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The Secrets of the Apple Store

Employee interactions are intensely controlled at retail giant

(Newser) - At a time when retail is suffering, one store continues to thrive: the Apple Store. To wit: The number of people who visited the 326 stores in one quarter outweighed the number of visitors to the four main Disney theme parks last year. Apple’s retail sales per square foot—... More »

Woman Sells First Spot in iPad 2 Line for $900

41 hours of waiting pays off ... at $22 an hour

(Newser) - A college student made $900 by selling her first-in-line spot in front of the Apple Store in midtown New York before the iPad 2 launch. Amanda Foote arrived at the store at 5pm Wednesday and sold the spot this morning to a guy who wanted the iPad with him for... More »

Control-Freak Apple Headed for Backlash

No longer an upstart, Apple needs more openness to succeed long-term

(Newser) - Steve Jobs' Apple has gone from underdog geek favorite to the No. 2 company in the world (behind petro-behemoth Exxon Mobil), and the new big dog is facing some backlash for its control-freak ways and "highly closed" approach. Apple's stranglehold is giving app developers, publishers, and service providers fits,... More »

Worker Secrets: What Really Goes on in an Apple Store

It's like a 'cult' in there, says anonymous employee

(Newser) - Working at an Apple store can be like working for a “cult,” an employee tells Popular Mechanics : Pamphlets say things like “Apple is our soul, and people are our soul.” The anonymous insider reveals more of what goes on behind the scenes:
  • No worker knows about
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Apple Apps Store Is Hacked

Developers rejiggers sales data on ebooks

(Newser) - A developer of Apple applications for the Apple store managed to game the system and make it look as if his ebooks accounted for 42 of the top 50 books being sold on the site. It is unclear whether he hijacked other people's accounts or just faked sales data. Either... More »

The iPad Goes International

'I wanted to touch it as soon as possible!'

(Newser) - Some 1,200 people waited in a half-mile-long line outside Apple's flagship store in Tokyo this morning in anticipation of the international iPad launch. "I wanted to touch it as soon as possible. I felt real excitement when it was finally in my hands," one man tells Reuters... More »

iPad Goes on Sale

Apple stores all over see huge lines

(Newser) - Early adopters are out in force today to scoop up their iPads. One industry analyst tells the Wall Street Journal that Apple could sell 300,000 this weekend alone, though the company's been typically tight-lipped about pre-orders and expectations. Apple stores all over have huge lines, especially the flagship in... More »

Most Promising iPad Apps

From Netflix to Scrabble, Gizmodo runs down the hot list

(Newser) - You don't have your iPad yet, but the App Store is already open and promising wonders—pricey wonders. Gizmodo takes a look at the applications you won't want to go without:
  • Netflix: The streaming video player is free, but you need to shell out a monthly fee.
  • Marvel: "The
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Even Apple Store Workers Haven't Seen the iPad

Company's intense secrecy applies to repair geniuses, too

(Newser) - The iPad hits stores Saturday, and Apple store employees are getting extensive coaching on how to sell it to the hordes expected to line up for one. There’s just one problem: They still haven’t touched the thing. “We haven’t seen it; we never do,” one... More »

World's Most Photographed Landmarks

Guess what comes in ahead of the Statue of Liberty?

(Newser) - Quick, what would you rather take a picture of on a trip to New York: the Statue of Liberty or the Apple store? Turns out most people would choose the Apple store—at least if we’re talking about the one on Fifth Avenue with a nifty-looking cube atop it.... More »

'Follow-Away' Thieves Target Apple Store Customers

More than 100 California customers have Macs stolen from cars

(Newser) - More than 100 Apple Store customers around LA have had their newly purchased Macs swiped by burglars who followed them out of the store. Police have nabbed some suspects—three were charged in Orange County last month in relation to 28 cases—but believe there’s a larger ring behind... More »

Microsoft Pinching Apple Employees to Staff Stores

Managers enticed with higher salaries and sent back to poach sales people

(Newser) - Microsoft’s planned expansion into the brick-and-mortar retail sector will be staffed at least in part by…Apple Store employees, reports the Loop. The software giant is hiring away Apple managers with higher salaries, sources tell the tech blog. Those managers in turn are trying to bring aboard Apple's top... More »

Apple Stores Defy Recession's Bite on Retailers

(Newser) - Recession or no recession, customers have kept lining up to buy iPhones and other Apple products, Bloomberg reports. Apple’s store revenues grew 2.5% over the first six months of 2009, even as retail sales overall fell 9.2%. In New York, where boutiques on Fifth Avenue are largely... More »

Best Buy to Sell iPhone

Apple big seller in stock next month

(Newser) - Electronics retail giant Best Buy will begin selling the iPhone in its 970 stores next month—becoming the first retailer to stock the line other than Apple stores and AT&T outlets, which often run out of the popular phone. Best Buy is the only outside retailer to have exclusive... More »

Is New iPhone Apple's Vista?

Analyst says continued tech, customer-service turbulence could do real damage

(Newser) - It’s still exceedingly tough to get a new 3G iPhone due to limited supply, and myriad technical problems persist in registering and operating the eagerly awaited gadget. Apple has apologized for the lines, and the bugs in its new syncing software, but one analyst tells USA Today that the... More »

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