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Michael Steeber

@MichaelSteeber

Michael is a Creative Editor who covers design, history, retail, and the newest professional creative tools. He also contributes to 9to5Mac’s graphics and visual identity. Follow Michael on Twitter for more updates.

Email: steeber@9to5mac.com

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Last month, we saw a behind-the-scenes look at the cinematography and production of Apple’s vibrant HomePod ad directed by Spike Jonze. Today, the video editor behind the film has shared an inside look at the post-production process and his own creative workflow with Frame.io. 

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Tim Cook greeting iPhone customers at Apple Palo Alto.

Apple has announced that their retail location in Palo Alto, CA will be closing for an undetermined amount of time beginning in May. The building will be remodeled as part of Apple’s strategy to bring all of its 500+ retail locations into the Today At Apple era. While store employees have not yet been given a specific date of closure, the renovations are expected to begin in “mid May.” We’ll update this post as more information becomes available.

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April 21

If you want to see the world’s only remaining Apple store dedicated to Apple Watch sales, you’ll have to act fast. Signage recently posted at the Isetan department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo indicates that the location will be closing as of May 13th.

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April 18

Apple’s global rollout of GymKit began last fall with a single gym in Australia, and has expanded in the following months. The most recent country to gain support for the fitness platform is the United Arab Emirates, where the functionality has been rolling out in April.

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April 17

In celebration of Earth Day this coming Sunday, Apple will be hosting two special Today at Apple sessions at their Union Square store in downtown San Francisco.

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Smart home company Abode promises summer release of Iota HomeKit security system following acquisition

The Iota gateway was billed at a DIY HomeKit security system when it was first introduced at 2018’s CES in Las Vegas. We brought you news of the product’s introduction in January, where manufacturer Abode Systems set a target shipping date of late Q1. Today, the company has announced that is has received a majority stake investment from home automation brand Nice S.p.A. and will continue developing HomeKit products. 

April 16

Silver aluminum, once the defining look of Apple products, has been met with increasing variety over the last several years by a range of colors and finishes that customers can choose from. One of the earliest and most popular options – space gray – has permeated across almost every product line Apple offers.

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April 10

RAW Power for iOS photo editor updated with improved file management, interface changes, more

Last fall, former Apple employee Nik Bhatt launched RAW Power for iOS, a mobile take on his company’s previous desktop application of the same name. Today, RAW Power for iOS has received its first major update since introduction, adding features that have been highly requested by customers.

April 7

Apple CEO Tim Cook and several other members of Apple leadership visited yesterday with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the company’s new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino. The visit included a trip to the Steve Jobs Theater, and was attended by Saudi ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman and members of the Crown Prince’s delegation.

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April 6

Update: Tim Cook and Angela Ahrendts have posted congratulatory messages on Twitter. Photos have been posted on Apple’s Newsroom.

Just steps from the world’s busiest transportation hub, Apple today welcomed customers to their newest retail store, Apple Shinjuku. 9to5Mac reader iChernov attended the grand opening and generously provided us with firsthand photos and video of the experience.

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April 4

Coinciding with a media preview of Apple’s new retail store in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku shopping district, the company has shared new photos of the facility ahead of its 10 a.m. grand opening this coming Saturday.

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Over this past holiday weekend, T-Mobile opened a new Signature Store in the heart of downtown San Francisco. While the shop’s bright magenta signage doesn’t betray the building’s past, Apple fans may remember the site at the corner of Stockton and Ellis streets as the former home of Apple’s flagship San Francisco store.

After nearly 17 years operating their own retail stores, many of Apple’s older locations have been remodeled and expanded as the company outgrows smaller spaces and changing technology commands an ever-evolving store layout. Many stores have relocated altogether, moving to larger and more desirable mall corridors, or across town to livelier shopping districts with greater foot traffic. What happens to these old storefronts after Apple moves out? We’ve tracked down every former Apple store to see what they look like today.

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April 3

As Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference rises in popularity, a close-knit community of related developer and designer-driven events has grown around the weeklong conference. Returning again in 2018 is the annual Layers conference, a three-day design event hosted right across the street from WWDC. This year’s speaker list has been partially announced, and includes several notable presenters.

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Just in time for 2018’s NAB Show, kicking off in Las Vegas on April 7th, Adobe has announced significant enhancements to its suite of professional video tools as well as improvements to the company’s photography software.

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April 2

Apple store in The Westchester Mall set to close May 6th for renovations

As part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to update their smaller or aging retail locations around the world, the company’s White Plains, NY store will be closed starting May 6th for a significant renovation.

A new interview with Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive published this morning by Vogue sheds some light on Apple’s design process, the legacy of Steve Jobs, and an upcoming exhibition sponsored by Ive.

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April 1

New photos reportedly depict second Apple retail location in Macau under wraps

A new report today from Storeteller offers photos of what is claimed to be Apple’s second retail location in the Chinese region of Macau. According to the report, the store is expected to be completed by the end of June.

March 26

New photos show Apple’s towering fountain emerging from construction barriers at upcoming Piazza Liberty store

Architecture blog Urbanfile has shared new photos today that show construction at Apple’s upcoming amphitheater store in Milan, Italy nearing completion.

At a time when design trends and tastes seem to fluctuate with increasing speed, one image has remained remarkably persistent: the Apple logo. Often remixed but never replaced, the symbol has been continuously in use in one form or another since graphic designer Rob Janoff first sketched it in 1977. 9to5Mac talked with Janoff about his time working with Steve Jobs, the perspective gained from working over 40 years in the design industry, and an upcoming creative collaboration.

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March 22

After revealing the location of a new retail store in Tokyo earlier this week, Apple is now promoting the grand opening of Apple Shinjuku with a new neon-themed video, signage, and promotional imagery on the company’s Japanese website.

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