Apple’s new Dubai store features mesmerizing ‘Solar Wings’

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The new Dubai store is a stunner.
The new Dubai store is a stunner.
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Rather than loads of glass and steel, the crowning architectural achievement of Apple’s new Dubai store is its motorized carbon fiber windows. Apple revealed the store’s “Solar Wings” today, and they’re one of the coolest features we’ve ever seen.

The automated system is designed to minimize air conditioning usage in the United Arab Emirates store, but the most impressive feature is the way the system opens and closes. Prepare to be mesmerized!

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Here’s how Apple plans to make its stores more magical

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Angela Ahrendts talked about making Apple stores remain relevant.
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Apple is bringing new “hands on” sessions to its stores, enlisting artists, Mac experts and celebrities in a bid to make its retail outlets more engaging.

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail, introduced the scheme on CBS This Morning. She also laid out plans for getting Gen Z interested in Apple, discussed women’s role at the company, and stressed the importance of forging human connections in the digital age.

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‘Meet me at Apple’ is Cupertino’s Gen Z dream

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Angela Ahrendts wants you to hang out at the Apple store.
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“Shall we meet at the Apple store?”

That’s the kind of question Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail, wants Gen Z shoppers to ask one another, according to a new interview airing this week CBC This Morning.

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Apple retail boss teases new store in Dubai

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Dubai Mall is getting an Apple Store.
Dubai Mall is getting an Apple Store.
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Apple plans to expand its retail presence in the Middle East by opening a brand new store in the United Arab Emirates.

The new store coming to the Dubai Mall got revealed today by Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s VP of retail, who tweeted a teaser of the location. It will be Apple’s third store in the UAE (and second in Dubai) once it opens.

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Apple execs pay dearly for 2016’s failures

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Tim Cook holds Apple's billionth iPhone.
Tim Cook holds Apple's billionth iPhone.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook received less pay in 2016 as a result of the company missing revenue and profit goals.

In a new filing with the SEC, Apple revealed that other top executives also got less compensation for 2016 as well. Cook only took home $8.7 million last year after being paid $10.2 million in in 2015.

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What they said: Best Apple quotes of 2016

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Best Apple quotes 2016
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2016 Year in Review Cult of Mac The world of quotes is a poorer place without Steve Jobs, who was a quote machine. Nonetheless, plenty of people talked about Apple this year, whether lauding the company’s successes or damning its strategies.

Here are the most memorable Apple quotes of 2016.

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Apple stores won’t have iPhone 7 Plus, any jet black models on Friday

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Yep, you won't be getting one of these tomorrow if you haven't already ordered it.
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iPhone 7 units are going to be rarer than hen’s teeth this Friday, according to Apple. The company’s retail stores have sold out of the hugely popular jet black iPhone 7 and all iPhone Plus models altogether.

In other words, unless you reserved ahead, simply queuing outside your local Apple store is no guarantee you will get the handset you want on launch day.

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Apple gives sneak preview of flagship Union Square store

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Apple has put the finishing touches on its new flagship store in San Francisco this week and gave the press an early preview of the store that is set to open to the public this weekend.

The Union Square store promises to be every bit as iconic as Apple’s cube on Fifth Avenue, thanks to its incredible glass and metal design and a new prominent location in San Francisco’s popular luxury shopping district.

Take a peek at Apple’s most amazing store on the West Coast:

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