Thieves use Apple Store uniform to steal $16,000 worth of iPhones

All it takes is a blue shirt to bypass Apple security.
All it takes is a blue shirt to bypass Apple security.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

Apple may want to rethink its permanent blue uniform strategy after thieves pillaged an Apple Store in New York in broad daylight last week.

Two teenage thieves reportedly pulled off an iPhone heist without employees ever noticing because they were dressed similar to Apple’s staff, says the police.

Why India may not be the China substitute Apple’s hoping for

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India is a project for the long haul it seems!
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

With Apple running into problems in China, it’s been upping its focus on India as another relatively untapped market where Cupertino hopes to expand its market share. But can India, which has a population of 1.25 billion people, really serve as a substitute for China, with its comparative 1.36 billion people?

Not according to a group of Mizuho Securities analysts, who argue that regulatory politics, competition, low wages and lack of carrier support are all obstacles in India which means it will struggle to offset a slowdown in Apple’s China business.

R.I.P. Apple’s original San Francisco store

Apple's original flagship store in San Francisco is being quickly decommissioned.
Apple's original flagship store in San Francisco is being quickly decommissioned.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

SAN FRANCISCO — The iconic glass staircase is gone. The interior is being gutted. The Apple logos have been covered up.

Rest in peace, Apple’s original flagship store in San Francisco, which opened to great fanfare just a dozen years ago. Apple recently opened a crazily detailed store just two blocks away on Union Square, and the old one is being rapidly dismantled.

Cult of Mac cub reporter Lyle Kahney rode his bike downtown to snap a few photos of the old San Francisco Apple Store before it’s completely gone.

Apple may be able to open Indian retail stores after all

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Indian Apple Stores may finally be on the way.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple’s plans to open own-brand Apple Stores in India may finally be gaining momentum, with a new report claiming that the Indian government is likely to give the company a two or three year exemption to local sourcing laws in order to establish its retail outlets in the country.