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SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store

A daring thief drove a car through the front of a California Apple store on Friday in what police believe was a planned robbery. Berkeley Apple Store robbery Smash and grab raid next handfuls of hardware The Berkeley 4th Street store was the scene of the crash-turned-heist early Friday morning when one or more individuals …
Shaun Nichols, 09 May 2014
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Samsung poaches Apple store guru for US retail push

Samsung has hired one of Apple’s senior store designers in a sign that the Korean electronics giant could be hoping to make a bigger splash in the US with some eye-catching retail outlets. The chaebol behemoth’s US outpost snapped up Tim Gudgel as VP and GM of its retail sales operations, according to The Information. Gudgel …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Dec 2013
Apple's retail store in the Lujiazui district of Shanghai's Pudong sector

Apple wins patent for entrance to retail store

Apple has been granted a patent for the cylindrical entryway into its flagship retail store in the Lujiazui district of Shanghai's Pudong sector. Apple's retail store in the Lujiazui district of Shanghai's Pudong sector Shanghai's cylindrical variant of New York City's Apple store glass entrance cube The US Patent and …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Oct 2013

Tokyo Apple Store staff rescue iPhone-queueing fanbois from typhoon

Japan is being lashed by a deadly typhoon that has forced a half-million people from their homes in advance of its torrential rains, but there are a handful of lucky fanbois who are riding it out in the Apple Store in Tokyo's tony Ginza district. Not to make light of the deadly seriousness that is Typhoon Man-yi, but in addition …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Sep 2013
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Apple Store workers' inner journey revealed

Australia's location close to the International Date Line and Apple's policy of putting new products on sale at the same time everywhere in the world mean The Reg's Australian office gets the world's first look at fanboi reaction to new kit from the fruit factory. We do so at Apple Store Broadway, an Apple Store about three …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2013

Apple builds flagship store on top of PLAGUE HOSPITAL

Apple has plonked its flagship Madrid store atop the ruins of a 15th century hospital built to care for plague victims. According to a report in Spanish-language newspaper El Pais, which we ran through Google Translate, the Apple store not only has a load of iGoods "in its basement", but the remnants of the city's old Buen …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Jul 2013
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AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

Cops have arrested two men following a failed “smash and grab” robbery at Apple’s flagship store on Regent Street, London. Detectives want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident, which took place at 1am on Tuesday morning. Officers told The Register that up to eight people may have been involved in the …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jun 2013
The block of flats at Coronation Avenue, seen after the bombing

KRAKOOM! iPad Air EXPLODES in FIREBALL, terrified fanbois FLEE Apple store

Apple fanbois around the world are on red alert after one of the latest fruity fondleslabs caught fire and exploded in an Australian Vodafone shop. A demonstration model of the new iPad Air caused a fire so intense that the fire brigade were called. Although no-one was hurt in the fire, fanbois around the world will be sleeping …
Jasper Hamill, 08 Nov 2013

Apple dives through iRon curtain, launches Russian online store

Apple is preparing for an invasion of Russia with the launch of an online store selling the fruity firm's full product range. The new digital shopfront launched with a homepage graphic referencing the bold design of the Russian constructivist artists. Up until now, Russian fanbois could only buy iProducts from resellers. The …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Jun 2013
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Sam Sung found in Apple Store SHOCKER

The business card of an Apple store employee in Vancouver has gone loco on the internet as the world delighted in the fact that he was called Sam Sung. Toronto Web Developer Shaun O'Toole tweeted a photo of Sam Sung's Apple Store business card two days ago and it has been reposted all over the web. Despite rumours that the …
Anna Leach, 21 Nov 2012

One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

A man's new iPhone 5S was stolen in Apple's flagship London store just seconds after he bought it this morning. Despite more than a dozen cops turning up at the packed Regent Street shop - where the latest mobe went on sale today at 0800 BST - an enterprising pickpocket managed to swipe the gear. The Register understands the …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Sep 2013
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Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

An intruder stole Apple kit worth over $60,000 from the Apple Store in Boulder, Colorado, but caused more financial damage by breaking the door, reports ABC News Denver. The custom-made glass door of the Apple Store on 29th Street in Boulder cost $100K. The Apple burglar - described by cops as a hooded man armed with three …
Anna Leach, 19 Feb 2013
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iOS 6 maps can't find Sydney Apple Store

Apple's new maps app for iOS 6 can't find one of its own stores in Sydney, Australia. Reg reader @Rob2081 tweeted the image below that shows Apple thinks it Sydney flagship store is on the eastern side of George Street, one of the city's main shopping precincts. A map from iOS 6 showing the Sydney Apple store on the wrong side …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Sep 2012
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Apple launch iSpy certification scheme for snooping devs

Do you have a bright idea for spying on fanbois as they go about their fruity business? Now's the time to capitalise on it, because Apple have just launched a new certification scheme for anyone making stuff using their iBeacon system. Under the Made for iOS (MFi) scheme, manufacturers can now ask to append the iBeacon name to …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Feb 2014
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Merde! Paris Apple Store in €1m armed raid on New Year's Eve

Apple's flagship Paris store was raided on New Year's Eve by armed robbers, who made off with iThings worth up to one million euros. The four crooks broke into the shop at 9pm - three hours after it closed and just hours before French revellers celebrated the start of 2013 - le Plod told daily newspaper Le Figaro. Neither the …
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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

Apple, ending weeks of speculation, has confirmed it will acquire Dr Dre's Beats Electronics for $3bn (£1.79bn). The iPhone maker on Wednesday issued a formal announcement revealing it will shell out $2.6bn in cash, and an additional $400m in payments that will vest over time, to bring Dre and company on board. The final price …
Shaun Nichols, 28 May 2014
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Curtain drops on Apple Store ahead of WWDC: What lies behind?

Apple has pulled down its online store in accordance with tradition ahead of the WWDC, an annual love-in allowing fanbois to glimpse the fruity firm's latest products. Cupertino has been extra-specially tight-lipped about what exactly they will be showing fanbois at this year's conference, but a few clues have leaked out. Many …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jun 2013
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It's a fiddle! Funnyman's Irish tax flashmob floods Apple flagship store

Comedian and activist Mark Thomas threw a riotous Irish-themed party inside Apple's flagship store in London to protest against the iPhone giant's tiny tax bills. The left-wing agitator led a group of about 50 protesters into the swish Regent Street shop, where they waved signs reading "you are now entering Irish territory" and …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Jun 2013
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iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system

Apple has switched on its controversial iBeacon snooping system across 254 US stores. The fruity firm's iSpy network allows Apple to watch fanbois as they walk around an Apple store and then send them various messages depending on where they are in the shop. This might come in handy when visiting an Apple store, for instance, …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Dec 2013

Ousted Apple Store chief Browett is back selling shiny tat for ladies

The former head of Apple Retail has found a new job, selling handbags and scarves at the head of Monsoon's Accessorize chain. John Browett only lasted seven months at Cupertino, before Tim Cook edged him out in a reshuffle in September that also saw the end of Apple's software chief Scott Forstall. Browett is credited with …
Anna Leach, 15 Feb 2013
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Apple's former retail boss spills magic beans on store strategy

Apple doesn't just construct retail stores it brews a magical experience that transforms your very existence, or so said Ron Johnson, former retail veep at the firm. Did someone say ahem...bullshit? No of course not. The man - now CEO at loss-making J.C. Penny - gave an insight into the cerebral workings of an Apple exec during …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2012
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Apple: REIGN OF FIRE coming to Europe courtesy of old iPhone chargers

Apple has recalled an iPhone charger over fears it could burn down fanbois' houses. Although the fruity firm stopped short of warning of imminent conflagrations, it euphemistically said that certain models of the Apple 5W European USB power adapters "may overheat and pose a safety risk" Anyone concerned about their charger …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2014

Apple: We'll tell users when the Feds come looking for their data

Apple has updated its procedures for dealing with police investigations into its users' data, and has promised to let individuals know when they are being probed – most of the time, that is. The new guidelines state that customers will not be notified if there is a non-disclosure order with the search warrant or if "we believe …
Iain Thomson, 08 May 2014
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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

Apple and Tesla reportedly met to discuss a deal that could clear the way for a Cupertino-designed iCar. The San Francisco Chronicle suggested that Apple and Tesla met last year to discuss a possible link-up. Citing an unnamed source, it claimed Apple's merger and acquisitions chief, Adrian Perica, met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Feb 2014

Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

Apple fanbois have erupted in rage after an update bricked their Macbook Airs. On the official Apple support forum, dozens of angry customers claimed that the latest software update for the 2011 Macbook Air had gone horribly wrong. Some posters said their Airs had been totally borked by the update, while others reported …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Jul 2014

Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal

Apple boss Tim Cook will meet Turkish President Abdullah Gül tomorrow to discuss a mega deal which will equip 15 million kids with their very own state-sponsored fondleslab. The fruity führer will sit down with President Abdullah Gül, who is planning to spend $4.5bn on buying schoolchildren their own tablet computers. Cook's …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Feb 2014
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Won't follow Apple Store rules? How 'bout an iTASER TREAT!

Police in New Hampshire have defended the tasering of a 44-year-old woman by one of its officers after she refused to leave a local Apple Store. Xiaojie Li, a Chinese national who doesn't speak English, had bought two iPhones in the Pheasant Lane Mall last Friday, and tried to buy more but was refused due to Apple's two-iPhones- …
Iain Thomson, 14 Dec 2012

'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

Apple is weathering a sexism storm after its website apparently refused to engrave a raunchy poem on a newly ordered iPhone. Enraged that the California giant allowed penis, dick and similar words to be engraved on mobes – but, crucially, not clit – men and women in favour of equal opportunities have given Apple boss Tim Cook a …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jul 2014
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Apple Store staircase flagged as Peeping Tom black spot

Apple’s flagship store in Hong Kong has been placed on a black list by the region’s biggest political party after fears were raised that its trademark glass staircase could provide Peeping Toms with a perfect vantage point for some sneaky up-skirt viewing. The Women’s Affairs Committee of the Democratic Alliance for the …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Jul 2012

Apple Beijing store egged in botched iPhone 4S launch

Apple closed its flagship store in Beijing after frustrated fanbois rioted and pelted the windows with eggs when they were told the shop didn't have the iPhone 4S. A crowd of 500 people waited outside the Sanlitun Apple store in Beijing yesterday morning for the Chinese launch of the iPhone 4S, and the mood turned ugly when they …
Anna Leach, 13 Jan 2012
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Apple fanbois get app to summon store staff

Cutting right back on the annoying wait for human interaction while in a shop, Apple stores in the US are test-driving an iOS app that lets fanbois hit a button to alert store employees that they want to talk to them. It should shave seconds off the whole "approaching a store employee and making eye contact" process. iPads with …
Anna Leach, 28 Nov 2011
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iSpy with my little eye: Apple wants to track your every move

Apple is planning to use a hidden feature of its iPhone software to track customers as they wander around its stores, according to reports. Mac rumours website 9to5Mac claims that Apple is planning to install tracking devices around all its US shops. These iSpies will use a feature of iOS 7 called iBeacon to judge a shopper's …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Nov 2013

Apple lifts skirt, flashes leg at shoppers on Chinese web mall

Apple has taken the unprecedented step of touting its wares on a third party e-commerce platform in a bid to step up sales in China, with the launch of a TMall storefront. A spokesperson for parent company Alibaba confirmed to The Reg that the Apple Store at apple.tmall.com is an official Cupertino venture. The news comes on …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Jan 2014
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Security guards brawl over world's biggest Apple Store

Security guards from rival shopping malls in the eastern Chinese city of Dalian have been caught on camera brawling after one group took offence to a wall of giant Apple billboards hastily erected to promote the arrival of a new fruity store in the city. The new shop is reportedly set to be the largest Apple Store in the world …
Phil Muncaster, 30 Mar 2012

Apple quietly revives iPhone charging and syncing docks

Apple has quietly reintroduced an iPhone accessory that was discontinued when the iPhone 5 was unveiled last September: the lowly but in some quarters much-missed charging and syncing dock. Apparently, Apple didn't want to clutter up its Tuesday-morning rollout of the iPhone 5C and 5S with a mention of such a quotidian piece of …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Sep 2013
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OAP sues Apple for $1m after walking into store's glass door

An octogenarian is to take Apple to court after a visit to one of the computer company's glass-fronted stores put her nose out of joint - literally. The 83-year-old New Yorker walked slap bang into one of stores' see-through doors and broke her nose, she claims. Now, Evelyn Paswall, 83, has asked for $75,000 (£47,000) in …
Caleb Cox, 26 Mar 2012
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Apple Store down for Lion tweakage

Apple's online store is displaying its infamous "We'll be back soon" message. The giant last night revealed that it would be releasing Mac OS X 10.7 Lion today. That will be delivered through the - as yet un-updated - Mac App Store, but presmumably Apple will be wanting to tweaking the Mac line-up's Apple Store graphics to …
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2011

Apple's spamtastic iBeacon retail alerts launch with Frisco FAIL

Apple on Friday fired up its iBeacon push-notification service, which it describes as a "location and proximity detection technology," in its 254 US retail stores – minus at least one, but more on that in a moment – adding a new dimension to fanbois' shopping experiences just in time for the holiday spending spree. iBeacon sends …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Dec 2013
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Apple scores China store patent wins

Apple has taken another small step towards protecting its intellectual property in China by successfully registering 11 design patents for the iPad display cases on show at its bricks and mortar retail stores, as well as the design for its Shanghai Apple Store. The Hong Kong Intellectual Property Office is reported to have …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Mar 2012
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Apple Italy throws up ruling on its store site

Apple Italy has posted details of the ruling against it, as required by the Italian courts, though we don't yet know if Cupertino will be coughing up the €1.2m fine too. A small "Communication to protect consumers" has appeared at the top of the Italian Apple store, linking to a PDF document setting out the court decision …
Bill Ray, 27 Jan 2012
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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

Fixing and upgrading iOS devices can be a rewarding business opportunity, so long as you don't mind having to fight Apple every step of the way. So says the founder of iFixit, who spoke at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco on Thursday. The repair outfit's CEO Kyle Wiens said there is little or no official public information for …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Mar 2014
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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

OMFG! It's true! All the signs and portents have borne fruit. After the ritual disembowelling of an Apple support tool, auguries foretold that on this day a new iPad should come forth, and lo, the Apple stores verily did shut down. Then as the day dawned, behold, even such an iPad did appear. It is the Retina iPad Mini, which - …
Team Register, 12 Nov 2013
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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

After trademarking the leaf and patenting the rectangle, Apple has outdone itself by trademarking the shop. The US Patent and Trademark office last week granted Apple's application to trademark a retail store featuring computers. It is the "distinctive design and layout" that Apple now holds the unique design rights to, thanks …
Anna Leach, 01 Feb 2013

Apple iOS 7 security bug allows fiendish wags to easily empty your wallet

Apple has updated iOS 7 to fix a security bug that allowed miscreants to buy stuff from the online Apple Store without having to tap in a valid password. The Cupertino idiot-tax operation said new version 7.0.4 patches a flaw that affected in-app and app purchases. Usually, one must supply his or her Apple account username and …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2013
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Hong Kong Apple store repels fanbois, scalpers

Signs have started springing up around Apple’s flagship store in Hong Kong telling people not to bother queuing for the shiny new fondleslab when it launches on Friday, in an apparent attempt to stop ill-informed fanbois and mainland scalpers from crowding the streets around the building. Apple has yet to confirm or deny to The …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Mar 2012
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Apple Store moped raider suspect to face trial in October

A man accused of perpetrating a smash-and-grab raid at the Apple Store in London's Covent Garden will stand trial in October, Met Police have confirmed. A gang of seven moped and motorcycle marauders, most carrying pillion riders, plundered shiny new kit including iPads and other gear from the London-based retail outlet last …
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2012

iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch

Apple's new iPad Air has fallen to earth with a thud following a dismal launch day in London. The new fondleslab went on sale today and was met with unimpressive crowds which had entirely dissipated by the early morning. Normally, huge throngs of fanbois descend on Apple stores at the merest hint of a new product launch, but …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Nov 2013
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France sets antitrust watchdog loose on Apple, raids premises

Anti-trust investigators have raided Apple's local operations in France amid claims it the fruity firm has hobbled resellers in a bid to boost the performance of its own stores. French newspaper Les Echos reported that officials from the French competition watchdog searched Apple's premises last week, confiscating documents and …
Jasper Hamill, 02 Jul 2013
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Apple trains store bosses to ignore deal with unions

Apple has begun training its US store managers on how to deal with attempts by retail workers to organise themselves into unions. According to a document seen by Cnet, the course will provide managers with "a practical understanding of how unions affect the workplace, how and why employees organize, and the legal do's and don'ts …
Team Register, 08 Nov 2011

Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

The British authorities have told two of Blighty's most passionate Apple fanbois to remove a "shanty town shack" they have constructed outside London's Regent Street Apple Store. Two diehard Apple nuts set up camp outside the fruity firm's UK flagship shop yesterday in hope of being the first to pick up the new iPhone 5S when it …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Sep 2013