The electronics titans square off in a tangled tale of mobile technology, centered on Apple's iPhone
Smartphone giant now lets users pay via their phone bills. No credit card necessary.
This likely means that Apple is preparing its back-end technology to handle the preorder payload.
CEO Tim Cook says the company plans to open 25 retail stores in China over next two years, according to an interview posted on Chinese web portal Sina.com.
With Thursday's event just a few hours away, Apple has taken down its retail site as it likely preps it to showcase new products.
Customers can now order the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 tablets, which will be released next week.
Advance orders began online at 12 a.m. PT on Friday, but the online Apple Store still wasn't back up two hours later. And some other preorder sites had hiccups, including Sprint and T-Mobile.
If you are using Family Sharing, you can easily hide apps from your Purchased list. Unhiding app purchases, however, requires iTunes.
Commentary: To app or not to app, that is the question. Apple sometimes passes on third parties when it launches new devices, but competition may force its hand
Commentary: OK, people, cut it out. Walking into Apple Stores to secretively bend iPhones doesn't help anybody, says Crave's Amanda Kooser.
In this data snapshot, the new version of iOS was spotted on almost half of all devices that checked in at Apple's App Store on Sunday.