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Michael Steeber


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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September 22

While standard Apple retail locations around the world have been receiving new graphic panels and 3D Feature Bays for the launch of the Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone XS, and upcoming iPhone XR, Apple Park Visitor Center is a wholly unique place. Coinciding with yesterday’s product launches, the store section of the space received some new and incredibly unique displays.

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September 21

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As customers around the world begin to receive their iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 orders today, Apple is also celebrating a launch day for its largest product: retail stores. Apple Suzhou, the company’s 505th store, opened its doors for the first time overnight in China to an enthusiastic crowd. Fans lined up not only to get their hands on the latest iPhones, but to be among the first to explore the massive new store. In the United States, Victor, New York customers were similarly treated to an admittedly more modest store at the Eastview Mall.

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September 19

Apple Biltmore moving to Scottsdale Fashion Square September 29th, Green Hills store reopening after renovations

Just one week after the launch of the iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4, Apple is set to move or reopen two of its stores across the United States. Both openings will happen on Saturday, September 29th at 10:00 A.M. local time and closely trail the planned September 21st move of Apple Eastview in Victor, New York to an expanded storefront. Friday will also be marked by the completion of Apple Suzhou, the company’s 505th retail store.

To help aspiring and experienced podcasters grow their audiences and create more engaging shows, Apple has developed a toolkit of Marketing Best Practices for Apple Podcasts. The guidelines arrive alongside the release of watchOS 5, which includes an all-new Podcasts app.

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September 18

With every Apple product launch, possibilities arise for new features to change the ways we use our devices and expand our current capabilities. Yesterday’s releases of iOS 12 and watchOS 5 include several changes that build upon existing technologies to create more compelling user experiences. Combined with new iPhone and Apple Watch models announced last week and shipping this Friday, fall’s releases open the door to a world of new skills for users to learn.

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Apple Eastview opening in new location on iPhone XS, Apple Watch Series 4 launch day

Apple has announced that its indoor mall store in Victor, New York will be moving to a new location within the Eastview Mall on September 21st. The grand reopening is scheduled for 8:00 A.M., coinciding with the launch of the iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4.

September 16

Ahead of next Friday’s iPhone and Apple Watch launches, Apple is rolling out fresh new artwork and eye-popping displays to its retail stores. Vivid graphic panels promote the upcoming iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Series 4, while feature bays showcasing Apple services, apps, and third-party accessories are headlined by unique new molded iconography.

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September 13

Following the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 4 yesterday at Steve Jobs Theater, Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive offered his thoughts on the future of wearable technology and what drives him and the entire design team to continue pushing the Apple Watch ahead. Ive seldom comments publicly on Apple’s design decisions, but has established his particular fondness for the Apple Watch several times before.

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September 12

Following this morning’s introduction of the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple has updated its Design Resources page with new assets for developers and designers. The revised templates reflect changes made to optimize watchOS for new, larger displays. Additionally, Apple has published new Tech Talks on its Developer Videos page that offer best practices when building applications for the Apple Watch Series 4 and new iPhones.

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Apple’s reveal videos are perhaps just as famous for their music selection as they are for stunning visuals and artful product shots. This year’s keynote at Steve Jobs Theater followed suit and featured a wide selection of new and old catchy songs. Below, we’ve gathered today’s selections and provided Apple Music links so you can listen for yourself.

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Suzhou Apple store set to open alongside Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone XS launch

The opening of Apple’s first store in the Chinese city of Suzhou has been officially announced by Apple. The store’s debut is scheduled for September 21st at 10:00 A.M. local time, coinciding with the launch of the Apple Watch Series 4 and new iPhones.

In conjuction with the IBC 2018 conference in Amsterdam, Adobe today announced new professional features coming to its suite of Creative Cloud video applications. The updates are focused on providing smarter tools with Adobe Sensei integration and enhancing creative workflows.

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September 10

Apple’s upcoming global flagship store on the iconic Champs-Élysées in Paris is nearing completion. According to a new report from French publication La Chaîne Info, Apple has loosely confirmed that the location will open during November. Preparation at the site has been closely guarded for over a year.

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September 6

Apple’s 505th retail store will soon open in the Chinese city of Suzhou. While a date and time for the grand opening have not yet been announced, construction at the new space has wrapped just in time for the launch of new iPhone and Apple Watch models set to be announced next week.

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September 2

Top photo courtesy of Aaron Zollo.

This morning at 11:00 A.M., Apple opened its redesigned retail store in Charlotte, North Carolina’s SouthPark Mall.

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September 1

Apple Third Street Promenade closing September 16th, Palo Alto-style renovations expected

Apple has announced that its retail store on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade will close temporarily beginning September 16th.

August 31

Debate over Apple’s proposed global flagship store in Melbourne’s Federation Square continues. As the Future Melbourne Committee prepares to discuss the project at an upcoming public meeting on September 4th, newly published planning documents offer the public a detailed look at Apple’s design thinking – and the city council’s rationale for rejection.

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August 29

Apple’s SouthPark store in Charlotte, NC reopening September 2nd after renovations

Apple’s SouthPark retail store in Charlotte, North Carolina will celebrate its grand reopening this upcoming Sunday, September 2nd at 11:00 A.M. The announcement comes after just over four months of renovation work.

August 28

Adobe XD adds third-party plugin support, new integrations with Slack, Microsoft Teams, Jira

As part of a refocused effort to improve the world of user experience (UX) design, Adobe today has revealed several significant changes to their XD Creative Cloud desktop application. The new features open the door for rapid growth of the software with help from third parties.

August 24

(Top Photo: Youta Suzuki)

Nearly 15 years after opening its first store outside of the United States in Tokyo’s Ginza district, Apple has reiterated its fondness for Japan with a modern store for an ancient city – Kyoto. The store is positioned as a cultural centerpiece for the region, marking a key milestone in Apple’s renewed investment in Japan.

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