By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2016
Apple’s long preloaded special OS images on display devices in stores. When news broke that it’s started removing security tethers from iPhone display units at flagship stores to let users try how the iPhone fits in their pocket, I thought the move would encourage thieves to lift untethered devices.
That could prove easier said than done due to a software kill switch that automatically disables the device if a customer goes out of range of the store Wi-Fi. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 3, 2016
Apple’s boss of online and physical retail stores, Angela Ahrendts, no longer has “Online Stores” in her official title. Instead, Apple is now referring to her role simply as “Senior Vice President, Retail” to better reflect its efforts to simply retail branding. Her reworded title along with a tweaked job description is live at the Apple Leadership webpage.
The change occurred over this past weekend. This is a purely cosmetic change: her responsibilities have not shifted and she is still in charge of all things retail at Apple. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 3, 2016
Apple announced today that its flagship Regent Street store in London, England, will reopen on Saturday, October 15, after the company spent more than a year on major interior renovations. The new-look store will preserve the building’s historic look, like before. “We’re making the store you love even lovelier,” reads the Apple Regent Street’s listing on the official Apple Retail website. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2016
As announced on the Apple Retail webpage, the company’s three brick-and-mortar outlets located in Annapolis, Kansas City and Glasgow will reopen next week with next-generation design positioning them as gathering places for their communities with features like sequoia wood tables and shelves, a 6K video wall with seating called “The Forum” and more. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2016
Apple is one step closer to opening first-party retail stores in India, its increasingly significant market with population of 1.3 billion people, with a new Bloomberg report claiming that India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley has approved a proposal that clarifies how Apple could open retail stores without initially having to source components locally.
Last month, the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a three-year extension on local-sourcing rules that require foreign firms wanting to run their own local retail stores to source at least 30 percent of components within the populous country. Read More
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
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
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016
Apple’s first retail store in Singapore appears to be progressing nicely, with new photos obtained by MacRumors proving that the construction of the store’s glass facade and canopy is now well underway. Apple confirmed in November 2015 that its first-ever store in the Southeast Asia city-state will be powered by hundred percent renewable energy, but did not provide a timeframe for the opening.
The store location has been under renovation since earlier this year. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016
Apple has confirmed to Reuters plans to open its first-ever retail store in Taiwan, where most of its suppliers and contract fabricators are located. The Cupertino company stopped short of revealing the exact location for the store, but speculation mounts that it will presumably be found in the capital of Taipei. Read More
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
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016
After repeated delays, Apple may finally get the chance to open company-run retail stores in India as the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly approved a three-year extension on local-sourcing rules that require foreign companies operating their own retail stores to manufacture at least thirty percent of goods in the country. Read More
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
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 21, 2016
Apple Retail today launched its annual summer camps for kids eight to twelve years old. The workshops are available in North America and across a bunch of European countries and revolve around lessons designed to teach kids how to use technology creatively. Some of the workshops cover topics like “Stories in Motion with iMovie”, “Interactive Storytelling with iBooks” and “Coding Games and Programming Robots”.
Registrations are now open, you can sign up here. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2016
The government of India has relaxed its strict rules on foreign direct investments, which stipulate that 30 percent of goods sold by foreign companies must be manufactured or produced within India, paving the way for Apple’s retail expansion in the 1.25 billion people market. Acording to The Times of India on Monday, Apple should benefit from a new three-year relaxation on local sourcing norms. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016
Following a brief period during which both the AirPort Extreme wireless base station and the AirPort Time Capsule wireless appliance were unavailable for purchase from Apple’s retail stores in the United States, the devices are now back in stock at most retail locations and are once again available for Personal Pickup, MacRumors discovered. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2016
Both the AirPort Extreme wireless base station and the AirPort Time Capsule appliance, which is a combination of a base station and a 2TB/3TB wireless hard drive with built-in Time Machine support, have been pulled from Apple’s retail stores in the United States, an Apple support representative has confirmed to MacRumors. Read More
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
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
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
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2016
Apple’s removed a significant barrier to opening its stores in India as the country’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) recommended exempting the firm from a state ruling that requires foreign companies to source at least 30 percent of their goods from domestic suppliers for their branded retail stores, as per The Times of India. Read More