Tuesday, July 19, 2011

China not only fakes iPhones… but Apple Stores, too!

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China might be known as the home of the fake iPhone, but what about whole stores? Surprising almost no one, China is indeed home to the fake Apple Store. These pictures from BirdAbroad (via IFOAppleStore), show a fake Apple Store complete with everything that a real Apple Store offers. Right down to the blue shirts with Apple logos and name labels for the employees. Starting from the top, this ‘Apple Store’ features a shiny exterior with a big glowing, white Apple front and center.






When you walk into the store, you will be stepping on wood or grey stone floors, depending on the section of the store, and will be surrounded by a showroom filled with iPads, Macs, and more… all on wooden tables. These tables are even equipped with the Apple (patented!) product holders. In fact, these tables are nearly identical, if not identical, to the tables used in Apple’s official stores. These stores went as far as to completely rip off Apple’s official press images – as you can see with the iPad 2 and iPod shuffle banners. Also notice the extremely outdated pink iPod posters.







Making this sound even more unbelievable are the twisted stair cases, accessory and software walls (which are nearly identical to the official ones), an area for children with cushy and fun chairs, and of course what appears to be a mini Genius Bar or a section of the store to take product lessons from employees. The most amazing part is what these employees think of their jobs:

Being the curious types that we are, we struck up some conversation with these salespeople who, hand to God, all genuinely think they work for Apple.
The “bosses” of this fake Apple Store, in Kunming, knowing that they are up to no good, informed their multiple plain clothed security guards to ban all picture taking. The best part is that there are three of these stores all within walking distance of each other. Check out some more pictures after the break that are courtesy of BirdAbroad.












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Adobe makes its first entry into the Mac App Store with Photoshop Elements for $80

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Macworld reports that Adobe is making its first application available on the Mac App Store. Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Editor is being offered for $79.99 which is less than the $99 boxed version (which is often discounted– for instance it is $60 currently after a $20 discount at Amazon).

Mac App Store version of the application costs $80 and includes all the same editing tools as the full version. However, unlike the full $100 version, it does not come bundled with the Adobe Elements Organizer application. This version is available only in English, and cannot be purchased anywhere outside of Apple’s Mac App Store.
The big deal here is that a huge software maker, that makes a lot of money on selling boxed software, is trying out the App Store. Adobe are also experimenting in the iOS App Store as well. The big question: Will Creative Suite be there soon with Apple taking 30% of the cut? Ouch.












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Oppenheimer: “future product transition will affect September quarter”, 222million iOS devices sold all time

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On the earnings call Q&A just now, CFO Peter Oppenheimer said that a ‘September Quater product transition’ would affect the revenues for the upcoming quarter. Obviously, that screams iPhone, which is now Apple’s biggest product.

To be clear, the September Quarter spans three months so it doesn’t necessarily mean ‘September’…but that isn’t unreasonable either.

On that note, he also mentioned in the opening statement that 220 million iOS devices have been sold all time. We’re not sure if that includes AppleTVs.

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The Apple Product Design Tree Infographic

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Artist Mike Vasilev has created an infographic for Mashable that highlights the major Apple product releases and design changes from 1976 through 2011.




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Apple Stores to Hold 'Overnight' on Tuesday to Prepare for Lion?

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Apple employees will reportedly be working overnight again on Tuesday to prepare for Mac OS X Lion, according to 9to5Mac.

In the employee halls of the retail chain sit large tubes that hold new posters for both front of store posters and posters within the store. Additionally, we're hearing that each store has been sent a Lion-packing Mac Pro for an unknown purpose. As previously reported, LaCie hard drives loaded with the GM seed of Lion image are ready to be connected as installers on the Macs throughout the showroom floor.

Unlike last week's prediction, multiple sources are now reporting the same information. MacRumors just revealed that Apple Stores today received Mac OS X Lion Gold Master. AppleInsider has heard from reliable sources that the products will launch Wednesday morning. The WSJ's AllThingsD is also predicting a release this week.



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ITC Upholds Ruling That Kodak Did Not Infringe on Apple Patents

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The International Trade Commission has upheld a ruling by one of its administrative judges that Kodak did not infringe on Apple patents for digital cameras, according to a Reuters report.

Apple had filed a complaint with the ITC in May 2010, accusing Kodak of infringing patents for making digital cameras and related software. The ITC administrative law judge said two months ago that Kodak did not infringe the patents.

Kodak's share price has been volatile on patent suits, and briefly rose more than 5 percent after the ruling in after-hours trading before paring those gains. The stock closed 8 percent lower at $2.52 on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.

"We are pleased that the commission has confirmed the ALJ's finding that there is no violation by Kodak," said Kodak spokesman David Lanzillo.

The ITC is also decided on whether Apple and RIM have infringed on Kodak patents. That matter is still pending.




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