Apple paid $33,333 per stair for glass staircase in San Francisco’s Union Square

By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2016

Apple’s signature glass staircase in its newly launched store on San Francisco’s Union Square set the company back a cool $1 million, or approximately $33,333 per stair, while the shell of the building cost about $19 million, according to official building permits obtained by Patently Apple.

The building’s sprinkler system cost an estimated $2.28 million to upgrade, the solar power installation on the roof cost $800,000 while installing canopy panels came with a $150,000 price tag attached to it. Read More

 

Apple must sell 30% locally-sourced goods to open retail stores in India

By Cody Lee on May 25, 2016

Apple must meet a strict rule that requires foreign retailers to sell at least 30% locally-sourced goods if it wishes to open stores in India, reports Reuters. A change in legislation last year exempted foreign retailers selling high-tech goods from the rule, but a government official told the outlet that Apple’s products don’t qualify for the category. Read More

 

Job listings suggest Apple’s first retail store in Brooklyn could open for business this year

By Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

Following setbacks, Apple’s first retail store in Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough, could open some time this year.

That’s because the company’s now started a recruiting process for the Brooklyn area. The store should be located at 247 Bedford Avenue, at the corner of North 3rd Street, in Williamsburg.

A series of job post on Apple’s website, first spotted by MacRumors, advertise positions for Creatives, Experts, Geniuses, Specialists, Business Leaders and management, with LinkedIn ads seeking a Retail Manager and Senior Manager specifically in Brooklyn. Read More

 

Apple reveals refreshed retail design in new Union Square store

By Cody Lee on May 19, 2016

Apple on Thursday introduced its new store on San Francisco’s Union Square, revealing its latest vision for the future of its retail design. The new store’s signature 42-foot tall sliding glass doors are set to open to customers on Saturday, May 21.

In addition to the large sliding doors, new retail store features include “The Forum,” a vibrant gathering place, centered around a 6K Video Wall, and “The Plaza,” an area open to the public 24 hours a day that offers public Wi-Fi and seating. Read More

 

Apple wants to expand iconic 5th Avenue store, but without paying full rent price

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Apple wants to expand its iconic retail store on New York’s Fifth Avenue, the city’s most-photographed landmark, but doesn’t want to pay full price for it.

With its sights set on the nearby 61,000 square foot former FAO Schwarz space in the GM Building, Apple refuses to pay the going rate for rent. Read More

 

Apple working to launch first three Apple Stores in India by 2017

By Cody Lee on May 16, 2016

Apple hopes to open its first three retail stores in India by the end of 2017, reports FactorDaily. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says the iPhone maker is currently eying “high street” locations in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai for massive 10,000+ square foot stores. Read More

 

Brand new ‘Accessibility’ section launches on Apple Online Store

By Christian Zibreg on May 5, 2016

Confirming earlier rumors, the Apple Online Store has begun selling accessibility-related accessories and peripherals via a dedicated Accessibility section, as first discovered by Amusement. At the time of this writing, the store listed about fifteen accessories separated into sub-categories such as Vision, Physical & Motor Skills and Learning & Literacy products, with more to be added at a later stage.

The iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac accessories listed on the Accessibility section were designed to help people with various disabilities operate their devices, learn, play, create music and more. Read More

 

Apple Store app gains 3D Touch support, now available in more countries

By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2016

Apple on Thursday pushed out an update for its Apple Store iOS client, bringing the app to version 3.7. The update brings about new 3D Touch features on compatible devices, and makes the app available in new countries.

As for 3D Touch support, iPhone 6s users have long been able to utilize Quick Actions on the app icon, but now the Apple Store app supports Peek and Pop. So force-pressing on a link within the app now opens up previews. Read More

 

Having trouble deciding what Mac to buy? Use Apple’s online comparison tool

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 30, 2016

Apple has a wide variety of Macs to choose from, so if you’re in the market to buy a new one, you might need some help deciding which one is going to be right for you.

Fortunately for anyone who needs a quick and reliable way to compare the specs and features of Apple’s various Mac models, Apple has an online comparison tool that is perfect for this need. In this piece, well show you how it works. Read More

 

Grab popular journaling software Day One 2 at no charge through the Apple Store shopping app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2016

Bloom Built’s journaling app, Day One 2, has gone temporarily free courtesy of the Apple Store shopping app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

A significant update to the original Day One app (now renamed Day One Classic), Day One 2 released as a brand new app in the App Store last month so you’re looking at a cool $9.99 savings here.

Rebuilt from the ground up but staying true to Day One’s original simplicity, this app comes with two headlining features: multiple journals and multiple photos per entry. Read More

 

Like clockwork, Apple Online Stores around the world go offline ahead of today’s event

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

Apple is holding its iPhone SE media event in a few hours and like clockwork, the company’s online stores around the world have gone offline in anticipation of new products. The company has also changed the wording of a webpage that appears when the Apple Online Stores goes offline. “We can’t wait to show you what we have in store,” Apple’s message reads. Read More

 

iPhone screen protector installation service is now available in Apple Stores around the world

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2016

A new retail service by Apple, which offers to apply screen protectors on customers’ iPhones using dedicated in-store machines, is now available at Apple Stores in the United States and around the world, MacRumors reported.

Based on Belkin’s ScreenCare+ Application System, the system allows store employees to apply Welkin-Branded screen protectors (either a Belkin TrueClear InvisiGlass Screen Protector or a Belkin TrueClear Anti-Glare Screen Protector) on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices.

Apple rolled out the system a week ago in its retail stores in Japan. As of this morning, the service is available across Apple Stores internationally. Read More

 

Apple Stores in Japan are now offering iPhone screen protector installation service

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2016

As first noted by MacOtakara, employees of Apple Stores in Japan have now received specialized Belkin tools to install screen protectors on iPhones in-store, though it’s unclear if this iPhone screen protector installation service might soon expand to other Apple Stores around the world.

Using Belkin’s TrueClear Pro device, store employees are able to apply a screen protector in a straightforward and easy manner. Prices range from 2,180 yen to 4,280 yen, depending on material and device size, which works out to about $19 to $37. Read More

 

Apple files application to open retail stores in India

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2016

Apple has filed an application with India’s department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) to build and operate its own retail stores in the populous country, India Times reported Wednesday.

Apple is also seeking to sell its products online in India. The official move is the culmination of Apple’s multi-year effort to bring the official retail presence to shoppers in the 1.25 billion people market. Read More

 

Pixite’s Union photo app is free right now within the Apple Store app

By Cody Lee on Dec 31, 2015

Heads up folks, Apple is giving away free copies of the popular Union photo app by Pixite right now. You can find promo codes for the app, which normally retails for $1.99, within the ‘Stores’ section of the Apple Store app on iOS.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, Union is an elegant image blending tool that allows you to create superimposed, silhouetted, and double-exposed photos. It comes from the same team that created Fragment, Shift and Pigment. Read More

 

Apple Stores to offer iPhone photography and iPad illustration workshops next year

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 30, 2015

As part of a major retail streamlining under the watchful eye of Apple’s head of online and brick-and-mortar stores, Angela Ahrendts, the company will be hosting a number of workshops next year at its stores that will take its existing and basic photography workshops to the next level.

The new workshops were designed to teach customers about the tips and tricks concerning iPhone photography, as well as drawing, painting and sketching on an iPad, with the promise of giving customers “at all skill levels” a chance to learn about more advanced image-capturing techniques, CNET said today. Read More

 

How to quickly search the Apple Store website using Alfred

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 22, 2015

I’ve been a big fan of Alfred for quite some time, and it’s one of the first utilities that I install on my Mac after a fresh and clean reinstall. Really, this utility is absolutely essential to my daily workflow, and turns mundane repetitive tasks in to easy shortcuts.

Today, Sebastien and I were discussing how inefficient and ambiguous Apple’s online store search experience is, and after that conversation, I decided that I was going to relegate Apple Store searches to an Alfred custom search. This has resulted in the ability to quickly search the Apple online store from anywhere on my Mac. Read More

 

Apple Stores to begin selling accessibility-related accessories and peripherals in early-2016

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2015

According to the Japanese blog Macotkara, Apple Stores are expected to start stocking accessibility-related accessories and peripherals in the fiscal 2016 second quarter, which works out to the January-March timeframe. The report doesn’t detail which accessories Apple’s retail stores might carry beyond stating that they will be iOS/OS X-compatible. Read More

 

Apple launches Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader to support USB 3.0 transfer speeds on iPad Pro

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2015

If you’re looking to quickly transfer photos and videos from your camera’s SD Card to the iPad Pro, then look no further than Apple’s own Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader ($29.00) to handle the job. Apple explicitly states on its store page that the peripheral supports USB 3.0 transfer speeds on the iPad Pro.

Interestingly, the same cannot be said for Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, as that still only supports USB 2.0 transfer speeds. The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader, which just launched and is available to ship in 3-5 business days from Apple’s online store, appears to be the only accessory to support USB 3.0 transfer speeds on the iPad Pro at this time. Read More

 

Microsoft Store employees make a peace offering to their Apple Store peers in holiday video

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Following Apple’s holiday ad featuring Stevie Wonder and Andra Day, rival Microsoft today released its own holiday-themed commercial in which employees of its retail store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue are shown spreading the message of peace outside of Apple’s iconic glass cube store.

As reported by AdAge, Microsoft flew store employees from around the country to New York City to film this commercial on November 16. Read More

 
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