The online store was first introduced in 1997 and has quickly become one of the biggest online retailers along the likes of Amazon and eBay. If you are looking for an Apple device or accessory, the Apple online store is the place to go.
Products sold at the Apple store include:
- iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, MacBook, iMac, Apple TV and other Apple hardware
- Apple Software like Mac OS X, iLife, iWork and Final Cut Pro
- Third Party Software which is designed to be operated on Apple products
- Apple accessories for your tablet, smartphone, laptop and iPod
While the vast majority of products at the Apple online store are brand new, the manufacture does have a small selection of refurbished hardware. It does not include, however, refurbished iPhones. If you are looking to buy used not new, eBay is likely the best source to find used iPhones and iPad tablets.
In addition to Apple products like iPhones and iPod players, shoppers may purchase Apple Instant Loans and gift certificates for others. The iTunes gift certificates appear to be especially popular for birthday and Christmas gifts as the card allows the gift recipient to pick out the music he or she would like and not the individual purchasing the gift.
In the past Apple has received some criticism for being noteworthy more expensive than other technological manufactures like IBM and Dell. True, one look at the price tag on the Apple iPad and one look at the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and there are certainly large discrepancies between Apple products and non-Apple products. The Apple online store, however, does offer discounts to “educational” students which include faculty and students at higher education institutions. U.S. government employees, international businesses and faculty of K-12 schools are also suitable for discounts though unfortunately not for K-12 students.
In 2010, Apple released an Apple Store app for iOS which enables users to buy products, find physical location stores and make appointments directly on their Apple device. If you do not have the app, users may access the Apple online store from any computer with an internet connection and is viewable with all major browsers including Internet Explorer and Safari.
One last note before we end this brief review. We all know that Apple has tons of products sold at Apple Online Stores, and even though at many times, people tend to buy their Apple products from different online stores. It doesn’t mean Apple stores are not competitive or not up to the standards. It only goes to show that at many times people prefer checking out different options.