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.
The new Today at Apple initiative will launch next month in Apple stores everywhere. The free hands-on sessions will span more than 60 sessions in creative skills, including photography, coding and music creation. Classes will range from basic “how to” lessons to professional-level programs.
In some stores, celebrity guests will appear — such as an “Art of Beatmaking” session with Wu-Tang Clan producer RZA at Apple Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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Since arriving at Apple in late 2013, Ahrendts has worked to keep Apple stores relevant in the age of digital shopping, whether through store redesigns or programs like the Today at Apple initiative, which seek to provide an added reason to go into Cupertino’s retail stores.
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