What are you doing tonight? Nothing? Need to sleep? Forget all that. Stay up for the launch of The Verge. The brainchild of Josh Topolsky, former Editor in Chief of Engadget. So strap in and head on over to TheVerge.com and enjoy the magical ride.
Wow. What a way to start off the week. I’m sure most of the big cats in the tech blogging circle is not at all impressed by the hits I’m getting on the Apple retail story. But for this tiny blog lost in the vast interweb ocean, it’s been a record day. Appreciate MacRumors for the link back and the various tech blogs that followed that linked back as well. Now, I’m hoping Apple delivers on the November 3rd date! Read on to find out what you can expecte for the future…
In anticipation of the holiday seasons, Apple is planning to start allowing customers to do in-store pickup for online orders. Which means you can do your shopping online at home, then pick it up at one of their many retail locations. This allows the shoppers the convenience of online shopping but gives them the option of in-store personal setup. This will apply to custom orders for Macs, gift wrapping and even products with engravings. Shoppers can also authorize other people to pick up the items. Unfortunately, it doesn’t apply to iPhones, so you’d still have to wake up early and stand in line for those.
Apple is also updating its own Apple store app on iPhone/iPod to incorporate EasyPay that allows customers to check themselves out for accessories purchases. EasyPay is the same platform Apple employees use to complete those in-store credit card purchases. Since higher priced Apple products are all stocked up in the backroom, you’ll still have to find the help of an employee. Expect the update in a few days on November 3rd, just in time for the holidays.
Apple is not slouching on its online store either. The online Apple store will also start allowing multiple shipping address for the same order, which means you’ll be able to purchase your gifts all in one order and ship it all over the country. Saving you time and the annoyance of going through the checkout process over and over again.
Update 10/31/11 14:05 CDT: The EasyPay update to the Apple Store app is only coming to iPhone 4 and 4S owners. So those of you that are still on the earlier iPhones or the iPod Touch will still have to wait in line just like everyone else.
Update 10/31/11 17:34 CDT: Self-checkout through EasyPay will only be available for “non-serialized” products. So this will exclude items on the “Accessories wall” such as Apple’s own Time Capsule and Apple TV from self-checkout. Ironically high priced items such as B&W’s Zeppelin speakers ($600) is considered a non-serialized item. I wonder how it’ll work out for the blue-shirted folks on the floor…?
Are you ever frustrated by having the carry your two iPads in separate cases? What if there’s on convenient case to carry BOTH your iPad at once? From a iDevice case maker ZooGue, comes the most ridiculous iPad case of the year… the Double iPad Case. Surely it’s not a problem for the masses but for the one percent out there. Great timing ZooGue. Check out the video after the jump…
Although Windows Phone 7 is the talk of the town at Nokia World. The good folks at CNET noticed something else that shows Nokia’s still got some R&D up their sleeves. A prototype “Nokia kinetic device” that puts a new “twist” on how you interact with your mobile device. (A lot of air quotes around here) Read on to see a video of the device in action.
From the humorous team over at Runningshoes.com comes the best Groupon deal of the year! The story of Groupon’s IPO journey has been one of the most talked about stories in Tech journalism. What many have estimated as a $25 billion valuation has dropped to the current $11 billion. What this means for you is that you could get Groupon’s stock at $16/share, compared to the original $40/share, a whopping 60% discount! Essentially, Groupon’s IPO has become its best deal of the year.
If you haven’t heard about the Nokia N9, it is the first and last of the MeeGo Phone. A mobile OS, not unlike Android or iOS, MeeGo is a Linux-based OS used by Nokia for their next generation of smartphones. MeeGo was supposed to be the savior for Nokia and mark its move away from its outdated Symbian OS. However, with Nokia’s recent switch to Window’s WP7 platform, the unreleased MeeGo platform and the Nokia N9 were handed the death sentence. Nokia’s N9 is going to be the first and last of the MeeGo phone. It is ironic since the N9 is well-loved by tech journalist around the web, namely the good folks at This Is My Next and Engagdet. If you’re a fan of the industrial process or just technology in general, you’ll love to video above.
No doubt you’ve heard all about the discreet spec bump to Apple’s Macbook Pro lineup this morning. With just as little fanfare, Apple also brought a new color to its iPad 2 smart covers, adding a dark gray color to its lower end polyurethane lineup. This is good news for those not looking to spend a fortune on the leather smart covers yet not be stuck with one of polyurethane’s neon options. Head on over to Apple to check out the new color
Being nerdy with a lot of nerdy friends, I’ve heard my fair share of “why iPhone sucks” arguments. Android fanboys like to get into hardware limitations, restrictive software just general smuggness exuded by Apple. One thing many of them don’t get is why people fall head over heel and wait in long lines at new Apple products when what they’ve done has already been done. FaceTime is no innovation when video calling has been in existence for years overseas, Siri came years after Google has long integrated voice search into their Android phones. But I think many of them are missing the point.