Apple’s online stores in the Asia-Pacific region have returned for business.

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All models of the iPad Air are currently listed as shipping within 24 hours in Australia, China (only Wi-Fi models available) Japan, and Singapore, while Apple’s Hong Kong store is listing 1-2 week shipping estimates.

All Apple online stores around the world are currently online, but the company’s European stores will be going offline later today in advance of orders going live there. North America will follow several hours later, with orders set to go live there at 12:01 AM Pacific Time.

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/31/apples-asia-pacific-online-stores-begin-taking-ipad-air-orders-shipping-within-24-hours/

Samsung Tops Apple in Latest J.D. Power Tablet Customer Satisfaction Survey [iOS Blog]

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Apple has been ranked second, edged out slightly by Samsung in J.D. Power’s latest U.S. tablet satisfaction study. Samsung scored 835 on a 1,000 point scale, while Apple was just behind at 833. Both companies got 5-star ratings from J.D. Power.

The survey found Apple scores particularly well in performance and ease of operation, while Samsung improved across all five factors measured by J.D. Power and ranked particularly well on cost. The survey found that 50% of consumers get recommendations from family and friends for tablets, while 49% peruse a manufacturer’s website for information.

Apple has used J.D. Power rankings numerous times in its marketing surveys in the past.

“Whether consumers prefer the online channel for competitive pricing compared with the tactile retail store experience, effectively matching owner needs with the appropriate tablet model during the purchase process goes a long way in positively influencing overall satisfaction,” said Kirk Parsons, senior director of telecommunications services at J.D. Power.

The 2013 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study–Volume 2 is based on experiences evaluated by 3,375 tablet owners who have owned their current device for less than one year. The study was fielded between March and August 2013. The study measures satisfaction across five key factors (in order of importance): performance (26%); ease of operation (22%); styling and design (19%); features (17%); and cost (16%).

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from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/31/samsung-tops-apple-in-latest-j-d-power-tablet-customer-satisfaction-survey/

Apple Inserting Entries for Its Own Stock iOS Apps and Services Into App Store Search Results

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Apple has begun inserting special entries for some of its own stock iOS apps and services into search results for users on the iOS App Store, notes MacStories, which first picked up on the addition from a Tweet by Lukas Burgstaller.

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The results attempt to steer users searching for apps related to certain topics toward Apple’s built-in offerings, perhaps reminding users that their needs may already be met without needing to resort to App Store apps. The special results can be seen with a variety of search terms, including exact matches for Apple’s offerings such as “safari” and “siri” but also with more general terms such as “SMS” or “movies”.

If you search for common terms like “web”, “SMS”, or “movies” in the iOS 7 App Store you’ll see special search results for Apple apps like Safari, Messages, and iTunes with a large icon, a description, and a link to learn more or open an app (such as Safari). These results appear on the App Store for iOS 7 devices (I wasn’t able to display them on a Mac using iTunes) and, in my tests, they also worked for queries like “browser”, “messages”, “cloud”, “internet”, “Siri”, and “text”. I’ve tried several other queries, but I couldn’t see results for other apps like Reminders, Calendars, Mail, Photos, Music, or Notes.

Depending on the app or service showing up as the result, users can either directly open the app or be directed to pages on Apple’s site to learn more.

MacStories notes that while the new feature is a good way for Apple to share information with new users who may be unfamiliar with all of the apps and services included on iOS devices, it could cause concern for third-party developers who might see it as Apple trying to discourage users from downloading their apps.

    



from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/31/apple-inserting-entries-for-its-own-stock-ios-apps-and-services-into-app-store-search-results/

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