Apple starts gradual reopening of its US stores next week

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This Apple Store in Anchorage, Alaska, will be one of the first to open its doors.
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The long wait is almost over. Apple said Friday it will open the doors of a few of its U.S. retail locations next week. The majority of Apple Stores globally closed almost two months ago as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. More stores will reopen when the company deems it safe.

Australian Apple Stores reopen for business after coronavirus lockdown

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Apple Bondi is one of the 21 Apple Stores that reopened in Oz.
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On Thursday, Australia became the first country outside of China to reopen large numbers of Apple Stores as 21 of its 22 retail outlets opened their doors again for the first time in more than six weeks.

The Australian Apple Stores, like all others outside China, have been closed since March 14. They were temporarily shuttered due to the spread of COVID-19.

Majority of Apple Stores in Australia will reopen Thursday, May 7

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Apple Stores will be open again to take your money this week. All except one, that is.
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All Apple Stores except one will reopen in Australia on Thursday, May 7, claim the official Apple webpages for 21 of 22 brick and mortar stores.

Australian Apple Stores, like all others outside China, have been closed since March 14. This is due to the coronavirus pandemic.

13 Apple Stores in US malls could reopen by May 2

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Apple's Barton Creek retail store in Austin, TX could be one of many stores in the U.S. to re-open starting May 1.
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Simon Property Group, the biggest mall owner in the United States, will reopen 49 of its shopping centers in early May — potentially bringing 13 now-shuttered Apple Stores back online.

The locations span across seven states, in major cities including Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis and Austin, Texas.

Apple’s VP of retail says ‘many’ Apple Stores will reopen in May

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Only a few more weeks to wait.
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In a video update to Apple employees, Deidre O’Brien, VP of retail and people, says that “many more” Apple Stores will start reopening next month.

In comments shared by Bloomberg, O’Brien said that: “We are continuing to analyze this health situation in every location, and I do expect we will reopen up many more stores in May.” She didn’t state exactly which stores Apple would be reopening.

Sorry! Order an iPhone SE today and you’ll wait till mid-May

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The iPhone SE backordered around the world.
You can’t buy an iPhone SE from the German Apple Store without a lengthy wait. Or in the U.S., the U.K, and many more countries.
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Those who pre-ordered an iPhone SE last week started receiving their handsets today, but Apple sold out of its supply. Orders placed Friday for this $399 handset won’t arrive for over two weeks.

The latest iOS handset is backordered in the U.S. and in countries around the world.

Apple’s only retail store in South Korea will reopen April 18

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Apple's store in Seoul currently doesn't look quite this busy.
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Apple is reopening its retail store in South Korea, making it the first Apple Store outside Greater China to reopen following the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The store, Apple’s first and only in South Korea, opened in 2018. It is located in the upmarket Gangnam district, in the city of Seoul. Along with every Apple Store outside China, it closed on March 13 as part of Apple’s COVID-19 response. It will reopen its doors on April 18, a little over a month after closing.

AppleCare+ for iPhone SE gets $50 price cut

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The iPhone SE is the cheapest new iPhone you can own.
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The new iPhone SE comes with one of the lowest-ever pricetags for a new iPhone. Keeping the new device safe from accidental damage is also ridiculously cheap compared to other iPhones as Apple cut $50 off the price tag for AppleCare+ on the iPhone SE.