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Michael Steeber


Michael is a Creative Editor who covers Apple retail, design, history, and creativity 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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May 17

For many of us, our iPhones and Apple Watches represent far more than tools used for work or entertainment. We share our lives with these devices, and the experiences and memories made with them are reflected in the scratches and fingerprints that accumulate on their cases. A new photography project by New York City-based artist Elvin Hu attempts to shine a light on the underrepresented human side of technology.

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May 16

Following a departure from Apple earlier this year, travel service Airbnb announced today that Angela Ahrendts will be joining the company’s board of directors as an independent non-affiliated member. Ahrendts previously led Apple’s online and physical retail stores during a time of rapid change and expansion.

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Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip

May 14

Adobe Lightroom’s new Texture tool enhances individual details without impacting your entire photo

In addition to significant improvements to its prototyping tool XD, Adobe today released updates to Lightroom with new ways to learn photo techniques, improved editing features, and more. The updates are rolling out to Mac and iOS customers starting today.

Last December, Adobe teased that full support for design systems was just around the corner for its prototyping tool Adobe XD. Today, the company released a significant update that delivers on that promise and adds several other requested features for designers.

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May 13

The growing number of podcasts appealing to just about every interest imaginable has inspired many listeners to create their own shows. But getting started can feel daunting. How do I record? How do I edit my tracks? What can I do to make my show stand out? These are some of the questions a new Today at Apple session designed for aspiring podcasters will try to answer.

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May 11

Apple fans in Washington, D.C. were treated to an exciting Saturday morning at Mount Vernon Square. Crowds, cameras, and special guests gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Apple Carnegie Library, the most ambitious store project Apple has ever completed. Tim Cook and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had the honor of opening the store’s doors, and Apple executives Deirdre O’Brien and Phil Schiller were also in attendance to welcome customers.

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May 10

Annual Layers design conference speaker lineup announced for WWDC week

One of the most popular community events coinciding with WWDC in San Jose each year is Layers, a conference about design, technology, creativity, and more. As June creeps up, the annual speaker schedule for Layers has once again been announced. This year’s lineup includes some familiar faces and new voices the Apple design community will enjoy.

May 9

Science. Poetry. History. These three words set the tone as you pass through the doors of Apple Carnegie Library, the latest in a careful collection of global flagship stores. It’s been over 116 years since each art was carved into marble and hung above the library’s entrance, but the studies remain as relevant to Apple today as they were when the building was built. Apple Carnegie Library is far more than a store — it’s the clearest public expression of Apple’s values.

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May 7

Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive will join actor and comedian Stephen Fry this June for a rare public speaking engagement at the Dalkey Book Festival in Dublin, Ireland. The ticketed event is titled “The Object Of Language And The Language Of Objects.

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May 3

Ahead of the May 11th grand opening of Apple’s newest store at Washington, D.C.’s Carnegie Library, Tim Cook and newly appointed Retail + People leader Deirdre O’Brien chatted with The Washington Post about Apple’s goals for the store and what the landmark project represents for the future. As Apple grows its portfolio of services and education opportunities through Today at Apple, the restored library is expected to play a significant role in furthering the company’s mission.

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May 1

Following an official grand opening announcement this morning, Apple has begun promoting its landmark new store in Washington, D.C.’s historic Carnegie Library. Overnight, Apple logos were uncovered and the carefully restored building in the center of Mount Vernon Square was decorated with signage announcing the May 11th opening of both Apple’s global flagship site and the DC History Center.

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Washington, D.C.’s historic Carnegie Library has a new lease on life. Following painstaking months of restoration and renovation, Apple and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. will reopen the building’s doors on May 11th at 10:00 A.M. The restored library will house Apple’s second store in D.C. as well as the Kiplinger Research Library and historical society exhibit space.

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April 25

Throughout this spring, visitors to the Fundació Joan Miró modern art museum in Barcelona, Spain will have the opportunity to attend a Today at Apple session in a whole new creative setting. For eight weeks beginning on April 27th, Apple will host a special selection of weekly sessions that highlight the art and architecture of Barcelona.

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Adobe previews Illustrator feature that allows artwork to be recolored from a photo

Today at OFFF in Barcelona, Adobe previewed a new intelligent feature that could someday make its way into Illustrator on the Mac. Known as the Color Transfer Sneak, the functionality could change the way artists work with color in their vector compositions.

April 24

The upcoming spring/summer 2019 edition of Document Journal includes a fascinating new conversation between Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive and Kim Jones, Creative Director for fashion brand Dior Men since 2018. Ahead of the magazine’s release in May, the full interview has been published online and is filled with observations from the two designers.

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April 18

Deirdre O’Brien joins Instagram to share photos from global Apple Store tour

Twitter has long been the social network of choice for Apple executives to post updates on, but newly appointed SVP of Retail + People Deirdre O’Brien has chosen Instagram to share photos of retail updates.

Each Earth Day, Apple spotlights its commitment to environmental protection with a new Sustainability Report, recycling program updates, and events designed to heighten awareness of the fragile environment around us. Last year, special Earth Day Today at Apple sessions were held in San Francisco. This year, Apple is taking its educational initiatives to the next level with special activities in every store and a program of exclusive events in top flagship locations.

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April 15

As Apple pushes to expand or upgrade all of its existing classic store locations with increased customer capacity and better capabilities to host Today at Apple sessions, we’ve learned about some of the latest projects underway or in consideration across the United States. First up is Columbia, Maryland, where Apple has filed plans to renovate an existing tenant space inside The Mall in Columbia.

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April 13

Apple’s latest retail store opened today. No, it’s not in the heart of a historic Italian plaza or nestled among a bamboo forest in Macau. It’s in Dallas, Texas, just steps from Interstate 635 and a 15 minute drive from downtown when traffic is clear. But with a history unlike any of the other 503 stores Apple operates worldwide, Apple Galleria Dallas is unique in its own way.

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“Welcome to Plano, home of the first Apple store in Texas. Twenty miles north of Dallas and located in the Shops at Willow Bend, the new Apple store gives you first-hand access to the latest Apple hardware and hundreds of popular Macintosh software applications. All Macs on display have Internet access and cool accessories plugged in, so you can try them out for yourself.”

Those were the words Apple chose back in 2001 to introduce customers to a new kind of store experience that would shape the company’s future and the future of retail stores around the world. Now, over 17 years later, Apple Willow Bend and its nearby neighbor in Frisco, Apple Stonebriar, have closed their doors. In their places comes a new store — Apple Galleria Dallas — that joins a network of more than 500 locations around the world sprung from that early success in Plano.

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