Entries in Apple Stores (2)


New iPad Pre-Order Stock Sells Out; Lines Start to Form at Apple Stores

Apple, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- It’s new iPad week -- or at least it will be come Friday when Apple’s newest version of its tablet starts landing in the hands of customers.

The launch stock of the much-anticipated tablet is already depleted. Apple’s online store shows that the new tablet will now ship in two to three weeks. Those who ordered immediately will receive their tablets on Friday, with some people already reporting that boxes have arrived at their local FedEx locations.

Apple isn’t revealing how many it has sold so far — it usually reserves that stat for the Monday after it has started to go on sale — but Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller did tell ABC News that demand has been “off the charts.”

“The quantity available for pre-order has been purchased, customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date,” said Muller. “Beginning Friday, March 16, the new iPad will be available for purchase at Apple’s retail stores and select Apple authorized resellers on a first come, first-served basis.”

Apple hasn’t announced the exact time the tablets will go on sale at retail stores on Friday, but because the immediate online stock is sold out, lines are expected to be long. And in typical Apple-product-launch fashion, they have already started to form at some stores.

The new iPad starts at $499 and has a higher resolution display, an improved camera, and 4G / LTE capabilities.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Apple Stores Close to Honor Steve Jobs

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- The new iPhone 4S has drawn lines at Apple stores across the country, but those stores will go quiet at midday Wednesday when the company marks the passing of Steve Jobs.

Apple has been mum about its plans, but it confirmed to ABC News that Apple stores will close at 1 p.m. ET while a "celebration of Steve Jobs' life" is held at an outdoor amphitheater at Apple headquarters in California. The memorial is expected to last about 90 minutes, and employees will be able to watch video of it on a live webcast. The event is closed to the public and the news media.

Jobs died on Oct. 5, surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer. He was first diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004, and traveled to Tennessee for a liver transplant in 2009. His funeral was on Oct. 7, and there was a private memorial service this past weekend.

Apple, meanwhile, reported impressive earnings Tuesday for the last quarter -- profits up 54 percent and sales up 39 percent -- but because it missed analysts' expectations for the first time since 2004, Apple stock dropped when the market opened Wednesday.

Jobs co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 and, with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, marketed what was considered the world's first successful personal computer, the Apple II.

Industry watchers called Jobs a master innovator -- perhaps on a par with Thomas Edison -- changing the worlds of computing, recorded music, and communications.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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