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Apple Watch a hit on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

Shannon Stroh, of Plymouth, Minn., tries on an Apple Watch at the downtown Chicago store. Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

Shannon Stroh, of Plymouth, Minn., tries on an Apple Watch at the downtown Chicago store. Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

CHICAGO — It didn’t matter that Mel Torgusen had already ordered her Apple Watch at 2 a.m.

She still had to be at the Apple Store on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile at 10 sharp — just to touch one.

“Ever since the announcement, I’ve been counting down the days,” said Torgusen, standing at one of a dozen stations the store had set up for prospective buyers to try the watch. “I’m an Apple person and I didn’t need to try it on to know I’d want one.”

A steady stream of the curious and devoted filed into the store Friday for the big Apple Watch preview. There were about 20 people who had signed up for the early appointments lined up outside the store when the doors opened. Others who did not schedule appointments for a personal tour went past a showcase of watches, then quickly registered for private showings.

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China’s newest Apple Store will open just in time for Apple Watch

Apple's Westlake Store in China. Photo: Foster + Partners

Apple’s existing Westlake Store in Hangzhou, China. Photo: Foster + Partners

April 24 isn’t just about the Apple Watch. If you live in China, it’s also the day on which the second brick-and-mortar Apple Store opens in Hangzhou — following hot on the heels of the recently-opened gorgeous West Lake store in the city’s Shangcheng District.

The new store is located in the city’s Jianggan District, in a MixC mall that is also home to a number of high-end brand stores and upmarket eateries.

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ifo Apple Store, the best Apple retail blog, is ending

The best website to keep up on Apple Store news is ending. Photo: Ivan Walsh

The best website to keep up on Apple Store news is ending. Photo: Ivan Walsh / Flickr CC

Well, this is a bummer.

Gary Allen, perhaps the most respected voice and enterprising reporter in the Apple Community when it comes to Apple’s retail presence worldwide, is retiring from the blog he founded, ifo Apple Store.

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Fake Apple Store employees try to sell customers on Microsoft

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Welcome to the Apple Store. Would you like to buy a Samsung? Photo: NelkFilmz

I’ve always found the people who work in Apple Stores to be incredibly helpful and, considering that their job is to sell you on expensive products, honest. One thing that’s never happened to me, however, is having an Apple Store employee suggest that I consider choosing a Samsung handset or Windows Phone over an Apple device.

But that’s exactly what happened the day that YouTube pranksters NelkFilmz dressed up as Apple employees and hit their local Apple Store, with the aim of selling Surfaces instead of iPads. They’re quickly weeded out by the real store employees, of course — at which point things just get awkward.

You can check the video out below.

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Step up to 10 incredible, Apple-worthy staircases

The Apple Store on Boylston Street in Boston boasts a remarkable spiral staircase. Photo: Joseph Thornton/Flickr CC

The Apple Store on Boylston Street in Boston boasts a remarkable spiral staircase. Photo: Joseph Thornton/Flickr CC

If you’ve ever walked into a flagship Apple Store unconvinced of the magic of Cupertino’s products, a wondrous curvy, glass staircase might have softened your psyche.

Apple’s retail outlets are almost as well known for award-winning architecture and eye-catching staircases as for the MacBooks, iPads and iPhones on sale. But Apple Stores aren’t the only places to make vertical trips seem like a magical journey.

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Apple Stores might accept Android trade-ins soon

Photo: Cult of Android

Photo: Cult of Android

Trading up from an Android to iPhone is about to get a lot easier, as Apple plans to incentivize switchers by offering Apple Store credit to customers who bring in their old non-iOS devices for trade.

Apple plans to expand its iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program to include non-iOS devices, reports Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski, who says Apple Stores will soon take everything from Blackberry’s to Windows Phone handsets.

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Want to live above an Apple Store? Now you can.

A beautiful two-bedroom apartment, right above the Brisbane Apple Store. Photo: Gary Allen

A beautiful two-bedroom apartment, right above the Brisbane Apple Store. Photo: Gary Allen

How much do you love the Apple Store? Enough to drop $495,000 to buy an apartment right above one? Then boy, do we have the right real estate deal for you.

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Apple Watch kicks Nike+ Fuelband and Jawbone Up out of Apple Stores

The Apple Watch has kicked Nike and Jawbone off the Apple Store. Photo: Nike

The Apple Watch has kicked Nike and Jawbone off the Apple Store. Photo: Nike

The Apple Watch is coming, and this means it’s time for Apple to put all the crappier fitness bands it’s been selling all these years into the airlock and flush them into deep space.

No surprise, then, that Apple’s retail stores are no longer selling the Jawbone UP and the Nike+ Fuelband.

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Your iPhone can help you decide which Apple Watch case fits best

Apple Watch at actual size. Screenshots: Cult of Mac

Apple Watch at actual size. Screenshots: Cult of Mac

One of the most difficult decisions you will need to make when choosing an Apple Watch is which case size to go for. But the Apple Store app for iPhone hopes to make the process easier by displaying both the 38mm and 42mm Watch cases at their actual size.

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How Apple is changing America’s malls forever

Apple Stores are the new department stores. Photo: Foster + Partners

Apple Stores are the new department stores. Photo: Foster + Partners

I haven’t been to a mall in ages, except to go to an Apple Store. Turns out I’m not alone. Apple Stores have replaced the department stores of yore as the main driver of mall traffic.

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