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It’s no turkey: Fab Apple Store opens in Istanbul with exclusive AR exhibition


Apple Bağdat Caddesi opens as Apple’s third retail location in Turkey, situated in Istanbul.
Apple Bağdat Caddesi opens as Apple’s third retail location in Turkey, situated in Istanbul.
Photo: Apple

Apple said its new Apple Bağdat Caddesi — its latest Apple Store — opens Friday in Istanbul, Turkey. It marks the Cupertino tech giant’s third retail location in the country. With the opening comes the debut of a special Today at Apple program and an exclusive augmented reality (AR) exhibition.

Recordings of Saudi dissident’s death probably not from his Apple Watch


Jamal Khashoggi could have recorded his own last moments with an Apple Watch
Jamal Khashoggi could have recorded his own last moments with an Apple Watch, but it's doubtful he could have transmitted them.
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Investigators into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi claim to have recordings made on his Apple Watch of this prominent critic of Saudi Arabia being killed by Saudi agents. However, experts doubt that these actually came from the journalist’s wearable.

See Turks smash iPhones to protest Trump’s tariffs


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One protester tossed their iPhone X into a box of matches.
Photo: Twitter

iPhone owners in Turkey are taking to the streets to smash their iPhones in protest against the country’s strained relationship with the United States.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Turks to boycott U.S. products — specifically the iPhone made by Apple in California. Multiple videos have been posted online showing iPhone owners using hammers, rocks and even fire to destroy their iPhones.

Watch one of the demonstrators greet some iPhones with a sledgehammer!

Turkish president says country will boycott iPhones


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Apple's spectacular flagship store in Istanbul.
Photo: Apple

The iPhone is among the U.S. electronic good that could be barred from Turkey as part of a new boycott announced by the country’s president on Tuesday.

“If [people currently] have iPhone, there is Samsung on the other side,” President Recep Erdogan said in a speech at a Symposium in Ankara, the country’s capital city. “And we have our own telephone brands,” he added.

Apple celebrates Turkey’s Children’s Day with new iPhone billboards


Apple is celebrating iPhone photos shot by kids.
Photo: Apple

As if it wasn’t hard enough keeping on top of Apple’s business in the U.S., Tim Cook has tweeted out an image as an advance celebration of Turkey’s National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, which takes place on April 23.

The image is a variation on Apple’s long-established “Shot on iPhone,” campaign, except this time depicting photos taken by “young talents” in Turkey. Or, at least, young talents in Turkey fortunate enough to own an iPhone!

Apple is hiking up App Store prices in the U.K.


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Prepare to pay more for iOS and macOS apps.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple will hike App Store prices for users in the U.K. due to fluctuating exchange rates and taxation changes.

U.K. prices will go up by at least 25 percent within the next seven days, and Turkey, India and other countries can also expect to see increases, Apple said.

Russia wants Apple to unlock Turkish assassin’s iPhone


Siri made its debut on the iPhone 4s almost four years ago.
The iPhone belonged to the off-duty policeman who shot the Russian ambassador to Turkey.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple has another iPhone-unlocking conundrum on its hands! This time the request reportedly comes from Russian and Turkish authorities, who want Apple to help bypass the PIN code on an iPhone 4s recovered at the scene of the recent murder of Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey.

iPhone takes a bullet to save Turkish soldier’s life


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The iPhone 6 may have earned a rep as the bendiest device Apple’s ever made, but it turns out the iPhone also doubles as a decent bullet shield.

A Turkish soldier discovered that fact the hard way while battling the terrorist organization PKK. In the middle of a fire fight, a young soldier was hit by a bullet, but thanks to the iPhone tucked in his pants pocket he walked away with his life.

Take a look at the damage:

Customers in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey celebrate arrival of Apple Watch


Customers queueing up for the Apple Watch in Russia.
Photo: The Village

The Apple Watch went on sale in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey today, with the wearable devices available at the countries’ respective Apple Online Stores and brick-and-mortar retailers.

In Russia, Watches can be purchased in person at iPort, Re:Store, and C-store Internet stores. In Turkey, customers can do in-store pickup at Apple Stores in Istanbul’s Zorlu Center and Akasya Shopping Center. In New Zealand, Watches are available at select Apple Stores.

Apple increases Dev Program membership prices in Europe


You now have to pay more to become an App Store developer. Photo: Apple
You now have to pay more to become an App Store developer. Photo: Apple

Apple has today increased the annual subscription cost of its Mac and iOS Developer Programs in several countries across Europe. While the prices remain the same at $99 in the U.S., Europeans can now expect to pay anything from $96 to $121, depending on where they live.