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Apple’s online store opens in Vietnam on May 18


Apple's online store in Vietnam is opening soon.
Apple's online store is coming to another Asian country.
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Apple’s online store is expanding to Vietnam. The store will go live on May 18 at 9 am local time, giving customers access to Apple’s entire product lineup.

This will mark the company’s first direct official expansion in the Asian country.

Apple preps plan to let retail staffers work from home


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Periodically working from home could become a permanent part of Apple retail employees’ job.
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Apple is reportedly going to test a program that will have its Apple Store retail employees work from home some of the time. And no, that won‘t involve customers shopping in employees’ living rooms.

Be right back: Apple Online Store down ahead of Spring Loaded event


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Apple's Online Store is currently down. Purposely so.
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Update: The Apple Online Store is down as well now. Expect it to go back up following the conclusion of today’s Apple event.

The Apple Online Store sitemap page is down ahead of today’s “Spring Loaded” event.

Usually, Apple takes the entire Apple Online Store down ahead of its special events. Today that doesn’t appear to have happened. (Although this could change as the day progresses.)

Nonetheless, this highlights that Apple is expecting to make some changes to the products on offer — likely including a new iPad Pro, iMac, and possible other products like Apple’s location-tracking AirTags. There may also be more information about Apple’s rumored Podcasts+ service.

We’ll be right back: Apple Online Store goes down ahead of iPhone 12 event


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At least some things are predictable here in 2020!
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Apple’s online store has temporarily gone down ahead of its “Hi, Speed” event, which will take place Tuesday at 10 a.m. PDT.

When it comes back online following the event, it will likely be with a range of new goodies on offer — including details of the new iPhone 12 handsets and HomePod mini.

Apple Online Store will open in India next month


Foxconn moving additional iPhone production to India as coronavirus disrupts work
Apple is working hard to boost its customer base in India.
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Apple will open its first Apple Online Store for the India market next month, according to a new report by Bloomberg.

The online store will reportedly be up and running for the Dussehra through Diwali holiday season, which kicks off October 25 and runs through November 14. It comes as Apple is upping its focus on the India market.

It’s now even easier to pay with Apple Card on Apple’s Online Store


Apple Card’s ‘elite card’ status is hitting retailers in the wallet
What could make Apple happier than Apple customers buying Apple goods on its Apple Online Store with Apple Card?
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Paying for your Apple Online Store purchases is easier than ever if you’re an Apple Card user. Starting Tuesday, Apple added the ability the pay for items with a dedicated one-click Apple Card option.

To pay with Apple Card, simply select the Apple Card option when you’re ask to complete your purchase.

Apple Online Store goes down ahead of iPhone 11 pre-orders


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When it comes back, expect new iPhones!
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Apple’s Online Apple Store has gone down ahead of the iPhone 11 pre-orders in the early hours of this morning at 5am PST.

When it comes back, customers will be free to order one of Apple’s new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max handsets for delivery on September 20. Well, so long as you’re quick, that is!

Apple Online Store goes down ahead of iPhone 11 event


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Be right back.
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The Apple Online Store has gone down hours ahead of today’s special event. “Be right back,” reads a notice on the site. “We’re making updates to the Apple Store. Check back soon.”

When the Online Store returns after the conclusion of today’s “By Innovation Only” event, we expect to see information about new iPhones, a refreshed Apple Watch, and more.