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Michael Steeber


I’m a Creative Editor passionate about Apple Retail and design. My stories highlight 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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January 22

The vibrant George Floyd mural surrounding Apple Pioneer Place in Portland, Oregon will live on under the care of nonprofit Don’t Shoot PDX. Apple donated the community artwork in hopes of preserving the sprit of 2020’s social and racial justice protests.

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January 21

Today at Apple and Made in LDN are again teaming up with the creative arts youth space Spotlight to help young musicians launch their careers in the music industry. The Music Revival series will offer virtual creative sessions from February 10 to June 30.

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January 17

Characters from your favorite Apple Arcade titles are the stars of larger than life displays in Apple Stores around the world. The new interactive demos debuted this past week and are powered by a QR code-based experience. 

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January 16

On March 13, 2020, 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 and impose new restrictions, Apple reopens stores with additional safety procedures and temporarily recloses other locations. In the US, each state has responded differently to the virus, which may leave you wondering: is my Apple Store open?

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January 14

Apple is temporarily closing its Washington, D.C. retail stores ahead of the United States presidential inauguration. Five stores in the Washington metro area will close through at least January 21 in the interest of employee safety and well-being. 

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January 4

In the 11 months since Apple began taking precautions against COVID-19, the world has come to recognize Apple Stores as the gold standard of retail health and safety. Most customers understand Apple’s safeguards and trust they’ll find a careful environment when they visit a store. One small change could help additional customers and Apple’s own teams have more successful experiences.

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Latest lockdowns close remainder of UK Apple Stores

Apple has temporarily closed its 18 open retail stores in the UK following a new round of tough lockdowns in England and Scotland.

December 28, 2020

Apple is kicking off 2021 on a positive note by resuming Today at Apple sessions at Apple Stores across Australia, Japan, and Singapore. Select locations will begin in-store programming again starting January 11.

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December 25, 2020

From December 13–24, thousands of 9to5Mac readers and creatives discovered the work of 56 artists and teams creating in nearly three dozens cities across the world. The 12 Days of Apple Stores wouldn’t have been possible without your support and creativity. As a thank you, enjoy these festive wallpapers for your Home Screen.

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December 23, 2020

Apple says it is planning to preserve the panoramic George Floyd mural surrounding Apple Pioneer Place in Portland, Oregon. The artwork, which has become emblematic of Black Lives Matter activism in 2020, will be donated at a later date.

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December 22, 2020

Apple Stores are motivating customers to try Apple Fitness+ with dynamic new displays and a curated selection of third-party workout equipment. The new fixtures rolled out to select Apple Stores today and highlight the seamless integration between Apple hardware and the subscription service.

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December 21, 2020

Young creatives in London made the best of a quarantine summer with Today at Apple and Made in LDN, the ongoing program that brings new opportunities to aspiring artists. To wrap up the year, Apple and the Mayor of London’s Office are celebrating youth creativity with short films that document Made in LDN virtual sessions.

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December 19, 2020

New COVID-19 restrictions and worsening outbreaks have compelled Apple to temporarily close nearly one fifth of its retail stores during one of the busiest shopping weeks of the holiday season. 95 Apple Stores across the globe have reclosed since Monday, December 14.

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December 14, 2020

Today at Apple is teaming up with Brooklyn’s Youth Design Center to kick off 2021 with new creative opportunities. From March 3 to June 13, New York City youth will develop their portfolios with free guidance from visionary local creators.

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December 11, 2020

From December 13–24, you can discover art and design around the world with The 12 Days of Apple Stores. It’s easy to join in the fun and add a festive widget to your Home Screen.

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December 8, 2020

Adobe today updated its ecosystem of Lightroom photography apps, most notably adding native support for Apple Silicon Macs. Lightroom is one of the first Adobe Creative Cloud apps optimized for the Apple M1 chip.

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December 7, 2020

Apple SoHo in New York City recently unveiled an all-new Forum and Video Wall with a striking design that respects the heritage of the original flagship store. The space breathes new life into the store’s former Theater area and will someday host artists and Creative Pros during Today at Apple sessions.

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December 2, 2020

Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People, spoke today at Fortune Brainstorm Tech, a virtual conference featuring leaders in the technology and media industries. During the interview, O’Brien reflected on the unprecedented challenges Apple’s teams continue to navigate during the pandemic.

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November 30, 2020

Apple Stores are continuing to adapt to a holiday shopping season in the midst of a pandemic with ever-evolving pickup formats and service models. Following the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping weekend, nearly half of all Apple Stores in the US have added Express storefronts.

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November 29, 2020

Apple is preparing to open its second retail store in South Korea. Located in Seoul’s main finance district, Apple Yeouido will make direct sales and support accessible to a whole new community.

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