Apple Online Store goes offline ahead of today’s iPhone 7 event

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2016

With just a few hours left until Apple’s big reveal, the Apple Online Store has gone offline. “We’ve got something special in store for you,” reads the message. “And we can’t wait for you to see it.” Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2, new Beats accessories and more.

As usual, the store will come back online after the event has wrapped up. Read More

 

Apple Store updates: design changes, new & renamed positions + ambitious retail credo

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2016

During an all-hands meeting held with retail employees this weekend, Apple’s retail boss Angela Ahrendts discussed changes coming to its brick-and-mortar locations while revealing an updated corporate credo that all retail employees are expected to follow.

She also announced three new retail positions—Pro, Creative Pro and Technical Expert—renamed a few existing ones and shared tidbits on Jony Ive-approved store design and layout, as first discovered by MacRumors. Read More

 

Apple is dropping “Store” from retail locations and online in branding simplification move

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2016

What was once “Apple Store Fifth Avenue” is now just “Apple Fifth Avenue” as the Cupertino firm starts dropping “Store” branding from its retail locations and online. The change is live on the Apple Retail website as brick-and-mortar locations no longer have “Store” titling, as first discovered by MacRumors. Read More

 

Apple’s upcoming World Trade Center store to open next Tuesday

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 11, 2016

Apple is set to open a new brick-and-mortar outlet at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, a $4 billion train transit station in Lower Manhattan, in less than a week, on Tuesday, August 16, at 12pm ET. The firm announced that its tenth store in New York City, located at 185 Greenwich Street, is located in the lower level section of the Oculus Transportation Hub. Read More

 

Apple gives away Brushstroke painting effects app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2016

Brushstroke is one of those image effects app with a unique twist. Not only does it transform your photos into faux paintings, but optionally lets you order mounted canvas prints of your images directly from the app that you can hang on the wall.

Apple named Brushstroke its Free App of the Week in December 2014. If you forgot to grab this nicely done $2.99 iPhone and iPad app for $0 back then, now’s your chance. Read More

 

Apple Store app updated with new design and ‘For You’ recommendations

By Cody Lee on Aug 4, 2016

As expected, Apple on Thursday released an update for its Apple Store app, bringing the online shopping client to version 4.0. Fulfilling previous reports, the update includes a redesigned interface, and a new ‘For You’ recommendation feature that offers you suggestions on products to buy based on your previous purchases. Read More

 

Will overhauled Apple Store shopping app launch today or next Thursday?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2016

Welcome to Thursday, when Apple typically refreshes its app and content stores with new apps, games and media. Bloomberg said last week that Apple was working on a totally overhauled Apple Store shopping app that should include a “For You” tab and have the same basic features and interface across the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Reports on Twitter and MacRumors reveal that a banner for the new Apple Store app has now gone live on some international App Stores, suggesting imminent launch. Read More

 

New Apple Store app in the works with ‘For You’ recommendations

By Cody Lee on Jul 28, 2016

Apple is currently working on a redesigned version of its Apple Store mobile app with new recommendation features, reports Bloomberg. Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet says the updated app could be rolled out in the next two weeks.

At the heart of the refresh is expected to be a “For You” tab, that will suggest products based on prior orders—similar to what Amazon.com does with its recommendations. So after buying an iPhone, the app could recommend cases and other accessories. Read More

 

Apple confirms a new retail store opening at World Trade Center later this year

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Jason Barlia, who is Market Director for Apple’s New York stores, confirmed today to CNET plans to open a brand new brick-and-mortar store at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, a $4 billion train transit station in Lower Manhattan. The forthcoming store will be opening doors to shoppers later in 2016. Read More

 

Apple poised to open its first retail store in Mexico later this year

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

Apple is gearing up to open its first brick-and-mortar retail store in Mexico City ahead of push into Latin America, AppleInsider has learned from a trusted source. Located at the Centro Santa Fe mall, the upcoming outlet will be three times the size of the regular boutique storefronts that comprise the mall’s upscale Via Santa Fe wing. Read More

 

Apple announces first Brooklyn store will be opening doors to customers on July 30

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Job listings discovered in May 2016 suggested that Apple’s first retail store in the New York City borough of Brooklyn could open for business this year. Today, the company’s Retail website officially announced that grand opening of its all-new Brooklyn store will take place on Sunday, July 30, at 10am local time. Read More

 

Drawing app Procreate is free right now within the Apple Store app

By Cody Lee on Jun 29, 2016

Heads up folks, Apple is giving away free copies of the popular Procreate Pocket app. You can find promo codes for the app, which normally retails for $2.99, within the ‘Stores’ section of the Apple Store app on iOS.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, Procreate Pocket is the iPhone version of the award-winning painting app. It uses the same 64-bit Silica engine as its bigger brother, and it includes the same great set of features. Read More

 

Grand opening of fifth Apple Store in Hong Kong scheduled for June 30

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Hong Kong, a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, will get its fifth Apple retail store a week from today on Thursday, June 30, Apple announced today. Located inside the New Town Plaza shopping mall at 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, the store will be open seven days a week between 10:00am to 10pm local time. Read More

 

Apple Store DOES NOT go offline ahead of today’s keynote, but Apple Public Beta Program does

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2016

In what seems to be a first for Apple, the company’s online store has remained active ahead of the WWDC 2016 keynote. In all past events, Apple did take the webstore offline a few hours ahead of them. Therefore, either there will be no new hardware introduced during the keynote or the store will go down a bit later, but still ahead of the event. Read More

 

New Apple Stores opening in China’s Tianjin and Shanghai this month

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2016

According to a pair of notices on Apple’s Retail webpage, a new retail store is scheduled for grand opening in China’s Tianjin this coming Saturday, and another one the following Saturday in Shanghai.

The new Tianjin store is scheduled to open doors to shoppers on Saturday, June 11, while the new Shanghai location is opening on Saturday, June 18. Read More

 

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

 
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