Apple Stores Being Updated With New 3D Window Displays

Ahead of the upcoming iPhone event that's set to kick off tomorrow, some Apple Store locations will have their windows blocked off with black curtains in order to make changes to the front window displays.

Twitter user Brian Roemmele yesterday tweeted a teaser about the upcoming change, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman explained in another tweet that Apple is planning to bring back "the old-school 3D front windows" at some store locations.


An Apple retail employee contacted MacRumors and confirmed Gurman's report. Apple Store workers recently practiced putting up the black curtains and were also instructed to clean out and fix floor mechanisms that haven't been used in years. This likely includes wires and other equipment used for anchoring the front displays.

Apple previously used intricate, eye-catching window displays with cutouts and designs showing off new products and features, but the practice was discontinued with the launch of the updated Apple Store designs.


Former ‌Apple retail‌ chief Angela Ahrendts and Jony Ive worked on the updated Apple Stores, but Ahrendts has since departed and Ive is set to leave the company at the end of the year, which is perhaps why Apple is now prepared to make some changes. Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's head of people, has taken over the company's retail initiatives.


Apple frequently changed its window display setups back when it used window displays, and many of the designs are still well known, such as the colored balls used for the iPhone 5c launch.


In some stores that have seen redesigns, it's not clear how the new window displays will work, but it looks like many retail store displays will soon get more interesting to look at.

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10 weeks ago
Man, thought we were getting a 17 inch MacBook Pro again for a second.
Rating: 27 Votes
10 weeks ago
I am SO ready for a retro Apple (retro being, in my mind, a throwback to the mid 2000’s). Truly the golden era of Apple, where they weren’t afraid to make fun niche products, such as the iPod Shuffle. There was a time when Apple products really were fun! Where you felt excited to have an iPod or an iPhone in your pocket. It’s gotten so clinical over the years. Ive’s flat design plus Arendts making the stores “fashion designer” locations. Isn’t there a happy medium between 3D everything and completely flat? Isn’t there a way to make the products themselves trendy instead of relegating that to colorful cases? What the heck is the point of making the most beautiful product in the world just to cover it up in rubber?!

Really hoping we get back to the good ol’ days.
Rating: 18 Votes
10 weeks ago
3D Window display just in time to replace 3D Touch.
Rating: 16 Votes
10 weeks ago
The current Apple Store design comes off as a little too sterile. I mean, it's nice and all, but Apple needs to have some fun with colors and decorations again.
Rating: 11 Votes
10 weeks ago
I sure hope this signals the beginning of the end of flat, grey, hard to see UIs with tiny or non-existent controls and an excess of minimalism (is minimalism even minimalism anymore when it is extreme, or does that just make it another form of excess?) I just want things to be usable, visible, and functional again.
Rating: 8 Votes
10 weeks ago
Man, I loved these so much. Some of the installations were awful (looking at you snow globe) but by and in large it was always wonderful to put up and see the fruits of your labor in the front of the stores.
Rating: 8 Votes
10 weeks ago
That sounds cool. Ahrendts tried to make the store a fashion/designer location. It wasn’t bad, it was just...different. I’m glad to maybe see stuff like this return.
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3D Window display just in time to replace 3D Touch.

And maybe new AR features with Apple Tags tomorrow?
Rating: 8 Votes
10 weeks ago
Yay the 3D store displays are back!!!!! said no one.
Rating: 8 Votes
10 weeks ago
True Innovation. :rolleyes:
Rating: 7 Votes
10 weeks ago
While the teams that Ive and Ahrendts built are all still the same, and therefore all of the people who are truly responsible for most of the decisions over recent years are still at Apple—I have a feeling that their departures will greatly alter the direction Apple decides to go, at least when it comes to details like this. While the leaders don't do most of the work, it seems at Apple that they are the tastemakers: if Ive didn't like something, it simply wouldn't happen. I'm really excited to see what they do with new leadership, because stuff like this and the rainbow Apple logo are fairly interesting departures from the more austere, muted Apple we've come to know for a while now.
Rating: 7 Votes

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