More signs point to a new HomePod in our future

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HomePod discounts give clear sign of a new model.
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From Best Buy discounting the HomePod to Apple employees now able to buy up to 10 of the smart speakers at a discount, there are clear signs Cupertino is trying to clear out its warehouses before a rumored new model this year.

At $100 off retail, Best Buy began selling HomePod for $200 Monday for a limited time. Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman tweeted Monday that Apple employees can now buy up to 10 of the speakers at employee discount, commenting, “These things are clearly on the way out.”

Best Buy moves to curbside pickup, temporarily closing all 997 stores

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On the back of the coronavirus pandemic, Best Buy has closed its doors indefinitely.
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As COVID-19 continues to impact businesses big and small across America, Best Buy announced Saturday it is closing all of its 997 North America locations temporarily except for curbside pickup services. Best Buy is one of the nation’s largest independent retailers of Apple products.

The Fortune 100 company with 125,000 employees has not offered a timeline for how long the new policy will last.

Best Buy and Target bust out killer iPad deals for Green Monday

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It's a great day to scoop up the new iPad.
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If you’re still looking to get a new iPad this holiday season, Target and Best Buy have some amazing deals today for the made-up holiday buying day called ‘Green Monday’.

Target’s deal is especially appealing if you’re looking for a regular 10.2-inch iPad. The store is currently offering two configurations at more than 20% off.

iPhone 11 warns you if repair shops install fake Apple display

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Seeing this warning could be bad news.
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Apple added a new feature in iOS 13.1 that alerts iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max owners when a repair shop has installed a non-genuine display on their device.

In a support document detailing the new warning feature, Apple explains why you should only seek support from technicians who have completed training from Apple and use genuine Apple parts. Of course, Apple parts can be more expensive than knock-off displays, but using the cheap stuff could cause issues with multi-touch, display brightness and colors.

Apple claims scary iPhone battery warning is for customer safety

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Be careful on who you let replace your iPhone battery.
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Apple confirmed it added a new “feature” to iPhones last year that displays an ominous warning when users get their battery replaced by an unauthorized service provider.

The iPhone-maker drew heavy criticism from right-to-repair advocates last week when the news of the new battery warnings surfaced. Facing claims that it is trying to funnel customers toward more expensive battery repairs, Apple has finally come out with a statement insisting that the change was made with the safety of customers in mind, but not everyone’s buying it.

Galaxy Fold suffers another blow as AT&T finally cancels preorders

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Are you ready to splash your cash?
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AT&T has finally followed Best Buy and Samsung itself in canceling all Galaxy Fold preorders.

The carrier has begun emailing customers to inform them that it is unable to ship their shiny new handset. It promises a prompt refund, and a $100 gift card for the inconvenience.

It is looking increasingly unclear whether the Galaxy Fold will ever make it to market.

Galaxy Fold looks uncertain as Best Buy cancels all preorders

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Samsung still hasn’t provided a new launch date.
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The future of Samsung’s first foldable phone looks uncertain again after Best Buy canceled all existing preorders.

The retailer says it wants to put customers first and “ensure they are taken care of in the best possible manner.” It doesn’t want people hanging on for a phone that still has no release date.

Apple massively expands its global recycling programs

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Apple has already recycled nearly 1 million devices.
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Apple’s efforts to be the greenest company in tech continue with a major expansion to its global recycling programs.

It will be easier than ever for customers to send old iPhone units off for recycling. Apple is also opening a new Material Recovery Lab in Austin, Texas. The lab will use robots and machine learning to improve the company’s recycling processes.