Should Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials give their approval on Wednesday, visitors to Grand Central Terminal will soon have a chance to pick up an iPad before catching the train. A couple of renderings of the new store were released today.
Well, that was fun while it lasted. Almost as soon as a wave of fake Chinese Apple Stores were discovered, authorities in the country have started putting them out of business -- and for once, Apple didn’t even have to lift one of their mighty fingers to make it happen.
Apple is used to having its successful products copied into Chinese knock-offs, but now they’ve gone one step too far -- actually duplicating an entire Apple retail store, right down to the signage and familiar shirts worn by the employees, despite the company’s own effort to launch much cooler stores there.
When you walk into a retail Apple Store, aside from being overwhelmed by the style of the architecture, you may have noticed that there is a certain vibe inherent in the experience. Each encounter with an employee feels consistent with the previous one. There is a nice, relaxed atmosphere present that makes visiting the store a pleasant occasion. Well, it turns out that that's entirely by design.
It’s widely known that Apple has been building a new data center in North Carolina, which will likely house many of the iCloud secrets the company plans to unveil at WWDC next week -- but Cupertino is also planning a new retail store just a stone’s throw away.
Admittedly, the Apple Store is like one of those train wreck As Seen on TV stores, where you've got to take a detour and walk through the store on your journey through the strip mall. Except, you know, the stuff in the Apple Store is actually desirable and pretty to look at, and we're pretty sure they dust that place on a regular basis.
It appears as though the rumored retail overhaul in Apple's stores has come to fruition. The "2.0" overhaul has started in Australia, where as pictured above, the paper price sheets have been replaced with iPads covered in plexiglass.
There’s little doubt that Apple is up to something big in its retail stores this Sunday, May 22, including a companywide daily newspaper for employees dubbed “The Daily Download,” part of a new iPad-based initiative called “RetailMe.”
It’s hard to imagine a time when there wasn’t an Apple store in practically every state (not to mention around the world), but exactly one decade ago today, there were only two -- and neither of them stocked iPhones or iPads, let alone iPods.
Assuming the rapture doesn’t take you on May 21, Apple could have something exciting brewing for Sunday, May 22 after an early morning Apple Store meeting with employees. Could it be the company’s annual back to school promotion?