Mass riots hit Apple Store in Bordeaux, France

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Chaos as looters grab Apple products from tables and shelves.
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Apple’s Bordeaux retail store in France was raided over the weekend as continued anti-government protests raged.

In a clip widely shared on Twitter, looters entered the Apple Sainte-Catherine store on Saturday night. They proceeded to pull MacBooks, iPhones and other items off the shelves and tables. Some of those involved with the incident were wearing the yellow vests associated with the riots.

Today in Apple history: Apple storms New York’s Grand Central Terminal

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Apple Grand Central is one of the company's most stunning retail outlets.
Apple Grand Central is one of the company's most stunning retail outlets.
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December 9: Today in Apple history: Apple opens store in New York's Grand Central Terminal December 9, 2011: Apple opens a store in New York’s fabled Grand Central Terminal, the company’s fifth Manhattan retail outlet.

Overlooking the terminal’s Main Concourse, the enormous Apple Store makes a stunning addition to the 140-year-old train station, which is one of New York’s busiest transportation hubs.

Today in Apple history: Apple’s massive glass staircase wows Manhattan

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The Apple Store on West 14th Street in New York City becomes the company's trendiest yet.
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December 7: Today in Apple history: Apple opens its first 3-story retail store, the Apple Store on West 14th Street in New York City December 7, 2007: Apple opens its magisterial store on West 14th Street in New York City. The new Apple Store features a three-story glass staircase deemed the most complex ever made.

The store is Apple’s biggest in Manhattan (and second-largest in the United States, after the one on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue). The first three-story Apple retail outlet, it boasts an entire floor dedicated to services. It’s also the first Apple Store to offer free Pro Labs classes to customers.

Apple Store creator tells how disagreeing with Steve Jobs perfected retail

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Ron Johnson and Steve Jobs at the grand opening of Apple's 5th Ave. store in New York City.
Ron Johnson and Steve Jobs at the grand opening of Apple's 5th Ave. store in New York City.
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Steve Jobs’ hands-on approach to just about every project at Apple is part of his legend.

Ron Johnson, Apple’s first head of retail, offers fascinating detail about Jobs and the work leading up to the first Apple Store during a recent episode of the Gimlet podcast Without Fail hosted by Andy Blumberg.

Jobs was demanding and described by many as often difficult to work with. But Johnson says working with Jobs was a “gift.”

Apple finally starts selling its first iPhone XR case

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Protect the iPhone XR without spoiling its design.
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Apple has finally started selling its first official iPhone XR case, more than a month after the handset made its debut.

The Clear Case, which leaked out in October, is made with a “blend of optically clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU materials” so that you can enjoy your iPhone XR’s design while keeping it protected.

Why Apple’s Geniuses seem so glad to accept lower pay

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Apple Store employees are partially compensated with intangible benefits.
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Anyone who frequents Apple retail stores knows they can always count on knowledgeable and sympathetic help from an employee. One might assume that Apple retains such people with high salaries. Nope.

Instead, the Geniuses — as some employees of Apple Stores are famously called — work there because they are a select few who believe they are helping customers by selling them Macs, iPhones, etc.

Apple store adds 10% discount for vets and military

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Apple is lowering prices for the military.
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Buying a new iPhone XS just got a lot more affordable for anyone that has served is or is currently surviving in the U.S. Military.

Apple revealed today that it has launched a new website that gives a 10% discount to vets and active military members that the company says is an expression of its gratitude for service.

Apple’s troubled Melbourne flagship store has been pushed back a year

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The original, now abandoned design for Melbourne's flagship Apple Store.
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Apple’s proposed flagship Apple Store in Melbourne, Australia’s Federation Square has been pushed back at least a year. Work was originally scheduled to start in early 2019. However, now it won’t begin until 2020 — with the eventual opening taking place in 2021.

If it even happens at all, that is.

Kids in the U.K. get field trips to… the Apple Store?

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It's for a good reason, though!
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Apple is offering students in the U.K. the chance to learn more about coding, engineering and design — courtesy of Field Trip events as part of the UK’s government’s “Year of Engineering.”

The events offer around 1,700 students, aged 5 to 18, the chance to go “behind the scenes” at Apple Stores around the country. Apple is running around 100 of these Field Trip events, during which students will shown how to create various digital projects. These relate to topics from coding to the solar system.