Apple's Leaked Black Friday Ad Reveals Discounts
According to 9to5Mac, a trusted source gave details on Apple’s annual Black Friday sale including a screengrab of the prices for coveted items like iPads and MacBook Airs. The images appear to be from an internal staff leaflet or flyer detailing the Apple Store’s Black Friday deals.
Here’s the breakdown: the iMac, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are discounted by $101 at $1098, $898, and $1098 respectively.
The iPod nano and iPod touch have discounts ranging from $11 for the 8 GB and 16 GB storage sizes to a $21-$41 discount for the iPod touch. Discounts on iPads will go from $41-$61 according to capacity.
Accessories are also being discounted with $11 off the iPad 2 Smart Cover, the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the Apple Wireless Magic Trackpad. Deals on the AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule, and AirPort Express are also being offered. Music lovers will appreciate the $5 off a $50 iTunes/App Store/iBookstore gift card.
Third-party accessories such as Western Digital hard drives, the mophie JuicePack Air and Speck CandyShell iPhone 4/4S case are also on sale. The prices put out by the flyer are more consumer-friendly than normal, with high-end items like the Jambox by Jawbone and the Bowers & Wilkins C5 Stereo headset being discounted by $51.95.
In brief, the sale is comparable to previous Black Friday discounts with deals on higher capacity iPads and iPods. Only time will tell if the leaked ad is true but in the meantime, the Apple lover can dream.
The Apple website itself has remained mum on details about their long-awaited sale.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.