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apple revamps web design for app store


apple has updated the look of its web-based app store, 9to5mac first reported. it definitely has the feel of the ios 11 app store, which apple completely redesigned and launched last september. but, unlike ios 11, there’s no focus on app discovery.the functionality is about the same as before, but what it comes down to is the clean design that feels simpler — perhaps due to the increased amount of white space. there’s also a bit more of an emphasis on reviews.if the app is optimized for iphone x, apple now shows iphone x screenshots rather than screenshots from older phone models. oh, and now apple reminds you that its apps are only available on the app store for ios devices.let’s check it out.here’s before:and here’s after:






itunes is coming to the windows store


here is a surprise: at its build developer conference, microsoft today announced that apple’s itunes will come to the windows store by the end of the year. the itunes app will have full iphone support and users will essentially get the same itunes experience from the windows store app that the existing windows app currently offers.why is this a big deal? windows 10 s only runs windows store apps and unless an application like itunes is available in the store, those users who want to buy a surface laptop, for example, either have to upgrade to windows 10 pro (which may not always be an option) or forego syncing their iphones with their new windows pc.details about this arrangement with apple remain vague, though. microsoft didn’t show any screenshots of what this experience will look like,






steve jobs originally hated the idea of the "genius bar"


why it matters to you ron johnson's interview offers a further glimpse into how steve jobs nearly rejected some of apple's best ideas.the apple store has been a big part of apple’s business model for quite some time and it is not looking like that will stop anytime soon. in a recent interview with recode, former apple store chief ron johnson discussed the creation of the apple store, as well as his relationship with steve jobs and the so-called “idiotic” genius bar idea.perhaps the most interesting part of the interview is johnson discussing the creation of the apple store in the first place. according to johnson, jobs first reached out to him to help start an apple store chain in 2000 and jobs wanted johnson to design and develop apple’s entire retail strategy.more: the latest drone foota






apple unveils chicago store by steve jobs theater architect


apple previewed its newest store thursday, on the chicago river.chicago’s apple michigan avenue is six blocks from apple north michigan avenue, which opened in 2003.the new store, between pioneer court and the riverwalk, was designed by architect stefan behling of foster + partners. he was also the lead architect on the steve jobs theater at apple’s new cupertino campus.“it unites a historic city plaza that had been cut off from the water, giving chicago a dynamic new arena that flows effortlessly down to the river,” apple chief design officer jony ive said in a press release thursday.apple michigan avenue opens to the public at 5 p.m. friday.






apple continues asia expansion with its first retail store in taiwan


apple has continued to expand its retail footprint in asia after the iphone-maker opened its first store in taiwan this weekend.the inaugural apple store is located in taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper in taipei, and it is staffed with an initial workforce of 130 employees, apple said. doors in taiwan opened at 11am local time on saturday, but eager fans had queued for as long as 68 hours in some cases, focus taiwan reports.beyond selling products and offering repairs, the apple taipei 101 store is aimed at being a place for community and learning. apple said it will offer visitors access to its ‘today at apple’ programs that cover topics like photography and video, art, design, music and coding.like in other parts of asia, apple customers in taiwan had until now had to rely on apple’s web






put a lid on it: over-the-top apple store criticism


of all the things we could be arguing over, the design of a retail store seems like it’s probably not worth throwing a ridiculous fit over but… here we are.over at gizmodo, sophie kleeman says “apple unveils world's least portable laptop.” (tip o’ the antlers to tay bass.)you can say a lot about apple…like, ham salad the banana scooter. see? you can say things about apple and they don’t even have to make sense. it’s what makes tech coverage go ‘round.…it brought smartphones and personal computers to the mass market, it changed the technology industry forever, it was controlled by a megalomaniacal asshole for much of its existence…this is a piece about how dumb the writer thinks an apple store looks so why not throw in a jab at steve jobs? sure. i mean, he’s been dead for almost six years b






put a lid on it: over-the-top apple store criticism


of all the things we could be arguing over, the design of a retail store seems like it’s probably not worth throwing a ridiculous fit over but… here we are.over at gizmodo, sophie kleeman says “apple unveils world's least portable laptop.” (tip o’ the antlers to tay bass.)you can say a lot about apple…like, ham salad the banana scooter. see? you can say things about apple and they don’t even have to make sense. it’s what makes tech coverage go ‘round.…it brought smartphones and personal computers to the mass market, it changed the technology industry forever, it was controlled by a megalomaniacal asshole for much of its existence…this is a piece about how dumb the writer thinks an apple store looks so why not throw in a jab at steve jobs? sure. i mean, he’s been dead for almost six years b






taiwan will finally get its first apple store


apple is getting ready to launch its first retail store in taiwan. according to its taiwan website, the apple store will be in taipei 101, the landmark skyscraper, and decorated with papercut art by yang shiyi, whose work is already featured on a sign marking the shop’s future location.up till now, taiwanese apple users have relied on its site or authorized resellers like youth, studio a, and istore to buy products. the apple store’s arrival in taiwan is interesting because of its fraught relationship with china—which is apple’s largest market outside of the u.s. and considers taiwan a rogue state instead of a sovereign country. the absence of an official apple store was especially ironic because many of apple’s key suppliers, including foxconn, are headquartered in taiwan.the delay, howev






yes, apple is mystery tenant at walnut creek’s broadway plaza – the mercury news


walnut creek — apple is the mystery tenant of a state-of-the-art store under construction in broadway plaza.the cupertino-based company is planning to open a new apple store in the broadway plaza promenade building in progress along south main street at the former california pizza kitchen site. the doors could open in february 2018, according to city planning staff.the store is replacing an existing apple store on south main street.walnut creek design review commissioners, city staffers and broadway plaza operators were mum last year about who would be occupying the building designed by san francisco-based architecture firm bohlin cywinski jackson. the firm has designed apple flagship stores in cities, including palo alto, boston, new york, london, shanghai and sydney.despite the secrecy s






taiwan will finally get its first apple store


apple is getting ready to launch its first retail store in taiwan. according to its taiwan website, the apple store will be in taipei 101, the landmark skyscraper, and decorated with papercut art by yang shiyi, whose work is already featured on a sign marking the shop’s future location.up till now, taiwanese apple users have relied on its site or authorized resellers like youth, studio a, and istore to buy products. the apple store’s arrival in taiwan is interesting because of the country’s fraught relationship with china,  apple’s largest market outside of the u.s., which considers taiwan a rogue state instead of a sovereign nation. the absence of an official apple store was especially ironic because many of apple’s key suppliers, including foxconn, are headquartered in taiwan despite ope






taiwan will finally get its first apple store


apple is getting ready to launch its first retail store in taiwan. according to its taiwan website, the apple store will be in taipei 101, the landmark skyscraper, and decorated with papercut art by yang shiyi, whose work is already featured on a sign marking the shop’s future location.up till now, taiwanese apple users have relied on its site or authorized resellers like youth, studio a, and istore to buy products. the apple store’s arrival in taiwan is interesting because of the country’s fraught relationship with china,  apple’s largest market outside of the u.s., which considers taiwan a rogue state instead of a sovereign nation.the absence of an official apple store was especially ironic because many of apple’s key suppliers, including foxconn, are headquartered in taiwan despite oper






jony ive returns to apple to oversee its design teams


apple inc. said friday that design chief jony ive is resuming oversight of the company’s industrial-design and user-interface teams, a role that he stepped away from during the development of apple’s new headquarters.in the past few years, as mr. ive focused on apple’s campus, richard howarth, vice president of industrial design, and alan dye, vice president of user-interface design, reported directly to chief executive tim cook....






apple is set to double the size of its flagship nyc retail store


why it matters to you apple's flagship new york city retail store is already a tourist draw, but the company is looking to make it even more impressive.it looks like apple could be prepping to take its flagship fifth avenue store in new york city to the next level. apple’s disputes with the landowner, boston properties, have been settled, and according to a bloomberg report, apple is now set to more than double the size of the store from 32,000 square feet to a hefty 77,000 square feet.the road to expansion has been somewhat long for apple, which was awarded a design patent in 2014 for the gl box store. in may 2016, reports surfaced suggesting boston properties was considering not renewing apple’s lease because, according to reports, apple didn’t want to pay the asking price. why? apple a






u village may get larger apple store, right in front of microsoft store


in a parking lot between the seattle shopping center’s current apple store and the microsoft store, a new retail building is under construction.apple is apparently building a new apple store at university village that, coincidentally or not, would put it just across from the center’s microsoft store.documents filed with the city of seattle discuss the building of “village green,” a new 2-story retail building in university village being constructed on a parking lot just south of the shopping center’s three-story crate and barrel store. the location is between the center’s current apple store and the microsoft store.while the filings don’t directly say an apple store will be built there, they include references to apple. one document is addressed to foster + partners, the architectural firm






what apple must include in iphone 8 to stay ahead of galaxy note 8


1 of 1210 things apple must offer in iphone 8 to compete with galaxy note 8 samsung demonstrated its might in the smartphone market when it unveiled the galaxy note 8 aug. 23. the device, which is slated to hit store shelves sept. 15, comes with a slew of impressive features, including a high-end processor, fast wireless charging and an outstanding design. and, with samsung’s own android skin running atop the operating system, the galaxy note 8 delivers a level of refinement most companies don’t offer. the galaxy note 8 also puts pressure on apple to respond with a high-end iphone this year, which it is rumored to be doing with the iphone 8. but what exactly should apple offer? and what features would make the iphone a strong competitor to the galaxy note 8? read on to find out what apple






developers are rolling in the green from apple app store sales from apple app sa


top of the order:  bring on the apps: apple doesn’t like to talk much unless it really has something it wants to say. and even for apple, it’s hard to avoid talking about $70 billion.that’s the amount that apple says it has paid out to developers from its app store since it went live back in 2008. last year, apple made a change in how it splits app store sales between itself and developers of subscription based apps to give developers 85 percent of apps that are subscribed to for more than one year. the prior split had been 70 percent for developers and 30 percent for apple.in other words, apple’s app store is a cash machine for those who build apps that then become popular with the public.sure, apple has hit a few speedbumps over the last year, with slowing or even declining iphone sales.






apple’s widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the app st


advertisement following its worldwide developers conference, apple released updated app store guidelines that included a new rule allowing it to ban apps created by a “commercialized template or app generation service.” the understanding at the time was this was part of apple’s larger app store cleanup, and the focus was on helping rid the marketplace of low-quality clone and spam apps. but things have since changed. a number of app-building companies that had earlier believed themselves to be in the clear are now being affected, as well.many companies have recently been given a january 1, 2018 deadline, after which point any new apps they submit will be rejected by the app store review team, they’ve been told by apple. in the meantime, some have been able to maintain their existing apps,






apple’s widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the app st


advertisement following its worldwide developers conference, apple released updated app store guidelines that included a new rule allowing it to ban apps created by a “commercialized template or app generation service.” the understanding at the time was this was part of apple’s larger app store cleanup, and the focus was on helping rid the marketplace of low-quality clone and spam apps. but things have since changed. a number of app-building companies that had earlier believed themselves to be in the clear are now being affected, as well.many companies have recently been given a january 1, 2018 deadline, after which point any new apps they submit will be rejected by the app store review team, they’ve been told by apple. in the meantime, some have been able to maintain their existing apps,






today at apple could make apple’s growth troubles a thing of the past


the apple store has always been more than a place to buy stuff. from the moment the first location opened its doors at tyson’s corner in virginia, its main purpose was to create an environment where people could gather to talk, test, and learn about all things apple.there were no pushy salespeople urging you to take advantage of the latest limited-time offer or time limits imposed on trying the products on display. apple encouraged people to linger at the counters and spend a little more time at the stores, and that philosophy influenced the evolution of the store design, as software aisles gave way to casual seating and checkout lines were replaced with roving scanners.in many ways, today at apple, which launched this past weekend at all of apple’s 495 retail stores, is the culmination of






apple is opening new stores in downtown miami, cologne and nanjing


while apple’s retail team is currently remodeling all its stores, the company is also opening brand new stores around the world. apple is opening a flagship store in downtown miami, a new store in a historic building in cologne and a third store in nanjing.last weekend, apple reopened the 35th remodeled store across 18 different states. “almost 50 percent of the stores in the u.s. were built before the iphone,” apple senior market director enrique atienza working on apple stores across north and south america told me.for instance, in indianapolis, here’s a comparison of the old store and the new store in the same mall but in another location (i’m going to miss those fake cardboard ipod nano models):keystone_remodel_0010keystone crossing_20160916_ps_hero models_crop view slideshowpreviousne






apple is opening new stores in downtown miami, cologne and nanjing


while apple’s retail team is currently remodeling all its stores, the company is also opening brand new stores around the world. apple is opening a flagship store in downtown miami, a new store in a historic building in cologne and a third store in nanjing.last weekend, apple reopened the 35th remodeled store across 18 different states. “almost 50 percent of the stores in the u.s. were built before the iphone,” apple senior market director enrique atienza working on apple stores across north and south america told me.for instance, in indianapolis, here’s a comparison of the old store and the new store in the same mall but in another location (i’m going to miss those fake cardboard ipod nano models):keystone_remodel_0010keystone crossing_20160916_ps_hero models_crop view slideshowpreviousne






wish list: what i’d like to see in the new mac pro


now that we know that apple really does care about the mac and is working on a new mac pro, it’s no longer a useless exercise to dream a little bit and make a wish list of what we’d like to see in apple’s top-of-the-line mac.apple says the new mac pro will hopefully ship next year. once it does hit the market, here’s what i hope to find in the future mac pro.a practical tower case designthere’s no denying that the current cylindrical mac pro is a design feat that’s nice to look at, but it’s impractical in so many ways. and the fashionable design is one of the last things pro users care about. it’s not like you’re going to sit there and admire the mac pro’s round edges and gunmetal glare while waiting for a 4k video to render. no, you’re moving on to other tasks. you’ve got to get stuff don






wish list: what i’d like to see in the new mac pro


now that we know that apple really does care about the mac and is working on a new mac pro, it’s no longer a useless exercise to dream a little bit and make a wish list of what we’d like to see in apple’s top-of-the-line mac.apple says the new mac pro will hopefully ship next year. once it does hit the market, here’s what i hope to find in the future mac pro.a practical tower case designthere’s no denying that the current cylindrical mac pro is a design feat that’s nice to look at, but it’s impractical in so many ways. and the fashionable design is one of the last things pro users care about. it’s not like you’re going to sit there and admire the mac pro’s round edges and gunmetal glare while waiting for a 4k video to render. no, you’re moving on to other tasks. you’ve got to get stuff don






apple is opening new stores in downtown miami, cologne and nanjing


while apple’s retail team is currently remodeling all its stores, the company is also opening brand new stores around the world. apple is opening a flagship store in downtown miami, a new store in a historic building in cologne and a third store in nanjing.last weekend, apple reopened the 35th remodeled store across 18 states. “almost 50 percent of the stores in the u.s. were built before the iphone,” apple senior market director enrique atienza, who is working on apple stores across north and south america, told me.for instance, in indianapolis, here’s a comparison of the old store and the new store in the same mall but in another location (i’m going to miss those fake cardboard ipod nano models):keystone_remodel_0010keystone crossing_20160916_ps_hero models_crop view slideshowpreviousnex






apple store down in anticipation of today's launches: red iphones, 9.7" ipads an


apple was on fire this week - it unveiled the iphone 7 (product) red, doubled the storage of the iphone se, unveiled a new, cheaper ipad 9.7, it even added more watch strap options.and predictably the apple store is down. you are greeted wit a “we’ll be back” message in a variety of languages. this is fitting since the red iphone 7 will launch globally at the same hour - 3:01 pm gmt. the messages in each language list the local time in the respective country, if you can’t figure out this gmt thing.the new apple ipad 9.7 and iphone se with extra storage also go on sale later today - out of the blue, apple created a huge launch.source (apple store, temporarily “down”)






apple unveils world's least portable laptop


gif you can say a lot about apple—it brought smartphones and personal computers to the mass market, it changed the technology industry forever, it was controlled by a megalomaniacal asshole for much of its existence—but you’d have a hard time getting even the staunchest critic of the company to argue its products weren’t groundbreakingly pretty. alas, nothing gold can stay. behold, chicago’s terrible new apple store!get it? it looks like a big-ass laptop. for a time, it even featured what i estimate to be a 10-foot wide version of the apple decal, because nothing says “our company is important!” like an enormous sticker. (the decal disappeared after an hour, for reasons unknown. shame?) advertisementadvertisementdnainfo reports that the new store, which has been under construction since 20






apple faces class-action lawsuits over slowed-down iphones


apple's iphone and ipad introduced a novel way of interacting with computers: via easy-to-use applications, accessible in the highly curated app store. the same approach hasn't worked nearly as well on apple's desktops and laptops. the mac app store is a ghost town of limited selection and rarely...






apple announces apple camp and kids hour summer programs at the apple store


need to help your kids battle the summer boredom blues? you may be in luck: apple on tuesday announced its multi-day summer camp sessions called (appropriately) apple camp, which goes along with the special kid-focused today at apple creative workshops. apple camp and today at apple sessions are free, but space is limited, so you’ll need to sign up sooner than later. the programs are available at your local apple store.apple campthe first of apple’s summer offerings, apple camp, is a three-day program that involves 90-minute sessions for kids age 8 to 12 years old. apple offers three different sessions: coding games and programming robots; creating characters and composing music; and stories in motion with imovie.the first two days are spent on projects specific to the particular session.






amazon prime video app for apple tv will be announced at wwdc


apple and amazon have settled (at least some of) their differences. amazon prime video is officially making its way to the apple tv.apple will announce the all-new amazon prime video app for apple tv at this year’s wwdc keynote on june 5, according to buzzfeed. then the app will reportedly hit the tvos app store this summer. in addition, amazon.com will be start selling the apple tv set-top box again after being banned two years ago.this corroborates an earlier report that apple and amazon had reached an agreement to the benefit of both their streaming media strategies. amazon prime members who own an apple tv have another reason to renew their membership, and the apple gets to put the apple tv back on amazon’s massive retail platform.this is a big win for apple. in 2015, amazon banned the






confirmed: amazon prime video app is coming to apple tv


apple and amazon have settled (at least some of) their differences. amazon prime video is officially making its way to the apple tv.apple ceo tim cook announced the all-new amazon prime video app for apple tv at this year’s wwdc keynote on june 5. cook did not mention when the app will be available, but buzzfeed reported earlier this month that amazon video would hit the tvos app store this summer. in addition, according to buzzfeed, amazon.com will be start selling the apple tv set-top box again after being banned two years ago.the announcement of the amazon video app for apple tv corroborates an earlier report that apple and amazon had reached an agreement to the benefit of both their streaming media strategies. amazon prime members who own an apple tv have another reason to renew their






confirmed: amazon prime video app is coming to apple tv


apple and amazon have settled (at least some of) their differences. amazon prime video is officially making its way to the apple tv.apple ceo tim cook announced the all-new amazon prime video app for apple tv at this year’s wwdc keynote on june 5. cook did not mention when the app will be available, but buzzfeed reported earlier this month that amazon video would hit the tvos app store this summer. in addition, according to buzzfeed, amazon.com will be start selling the apple tv set-top box again after being banned two years ago.the announcement of the amazon video app for apple tv corroborates an earlier report that apple and amazon had reached an agreement to the benefit of both their streaming media strategies. amazon prime members who own an apple tv have another reason to renew their






apple announces apple camp and kids hour summer programs at the apple store


need to help your kids battle the summer boredom blues? you may be in luck: apple on tuesday announced its summer programming for kids, including multi-day summer camp sessions called (appropriately) apple camp, and special kid-focused today at apple creative workshops. apple camp and today at apple sessions are free, but space is limited, so you’ll need to sign up sooner than later. the programs are available at your local apple store.apple campthe first of apple’s summer offerings, apple camp, is a three-day program that involves 90-minute sessions for kids age 8 to 12 years old. apple offers three different sessions: coding games and programming robots; creating characters and composing music; and stories in motion with imovie.the first two days are spent on projects specific to the par






apple's futuristic campus opens to employees in april


apple employees have to pack up their desks: the company announced that its spaceship-like campus, now dubbed apple park, will open in april.apple park is a 175-acre campus housing a 2.8 million-square-foot main building; a 1,000-seat theater named after steve jobs; a 100,000 square-foot fitness center for apple employees; research and development facilities; a public café and apple store; and "two miles of walking and running paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow and pond within the ring’s interior grounds." the company practically built a miniature metropolis for its workers.roughly 12,000 of apple's 100,000 employees will work from apple park. (the others are likely distributed around the world in much less glamorous buildings.) the move-in process is expected to take six months,






taiwan to get its first apple store soon


apple will soon open its first official retail store in taiwan. the information comes courtesy of the company's taiwanese website, which confirmed that the store will be located in the taipei 101 skyscraper.ceo tim cook took it to twitter to mark the milestone.there's currently no official confirmation on the launch date, although rumors say the opening will happen sometime around this month's end. the store covers 1,322 square meters of area.the cupertino-based company currently has 495 retail stores in 17 countries around the world. of the total, 270 are located in the united states.via | apple taiwan






kgi: 2018 iphone x will keep 6p rear camera lens design


often reliable kgi analyst ming-chi kuo said in a memo to investors that it is highly unlikely that apple will integrate a 7p (seven-lens plastic array) or 2g3p (two glass, three plastic) design in the iphone x successor's camera. his statement is based mainly on the fact that apple has the most advanced camera platform right now with the 6p design.the current camera specs help the iphone x to “strike a phenomenal balance between picture quality and form factor design”, says kuo. switching to a new design might improve aperture performance, and that’s it.another reason that apple will not introduce a new design is an inevitable delay in delivery due to manufacturing issues. this is a step cupertino is unwilling to take, having learned valuable lessons from the iphone x supply issues.the du






apple talks about future mac pro design, updates current ones


apple finally broke the silence on the growing and near deafening criticism on the lack of focus on the mac lineup, especially with regards to the current mac pro, which was launched back in 2013 and hasn’t received any updates since then. in a small briefing with select journalists, apple talked about what it plans to do with the mac pro and the mac lineup in general in the future, as well as announcing some updates for current products.the biggest takeaway is that there is a new mac pro coming. apple mentioned that it will be returning to a modular design after the current one didn’t work out. with the existing mac pro, apple made a bet on the integrated, dual gpu structure, which proved to be a mistake, as it did not allow easy upgrades since the thermal design was unsuitable for more m






gop to introduce obamacare repeal/replace bill after break


house speaker paul ryan speaks with reporters on capitol hill on feb. 16, 2017. (photo: j. scott applewhite, ap)house speaker paul ryan said thursday that republicans will introduce a bill to repeal and replace obamacare when lawmakers return from next week's recess.he said republicans are waiting to release the legislation until the cost of the bill is estimated by the non-partisan congressional budget office and the joint committee on taxation."it has become increasingly clear that this law is collapsing," the wisconsin republican told reporters at his weekly news conference. he cited tuesday's announcement by humana to pull out of obamacare's health exchanges as another sign that the current system is failing."it will keep getting worse unless we act," ryan said.he said the replacement