Apple is finally selling a space gray keyboard and mouse

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Mac fans that love the look of the new space gray iMac Pro — but don’t want to plop down four grand — can finally buy the computer’s coveted accessories separately.

Apple updated its online store this morning with its new iPad with Apple Pencil support. But what the company didn’t mention during its educational keynote today is that it’s also selling a space gray wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse.

Apple store goes down ahead of today’s big education event

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The Apple online store is down ahead of today’s big education event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. central time.

Downtime is an indication that Apple is preparing to add new products to its lineup, which could be available to purchase or pre-order later today. Recent rumors have hinted at the arrival of a new MacBook Air and an even more affordable iPad.

Police officer resigns after stealing AirPods from Apple Store

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Theft took place at an Apple Store in Metairie, Louisiana.
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The usual informal relationship between police and criminals is that criminals commit the crimes and the police catch them. A New Orleans police officer recently decided to shake things up, however, by allegedly stealing a pair of AirPods wireless earphones from the Apple Store in Metairie, Louisiana.

24-year-old patrol officer Ayona McGilberry was issued with a summons for misdemeanor theft this week, according to a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office. McGilberry has subsequently resigned from the force.

Apple pilots U.S. repair program for 2011 iMac

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Apple is launching a pilot repair program in the U.S. for iMac models released in mid-2011.

The machines will be classified as “vintage” next month, but for a short time, Apple will allow its stores and Authorised Service Providers to continue carrying out repairs.

Australian government tosses flagship Apple Store objections out of court

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Apple's proposed new Australia flagship store.
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An attempt to block construction of Apple’s “global flagship” Apple Store in Melbourne, Australia has failed in Australian parliament.

Brought by the Australian Green Party, the attempt to block the building of the new Apple Store in Federation Square claimed that the government was putting corporate interests ahead of those of the public.

Save big: Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 lands on Apple store

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Series 3 is the best Apple Watch yet.
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There’s no better time than now to get a cheap deal on the Apple Watch Series 3, now that Apple is starting to sell refurbished units.

Apple’s online store stocked up on refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 units this week, giving customers the opportunity to get Cupertino’s best wearable at a discount.

French pranksters face Apple Store ban for tax protests

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Apple's flagship store in Paris.
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Apple wants us to think of our friendly local Apple Store as a “community hub” or “town square,” but that apparently doesn’t include being a space for public protests.

According to a new report, Apple has gone to court in Paris to try and prevent French tax campaigners from pulling stunts inside its local retail stores. Specifically, it wants to ban the French NGO Attac from entering its premises.