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Michael Steeber

@MichaelSteeber

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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Apple’s plans for remodeled store in Southlake, Texas shown in new rendering

Earlier this month, we noted that Apple’s retail location in the Southlake Town Square would be closing for renovations on March 4th. Now, a new render of the proposed changes to the site sheds a little more light on Apple’s expansion plans.

Yesterday

In a press release this morning, Apple revealed fresh images and details about their brand new retail location on Vienna’s Kärntner Straße. We previously reported that the store is set to open this coming Saturday, February 24th. Apple Kärntner Straße marks the company’s first official presence in Austria.

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February 19

Prior to the release of HomePod earlier this month, many potential readers and Apple customers were eager to hear just how good the $349 speaker would sound. On launch day, we stopped in at several of Apple’s retail locations to see HomePod in person, bringing you photos of the store displays. Demoing a speaker in a noisy environment is no easy task, and while HomePod’s performance is admirable, the difference between your home and a busy store is still markedly obvious. Augmenting HomePod’s in-store display experience could help compensate for the shortcomings of a less-than-ideal testing environment. Here’s how it could be done.

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Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip

February 16

Apple marks completion of new campus with first corporate address change since 1993

On the heels of this past Tuesday’s annual shareholders meeting, Apple has made the transition to their new campus official by changing the company’s corporate address to One Apple Park Way. The change comes just weeks after Apple was given occupancy permits for several sections of the main campus building.

Just in time for some weekend motivation, Apple has added a new page to their website promoting Apple Watch’s activity tracking features. The page, titled “Close Your Rings,” details realistic and effective ways that Watch wearers can live a healthier and more active lifestyle by completing one simple goal each day.

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February 14

Apple has launched a new page on its website dedicated to showcasing the capabilities of augmented reality on iOS, made possible by the introduction of ARKit in 2017. The new page highlights several apps in the areas of productivity, gaming, and learning that have embraced AR in unique or novel ways.

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February 13

Adobe updates Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic, XD with focus on speed and performance

In a series of blog posts today, Adobe outlined changes and improvements announced for their Lightroom CC ecosystem and XD prototyping tool.

February 9

Apple’s HomePod went on sale this morning in the U.S., and customers who preordered the smart speaker are receiving their shipments across all three countries where the device is available, including Australia and the United Kingdom.

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February 7

Apple’s rumored plans for an impressive new retail location in Walnut Creek, California are steadily progressing, seen in new photos of the structure provided to 9to5Mac.

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February 5

Apple has announced on their retail website that the company’s Southlake Town Square location in Southlake, Texas will close for renovations on March 4th.

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February 3

In a new interview with Billboard, musicians Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern shared some details about the experience of having their hit song “Best Friend” featured in Apple’s iPhone X ad that debuted this past fall.

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February 1

Apple is continuing to promote the iPhone X’s camera capabilities with a new short film, Three Minutes, posted today on the company’s Singapore YouTube channel. An accompanying behind-the-scenes tutorial page has been launched on Apple’s Chinese website.

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Update: Official photos shared by Apple (above) show the new store under wraps ahead of opening. See more in the gallery below.

After well over a year of planning and construction, Apple’s first ever retail store in Austria has an opening date set for February 24th, according to a teaser page on Apple’s retail website.

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January 31

Following the news that Apple had refocused their plans for iOS 12 around stability and performance over new features, many were quick to liken the move to a “Snow Leopard release” of iOS. In recent years, the phrase has reached mythological status in the Apple community, a catch-all referring to stable software and “the good ol’ days” of the Mac.

But how did this perception develop? Was Mac OS X Snow Leopard really the gold standard of software releases, an undefeated champion in the halls of computing history? Believe it or not, the meme is almost as old as the software itself.

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January 30

In a report from ABC 15 Arizona, Apple’s plans for an expansive new retail location in Scottsdale, Arizona have been detailed. The impressive new store, slated for construction in the Fashion Square Mall, has now been revealed in renders of the site.

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January 29

If I asked you to name a few common technology products, office chairs probably wouldn’t make the list. The act of sitting down is such a fundamental human activity that chairs are often overlooked entirely, and rarely thought of as technology. Yet, sitting has quietly become an art in itself. The engineering behind a chair can make or break your productivity and its design can compliment or ruin the appearance of room. Multiply that factor by 12,000 – the number of employees expected to occupy the new Apple Park campus in Cupertino – and suddenly choosing the right chair becomes vital.

With that in mind, upon hearing that Apple – with guidance by Jony Ive – had picked Vitra’s Pacific Chair as the seat of choice for one of the most creative workforces on earth, I knew I had to try one out myself.

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Apple’s Alderwood Mall store to close for renovations as restoration progresses on Carnegie Library flagship

Following the news just last weekend that Apple would be closing their Green Hills retail location in Nashville, Tennessee for renovations on February 11th, the company has posted a similar message on their retail website announcing the temporary closure of Apple Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington.

January 26

Photos via BumMo Koo and YouTube

Update: Angela Ahrendts has posted her own congratulatory message and photo on Twitter.

Today, Apple celebrated completion of their first retail location in South Korea with a public grand opening. Photos and video of the festivities from those attending show Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts in attendance to welcome the location’s first visitors.

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January 23

Sonos Controller app adds darker UI, simplified navigation, more frequent updates promised

In a blog post today, Sonos announced the rollout of a new version of their Sonos Controller app for iOS and Android. The update intends to simplify navigation and refresh the app’s user interface.

This morning, Adobe is introducing several significant updates to both Photoshop CC and XD, the company’s user experience prototyping tool. Today’s announcements bring features and improvements developed thanks to Adobe’s work in machine learning and from customer feedback and requests in the Creative Cloud desktop apps.

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