Apple Watch Series 2 is sold out ahead of Christmas

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Giving "the gift of go" might not be possible.
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Getting your hands on an Apple Watch Series 2 in time for Christmas has become nearly impossible for holiday shoppers.

Demand for the new watch has ticked up to a new level in the last month, according to Apple employees, who told Cult of Mac that stores are selling out of the Apple Watch Series 2 so fast that production can’t keep up.

Apple must pay $2 million to employees it screwed over

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Apple’s former retail employees have come away victorious in their long legal battle against Apple in California.

A jury has ordered Apple to pay $2 million, after the iPhone-maker has found to have illegally denied retail staff meal and rest breaks and took weeks or months to give departing employees their last checks.

Apple store employee: iPhone battery replacement is a mess

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Genius Bar expert says Apple has "no real plan" to deal with problem.
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Apple was quick to rectify the “random shutdown” problem affecting some iPhones by offering in-store battery replacements for affected customers. Unfortunately, it seems that already-busy Apple store employees aren’t too happy about the replacement program.

Given that each replacement takes between 20 and 45 minutes, and staffers are doing 15 to 30 replacements per day, it’s quickly adding up to “more than we [can] replace,” according to a longtime Genius Bar guru.

Today in Apple history: Apple opens its Grand Central, New York store

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Apple's most stunning Apple store venue?
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Dec9December 9, 2011: Apple opens its fifth Manhattan retail store, located in New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

Overlooking the terminal’s historic Main Concourse, the enormous retail store makes a stunning addition to the 140-year-old train station, which is one of New York’s busiest transportation hubs.

Today in Apple history: Apple opens its first three-story retail store

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Apple's trendiest store yet?
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Dec7 December 7, 2007: Apple opens its magisterial store on West 14th Street in New York City. It’s the first three-story Apple retail outlet — and the first to offer free “Pro Labs” classes to customers.

Apple’s biggest store in Manhattan, it is also the second largest in the United States (after the one on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue) — with an entire floor dedicated to services.

Palo Alto Apple store targeted by ‘ram-raider’ thieves

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The Apple store in Palo Alto, California, suffered a brazen attack when a group of thieves in a rented SUV “ram-raided” the store early Sunday morning.

The burglars drove their vehicle at high speed into the 40-foot glass window at the front of the store, then climbed through the hole it had made. They stole iPhones, Macs and other devices before fleeing.

Apple marks World AIDS Day with new products and donations scheme

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Apple stores around the world go red for World AID Day
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Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, and — as it has for the past decade — Apple is taking a stand as part of the Product (Red) campaign.

To mark the occasion, Apple is turning its logo red in Apple stores around the world, debuting several new products, selling limited edition content in the App Store, and matching customer purchases with donations to help fund the global fight against HIV.