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Today in Apple history: Apple shows off its amazing Fifth Avenue store in NYC


Apple's stunning Fifth Avenue store quickly becomes a New York landmark.
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May 18: Today in Apple history: Cupertino shows off its amazing Fifth Avenue Apple store May 18, 2006: The world — and, more specifically, the Apple-watching press — gets its first glimpse of the swanky new Fifth Avenue Apple store in New York City.

Hidden behind a black plastic wrapper during development, that all changes a day before the store’s grand opening. Workers remove the covering to reveal a 32-foot glass cube adorned with a floating, white Apple logo. At 10 a.m., members of the press get an exclusive tour of the new venue.

Coronavirus delays plan to support Apple Pay throughout New York metro system


Apple in talks to bring Apple Pay to Israel
Apple Pay makes commuting hassle-free.
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Plans to offer Apple Pay and other contactless payment options across the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s new OMNY fare payment system in New York have reportedly been delayed due to coronavirus, claims the Wall Street Journal in a report published Tuesday.

The publication says that completion of the scheme, which currently offers contactless payments at around half of the 472 subway stations, along with Staten Island bus routes, has been delayed by about two months. It was originally expected to be live across the board by October.

Apple debuts upgraded maps in New York City


Apple Maps just got a New York update.
Didn't Apple tell us it loves New York?
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Apple Maps users in the Big Apple just got a sizable update to their service. As part of Apple’s quest to challenge Google’s mapping services, Apple Maps now offers far more local detail in New York City. That includes extra details about buildings, roads and footpaths, parks, and more.

Thanks to iOS 13, users can also take advantage of the 360-degree, Google Street View-style “Look Around” feature.

New York City is going to be seeing a lot more of Apple


Apple Maps just got a New York update.
Apple loves the Big Apple.
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Apple is on the hunt for big new offices in Manhattan, aiming to increase its footprint in the New York City area.

According to a new report, Apple is searching for up to 750,000 square feet of office space. It has already looked at some of the most prestigious locations in the area. As of now, however, it’s not yet locked anything down.

New Yorkers will soon be able to use Apple Pay on the subway


Apple in talks to bring Apple Pay to Israel
Apple Pay will go live starting this Friday.
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Starting Friday, subway riders in New York City will be able to use Apple Pay to swipe in and out of turnstiles.

Apple Pay functionality will initially be limited to the 4, 5, 6 line between Grand Central-42 Street in Manhattan and Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This is probably the most heavily trafficked subway line, and therefore one of the busiest venues Apple Pay has been rolled out as far as travel goes.

Apple could be planning another New York retail store


Apple adds 5 new vice presidents to its executive lineup
Apple is close to finalizing a new real estate deal.
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Apple is in “advanced talks” to lease space in the prestigious Hudson Yard complex in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.

The almost-completed 55 Hudson Yards office, which is part of the largest private real estate development in the United States by square footage, is home to hedge funds, major law firms… and, very soon, probably Apple, too.

Gang of thieves snatches $19,000 of iPhones from Apple Store


Suffolk County Police
A frame of security footage from the raid.
Photo: Suffolk County Police

A group of hooded thieves snatched $19,000 worth of iPhones from a New York Apple Store late last week.

Five men were recorded on CCTV during the raid at the store in Huntington Station, NY. Police are offering $5,000 for any information that will allow them to apprehend the criminals.

Apple Pay’s ‘Lose your wallet’ promotion hits the Big Apple


Lose Your Wallet
Apple has some great deals for New Yorkers.
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Do you live (or plan to visit) New York? Use Apple Pay? If so, you may be interested to know about Apple’s latest “Lose your wallet” promotion, designed to drum up interest in its mobile payments service.

The promotion promises customers a range of exclusive discounts in New York neighborhoods including Greenwich Village, Nolita, Park Slope, and Williamsburg. Here’s some of the offers you can take advantage of:

Records confirm Apple is fighting the ‘right to repair’ bill


Apple doesn't want users to perform repairs themselves.
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New York state records show that Apple has been lobbying hard against the Fair Repair Act, a bill that would force companies to sell replacement parts to customers.

Apple isn’t the only company opposed to the bill. According to New York State’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics, others include Verizon, Toyota, printer company Lexmark, heavy machinery marker Caterpillar, phone insurance company Asurion, medical device company Medtronic, and the Consumer Technology Association are also fighting against it.