Apple is gradually rolling out a new customer service initiative called ‘table selling’ across its retail stores. With the new strategy, employees at Apple Stores are assigned a product table at which they are responsible for serving groups of customers with the same device but different needs. Previously, employees helped each customer individually on a first-come, first-serve basis which often resulted in lengthy wait times.
Today an analyst Amit Daryanani from RBC Capital Markets has issued a new researchreport predicting a launch for both a lower-cost iPhone and the iPhone 5S in June-July timeframe, which is in line with other recent claims. However, Daryanani says that the cheaper iPhone appears to lack a Retina display. He said:
DigiTimes reports that the components for the next generation iPhone will be shipped at the end of may, and the new Apple’s smartphone may appear somewhere in the third quarter. This confirms other reports that iPhones will be released in June or July.
Today analyst Brian White from Topeka Capital issued a note to clients (via Forbes) providing his expectations for much-rumored cheaper iPhone. According to White, Apple can release the low-cost iPhone as early as June and the device will be called “iPhone Air” or “iPhone mini”. He also expects that the contract-free model will cost from $250 to $300, which would allow the device to compete with high-end smartphones priced below $320 from China-based Xiaomi. He also noted:
Following the report about full-sized iPad and iPhone, Jeremy Horwitz from iLounge provides additional information about Apple's plans for mobile devices. The information comes from "reliable source" and reveals the code names of components for different devices, as well as plans to upgrade the rear view camera in iPhone 5S.
Today Amazon announced that it has expanded its In-App Purchase service to include virtual currencies and goods on PC, Mac and Web-based games. Previously Amazon has offered IAP for Kindle Fire and Androiddevelopers, that among other things allowed them to order physical goods from their apps.
NZWeek reports (via TNW) that Apple is planning to offer direct online sales in Indonesia and to open up its first brick-and-mortar store in the capital city, Jakarta. Today the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) in Indonesia announced that it has approved the application filed by Apple to open up a online shop in the country. Also the report claimed that Apple is going to invest 2-3 million U.S. dollars to open its first retail location in Jakarta.
Today Brian White, analyst from Topeka Capital Markets, released a new report based on information obtained from sources at CES currently held in Las Vegas. According to his note, Apple is preparing to release the next-generation versions of the iPad mini and full-sized iPad this March. He said: