Nike+ FuelBand Now Available In New Colors At Your Local Apple Store

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The Nike+ FuelBand, now available in 'White Ice' and 'Black Ice'.
The Nike+ FuelBand, now available in 'White Ice' and 'Black Ice'.

Nike has announced a duo of new colors for its Nike+ FuelBand, which are now available to purchase from Apple retail stores across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom from today. The new colors are “Black Ice” and “White Ice,” and like the other models, they’re priced at $149.95.

Indian Retail Rules Stand In The Way Of The First Indian Apple Store

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It could be several years before India gets its first Apple store.
It could be several years before India gets its first Apple store.

Apple’s retail stores bring in customers like no other retail outlet on the planet, and so it’s no surprise the Cupertino company is keen to build more of them. One possible market for expansion could be India, where Apple is currently forced to sell its products through distributors. However, one Indian retail rule, which states foreign companies must source 30% of the value of their sales from local firms, could stand in its way.

Apple Starts Work On First Belgian Retail Store In Ghent

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The Veldstraat in Ghent, the location of Apple's first Belgian retail store.
The Veldstraat in Ghent, the location of Apple's first Belgian retail store.

Apple has reportedly started work on its first retail store in Belgium, which will be located in the city of Ghent in the Veldstraat shopping center. The store is expected to open in late 2012 — in time for the holiday season — or in early 2013.

Some Apple Stores Now Use Special Dock Connectors To Stop iOS Devices From Being Stolen

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This dock connector will prevent iOS devices from being stolen from the Apple Store.
This dock connector will prevent iOS devices from being stolen from the Apple Store.

Apple retail stores are now installing special dock connectors to prevent iOS devices from being stolen. They look just like the regular USB cable that ships with every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but they feature a nifty anti-left lock that prevents them from being removed from the device — essentially tethering the unit to the table.

Apple Hopes To Increase Genius Bar Capacity With New Table Layout

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Apple's new Genius Bar layout provides room for 12 customers instead of the usual 7.
Apple's new Genius Bar layout provides room for 12 customers instead of the usual 7.

As Apple’s devices become increasingly popular, so do its retail stores. It’s almost impossible to walk into one and see a Genius without an appointment, and even with an appointment you can almost guarantee there will be a lengthy wait. But Apple hopes to improve this with a new Genius Bar layout that increases capacity from 7 to 12 customers, simply by turning a table 90° and adding a few extra stools.