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Apple Antara Retail Store Opens in Mexico City

Apple Antara opened its doors to the public in Mexico City's upscale Polanco on Friday, and Apple has shared some pictures that capture the excitement in and around the flagship retail store, located at Antara Fashion Hall in Cuidad. Apple Antara is the first Apple Store of its kind in Latin America, featuring a pavilion design with 23-foot-tall sliding glass doors. Inside, there is also a Forum and 8K Video Wall for Today at Apple sessions, nestled among indoor trees. Mexican illustrator Edgar Flores was in attendance, leading the store's first Today at Apple session and creating a communal art piece with participants. Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's senior vice president of Retail and People, joined the team to welcome customers to Apple Antara, while Mexican R&B artist Mariana "Nan" de Miguel, aka Girl Ultra, performed on the opening night. Apple also created a special App Store story and Apple Music playlist to celebrate the opening. Over 100 new store team members have been employed at Apple Antara, which is now Apple's second retail store in Mexico City, after Apple Vía Santa

Apple Announces New Music Lab Sessions Featuring Partnership With Billie Eilish

After teaming up with Madonna for new Apple Music Lab classes at its retail stores, Apple today announced a set of Music Lab classes in partnership with Billie Eilish (via Mac Otakara). In the Music Lab, customers will have a chance to go hands-on with Eilish's song "you should see me in a crown." Participants will be able to create their own mixes of the track and find out what inspired Eilish to write the song from her latest album, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" Exclusively in Apple Stores, get hands-on with tracks direct from your favorite ‌Apple Music‌ artists. In this session, you’ll deconstruct Billie Eilish’s song “you should see me in a crown,” find out what inspired her, and create your own version of the song using GarageBand on iPhone. Devices will be provided. Apple announced the new Music Lab today, and sessions will begin worldwide tomorrow, August 2. Head to Apple.com to check out more information on the Billie Eilish Music Lab and find an Apple Store near you that will be hosting the

Apple Xinyi A13 Taipei Store Previewed Ahead of Official Opening This Saturday [Updated]

Update: Apple has now shared photos of the store's grand opening in a press release. Apple's second retail store in Taiwan opens on Saturday, June 15, and today the company shared additional details of the kind of experience customers can expect when they enter Apple Xinyi A13. Located in Taipei's bustling Xinyi District on an tree-lined open-air plaza, the new store features signature Apple architecture not seen in Taiwan before, including a two-story, free-standing pavilion design with a carbon fiber reinforced roof, similar to Apple's Chicago, Illinois store. Entering through doors of the floor-to-ceiling glass facade, visitors will find the usual mix of Apple products and services on offer between the two stone pillars, and will be able to receive personalized technical support on their devices in Taiwan's first Genius Grove, under a comfortable canopy of trees. Visitors can also descend the two marble staircases to discover the store's underground video-wall equipped Forum space, where artist-led Today at Apple sessions will be hosted on a daily basis for the first time in Taiwan. These will include sessions on art and design, photography, video, music, coding, app development and more. The adjacent Xinyi A13 shopping mall is still being constructed by the Far Eastern Group but is expected to open in September, which will also allow visitors to enter the Apple store at basement level. Apple says over half of the 155 team members at Apple Xinyi A13 come from stores across the region and collectively speak more than 10 languages. The

Taiwan's Second Apple Retail Store Opening Soon in Xinyi District of Taipei

Apple has begun promoting the opening of its second retail store in Taiwan. Located right outside Taipei's Xinyi A13 shopping mall on a tree-lined plaza, the standalone construction had promotional graphics installed on its temporary hoarding overnight. The logo on display is a play on the word "Taipei" in Mandarin, with the Apple logo inserted into the first character. The slogan on the facade says "Creativity starts here, Apple Xinyi A13." From the outside, the building appears to be a single-story design, but likely conceals interior staircases leading down to an underground floor, with a thin carbon fiber roof held up by two stone pillars and a curved floor-to-ceiling glass facade, which would give it an affinity with Apple's existing store in Chicago, Illinois. The adjacent Xinyi A13 shopping mall is still being constructed by the Far Eastern Group but is expected to open in September, so there's a chance the new Apple store will open to the public around the same time. The new store is within 15 minutes' walking distance of Apple's first Taiwan store at Taipei 101 shopping mall in the Xinyi district, which opened in July 2017. Apple has reportedly confirmed that the opening of the new store won't affect the operation of Apple Taipei 101. (Thanks, Andrew!)

Apple Previews New Champs-Élysées Store in Paris, Opening This Sunday

Apple today officially announced its latest retail store, Apple Champs-Élysées in Paris, located on one of the French city's most iconic streets. The store opens on Sunday and will replace the nearby Apple Carrousel du Louvre, which permanently closed in October. The store occupies a Haussmann-era apartment building, featuring what Apple is calling its "grandest" Forum dedicated to free Today at Apple sessions, which focus on photography, music, coding, and design. In the first week, Apple Champs-Élysées will host sessions with popular musicians, filmmakers, animators and more. "The energy in Paris is electric and it will be one of our premier cities for Today at Apple," said Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of Retail. "I hope that everyone who visits Apple Champs-Élysées will be inspired to unlock their creative curiosity and learn something new."Apple has restored the facade and entryway, and extended the Burgundy stone from the exterior throughout the building. Meanwhile on the upper levels, French oak parquet floors detail the interconnected spaces of the Parisian apartment. "Working within a historic Parisian building is a great responsibility and a phenomenal opportunity," said Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer. "Our first priority was to honor the history of the building, while thoughtfully updating it to create spaces both grand and intimate. The carefully interweaving layers are warm and light filled, celebrating the timeless spirit of the city."Environmental concerns have also played a part in the architectural design at Apple

Apple Shares New Photos of Its First Thai Retail Store, Opening Saturday in Bangkok

Apple has shared new photos of Apple Iconsiam, its first retail store in Thailand, due to open in Bangkok on the shores of the Chao Phraya on Saturday, November 10 at 10 a.m. local time. Sitting alongside storied sites and cultural landmarks, the store connects the new mixed-use Iconsiam Center to an outdoor roof terrace. Apple says the clean, trapezoidal lines and glass surfaces were designed "to accentuate the surrounding natural beauty while creating an open, airy atmosphere effacing boundaries between interior and exterior." The sweeping glass facades of the store look out to the river and the city, with customers able to ascend to the roof garden, where they can appreciate local art, participate in a Today at Apple photo or sketch walk, and enjoy iconic views of Bangkok. "Bangkok is a cultural and economic destination for the entire region and home to millions of passionate Apple customers," said Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of Retail. "We are thrilled to introduce our Thai customers to Today at Apple, our full line of products, our phenomenal employees, and the service and support that are loved by customers around the world."More than 100 employees will be ready to welcome customers to Apple Iconsiam on Saturday at 10 a.m. As it has done with other stores, Apple is celebrating its first Thai store with special artwork and Today at Apple sessions, which customers can sign up for at apple.com/today.

Apple Shares Photos of New Shinjuku Store in Tokyo, Japan

Apple today shared photos of its new Apple Shinjuku retail store, which will open on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store is located in the Shinjuku Marui main building -- a department store in Tokyo -- and marks the eighth location for Apple in Japan. The interior pictures showcase the same neon banner that Apple posted on its website when it first announced the store, which is just blocks from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo's famous shopping, business and entertainment district. Also evident in the photos is Apple Shinjuku's expansive 37-meter glass storefront lined with local Longstock Holly trees, as well as familiar Apple store design elements including the Forum, with a dynamic 6K video wall, and Avenues, with interactive displays for visitors to get hands-on with third-party products and accessories. Apple's senior VP of retail Angela Ahrendts commented on the store in the company's press release: "Apple has a long and special history in Japan, and Shinjuku marks the first of several new stores we’ll open in Japan in the coming years," said Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of Retail. "We can't wait to welcome the vibrant community in Shinjuku to experience all the best Apple has to offer." As with other Apple Stores, Apple Shinjuku will offer free daily Today at Apple sessions covering art and design, music, photography, coding, activity and more. Participants start by learning the basics in Quick Start and How To sessions, then dive deeper into their creative interests with Music Labs, Sketch Walks and Photo Walks,

Apple Shares New Photos of First Store in Austria, Opening February 24

Apple's first store in Austria is set to open on Saturday, February 24, and ahead of the store's official launch date, Apple has shared some photos that showcase the new location. Apple Kärntner Straße is located on Vienna's Golden Quarter, in the famous pedestrian shopping street between St Stephens Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera. The two-level store features a corner entrance and reinstated exposed columns with large window openings that seamlessly connect it to the public gathering space outside.  "We can't wait to join the bustling city of Vienna, a European crossroads so rich in history and culture," said Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of Retail. "Apple Kärntner Straße brings the best of Apple together with our products, services and educational programs. Everyone is welcome to connect, be inspired to learn, and unlock their creativity."Like all Apple stores, Apple Kärntner Straße will offer customers free "Today at Apple" sessions – daily workshops focusing on photography, coding and app development, music, art and design, and more. Each session is hosted in an area of the store called The Forum that boasts a dynamic 6K video wall, recreating the same layout found in many of the company's retail stores around the world. Apple says the store will include its entire line of products, while new owners can get help customizing their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Mac from the store team of 150 employees, which together speak 44 languages. So long as no additional stores open between now and Saturday, Apple Kärntner Straße is

Apple Announces New Tianyi Square Retail Location in Ningbo, China Coming September 16

Apple has announced that its newest retail store will be opening on Saturday, September 16 within the shopping district known as Tianyi Square, located in Ningbo, in the Zhejiang province of China. As with all Apple retail grand openings, Apple Tianyi Square will open at 10:00 am local time. Under the leadership of Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, the company began aggressively expanding its retail footprint in China over the last few years. In January 2015, Ahrendts said that Apple's goal was to open 40 stores in the Greater China region within two years, which it eventually accomplished ahead of schedule in June 2016. Tianyi Square image via China Tour Advisors Earlier this year, Apple Stores worldwide debuted a new "Today at Apple" program that introduced various classes and activities for visitors to take part in, each one focusing on a particular Apple software or hardware product. The company's new stores also feature a next-generation design, putting an emphasis on community and the new Today at Apple programs with areas for these sessions separated from the retail portion of the

Apple Announces Imminent Opening of Taiwan's First Apple Retail Store

Apple has posted a message on its regional Taiwan website to announce the imminent opening of its first official retail store in the country. The store is located in the Xinyi District, on the ground floor and basement level of Taipei 101, the fourth tallest skyscraper in the world. A specific opening date for the store has not yet been provided by Apple, but Taiwanese site AppleDaily speculates it will be by the end of the month, and the wording on Apple's website suggests it can't be far away now. The text on the celebratory page roughly translates to the following: Taiwan's first Apple Store will soon open in Taipei! Apple Store - Taipei 101 will provide a space for people to experience Apple's full range of products and services; At the same time, for people to come together to create, share and learn. Much like how Taiwanese often gather under trees, with a pot of tea, to exchange ideas, share fun, and be prepared for the next journey. To celebrate the opening, we have invited Taiwanese paper cutting artists, Shih Yi Yan, incorporating the same "tree as a gathering place" theme, to create a large cutout artwork to showcase the beauty of gathering. We welcome everyone to visit the Apple Store when you get a chance.AppleDaily has grabbed some shots of the hoarding currently concealing the store, which covers 1,322 square meters across two floors. Image via AppleDaily Last July, we reported that Apple had posted its first job listings for a Taiwan store, which was soon followed by confirmation of its plans to set up a retail outlet in the country. I

Apple Prepares Opening of First Mexico City Store With New Artwork [Updated]

In preparation for the opening of Apple Santa Fe, the company has begun decorating the location's construction site with new, colorful artwork that lets passersby know "we have much to celebrate." The store will be located in Mexico City's Centro Santa Fe, the largest shopping mall in Latin America, on the second floor of the mall's upscale wing of shops. Up until yesterday, the Santa Fe location was covered with a plain black barrier. Other Apple locations have had construction barricades with thematic artwork related to their respective countries, including one in Brussels, Belgium and another in Hangzhou, China that showcased artwork by calligrapher Wang Dongling. (Thanks, Daniel!) Update: Apple has added the Santa Fe location to its website, and listed it as "coming

Authorities Charge 6 in Chicago Apple Store Traveling Fraud Scheme

Six people from New York have been charged with allegedly attempting fraudulent transactions at the Deer Park Apple Store near Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. Lake County authorities tell the paper that the scheme is an "organized criminal enterprise." Last week, authorities learned that the scheme was being attempted at various Apple Stores in the Chicago area. The suspects were using stolen identities and credit card numbers throughout the country to make purchases, according to police. Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, told the Chicago Tribune that the suspects would fly into O'Hare International Airport, rent a car, and immediately head to local Apple Stores to attempt the enterprise. Authorities began increasing patrols and surveillance around the Deer Park store after another store in Schaumburg was targeted. Between Wednesday and Sunday, six people attempted the scheme at the store. Police recovered $10,000 worth of stolen Apple products from the alleged suspects. Covelli said the traveling scheme is not common with out-of-state

Will.i.am's 'i.am+ EPs' Wireless Earphones Debut Exclusively at Apple Stores

i.am+, the company founded by musician will.i.am, recently announced the launch of its new i.am+ EPs, a set of premium Bluetooth earphones that are available exclusively from Apple retail stores and Apple.com. Featuring a design inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records" and targeted at those interested in fashion, the EPs include circular ear pieces made of spun metal and are connected by a woven fabric cord. Because they connect to an iPhone via Bluetooth 2.0 and have a 30-foot range, there's no cord to plug them into a headphone jack or Lightning port. The EPs are available in black or gold, and when not being used for listening to music, they can be worn around the neck for quick access. When worn, the EPs click together using built-in magnets so they stay in place. There's a built-in remote control for adjusting volume and there's a microphone that can be used to make phone calls. Packing plenty of style, the i.am+ EPs Bluetooth wireless headphones deliver superior surround sound and deep bass to truly represent the music on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The metallic discs clasp around your neck for all-day wear. Their lightweight, no-fuss form means no interruption to your music or flow. So easy, so fresh, they'll quickly become an everyday essential to complement your wardrobe.A microUSB port located on the remote charges the EPs, and the battery is rated to last up to eight hours before needing to be recharged. The iam+ EPs are available immediately from Apple.com for $229.95. They are also available for purchase from a select number of

QardioArm Smart Blood Pressure Monitor Now Available in Apple Retail Stores

Qardio today announced that its QardioArm Smart Blood Pressure Monitor is rolling out to Apple retail stores around the world. As of this week, the QardioArm is available in more than 30 countries, including the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, with the accessory set to roll out to the United States and additional countries in the near future. The QardioArm is a Bluetooth-connected blood pressure monitor that's able to deliver real-time data on blood pressure to an accompanying iPhone app. It measures both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, along with heart rate, and it is able to detect irregular heartbeats. It has been approved by the FDA and its accuracy is clinically validated to meet U.S. and European standards. Powered by 4 AAA batteries, the QardioArm measures in at 2.7 x 1.5 x 5.5 inches, making it small enough for travel. The accompanying app includes features for setting goals and reminders, tracking irregularities, and more, plus it can deliver information to the Apple Health app on the iPhone."We are very happy to extend our working relationship with Apple into retail. Qardio and Apple share a vision that brings together technical excellence with beautiful design and a delightful user experience. QardioArm embodies that vision: a medical-grade blood pressure monitor that actually makes people want to take control of their heart health and helps them do so," said Alexis Zervoglos, Chief Business Officer. "We are excited to be reaching more people than ever and to be building further on our many successes."The QardioArm joins several other

Renderings Show Off Apple's New Retail Store Alongside Chicago River

The Chicago Tribune has obtained an exclusive first look at Apple's planned new flagship store in Chicago, which will be placed alongside the Chicago River. The new store will "echo" legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style homes, which Wright pioneered near the city. The store will be located near the historic Michigan Bridge and include a "grand flight of stairs" that will go from street-level to a walkway alongside the Chicago River's north bank. On the street-level side, the store will have an entry pavilion that's 14-feet high. Pedestrians entering from N. Michigan Avenue will have to proceed downward onto the sales floor via stairs or an elevator. The new flagship will have glass walls with a thin, high-strength carbon fiber roof. The 20,000 square-foot store will replace a vacant food court, and an Apple spokesman confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that it wants to start construction next year. The Tribune notes that the new store could be a "boon for the neighborhood", shifting retail focus on Michigan Avenue further south and encouraging development of future architectural projects in the area. The store is being headed by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, Apple's frequent architectural partner and the firm in charge of its new Cupertino headquarters. Apple is scheduled to present a proposal on the new store to the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday, but a department spokesman told the Tribune that the presentation is a formality as the planning department has already approved the proposal. Additionally, Apple already has a deal in