Apple online store now accepting payment via PayPal.

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Ahead of the busy holiday shopping season, Apple has made shopping from its online store that much easier. According to a report from Re/Code, Apple’s online store for U.S. and U.K. based customers now accepts payment via PayPal.

As you can tell from the screenshot below, Apple is also touting the ability for users to make payments via PayPal Credit, a service which enables users to pay for items that cost over US$250 in either 6, 12, or 18 month installments. Even better, the installments carry no interest.

It’s refreshing, not to mention smart, to see Apple giving users even more payment options, especially since Apple and PayPal have been slightly at odds ever since Apple unveiled Apple Pay this past September. Shortly thereafter, PayPal released an ad in the New York Times taking a not so subtle jabat Apple’s mobile payment service by referencing the celebrity iCloud hack that made waves this past Summer.

It’s also been rumored that PayPal wasn’t included as an Apple Pay partner due to PayPal’s decision to partner up with Samsung for mobile payments on the Galaxy S5.

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We’ll be back: Apple Store goes down prior to today’s event.

Screenshot: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac.

Right on cue, the Apple Online Store has gone down hours ahead of today’s special event. When it returns later today, we expect to see new iPads, new Macs, and maybe even a new Apple TV.

Apple store downtime ahead of a big keynote is nothing out of the ordinary; the Cupertino company traditionally takes it offline to add new products and update its pages in advance, so that they’re ready to go live as soon as its new products are confirmed. Of course, we already know what two of those products will be.

On Wednesday, Apple published its iOS 8.1 user guide through iBooks and somehow managed to include the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 in its screenshots. It was an incredibly surprising gaffe from a company that’s usually so secretive about unannounced products.

In addition to these devices, recent rumors have suggested we could see new iMacs with Retina displays, and possibly even an updated Apple TV. However, it seems the possibility of a MacBook Air with Retina display is highly unlikely at this point.

Apple’s event kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific, and you’ll be able to watch it live via Apple.com, or on your Apple TV.

Apple TV gets a place of its own in Apple’s online store; are big changes in store?

Apple TV gets a place of its own in Apple's online store; are big changes in store?

Apple has added a new section to their online store all about the Apple TV. While other store sections have multiple models of Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods, the Apple TV has just one, so the area is mostly useful for finding accessories for your Apple TV. These include Apple’s own HDMI cables, Time Capsule, various adaptors, digital optical audio cables, and speakers. There is also a directly link to community answers regarding the Apple TV, as well as the portal to find refurbished devices. This is ahead of a major update to the device, according to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac:

Of course, the timing of the Apple TV’s “graduation” is interesting. Last week, we reported that Apple is working on a new version of the Apple TV set-top-box that will integrate new content (such as apps).

What do you think of the Apple Online Store’s new Apple TV section, and do you think we’ll see a new Apple TV soon? Let us know in the comments.a

Source: iMore.

Refurbished 128 GB iPad Models Begin Appearing in Apple Online Store.

Late last week, Apple’s online store for refurbished products began offering 128 GB fourth-generation iPad models for the first time. Wi-Fi models in black and white are currently being quoted shipping times of 5-7 business days with pricing set at $679, a discount of $120 from brand-new units.

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The only cellular model currently available through the refurbished store is the white AT&T model, which carries an identical 5-7 business day shipping estimate and is priced at $789, a $140 discount compared to brand-new pricing.

Apple launched the 128 GB fourth-generation iPad in early February, several months after the release of lower-capacity models that saw updated internals and a move to Apple’s new Lightning connector.

The fifth-generation iPad is expected to debut as soon as next month with a redesigned body taking design cues from the iPad mini, giving the full-size iPad a significantly narrower and thinner profile.

Source: Mac Rumors.

21.5-Inch iMac’s Shipping Times Slip To 2-3 Weeks.

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The shipping delay for the 21.5-inch iMac increased today to 2-3 weeks on the U.S. Apple Online Store. Prior to this, the new all-in-one was shipping in 7-10 days, and that had been the case since early December. Now new customers will have to wait until at least mid-February for their machine to turn up at their door.

The new delay indicates Apple is still tackling its production issues with the new iMac, which first went on sale in late November. Tim Cook had warned that the desktop would be significantly constrained during the first few months, and that’s been the case since day one. The issue is believed to be with the machine’s new display, which employs a new lamination process that makes its production more complex.

The 2-3 week delay first started to appear on Apple’s European websites on Monday night, but the delay hit the U.S. earlier today.

Cook is expected to provide us with an update on these shortages during Apple’s earnings call tomorrow. Shipping times for the 27-inch iMac are currently at 3-4 weeks.

Read more at http://www.cultofmac.com/211378/21-5-inch-imacs-shipping-times-slip-to-2-3-weeks/#1qx6e6chGLTgHddg.99

Source: Cult of Mac.