Apple Watch popup shop in Galeries Lafayette closing January 2017 due to poor sales

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2016

The original Apple Watch debuted in April 2015 in a few markets, with Apple pushing the $10,000-$17,000 Apple Watch Edition aggressively via pop up shops found in high-profile department stores, including Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Selfridges in London and Isetan in Tokyo. But those pop up shops won’t be open for much longer, it would seem.

As reported by French blog Mac4Ever, Apple will be closing the mini-store in Galeries Lafayette effective January 2017 due to poor sales of the device at the location. Read More


iPhone display units are preloaded with a software kill switch to discourage theft

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


Apple Stores begin removing security tethers from display iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 14, 2016

Apple continues perfecting retail experience for its customers as CNET reports today that some Apple Stores have begun to remove or have already removed security tethers from iPhone display models. Last year, Apple relegated iPods to side shelves and removed iPad smart signage.

According to CNET, Apple’s flagship London Regent Street store re-opening this Saturday will feature Apple’s next-generation store design and no iPhone security tethers. Read More


“Online Stores” dropped from Angela Ahrendts’s title, but she is still Apple’s retail boss

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


Apple Regent Street to reopen on October 15

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


Apple is removing third-generation Apple TV from store shelves

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 8, 2016

The writing has been on the wall for the third-generation Apple TV since the fourth-generation model debuted in October 2015 with its refreshed hardware, Siri Remote and a brand new operating system, tvOS, that supports an App Store with third-party apps and games.

Apple now appears to be ready to kiss the previous-generation device good-bye: 9to5Mac reports that the third-generation Apple TV is being pulled from store shelves as Apple begins phasing it out. 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 Stores in Annapolis, Kansas City and Glasgow getting next-gen makeover

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


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


India’s finance minister ratifies a proposal that’d let Apple run retail stores in the country

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


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 makes significant progress on its first retail store in Singapore

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


Apple confirms it will open its first retail store in Taiwan

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


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


Indian government intervenes to allow Apple Stores in the country

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


MetroPCS to start selling iPhones on July 1

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2016

MetroPCS, a prepaid wireless carrier in the United States that is part of T-Mobile USA, will start selling Apple’s iPhones on July 1 in a limited number of retail stores in Florida. The program should expand nationwide following the Florida launch.

According to the official announcement from T-Mobile, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available for $649 and $749, respectively

The iPhone SE and iPhone 5s will be available for $349 and $199, respectively. 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


Annual Apple Summer Camp launches for kids eager to learn using technology creatively

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


India relaxes rules on foreign direct investments, paving the way for Apple Stores

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


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

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