Apple Planning to Open Third Retail Store in Turkey in 2016

Apple is preparing to open a third retail store in Turkey, reports MacReports, citing a source familiar with the company’s plans. Set to open in Istanbul, the store will launch later in 2016.

Apple is said to be in the process of hiring for retail positions at the store and has posted advertisements on job sites in Turkey. The store will reportedly be located at the Emaar Square Mall in Istanbul. Still under constriction, the Emaar Square Mall will feature 491 stores and restaurants, a hotel, and apartment space for residents.

Emaar Square rendering, via MacReports

When it launches, the Emaar Square Apple Store will be the third Apple retail location in Istanbul, joining retail stores at Zorlu Mall and Akasya Mall, both of which opened in 2014. Turkey’s Zorlu store opened with quite a fanfare as it featured a unique design with an all glass exterior.

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Apple Expands Lower App Store Pricing Tiers to Australia

Earlier this year, Apple introduced two alternate pricing tiers, Tier A and Tier B, to the App Store in order to allow developers to charge lower prices in countries like China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey.

As of today, Apple has informed developers that it is making its lower-priced Tier A and Tier B pricing options available in Australia. Tier A and Tier B pricing will allow developers to set prices below the current 1.49AUD minimum price.

The addition of Tier A and Tier B pricing options in Australia comes a few days after Apple raised App Store prices in the country. Earlier this week, the minimum app price in Australia was raised to 1.49AUD from 1.29AUD due to exchange rate fluctuations.

An app that costs $0.99 in the U.S. App Store costs 1.49AUD in Australia at Tier 1 rates, but developers will now be able to charge $0.99 in the United States while charging a lower price in Australia and the other countries listed above.

When Apple notified Australian customers about the rate change, it also let them know that developers would have the option to use Tier A and Tier B pricing options. Apps that previously used Tier A and Tier B pricing will already be cheaper in the Australian App Store.

App Store pricing was also increased in Indonesia and Sweden, and Mac prices have also risen in a number of countries this week.

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Apple Likely Trying to File for ‘AirPods’ Trademark

Apple may be taking steps to protect the name „AirPods,“ based on recent trademark filings in a number of countries. While Apple itself is not directly linked to these applications, the pattern of filings is consistent with Apple’s usual strategy and MacRumors believes Apple is indeed responsible for them.

A trademark application for „AirPods“ was made in the United States on September 22 by a company called Entertainment in Flight, LLC, a Delaware firm housed at the Corporation Trust Center, a strategy Apple has used a number of times in the past to hide its trademark work. The company was created in early September and appears to have no visible operations other than last week’s trademark filing.

We have been unable to find a concrete link between Apple and the AirPods trademark, but the evidence we’ve gathered is highly suggestive that Apple is indeed behind the filing. Assuming this is indeed the case, speculation then turns to the reasons why Apple is interested in the name.

The trademark filing in International Class 9 includes mention of audio accessories, earphones, microphones, wireless communication devices, and similar types of products, and with Apple already calling its existing line of earphones „EarPods“ it seems reasonable to speculate the „AirPods“ name could be intended for a wireless version of the company’s earphones.

Audio components and accessories; sound recording and reproducing apparatus; digital video recorders and players; remote control apparatus; audio speakers; earphones, headphones; microphones; voice recording and recognition apparatus; radios, radio transmitters, and receivers; handheld digital electronic devices and software related thereto; wireless communication devices for voice, data or image transmission; electrical and electronic connectors, couplers, wires, cables, chargers, docks, docking stations, interfaces, and adapters for use with all of the aforesaid goods

Apple of course already offers several models of wireless earphones and headphones through its Beats brand, but Apple has so far kept the Beats hardware brand separate from its own and may prefer to offer a wireless earphone option under its own brand and styling.

Other circumstantial evidence pointing toward Apple being behind the filing includes:

– Citing a March trademark application in Jamaica as a priority date for the registration. Apple commonly files first in Jamaica to establish its claim on a trademark, as the country does not maintain an online trademark database, making it easier for Apple and other companies to hide such filings.

– Use of a Gmail account on contact information. Apple’s shell companies almost always use Gmail addresses based on the companies’ names for their filings, and this is the case with Entertainment in Flight.

– International trademark filings made by known Apple-associated law firms. Alongside the U.S. filing, Entertainment in Flight made similar filings in a number of other countries around the world, and in each case used the services of law firms previously used by Apple and other known Apple shell companies to handle the filings: Locke Lord in the European Union, Bryn Aaflot in Norway, Baker & McKenzie in Australia and Canada, and attorney Pinar Arikan in Turkey.

The European filing covers two additional classes of trademarks: Class 38 for „transmission of digital audio, video and multimedia content“ and Class 41 for „entertainment services“ such as non-downloadable media and reviews and recommendations of entertainment content.

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Apple Watch Launches in Belgium, Finland, Norway and Poland on October 9

Apple has updated its regional websites for Belgium, Finland, Norway and Poland to announce the Apple Watch will be available on October 9.

Belgium, Finland, Norway and Poland will be part of the sixth Apple Watch launch wave:

April 24: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, U.K. and U.S.
June 26: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan
July 17: The Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand
July 31: New Zealand, Russia, Turkey
September 25: Austria, Denmark, Ireland
October 9: Belgium, Finland, Norway and Poland

Apple Watch sales have also expanded to dozens of Apple Premium Resellers this month.

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