Tesla to allow iPhone to start Model S without key/fobs with v6.0 update

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Tesla Motors, known for changing the automobile industry with its innovative electric cars, will update its Model S firmware in the coming months to allow owners to start and drive the Model S with only an iPhone. While it isn’t yet exactly certain how this will work, there is speculation that it will involve Touch ID and may coincide with the launch of iOS 8 next month. The above screenshot of Version 6 is said to be in late beta stages and being finalized for full rollout now.

Tesla’s iPhone app won our 2013 app of the year and the ability to start the car and drive it would continue down that same innovative road.  Other systems for starting a car and driving it from a mobile phone already exist for 3rd parties like Viper and others.

Tesla has been busy snapping up Apple employees over the past year. Only weeks after poaching Apple Mac Hardware Vice President Doug Field to run Vehicle Design, Tesla snapped up Director of Manufacturing technology Rich Heley. Then security researcher Kristin Paget joined in February. Also, much of Tesla’s UI design team comes from Apple.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was also spotted at Apple last year and while speculation was that Apple was considering a buyout (shot down) or becoming an investor in Tesla’s battery Gigafactory, perhaps Musk was simply looking to better integrate the iPhone with his cars.

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Angela Ahrendts continues debut tour with employee Q&A, New York City Apple Store visits

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New Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts is continuing her Apple debut tour this week. The former Burberry Chief Executive Officer today toured through Apple’s many stores in the New York City area and she also held a question-and-answer session with select Apple Retail Store managers earlier this week week. Ahrendts today sent a memo with a transcript of some of the Q&A points to all retail employees, and a full copy of that transcript, sent in by a source, is below:

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Apple shares video of last week’s Pride Parade, showing support for equality and diversity

Just over a week ago, thousands of Apple employees, including CEO Tim Cook, took to the streets of San Francisco to take part in the Pride Parade. The company has not been hesitant to share its views on LGBT rights, and the parade was yet another instance of that. This evening, Apple uploaded a video to its official YouTube channel showing off all of the effort that went into the Pride Parade last week and its “unwavering” support for equality and diversity.

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Tim Cook and Apple celebrate #ApplePride in San Francisco today

Apple is out in full force including CEO Tim Cook for the Pride Parade in San Francisco today. Apple’s CEO hasn’t ever been ambiguous about his support for LGBT issues and he was joined by Apple Environment Director Lisa Jackson and what looks like thousands of other Apple employees on Market St. in San Francisco today.  Update: Reuters reported that:

In an unusual step for the sometimes secretive Apple, the company has spoken out about its support for the Pride festival. To help attendees navigate the packed event, the company set up a dedicated LGBT station on iTunes Radio and featured several apps on its App Store, including the Find My Friends app. Company employees also handed out iTunes gift cards to bystanders.

“Apple believes equality and diversity make us stronger, and we’re proud to support our employees and their friends and families in this weekend’s celebration,” Apple spokeswoman Michaela Wilkinson said.

Employees are also handing out $1 iTunes gift cards in celebration.  A ton of Tweets and Instagrams are below and you can follow with hashtags #pride, #ApplePride and #SFPride:

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Maps ‘City Tours’ feature hidden in iOS 8 betas, works like a guided Flyover video

Although deeper changes to Maps are in the works, Apple did announce a new City Tours feature for iOS 8 discreetly on one of the keynote slides. This feature is not normally available in the current iOS 8 betas, but developer Pierre Blazquez has managed to unlock the feature through a hidden debug screen and shines some light on exactly what ‘City Tours’ entails.

City Tours is best described as a guided-camera Flyover view. After activating the tour, the Maps app changes to satellite mode and begins zooming and panning to different landmarks in the city. For example, in the video, the tour rotates and pans between a couple of different cathedrals. More screenshots after the break …

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Angela Ahrendts’ first memo to Apple Retail employees: ‘together we will continue to enrich lives and communities’

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After being on the job for approximately a month and a half, new Apple Senior VP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts has sent her first memo to Apple Retail employees. In the memo, Ahrendts discusses Apple’s culture, her visits to stores thus far, and her plans for the future.

“I have spent most of my time getting to know and understand the many functions and teams in Cupertino, along with our short and long term initiatives. I was thrilled to meet many of you at stores in San Francisco and London this month, and I’m looking forward to Tokyo and the Omotesando opening,” Ahrendts said. “Every couple of weeks, we will be visiting stores across the world to see and learn what we do best and hear your thoughts about opportunities ahead,” she added.

We previously profiled Ahrendts plans for transforming Apple retail with a new end-to-end sales experience, mobile payment initiatives, and an increased emphasis on the Chinese consumer. Today’s memo from Ahrendts to employees reiterates many of these points… Read more

This Yves Behar-designed smart cup can tell you about your drink’s nutrition

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A partnership between famed industrial designer Yves Behar and company Mark One are today announcing the Vessyl, smart cup that seeks to track data for the nutrition in beverages. The concept sounds simple. Pour a drink into the sensor-packed Vessyl cup, and an accompanying iPhone application will instantly tell you the type of beverage (like soda or milk), the brand (perhaps Coke or Pepsi), calorie content, fat content, and sugar content…

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Live blog/analysis: Apple talks iOS 8, OS X 10.10, more at WWDC 2014

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Zac Hall | 11:47 Comparing to Python as well with massing performance difference

Zac Hall | 11:46 Federighi comparing Swift speed to Objective-C

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Zac Hall | 11:46 “The language is called Swift and it totally rules.”

Seth Weintraub | 11:46 New Programming language: Swift

Zac Hall | 11:46 New programming language… called Swift

Zac Hall | 11:46 Federighi discussing Objective-C language

Zac Hall | 11:45 Xcode: Federighi says Xcode’s latest version was downloaded 14 million times

Zac Hall | 11:45 SceneKit: new 3D scene render with integrated physics engine

Zac Hall | 11:44 SpriteKit enhancements announced

Zac Hall | 11:44 Federighi discussing SpriteKit and casual gaming on iOS

Zac Hall | 11:44 Zen Garden, game demoed showing Metal, will be available in the App Store for free alongside iOS 8

Zac Hall | 11:43 Epic Games founder and company demoing graphics using Metal 3D APIs

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Seth Weintraub | 11:39 Metal is new 3D reduces Games overhead in 3D. Up to 10x performance

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Seth Weintraub | 11:38 Cloudkit

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Seth Weintraub | 11:36 HomeKitScreenshot 2014-06-02 14.36.24 Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.36.34

Seth Weintraub | 11:36 Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.35.58

Seth Weintraub | 11:35 Camera APIs and PhotoKit

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Seth Weintraub | 11:34 Touch ID:

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Seth Weintraub | 11:33 3rd party keyboards

Seth Weintraub | 11:33 Bing Translate also built in iOS menu item

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Seth Weintraub | 11:31 Widgets demo

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Seth Weintraub | 11:30 3rd Party Widgets that can go in notifications

Seth Weintraub | 11:29 Photo Filters

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Seth Weintraub | 11:28 Extensibility will allow services from other apps.

Seth Weintraub | 11:28 4000 new Developer APIs

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Seth Weintraub | 11:27 SDK is biggest release since launch of the app store

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Seth Weintraub | 11:26 Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.26.44

Seth Weintraub | 11:26 App Previews Videos

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Seth Weintraub | 11:25 App Bundles

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 Editors choice category

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 Related searches

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 Scrolling Results

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 Tim: Making App Store even better:

Explore Tab

Trending Searches

Seth Weintraub | 11:24 1.2 B Apps

300M people visit app store every week

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Seth Weintraub | 11:23 Hey Siri > OK, Google?

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Seth Weintraub | 11:22 Hey Siri,

Seth Weintraub | 11:21 New iCloud Pricing for full photos

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Seth Weintraub | 11:20 Photos for Mac
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Seth Weintraub | 11:19 Photos for Mac SHIPPING EARLY NEXT YEAR

Seth Weintraub | 11:18 Using Levels and Color in new PhotoScreenshot 2014-06-02 14.17.44 Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.17.05 Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.15.23

Seth Weintraub | 11:16 Demoing Photos

Seth Weintraub | 11:16 smart editing controls for light and color. Auto straightening cropping

Seth Weintraub | 11:16 Search Location, Time, Albums,

Seth Weintraub | 11:15 Can get at all photos in the cloud thru iPhoto

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Seth Weintraub | 11:14 Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.14.31

Seth Weintraub | 11:14 Share media and Apps with Family. So get all of your wife’s media. Up to 6 family members who share same credit card.

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Seth Weintraub | 11:12 Family Sharing

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Seth Weintraub | 11:10 HealthKit not HealthBook

Seth Weintraub | 11:10 Health

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Seth Weintraub | 11:10 Passcode protection across apps

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Seth Weintraub | 11:07 Enterprise 98% of Fortune 500 companies.

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Seth Weintraub | 11:07 compatible with 3rd party devices. Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.06.47

Seth Weintraub | 11:06 iCloud Drive on iOS

Seth Weintraub | 11:05 Hair Force One jokes. Don’t get old.

Seth Weintraub | 11:03 These new features look easy enough for just about anyone to use.

Seth Weintraub | 11:03 Greg Joswiak demoing new Messaging features

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Seth Weintraub | 11:00 you can pick up calls on your iPad thru “Continuity”

Seth Weintraub | 11:00 learning is Private and on device. Lots of Languages

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Seth Weintraub | 10:59 Dinner or Movie suggestions

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Seth Weintraub | 10:59 Quicktype=predictive typing suggestions

Seth Weintraub | 10:58 Keyboard and Quicktype

Seth Weintraub | 10:58 still using google search

Seth Weintraub | 10:57 Spotlight – you can now search for Apps on App store, points of interest from Wikipedia entries. Songs, movies

Seth Weintraub | 10:57 Spotlight on iOS

Seth Weintraub | 10:56 Using quick functionalities in Mail.  Will be slightly harder to not use it now.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:54 Flicking away Phil Schiller’s Notifications.

Seth Weintraub | 10:53 Mobile safari gets a sidebar (assuming in iPad version only? Screenshot 2014-06-02 13.52.34

Seth Weintraub | 10:52 you can now reply to notifications with a pull down.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:51 pull down notifications

Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Craig’s back to talk about iOS 8….

Seth Weintraub | 10:50 iOS 8 and Dev.
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Seth Weintraub | 10:48 89% of install base was running the latest OS.

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 …for iOS 7.

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 97% Satisfaction rating from Changewave

Seth Weintraub | 10:47 nearly half of China customers switched from Android to Apple. (China Mobile might have helped a bit here)

Seth Weintraub | 10:47 Android …jokes!

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Seth Weintraub | 10:46 some math…800M! iOS devices

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 iPod Touch 100M

iPad 200M

iPhone 500M

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 Tim Cook. iOS time

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Seth Weintraub | 10:45 Summer Free Public Beta program

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Seth Weintraub | 10:45 Recap….and available today. Everyone else will get it  in the Fall….free

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Seth Weintraub | 10:44 That wasn’t uncomfortable

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Seth Weintraub | 10:42 Calling Dre

Seth Weintraub | 10:42 Demoing Phone calls. I think a big deal

Seth Weintraub | 10:40 iOS Simulator Screen shot 2 Jun 2014 18.38.13 Screenshot 2014-06-02 13.39.25

Seth Weintraub | 10:40 Phone calls on Mac via iPhone. This is a big deal if you use a Mac

Seth Weintraub | 10:39 Messages will relay SMSes to/from Mac

Seth Weintraub | 10:38 Instant Hotspot….ooohhh

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Seth Weintraub | 10:37 Swipe up on your iPad and work goes to your Mac

Seth Weintraub | 10:37 New “Handoff”

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 Applause…..

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 Airdrop works between iOS and the Mac

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 Transitions should be natural/seamless

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 “Continuity” – using the right device for the moment.

Seth Weintraub | 10:35 can draw cartoon bubbles

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Seth Weintraub | 10:34 Demoing Recent Recipients. Wonder how configurable this is. Can I have 10? 20?

Also showing some editing in mail

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Seth Weintraub | 10:31 Safari has some new video 5 Premium Video standard (sounds like HTML5) that allows longer streaming on batteriesScreenshot 2014-06-02 13.30.52

Seth Weintraub | 10:30 Safari Standards.  HTML Premium Video

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Seth Weintraub | 10:29 Tab Stacks

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Seth Weintraub | 10:29 Search now integrated with Spotlight. And sharing

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Seth Weintraub | 10:28 Safari: Looks nice!

Seth Weintraub | 10:28 Signatures in Email

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Seth Weintraub | 10:27 Mail Drop. Allows big attachments thru cloud rather than having to do manually. Up to 5GB in size. RIP Yousendit

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Seth Weintraub | 10:26 Mail in Yosemite

Seth Weintraub | 10:25 iCloud Drive

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Seth Weintraub | 10:24 search Wikipedia and news? From Spotlight. Oh, I wonder who Apple will think is News? Surely not Google

Seth Weintraub | 10:22 Spotlight is in the middle of the screen now for better or worse. Can do advanced math

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Seth Weintraub | 10:21 Messages gets a big update

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Seth Weintraub | 10:20 Giving live demo of Yosemite now.

Seth Weintraub | 10:19 Notification center has new today view

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Seth Weintraub | 10:18 NEw Notification center – Today view

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Seth Weintraub | 10:17 New Dark Mode

Seth Weintraub | 10:17 New Typography. Looks like OS 8 a little bit.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:16 Lighter, fresher

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 new UI feels more “Airy”

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Seth Weintraub | 10:14 Video playing

Seth Weintraub | 10:14 “Continuity” is about refining OSX

Seth Weintraub | 10:14 OS X Yosemite

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Seth Weintraub | 10:12 Screenshot 2014-06-02 13.12.20

Seth Weintraub | 10:12 Here Comes Craig Fed

Seth Weintraub | 10:11 Compared to Windows

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Seth Weintraub | 10:11 50% of install base is on Mavericks

Seth Weintraub | 10:10 Macs 80 million. While PC industry is shrinking, Macs are growing. 40 Million copies of Mavericks. Most ever.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:10 Dev release is so huge (didn’t call it XCODE?)

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Seth Weintraub | 10:09 Here to talk about 2 platforms great updates

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Seth Weintraub | 10:08 Shoutout to the students. Youngest developer is 13

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Seth Weintraub | 10:07 started with 1 lab. Now “lots”

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 “Thanks Devs”  25th aniversary – 25 years old – started in 1990

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Here’s Tim!

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Seth Weintraub | 10:03 “I can’t live without Grindr I mean Tinder”

Seth Weintraub | 10:03 we’re watching a commercial here. Hopefully some humans coming shortly…

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 New Commercial starts…

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 Music Stops (Coldplay obv

Seth Weintraub | 9:57 Jony, Angela, Riccio and a bunch of other PR Exec Bios folks page that won’t be presenting 
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Seth Weintraub | 9:49 Livestream is going

Seth Weintraub | 9:30 Iovine in the house, Dre notsomuch

Seth Weintraub | 9:21

Here’s your first look at OS X 10.10 Yosemite

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Seth Weintraub | 8:33 Apple Store still up….what does it all mean? Head South to the comments to discuss.

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Seth Weintraub | 8:15 Don’t forget Apple’s official Live stream of the WWDC keynote (in another window obv.). Starts in 1:45

Mark Gurman | 8:07 We are just under two hours away from the kickoff WWDC keynote, and here’s the latest news: there are cars situated inside Moscone West. This likely indicates that some significant CarPlay announcements are in-store for today. Also, some OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 APIs for developers are already appearing on some open source WebKit files. 

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We’re approximately two hours away from Apple’s major WWDC 2014 keynote address, and we’ll be providing live blogging and analysis of the event as it proceeds. We’re expecting Apple to discuss updates to iOS and OS X 10.10, with the former seeing enhancements across the system and the latter receiving a complete redesign to bring the software in line with the iOS 7 design aesthetic. You can catch our full analysis and live updates from the conference below:

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Apple inviting employees to march in annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade

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Apple has invited its employees through an internal memo to participate and represent the company together next month at San Francisco’s annual LGBT pride parade. Apple will host a base camp for registered attendees made up of Apple employees and their families and will supply entertainment and breakfast as well as T-shirts for participants. This year’s Pride Celebration and Parade marks the 44th annual gathering and has been host to the likes of Apple, Google, and Facebook (including CEO Mark Zuckerberg) in recent years. Read more

San Francisco gives final approval for brand-new Union Square Apple Retail Store

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Re/code reports that the city of San Francisco has finally granted Apple permission to begin work on its iconic new Union Square retail center, which the company has said will be “more iconic than the glass cube in New York City.” The store, pictured in the rendering above, has been in the works for almost a year as the city insisted upon various changes to preserve historic elements and allow for improved accessibility.

The store will replace Apple’s existing Stockton Street location, adding about fifty new jobs in the process. Apple’s new building will feature a two-floor design with 23-foot glass sliding doors and a plaza behind the store that will be shared with the hotel next door with free Wi-Fi to visitors.

The iconic Ruth Asawa fountain behind the store will be relocated (slightly) to accommodate the design of the plaza, which caused some concern among members of the city’s planning commission, though Apple has assured the city that the fountain will be entirely preserved during the process.

More renderings of the gorgeous new store can be found below:

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New renderings show proposed Union Square Apple Store with 23-foot sliding glass doors

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A set of new renderings of the proposed Union Square Apple retail location was presented to the San Francisco Planning Department this week that show an updated design for the store’s entrance. The new renders depict the store with massive 23-foot wide sliding glass doors (which measure nearly 45 feet tall each) that a large section of the storefront to open to the street.

Regular-sized doors on either side of the larger ones will allow customers to come and go if the main doors are closed.

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