It's a mystery how high demand for Apple's HomePod will be, and it's also unknown how many units the company will produce for launch. Because of those unknowns, you'd better be ready come Friday — and early.
Apple has put the call out for employees at its store in the Carnegie Library in Washington D.C, with the company's Jobs at Apple board showing listings for a variety of positions at the retail location, in preparation for its opening later this year.
An Apple store in Zurich, Switzerland was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday after an iPhone's battery at the service desk overheated in the middle of a removal procedure, emitting smoke and burning the worker who was doing the work.
Apple appears to be working on a new street-level store in Toronto, Canada, based inside an 85-story condominium at the corner of Yonge and Bloor, not far from Queen's Park and the Royal Ontario Museum. [Updated with corrected stats]
Apple has leveled a lawsuit against Attac — the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizen's Action — which ran protests at a number of French Apple stores on Dec. 2, including a brief occupation of the company's flagship Opera store in Paris.
Apple stores are reportedly offering their discounted battery replacements to any iPhone owner willing to pay the fee regardless of whether or not an old battery passes testing, and some users are reporting partial refunds on earlier battery exchanges — but this is not a universal policy.
The start of iMac Pro sales means customers now know exactly how much their custom configurations will cost, and when they are expected to ship. Buyers interested in the top-of-the-line desktop can expect to fork over more than $7,000 for an 18-core beast, though it won't ship until February.