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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Today

Apple released a major update to the Apple Store app today with a redesigned Shop tab that completely overhauls the online shopping experience. Products are now presented with richer visuals, featured recommendations, and more.

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Yesterday

Apple’s holiday gift for the Bay Area is a brand-new store. The relocated and redesigned Apple Hillsdale reopened this weekend in San Mateo, California, replacing its existing location at Hillsdale Shopping Center.

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December 5

More than four years after introducing new design thinking to its retail stores, Apple is bringing the latest aesthetic to Canada for the first time. On December 14 at 9:00 a.m., Toronto’s Apple Eaton Centre will open in a new and expanded space in the mall, replacing the original store that has served customers since May 2006. If you attend the store’s reopening, we’d love to see and share your photos.

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Australia’s oldest Apple Store will temporarily close for renovations early next year that will re-energize the space and bring it up-to-date with other upgraded stores around the world. Starting January 5, customers will need to seek out other nearby stores until renovations are complete.

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December 3

One of the Bay Area’s smallest and oldest remaining classic Apple Stores is ready for a modern replacement. Apple Hillsdale in San Mateo, California will move to a brand new space on December 7 at 10:00 a.m.

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December 1

Apple’s 10th store in Japan is coming soon to Kawasaki, a first for the city. The new store will be Apple’s fourth to open, move, or expand throughout Japan in 2019. Apple Kawasaki wraps a series of Japanese retail projects long previewed with teaser logos and promised to complete before the end of the year.

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November 21

“We have these crystals that we had photographed a bunch of times in a bunch of different ways. And then this girl picks it up and she shoots down the barrel of the crystal and creates this beautiful kaleidoscope image, and I’m just like, ‘That’s gorgeous. I never saw it that way.’”

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November 20

It’s that time of year again. Not just picture-taking season, but time to check out the Apple Store for the perfect gifts for family and friends. Just ahead of Thanksgiving, Apple has published its 2019 holiday gift guide following last week’s redecorating of retail stores around the world with new holiday artwork.

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November 19

Apple is promoting the importance of coding and app development in its retail stores around the world with a collection of free Today at Apple sessions held from December 1-15. The lineup will include exclusive labs with designers and developers at flagship stores, and a new Coding Lab for Kids based on the Apple TV+ Original Helpsters.

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November 18

Since opening in 2006, Apple Fifth Avenue in New York City has held the title of world’s only 24-hour Apple Store. When the cube returned this past September after years of renovations, the new store earned another distinction: the world’s only 24-hour Forum for Today at Apple creative sessions. Apple says the store is “Always Open to Open Minds.” With a bright new space and a renewed focus on connecting people, it’s time for Apple to tap the energy of the city that never sleeps and keep creativity flowing all day and all night.

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November 13

Adobe today shared a new video previewing an upcoming version of Lightroom on iPad with a feature users have been requesting nearly as long as the app has existed — the ability to directly import photos from an attached camera.

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November 8

Apple’s isn’t ready to premiere its first retail store in Downtown Los Angeles just yet, but the stage is set. Broadway’s Tower Theatre is undergoing the largest transformation in its 92-year history. Apple’s restoration of the building will save an important part of Los Angeles culture and draw new energy to downtown’s core. Here’s a look at what’s been done so far.

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November 5

Adobe hosted its annual Sneaks event at MAX 2019 tonight, co-hosted by writer and comedian John Mulaney. Sneaks offers a preview into new features Adobe is developing for its Creative Cloud apps, and experimental technologies that may or may not make it to production.

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If 2018 was the year of the iPad Pro, 2019 has been the year of pro iPad software. We saw iOS mature and grow into its new name — iPadOS. Adobe also shipped two significant pro apps for the iPad, Fresco and Photoshop, and previewed Illustrator on iPad this week at Adobe MAX.

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It’s been two years since Adobe shook the photography world with Lightroom CC, a cloud-based take on its Lightroom photo editor. The decision to rebuild the app from the ground up with new workflows, new library management ideas, and — in many areas — fewer features, was a polarizing announcement.

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November 4

Augmented reality has captured the excitement of tech companies and the creativity community, but a lack of approachable tools for creating AR content has slowed its growth and widespread acceptance. For AR to be as transformative as we’ve been promised, something has to change. Adobe thinks the answer is Aero, its new AR authoring tool debuting today on iPads and iPhones.

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First there was Lightroom. Today we have Photoshop. Now, Adobe’s next iPad app with desktop-class ambitions is Illustrator, previewed today at Adobe MAX 2019. The app is still in early stages of development, with an initial release targeted for sometime in 2020.

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Adobe is marking the start of its annual creativity conference today with significant updates to many of its desktop and mobile Creative Cloud apps. Headlining Adobe MAX 2019 is the release of Photoshop on iPad alongside the launch of Adobe Aero, a preview of Illustrator on iPad, and enhancements across the board to video apps.

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November 1

One of Today at Apple‘s most significant cultural contributions this year was Made in LDN, a special extension of the free creative sessions already offered at Apple Stores around the world. To celebrate the achievements of young Londoners who took part in sessions this summer, Apple will host a Made in LDN Showcase from November 8-10.

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October 31

Apple’s collaboration with major cultural centers around the world continues this fall in Spain through a partnership with CaixaForum Madrid. The museum will host Today at Apple sessions teaching creative skills amplified by the center’s architecture and exhibitions.

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