Apple is slowly rolling out a new customer service initiative across its retail stores called ‘table selling.’ With the new strategy, Apple Store employees are assigned a product table where they are responsible for working with groups of customers with different needs, albeit the same device, according to people familiar with the strategy. Previously, customers were individually helped on a first-come, first-serve basis and organized by an “iQueue” system that often resulted in lengthy wait times and customers walking out.
March 28, 2013
MacConnection quietly updated their price on the 13-inch Retina MAcBook Pro to $1299 with free shipping last night. That’s $200 off Apple’s price and the lowest we’ve ever seen for a Retina Display MacBook Pro. This is the base model with 2.5GHz Core i5, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD.
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Ending tomorrow from 9to5Toys.com:
iTunes gift cards are good for all music, movies, books, iOS and Mac apps and everything else Apple sells in its iTunes and App Stores. Getting a big discount on an iTunes card saves you on purchases you are going to make in the future.
Best Buy offers the $100 iTunes gift card for $80 with free shipping or in-store pickup. Ends tomorrow.
Target offers 15% off in store or online using promotion code TGFHJVZ8 at checkout on all denominations. This offer also expires 3/23/2013 at 11:59pm ET.
Don’t forget to Bookmark the DailyDeals aggregator page for the best daily deals from over 35 US retailers in under a minute.
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We have some exciting 9to5Toys.com announcements for our US readers today.
1. We’ve teamed up with Stack Social to launch Specials.9to5toys.com which will feature new software and hardware specials for Apple ecosystem folks every day. Some examples:
- The $49.99 Spring 2013 Mac Bundle (including
- The Name Your Own Price Indie Gamer Bundle
- Amazing Photo Editing w/ PhotoDirector 4 Ultra
- BodyGuardz Bumps w/ Mic + Free Shipping
Every Day, you get the best 36 retail Daily Deals on the net including: Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, MacMall, MacConnection, Woot, 1SaleaDay, Sears, NewEgg, eBay, Apple Refurbs and many others. The page gets updated every hour and is super-cached for speedy browsing. Checking all 36 Daily Deals only takes a minute using the ^ and v arrow keys.
Bookmark the 1 Minute Daily Deals page now and you are guaranteed to save some money.
3. To celebrate the launch, we’re teaming up with AT&T to offer 3 of new $99 OtterBox Armor Series iPhone 5 cases in White, Black and Gray. We will award one on each of the three major social platforms: FACEBOOK, TWITTER and GOOGLE+. Just Follow/Like/Circle 9to5Toys (if you haven’t already) and Tweet/Like/+1 this post to enter. We’ll pick winners on Monday.
Speaking of contests, our $49.99 Parallels 8 Bundle (expires this weekend, details below) winners were picked; congrats to Robert, Tyler and TK! expand full story
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It’s Bundle Season at 9to5Toys.com again where there are currently 4 solid bundles happening simultaneously:
First up, we have MacUpdate’s Parallels Desktop 8 bundle which effectively knocks $30 off the price of Parallels 8 and then hooks you up with 9 additional Mac applications for free (normally $618). A free demo is also available.
Not to be outdone, MacLegion/Stacksocial has their Spring 2013 Bundle which is headlined by the normally $100 Roxio Toast Pro 11 media creation software for $49.99 but also includes nine other great apps valued at over $390 below:
Don’t forget the $45 Lifehacker bundle is still happening as well as the $50 ‘PickaBundle’ which allows you to choose 10 of 25 quality apps including a Mac Blu-ray player. expand full story
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The hacked apart cable costs as much as a Roku because it has the same kind of horsepower
The fine software developers over at Panic are working on some new AV software, and they are investigating Apple’s new-ish Lightning Digital AV Adapter. What they found is that unlike the earlier 30-pin module, the Lightning adapter doesn’t carry a native 1080p signal. In fact, when mirroring, Apple says the optimum resolution is 1,600-by-900, and, when that signal is shown on a 1080p display, it is likely up-converted, showing artifacts consistent with streaming and uncompressing video data
What’s more interesting is that they split open the cable and found a full ARM processor with 256MB of RAM to process video signals inside the adapter cable. We knew way back in September that the 8-pin adapter wouldn’t carry video natively, but Apple was able to build a cable. How? Panic thinks that it is actually streaming an AirPlay network signal through the cable, and the ARM processor is decoding it.
Why would Apple do this? It’s likely Apple wants to move people to AirPlay wireless streaming to Apple TV, so this is just a stopgap solution. Rather than making a larger Lightning cable, it sacrificed on wired video-out quality and HDMI (And VGA?) cable costs.
Update: Our friends at Braeburn and an anonymous Apple Engineer sent along their takes on the situation below: