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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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June 15

Some of my favorite WWDC presentations over the past few years have been those that focused on thoughtful UI design and prototyping, so when I heard that the same topics would be the focus of new Today at Apple sessions, I was curious to try one out myself.

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June 12

Apple announces June 29th grand opening of Cotai Central retail store

After raising aquatic-themed banners over the weekend in Macau, Apple has officially announced the grand opening date and time of its newest retail store, Apple Cotai Central.

June 11

“What did you think of the keynote?” was the default greeting last week in San Jose. This year’s WWDC was the second to return to the McEnery Center, and the first I had the opportunity to be in town for. I’ve spent the last few days collecting my thoughts on the week’s events, and more than any new software feature, what stood out to me was the welcoming and enthusiastic Apple community around WWDC.

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Apple is nearly finished constructing a second retail location in the Chinese region of Macau. New signage installed over the building’s facade teases the store’s imminent opening for the first time.

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Adobe today announced that it is making available the first two of five fonts recently rediscovered from the historic Bauhaus school of design. The font families will be available to Creative Cloud users through Adobe Typekit.

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June 9

Apple stores in London and Beijing to close this month for renovations

Messages posted this weekend to Apple’s website confirm that the company’s Covent Garden and Wangfujing retail stores will close later this month to be refreshed with new store designs.

After announcing the availability of a new Pride Edition Woven Nylon Band and watch face at this past week’s WWDC keynote, Apple is promoting the new products and Pride Month in select retail stores.

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June 7

An empty table, a patch of artificial turf, and a room full of tiny, 3D printed beds: not exactly the kinds of displays you’d expect to see in an exhibition about the future of technology and art. But seeing the future sometimes requires a little extra vision – in this case – augmented reality. Adobe is betting big on AR with The Festival of the Impossible, a three-day immersive art exhibition that firmly restates the company’s collaboration with Apple on creative tools and the democratization of technology.

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Nestled between retailers Neiman Marcus and Crate and Barrel in the heart of Walnut Creek’s bustling Broadway Plaza, construction crews have been hard at work for over a year on what will soon become the East Bay’s most impressive Apple store.

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June 6

At a media event this morning in San Francisco, Sonos unveiled a new smart sound bar they call the Sonos Beam. The speaker will be available on July 17th at a price of $399, with pre-orders beginning today.

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After first discussing AirPlay 2 last fall, Sonos has officially confirmed this morning that support for Apple’s streaming audio protocol will arrive via a free software update in July.

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June 5

Apple has formally announced the relocation of their Beverly Center retail store to a larger and more modern location inside the Los Angeles shopping mall. The new store is located on the same floor as Apple’s existing location.

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During a talk given at Layers, a design and technology conference held across the street from WWDC 2018, a former Apple developer relations manager shared with the audience some secrets to promotion and success in the App Store.

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June 4

Following this morning’s WWDC keynote, Apple has quickly updated their Design Resources page, adding new elements introduced in iOS 12.

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Alongside the introduction of ARKit 2.0 this morning, Adobe has introduced what they call Project Aero, a new augmented reality authoring tool for designers and developers.

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May 31

This weekend, thousands of developers from across the world will arrive in San Jose for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Outside of sessions and labs, the week has historically given many attendees the opportunity to explore the Bay Area’s fascinating cities from their own perspective. Inspired by the same unique landscape and architecture, one artist has embraced Apple’s creative tools to help her capture Silicon Valley as she sees it.

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May 30

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts will participate in an interview next month in France according to a schedule posted on the Cannes Lions website.

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May 25

After more than a year of construction work, Apple’s large new store located in Seattle’s University Village shopping center will soon be complete.

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May 24

While the architecture and landscape of Apple’s new campus in Cupertino have been extensively documented through photography, drone flights, and spirited conversation, a new video from manufacturer Leon Speakers calls attention to an overlooked aspect of Apple Park – its audio system. 

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May 22

Last fall, Apple introduced a feature to the iOS camera app called Portrait Lighting that simulates real studio lighting effects on photos taken in Portrait mode. Now the team behind a new photo editor called Apollo has expanded on the idea by developing customizable 3D lighting controls for your images.

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