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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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August 15

Apple is preparing to move one of its four retail stores in Switzerland to a new location. At the end of the month, Apple Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich will downsize from one shopping district to another, Rennweg. Apple hasn’t listed a reason for the store move on its website.

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August 14

Apple Waterside Shops in Naples, Florida has been completely rebuilt from the ground up and will celebrate its grand reopening on August 24th at 10:00 A.M. local time. The store closed early last September for expansion and will now feature Apple’s latest retail design language and the capability to host larger and more immersive Today at Apple sessions.

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August 13

Adobe’s August 2019 release of its Lightroom photo editor for Mac and iOS has arrived with some new features and changes across all platforms and other improvements specific to Lightroom Classic on the desktop. The updates are available today for you to download.

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August 12

There’s no shortage of iPad creativity apps on the market today, but Adobe wants to prove there’s room for at least one more. Adobe Fresco is a new tool for iPad illustrators promising a truly organic drawing and painting experience that accelerates workflows across multiple devices. I’ve been testing the app to see how natural it feels and how it compares to other tools, including Adobe’s own existing apps.

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August 11

After building out a robust platform for experiencing augmented reality and powerful tools for learning and teaching coding with Swift, Apple is tackling AR creation and exploration in its retail stores with new Today at Apple Labs, Walks, and an interactive art exhibit visible only through the lens of an iPhone. Here’s what you can expect the next time you visit an Apple Store.

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August 10

Along Florida’s southern shores, a cool coastal pavilion punctures the tropical humidity. Customers today celebrated the grand reopening of Apple Aventura just outside of Miami. An all-new location and all-new design are just part of the story behind what is undoubtedly the most noteworthy — and the most chill — Apple Store in the Southeastern United States.

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August 5

Every day, people visiting Apple Stores around the world share photos and videos of their creativity using the hashtag #todayatapple. Impressive portraits, illustrations, songs, and movies reveal remarkable talent unlocked by attending in-store sessions. The posts are inspiring and remind me that even ordinary people like myself can make something extraordinary today. But what happens tomorrow?

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August 1

Following a global in-store collaboration with Madonna earlier this summer, Apple is partnering with artist Billie Eilish to create the next in a series of Today at Apple Music Lab sessions teaching the art of the remix. The new sessions will be available in Apple Stores across the world beginning in August and are free to attend.

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July 30

Apple continues to upgrade its classic retail locations with the latest store features and Today at Apple-first design. Aligning with a broader national expansion, Japan’s iconic Apple Omotesando is the most recent store to receive a redesign.

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July 29

Apple is promoting its plan for a significant retail expansion in Japan with new teaser imagery posted to its retail website. Stylized Apple logos promise two new stores scheduled for 2019 and celebrate upgrades to Apple’s existing store in Omotesando.

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Apple is preparing to unveil its most significant retail store in the southeastern United States. Marking the completion of a project several years in the making, Florida’s Apple Aventura will move from a traditional indoor mall space to a one-of-a-kind outdoor pavilion on August 10th, Apple told the Miami Herald.

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July 24

It’s easy to dismiss how reliant a modern lifestyle is on the ability to constantly charge batteries and consume large quantities of data over WiFi. Even minor interruptions to internet and electrical services can be frustrating inconveniences, but how do iPhones, Apple Watches, and Macs fare during an extended period off the grid? I unexpectedly found out this week.

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July 19

Apple is preparing to relocate its retail store in San Mateo, California to a substantially larger outdoor space. The move is one of many changes coming to Hillsdale Shopping Center, which is in the midst of a significant redevelopment project. Apple Hillsdale will become the 10th store in the Bay Area to feature Apple’s latest retail design. expand full story

July 17

The iconic wood tables that fill every Apple Store have long been globally admired as symbols of tasteful interior design. Fewer people are aware that recent top Apple Stores contain a hidden space called the Boardroom. Each Boardroom is decorated with a collection of premium furniture and accessories from some of the most respected designers in the world. We tracked down these hard-to-find items to create a directory for those with a discerning eye for design.

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July 13

Photo courtesy of Jayden Lim

Waiting in line for Apple Store grand openings has been a fun tradition for enthusiastic fans since the very first countdown in 2001. There’s still something special about being one of the first in the line, but the most recent store openings have been largely defined by their unique opening day Today at Apple performances and events. At the grand opening of Apple Jewel Changi Airport today in Singapore, early customers celebrated the day with the first public Photo Walk exclusive to the new location.

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July 12

Plans to construct Canada’s most impressive Apple Store have cleared a major roadblock that previously put the entire project in jeopardy. Following a round of revisions, the City of Vancouver’s Development Permit Board unanimously approved a major redevelopment at the Pacific Centre shopping mall, according to Business in Vancouver.

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July 11

Apple’s second store in Singapore opens on July 13th at the monumental Jewel Changi Airport. The new location marks an important expansion of Apple’s retail services for travelers and tourists passing through the region or visiting Singapore. Apple has previewed the store ahead of its opening and offered more details about what customers can expect.

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July 9

Apple’s most significant store in Texas is about to get an upgrade. Apple Highland Village will temporarily close on July 28 while interior remodeling work is completed.

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July 1

Apple has long been absent from downtown Nashville’s skyline, operating just two retail stores in the city’s periphery. A report earlier this year suggesting a new store in the works for downtown’s Fifth + Broadway development has now been reinforced by recently submitted planning documents. Preliminary renderings of a retail store consistent with Apple’s architectural style give us a first look at what Tennessee may have to look forward to.

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Apple Music Up Next concert tour bringing rising artists to top Apple Stores this summer

Throughout this summer, Apple will host a series of seven after-hours concerts at some of its top retail stores around the world. Performances will feature artists from Apple Music’s Up Next program.

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