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Your new iPhone 12 could ship from one of two Austin Apple stores under new plans
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Apple stores are now doubling as distribution centers as part of a plan to increase shipping speeds for online shoppers.


Customers living within 100 miles of an Apple store should expect faster delivery times, according to a recent Bloomberg report. That means Central Texas residents could receive their new iPhones, Macs and iPads delivered directly from its Apple Barton Creek store or its Apple Domain Northside store.

Products should arrive the same day or the next day, according to 9to5 Mac, an Apple-focused news site.

Non-coincidentally, Apple Inc. released plans Tuesday for its new iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the company's first 5G-compatible mobile device.

"With this new method, Apple will likely be able to better handle the high number of online orders for the new iPhones. Shipping products from its retail stores will also reduce operating costs, Apple told its employees," the 9to5 Mac report states.

The iPhone 12 Pro is available for online buyers starting Oct. 16 and in-store customers starting Oct. 23. The iPhone 12 Pro Max debuts shortly after, with online sales starting Nov. 6 and in-store sales starting Nov. 13.

Other highly anticipated products launching include the new iPad Air, over-ear headphones and a smaller HomePod, according to Bloomberg. In total, there are more than 300 Apple Stores in the U.S. and Canada.

But customers can't choose where orders originate, the report says. Instead, Apple's operations team decides, according to company sources.

The news represents another reminder of Apple's increasing presence in Austin. The California-based tech company is in the midst of a $1 billion expansion plan in Austin that includes a 3-million-square-foot campus near its existing office on Parmer Lane.

That is where the Mac Pro, "Apple's most power computer ever," according to CEO Tim Cook, is produced. Cook and President Donald Trump visited the Austin-based Apple facilities in late 2019 in anticipation of a Mac Pro redesign, which is also produced there.

In total, Apple employs 7,000 people in Austin, according to the company.

The Apple store in Domain Northside as well as the Barton Creek location are open on a limited basis for online pickup orders as well as appointment-only shopping and support.

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Video: Austin's new $1 billion Apple campus under constructionyoutu.be

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

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Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway