About the Author

Michael Steeber

@MichaelSteeber

I’m a Creative Editor passionate about Apple retail and design. My coverage highlights the work of talented artists, designers, and customers through a unique lens of architecture, creativity, and community.

Twitter: @MichaelSteeber

Email: steeber@9to5mac.com

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Last week, artists from Chicago shared their inspiration with hundreds of students across the city through Sentrock’s Summer Studio. The collaboration with Today at Apple brought virtual sessions to Chicagoland youth to keep creativity flowing even during challenging times.

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Yesterday

Apple’s in-store creative sessions are coming back to life in mainland China after being paused due to COVID-19. Today at Apple is scheduled to resume at nine stores across the country on August 3.

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July 31

The next time you visit an Apple Store, expect to see a lot more Memoji. After today, Apple’s retail teams will greet you wearing custom new badges printed with their likeness — in Memoji form. If you’d like a virtual badge in the same style, there’s now a way to make your very own tag.

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App Store or Apple Store? The days of choosing the wrong gift card are over. Apple today introduced new Apple Gift Cards that do it all.

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July 30

Lead photo via @nn744234

Apple Central World opened today, becoming the second Apple Store in Thailand and rooting Apple deep in the culture of Bangkok’s busiest social hub. Readers and Apple customers from all across the city visited the new space on opening day and shared their photos of the experience.

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July 29

Apple updated the Apple Store app for iOS and iPadOS today with a new For You tab filled with useful tips and shopping suggestions, as well as an immersive iPhone comparison tool.

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On March 13, Apple closed all of its retail stores outside of Greater China in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. As regions around the world ease shelter-in-place orders, Apple has reopened its stores with additional safety procedures and a new social distancing protocol. In the US, each state has slightly different guidelines for reopening businesses, which may leave you wondering: is my Apple Store open?

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July 28

Apple Central World arrives July 31 in Bangkok. Ahead of its grand opening, Apple is offering an at-home preview of some of the store’s stunning architecture details.

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Apple has officially retired the Apple Field Trip program previously offered in its retail stores. In its place, “a new educational experience” is coming soon.

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One of the first products you could purchase online from Apple was a set of golf balls and tees. Not a golfer? Apple also offered a puzzle in a can, a paddle game, luggage tags, and even a onesie with the classic Mac OS Trash icon screen printed on the front. These forgotten items and nearly 100 more products came from the peculiar world of AppleDesigns.com, one of Apple’s earliest online shopping projects.

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July 27

Adobe is updating Photoshop on iPad today with two major features creatives have been asking for: the Refine Edge Brush and Rotate Canvas tools. Photoshop on iPad customers should expect to see the update roll out today in the App Store.

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July 22

Apple brought its first retail store to Thailand in 2018 at Iconsiam. After touring Asia to open new stores in Taipei, Singapore, and Beijing, Apple is circling back to Thailand with a second landmark location for Bangkok at the Central World shopping complex.

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July 20

High school students in the Chicago area have an opportunity to get creative from home this summer thanks to a collaboration by Today at Apple. Starting next week, leading muralists, illustrators, and designers from Chicago will share their creativity in free virtual art sessions.

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July 16

The new Apple Sanlitun opened today in Beijing, bringing Apple’s greatest retail design ideas to its original home in China. Customers took the rare opportunity to celebrate the massive new store in a year where even small victories can feel few and far between.

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Photo courtesy of Pedro Vera.

Apple reopened its retail store in Reston, Virginia today for the first time since March in an all-new space. The redesigned store arrives after over a year of planning and construction work that more than doubles the size of the previous location.

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July 15

The way we learn and create was transformed overnight when COVID-19 swept the world. As Apple Stores closed and in-store Today at Apple sessions were put on hold, an online outpouring of creativity proved that the arts remain essential to our lives even under extraordinary circumstances. When our crisis winds down, how can Apple continue to expand its in-store creative platform online to reach even more creatives looking for inspiration at any time?

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July 9

Apple is reclosing 11 more US stores in California, Maryland, Ohio, and Tennessee due to deteriorating COVID-19 conditions. The latest round of reclosings adds to 2 stores temporarily shuttered earlier this week for a total of 91 US locations reclosed due to COVID-19.

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Update: The new Apple Sanlitun opens on July 17 at 10 AM.

Apple opened its first store in China in July 2008 at Beijing’s Taikoo Li Sanlitun mall. 12 years later, that original store is set to be replaced by an enormous new flagship location. The all-new Apple Sanlitun will bring Apple’s most prestigious tier of retail design to Beijing and one day elevate Today at Apple programming in the Chaoyang District.

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July 8

Apple is introducing a new service to help customers browse their local Apple Store in a way that’s safe and convenient. Shop with a Specialist appointments will allow anyone to schedule a time online to visit an Apple Store and explore products with one-on-one service.

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Apple today announced a major expansion of its Independent Repair Provider Program in the US, adding hundreds of new authorized locations. Businesses in Canada and 32 countries in Europe will also be able to sign up for the first time.

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