Apple's 5th Avenue location in New York City might be its most iconic retail store, but it's not necessarily the strangest.
Ten years ago today, on May 19th, 2001, Apple opened the first Apple retail store at Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. A decade later, there are 323 Apple Stores around the world, with 85 outside of the United States, servicing over two hundred and twenty five million customers per year.
To celebrate the Apple Store’s 10th, we decided to throw together a gallery of some of the most visually striking, noteworthy and downright weird Apple retail stores around the world.
London's Regent Street Apple Store is not just the world's largest Apple Store at 25,000 square feet, it also has the world's longest Genius Bar as well... an impressive 46 feet.
Tokyo, Japan's Ginza Apple Store is the world's tallest: it has three levels of retail, one floor of training rooms and even a story-tall movie theater. Photo by Frank Chen - http://j.mp/l0V4PC
Sydney, Australia's Bondi Apple Store is the only one in the world with trees growing inside. The trees are a species of ficus.
John Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.