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Here comes Apple’s new Coding Lab for Kids session

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Kids can code their first app in the new Today at Apple session.
Kids can code their first app in the new Today at Apple session.
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Apple said Tuesday it will expand its coding education resources with a free new Today at Apple session starting December 5. It’s “Coding Lab for Kids: Code Your First App.”

The new session celebrates and coincides with Computer Science Education Week, the company said.

Vancouver’s reimagined Apple Pacific Centre doubles in size

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The reimagined Asia Pacific Centre is double the size of the original store.
The reimagined Asia Pacific Centre is double the size of the original store.
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A reimagined Apple Pacific Centre doubles the store’s original size and adds some new features, like 32-foot floor-to-ceiling glass panels, a “living wall” with 144 native plant species and one of the tallest staircases among Apple Stores worldwide.

The store, in Vancouver, British Columbia, reopened Friday after its massive makeover. Take a peek inside!

Use these tips to capture epic summer light in your iPhone photos

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You can do so much more with summer light in your photos.
You can do so much more with summer light in your photos.
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With summer still blazing, Apple offered a useful Today at Apple Creative Projects video on Friday. It teaches you how to capture “Dramatic Summer Light” with your iPhone camera.

In the video, Apple Creative Pros Jahmyra and David bring in professional photographer Eddy Chen to explore great tips about snapping better shots and editing them to make the most of light.

Today at Apple Creative Studios mentoring program expands to seven more cities

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Today at Apple Creative Studios mentoring program expands to seven more cities
Chicago-based visual artist Sentrock is a guest artist for Apple Creative Studios - Chicago.
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Apple is taking the Today at Apple Creative Studios to additional countries to reach even more young creatives from underrepresented communities around the world. The program offers career-building mentorship, training and resources across a wide range of artistic disciplines.

It started in summer 2021 and expanded in the autumn. Last year, over 400 young people participated in Creative Studios programming.

Apple shows off sound artists’ use of Macs for Star Wars Day

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At Skywalker Ranch, Skywalker Sound’s world-class artists create the world’s most recognizable sounds for films like the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.
At Skywalker Ranch, Skywalker Sound’s world-class artists create the world’s most recognizable sounds for films like the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" franchises.
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Happy Star Wars Day — even if you didn’t know that was a thing. Apple is celebrating the nerdy holiday by showcasing the widespread use of Macs and iOS devices at Skywalker Sound.

Festivities include the release of a “Behind the Mac” YouTube video and feature article about the audio artists at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, along with a special online “Today at Apple” session about creating Star Wars sound effects.

In-person ‘Today at Apple’ events resume after 2-year COVID-19 stop

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Today at Apple resumes after COVID-19 stop
Today at Apple is back with Lady Gaga.
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Apple today confirmed that it will resume in-person “Today at Apple” events in the United States. Beginning March 7, customers will be able to visit their local Apple Store to “explore the art of remixing with GarageBand” — and Lady Gaga.

The events were stopped two years ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also forced most Apple stores to close. “We can’t wait to welcome more of our communities back to our stores,” said Apple retail chief Deirdre O’Brien.

Today at Apple Creative Studios hits Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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Today at Apple Creative Studios Chicago
Starting September 18.
Photo: Apple

Today at Apple Creative Studios will expand its reach to Chicago and Washington, D.C., Apple said Wednesday.

The sessions will provide students with access to mentorship and hands-on experience in things like illustration, writing and photography. They will be led in collaboration with community partners and local nonprofits.