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  • Best Buy Stores May Add Genius Bars



    In 2006, the formal working relationship between Apple and Best Buy began in earnest. But it reached a new zenith in 2010 as both companies agreed to work with each other to an unprecedented extent to give consumers another major retail outlet to browse and buy popular Apple products like the iPad. On Monday, reports surfaced that could indicate the partnership growing even stronger in 2011.

    The Apple section of your nearest Best Buy's computer department could be in for a substantial makeover during the next few months. A Best Buy tipster notified TUAW this week that numerous Best Buy retail outlets across the country may begin installing Genius Bars as early as this spring. The move would represent the first time Apple has allowed the native Apple Store mainstay to venture into non-Apple territory.

    Four years ago, Apple and Best Buy launched a modest pilot program in a handful of Best Buy stores that showcased Apple products in a designated area within the store. Today, that little pilot program has grown to include some 500 Best Buy stores across the US, each of which now prominently showcases the aforementioned Apple boutiques. And while its difficult to imagine Apple's Genius Bar turning up anywhere outside of Apple's retail stores, the Cupertino-based tech giant clearly enjoys working with Best Buy - as evidenced by Apple's decision last year to initially make Best Buy the only authorized retailer to accept pre-orders of the iPad.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Best Buy Stores May Add Genius Bars started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. TristianLyons1022's Avatar
      TristianLyons1022 -
      I like the idea, especially since I'm currently stuck in Little Rock, AR, like 11 hours from the closest Apple Store and my iPhone 4 just started making a random clicky noise when its moved. It sounds like something is loose up near the ear-piece area.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I would be more than happy to have this happen humor or not its a great idea! I have to drive two hours to get to a dang Apple store in Michigan and have to drive around a one hour and a half to get to one down here! Best Buy stores are within minutes away from me in both places! Please do it Apple!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ParadoX View Post
      Lets just hope they dont use geek squad for apple stuff. Those guys are a joke.
      I hear that
    1. iN2K's Avatar
      iN2K -
      Hmmmm...the nearest best buy is in the middle of remodeling. Could this be why? Store is not that old, btw.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I guess its possible
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Can someone tekk that jackoff in the middle of the photo that the beret went out of style in 1996?

      I wanna punch him in the schnoz so bad.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      My bestbuy don't even have a "mini apple store"
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      This would be great!! No more 2 hour drive for warranty work!! Best Buy is only 25 min away.

      Don't forget, that most places don't have an Apple store, only Major cities. There are TWO in the entire state of Wisconsin.. Madison, and Milwaukee. BOTH are quite a drive for anyone living further than 40 miles.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by ParadoX View Post
      Lets just hope they dont use geek squad for apple stuff. Those guys are a joke.
      No kidding! $350 to remove spyware?!? REALLY?!? All they do is insert a Windows recovery disk, press enter, and go for lunch!
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      I worked for Geek Squad once (couple of weeks), all they asked me on the interview was how to reset a password on a Mac and why did I want to work for Best Buy... then I realized that my paycheck sucked (10.25/hr) so that answers the question... there is no computer tech that is going to work for that money, unless he doesn't know what he's doing and that's the only job he can get as a computer technician
      No offense, but... Well, it's offensive no matter how I think about wording it.

      Wouldn't a Tech (who knows what they're doing) find out what the pay is BEFORE accepting a job?

      Maybe it's just me...
    1. moeses's Avatar
      moeses -
      so i talked to my good friend who works for apple that is a consultant manager for 10 Best Buy stores across Minn. and WI. hey trains the employess on how to sell macs. Anyways he said that it is just a rumor for the bars, but who really knows. It would be awesome if they did get it and used apple employees instead of damn Geek Squad.
      just my 2 cents