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Face masks go back on at Apple Stores across U.S.


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You’ll once again be required to wear a mack in Apple Stores, no matter who you are.
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A growing number of Covid 19 cases has reportedly forced Apple to reinstate the face mask mandate at all its U.S. retail locations.

The Mac-maker had begun relaxing the mask requirement in the fall when cases were dropping. But Apple has now reversed course because of a surge.

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.

Apple closes all 11 retail stores in Spain on coronavirus concerns


Apple Stores in Spain are now closed for the foreseeable future.
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Apple has shuttered its 11 retail stores in Spain in an abundance of caution as the coronavirus continues to spread through Europe.

Cult of Mac has confirmed the closings will take effect Saturday after all the stores were open for business Friday. Social media reports indicate a small number of stores closed early on Friday.

White House wants Apple and other tech giants to help out during coronavirus outbreak


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Here's how the government wants Apple and others to help out.
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Apple and other tech giants this week participated in a White House conference call discussing with the Trump administration their role in grappling with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

The conference call took place Wednesday, hosted by US Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios. In addition to Apple, other attendees included representatives from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, and Twitter. Kratios’ focus was on getting these companies to remove fake news relating to the outbreak. But it wants them to help out elsewhere, too.

New Apple Store protocols attempt to reduce spread of coronavirus


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Apple is doing its part to avoid spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.
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Apple is reportedly introducing new measures at Apple Stores designed to help avoid the spread of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus.

According to a report by Apple Insider, Apple Stores will be limiting the number of customers who can enter its retail stores at any one time. It is also reducing customer seating by half, and introducing “social distancing” protocols in which employees are asked to stay three feet away from customers and each other.

iPad demand booming in China as students take to online learning


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Unfortunately, Apple's not able to match demand with supply.
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The spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus might have negatively impacted iPhone sales in China, but it may have also helped boost demand for iPads in the country.

According to a new report, iPads have experienced a surge in demand as families buy the tablets to carry out e-learning at home due to coronavirus-related school closures.

WWDC on or off? Santa Clara County bans mass gatherings, piling on pressure


Apple faces tough decisions about a potential March product event and WWDC 2020 as COVID-19 virus spreads.
COVID-19 could force Apple to cancel WWDC.
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The chances of Apple having to cancel — or drastically change the format of — its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) have ramped up significantly, with Santa Clara County banning all mass gatherings.

Both Apple’s Cupertino campus and the WWDC venue in San Jose fall within those county limits. The ban, announced Monday night, is currently planned to last for only three weeks. However if the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus continues it’s highly possible that gets extended.

Apple sold fewer than 500,000 iPhones in China last month


iPhone sales are finally rebounding in China
The iPhone didn't have such a great month in China in February.
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Apple’s iPhone sales declined to just 494,000 in China during February as the country grappled with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, official figures from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology published Monday show.

Yes, you can wash your iPhone with soap and water


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It's fine to wash newer iPhones with soap and water.
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Thanks to abject terror of the COVID-19 virus, I’ve started washing my iPhone along with my hands with ordinary soap and water.

It may prove to be a big mistake, but so far it’s fine. My iPhone 11 Pro Max is highly water-resistant and seems quite happy being soaped down a couple of times a day.