Over here in the States, Apple's retail locations are usually distinguished by their boxy, glassy, ultra-modern designs, but its new flagship store in Australia shows that Apple can still stun visitors with more traditional architecture. The store is located in Brisbane, and it'll finally open on January 17 after two years of setbacks. And luckily, a MacRumors reader named Phillip managed to get photos ahead of the launch.
Samsung already has a reputation for riding Apple's coattails when it comes to design, and now The Information is claiming (via AppleInsider) that the Korean tech giant has nabbed Tim Gudgel to design its own retail stores. Gudgel had formerly worked for Apple for almost six years according to his LinkedIn page, and The Information's two sources note that Gudgel will be working with Samsung to design stores as a part of Samsung's "deeper investment in U.S. retail."
One of the sad truths of the modern age is that so many things rely on computers, but comparatively few schools offer the chance to learn the coding that powers most programs. Code.org's "Hour of Code Youth Workshops" throughout this week aimto change all that, and Apple itself will be hosting one-hour educational sessions for teens and children this Wednesday at Apple retail stores throughout the United States.
Like it or not, it's the time of the year when holiday music fills the air, and Apple has a special treat in store for those who particularly enjoy the Christmas variety. If you have the Apple Store app installed on your iDevice, you'll find a menu option on the front page for "Holiday Cheer" that grants you access to eight free songs.
Things are unlocking, things are opening up, and we’re seeing technology used in marvelous ways to make connections. Plus, a hint of what’s just around the corner, or at least a rumor, as there always are when it comes to Apple. So let’s just go have a little look-see shall we?
We noted earlier this week that Apple Stores would be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States partly out of Tim Cook's desire that Apple be "a force for good," but as MacRumors reports, that isn't stopping the tech giant from opening early for Black Friday sales.
My, how far we've come from the days when only AT&T carried the iPhone. As 9to5 Mac reports, today Apple started the rollout of unlocked models of the iPhone 5s without SIM cards on the online Apple Store. There's a bit of a delay involved, however, as you'll need to wait around one or two weeks for the SIM-free phones to ship over the three to five business days for carrier specific models.
It seems like every update to the Apple Store app has been met with the same disappointment: "No native iPad support." While that's still true, Apple has at least finally delivered shoppers a separate app, just for the iPad.
Even if you've already bought all the new Apple devices you plan to give or get for the holidays, 9to5 Mac notes that you should drop by your local Apple Store anyway. According to employees who work at the stores, the new windows for the holiday season are nothing short of "spectacular."