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Just over four years ago, Apple began rolling out a new generation of retail stores across the world. The idea was straightforward but challenging: Apple Stores should be spaces conducive to creative experiences — spaces for communities to gather. Over 200 redesigned stores later, Apple has learned how to express its values through architecture. Each new space builds on the last with refined ideas, designs, materials, and fixtures.

This is part two of a three-part series documenting Apple retail in 2023. In this section, we’ll study Apple’s latest architecture and in-store designs.

For in-depth looks at Apple Store initiatives and Today at Apple over the past year, visit parts one and three. For further background, check out last year’s field guide to Apple retail in 2023 or browse Department Map, a glossary designed to help you learn more about Apple Stores.

Between added locations and existing stores that were rebuilt, Apple completed 23 entirely new store spaces in 2023. Many of these projects introduce striking new designs, classic ideas reinterpreted in new ways, and clever solutions to challenging design problems.

You’re probably aware that many of Apple’s recent and most significant store projects are a collaboration with Foster + Partners, the team of architects that worked on Apple Park. But store projects often involve hundreds of other architects, engineers, designers, and suppliers, frequently at a local level. Though not typically mentioned by name, these talented teams play key roles in bringing a store to life. Here are some highlights from the past year.

Apple Carnegie Library

Presented with the opportunity to preserve a cultural gem in Washington, D.C., Apple left no detail to chance. Tim Cook called Apple Carnegie Library Apple’s “most historic, ambitious restoration by far, in the world.”

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects worked with Apple on a preservation strategy, and Evergreene Architectural Arts treated the building’s exterior to stabilize decaying marble details. Care was taken to keep the facade as close to its original appearance as possible.

Sculpted pilasters beyond repair were replicated and will acquire a matching patina over time. The two glowing Apple logos on the south facade were cut into new slabs of marble that have been placed over the originals so as to not damage the building. Original wood windows were reglazed rather than replaced.

In the basement, a restored Guastavino ceiling is the highlight of the Carnegie Gallery, a space to learn about the library’s history. Guastavino tile is a type of ribbed structural tile used in the construction of vaulted ceilings. Upstairs, the store’s new Forum is the first with a video wall trimmed in bronze to match the door hardware and railings present throughout the structure.

Apple had to get creative to implement its store design elements in a way that was respectful of the library’s history. The original stack room uses columns of white Vermont Marble to reference the towering book stacks that once filled the room. Unique fixtures were designed to bring Avenue display shelving out of the walls and into the center of each reading room. The original design of bookcases along the walls was reinterpreted as a clever solution to hide the store’s ventilation system.

Apple Carnegie Library was also the second Apple Store in the world and first in the United States with an Experience Room, a place to try products like HomePod and Apple TV in a more relaxed environment. Each store with an Experience Room is designed with a totally unique layout and style.

Read more: Apple Carnegie Library: An inside look at Apple’s most ambitious store yet

Photo courtesy of Storeteller Apple Xinyi A13

Apple’s New Store Design aesthetic has been rooted in the styling of Apple Park since the beginning, but nothing better expresses the look than a transparent pavilion design. Taiwan’s Apple Xinyi A13 blends ideas from Apple Park Visitor Center with local landscaping and a second level underground.

It’s not often that a customer’s first impression of an Apple Store is from the air, but that’s exactly what happens in Taipei. Visitors to Taipei 101’s Observatory can spot the carbon fiber reinforced roof from 89 floors up, so Apple outlined its logo on top.

Photo courtesy of Tony Chen

Surrounding the pavilion are carved blocks of basalt and camphor trees. The plaza landscaping is inspired by the geography of Taiwan and includes a misting water feature for hot days.

Photos courtesy of Storeteller

The earthquake-resistant pavilion is wrapped by curved panes of glass and features two marble composite sculptural staircases that descend to the Forum below. Xinyi A13 is the first location outside of Apple Park to use the freestanding staircase design.

Read more: Apple Xinyi A13 brings a taste of Apple Park to Taipei

Photo courtesy of Matthew Tsang Apple Bondi

Apple Bondi isn’t brand new — the store first opened in 2010 — but it received a big upgrade in 2023. Apple closed the store in late March for a three-month renovation as part of its store upgrade program to expand the reach of Today at Apple.

When the store reopened, it brought much more than a video wall. A vertical garden of 7,000 plants carpets two sides of the Forum, stretching more than 30 feet from the floor to the skylight above. A custom irrigation system waters the green walls, and plants have been arranged by sunlight priority.

Photo courtesy of Campbell Hor

Bondi’s green walls are the largest ever built inside of an Apple Store, closer in stature to the plaza green wall at Apple Union Square than the green Avenue seating Apple often includes at larger stores. The unique design replaced a set of interior trees which were the first ever used in an Apple Store.

Read more: Bondi Apple Store upgrade features floor-to-ceiling green walls

Photo courtesy of Storeteller Apple Jewel Changi Airport

Apple Jewel Changi Airport is the first Apple Store in an airport and one of only a few enclosed within a shopping center that spans two floors.

The storefronts at Jewel Changi Airport curve in a circle around a central rain vortex. The width of Apple’s space required a custom facade solution. Panes of double-height curved glass wrap the front of the store until they meet composite marble panels cut with a backlit Apple logo. Structural columns are pushed back behind the glass, resulting in a sweeping, unbroken facade.

Photos courtesy of Storeteller

Tucked away outside of the main sales area, Apple brought its famous recessed handrails to the staircase connecting both floors of the store. A similar spiral version of the design is used at Singapore’s first Apple Store, Orchard Road.

Read more: Sweeping glass facade of Apple Jewel Changi Airport unveiled in Singapore

Apple Aventura

Apple Aventura’s transformation from an outgrown indoor mall store to a state of the art gem among the leagues of flagship stores in Chicago and San Francisco is perhaps Apple’s most surprising project of 2023.

Nearly every detail inside and out was created uniquely for Aventura by Foster + Partners and ODP Architecture and Design, starting with the store’s sculpted white concrete roof, a nod to Miami Modernism. Each vault was precast and transported to the site, where the completed roof acts as a sustainable system to harvest rainwater.

Most major Apple Stores are designed with local culture and environment in mind, but Apple Aventura pushes the limits. Eckersley O’Callaghan Engineers designed a triple-height glass facade that passed missile testing to ensure that the store can stand up to Florida’s hurricane season.

The flow of the store follows one sweeping line from an outdoor plaza landscaped with local plants and trees to the indoor Genius Grove, where trees continue and are planted right into the floor. Since 2023’s Apple Scottsdale Fashion Square, Apple has iterated on its design for planting trees indoors with sculpted terrazzo access panels.

Left: Apple Scottsdale Fashion Square (2023) Right: Apple Aventura (2023)

A tiered amphitheater connects the store’s first and second floors to define a Forum composed entirely of terrazzo benches topped with leather seats. Apple Aventura is the first store in the world to include a Forum without wood and leather cubes for seating. Today at Apple-first architecture continues to command more attention and influence over store design.

Read more: The all-new Apple Aventura: A tropical Apple Store inspired by the coast

Photo courtesy of Timothy Apple Rennweg

Apple’s latest store in Zurich wasn’t a historic restoration project, but it is housed in a historic building on Rennweg, an ancient passageway through the city. The storefront was last an Audi e-tron pop-up gallery, giving Apple a blank slate interior to work with.

On the outside, Apple has retained the charm of the narrow red brick and cream stucco spaces it occupies. Inside, customers familiar with Apple Store design will notice an exceptionally uncommon assortment of fixtures and finishes.

Apple Rennweg blends New Store Design elements like Avenue shelving with classic store elements like previous-generation display tables and a tiled ceiling. The space is bright and cheery with a skylight on the second floor, but not large enough for a Forum or video wall, critical elements of the full Today at Apple experience.

Photos courtesy of Lars Augustin

The discrepancies are noteworthy in particular because the store is likely intended to be temporary rather than a long-term replacement to the now-shuttered Apple Bahnhofstrasse nearby. Given the circumstances, it’s admirable how much effort Apple put into creating a store that feels one with the rest of the fleet. Apple is no stranger to temporary stores, but Rennweg might be the most polished yet.

Read more: Apple Rennweg opens to replace Bahnhofstrasse store in Zurich

Photo courtesy of Daiki Shimizu Apple Marunouchi

The gridded structure of Tokyo’s Mitsubishi Building afforded Apple and Foster + Partners the chance to try a new design for Apple Marunouchi at its base.

Inside and out, the store references a structural grid. Outside, the design is expressed through two-story vitrine windows, extruded from the face of the building in cast aluminum. The vitrines create narrow passages between both floors of the store, where custom planters are filled with bamboo that partially obscures the windows and calms the busy street. Apple Marunouchi was the second Apple Store in the world to use bamboo, following 2023’s Apple Cotai Central.

Photo via Foster + Partners

Photo via Apple

Photo courtesy of Yota Suzuki

Read more: Grand opening: Apple Marunouchi arrives at Tokyo Station

Photo courtesy of Jordan Clemons Apple Oxmoor

Like Apple Aventura, Apple Oxmoor transformed from expected to exceptional. The new space reimagined a vacant loading zone by carving a green plaza into the mall. For the first time, an exterior entrance brings natural light into the store and improves customer flow into the mall.

Photo courtesy of Jordan Clemons

Two towering green walls absorb sound on the plaza and contrast against the parking lot that lies beyond. Trees and patio furniture line the store’s approach. Totally new for any Apple store is a facade composed entirely of mirrored stainless steel. The polished panels reflect the sky and greenery, creating an optical illusion that dissolves the store’s facade and makes the plaza feel more open. An Apple logo cut in the center almost appears to float in the sky.

Photo courtesy of Zach Gilmore

Over the past few years, mirrored stainless steel has enjoyed increasing popularity in major store projects. First used on logos and trim, the material later became Apple’s choice to reduce the visual weight of freestanding video walls like those found at Apple Aventura, Apple Michigan Avenue, and several other recent store upgrades.

Read more: New Apple Stores open in Louisville and The Woodlands: green walls, mirrored facade, more

Apple Fifth Avenue

The Apple Fifth Avenue glass cube was already one of New York City’s modern icons, but Apple decided to go a little further when it rebuilt the store underneath. The original cube was a joint effort with architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Foster + Partners was enlisted to help reimagine the new store.

An innovative new plaza design is as much about what you see from underground as above. “Skylenses” act not only as functional sculptures surrounding the cube but light wells for the store below. Each portal is bridged by curved fabric and outlined by an LED ring light that slowly adjusts to the changing color temperature of daylight.

Two new entrances to the store help manage customer flow, while the focal point for visitors remains a grand spiral staircase twisting up to the cube above. The Seele group engineered the geometry of a new mirrored stainless steel drum and cantilevered stair tread design meant to appear effortless and mesmerizing.

The new Apple Fifth Avenue also includes an Experience Room, this time arranged to exclusively showcase HomePod audio quality. It’s the first Apple Store in the world to include two private Boardrooms for business meetings and Today at Apple session hosts. The store also introduced several one-of-a-kind Avenue displays, including a musical AirPods installation and a special storage system of wood trays for Apple Watch bands.

Read more: Inside Apple Fifth Avenue: An all-new space with a familiar face

Read more: A comprehensive guide to the modern furnishings of Apple Store Boardrooms

Photo courtesy of Marco Aboytes Apple Antara

For its second store in Mexico, Apple branched out with a pavilion design surrounded by gardens and trees. The concept feels inspired by Apple Xinyi A13 but is wholly unique with regional plant life and an open-air store layout suited to Mexico City’s climate.

Photos courtesy of Marco Aboytes

Beyond the gardens, the signature feature of Apple Antara is a set of 23-foot sliding glass doors that dissolve the entire facade of the store. It’s the first time doors of this style have been used at an Apple Store since San Francisco’s Union Square in 2023.

Read more: Grand opening: Exploring the gardens of Mexico City’s Apple Antara

Photo courtesy of Daiki Shimizu Apple Fukuoka

From the outside, the new Apple Fukuoka resembles a wider, angled version of South Korea’s first Apple Store, Garosugil. Both stores are rooted in the same ideas, but Fukuoka’s has several features uniquely Japan.

Photo via Apple

Spanning the entire width of the store’s back wall is a diffusing layer known as a shoji screen. The traditional Japanese interior design staple was reinterpreted in a modern context for Apple Fukuoka to allow more light to enter the store. The screen’s design differs from the classic shoji dividers used at Apple Kyoto.

Photo courtesy of Daiki Shimizu

Below the screen is Apple Fukuoka’s second unique design: a mirrored stainless steel passageway with windows that overlook a bamboo garden. Benches alongside the video wall provide a place to sit and observe. The garden view carries into the store’s Boardroom.

Photo via Apple

The new Apple Fukuoka replaced a classic store within walking distance that was the last in the world to feature The Studio, a space similar to the Genius Bar that originally functioned as a creative help desk. The concept was later phased out and reborn as Today at Apple’s Studio Hour session.

Read more: All-new Apple Fukuoka opens with Japanese shoji screen and bamboo garden

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In addition, Luckin Coffee ranks 17th, while Apple ranked 39th. ‘Fast Company’ points out that in just two and a half years after launch, Luckin Coffee has become China’s largest coffee chain, surpassing Starbucks, it took the latter more than 20 years to reach this status.

As of the third quarter of 2023, Luckin Coffee’s stores grew by more than 200% year-on-year, the customer base climbed by 413%, the number of customers who returned each month increased by 398%, and the number of products purchased increased by 470%.

In addition, Microsoft is on the list of the most innovative companies with its instant messaging platform Teams. Last year, Teams beat rival Slake as the most popular workplace instant messaging app in 2023. In July last year, its daily users were 13 million, and in January this year, it exceeded 20 million. Currently, 91 of the 100 largest US companies use it.

Tesla has demonstrated its marketing skills since its inception, but operational execution has been its weakness. Today, Tesla not only achieved record-breaking car deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2023, it also achieved profitability. Last year, Tesla also opened a new plant in China and has begun delivering cars to the world’s largest electric vehicle market.

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The 50 most innovative companies in the world in 2023 by Fast Company Top 10

Snap (For Setting The Social Agenda)

Microsoft (For Coalescing Teams)

Tesla (For Earning The Pole Position In The U.S. Ev Sales Race)

Big Hit Entertainment (For Mobilizing (And Monetizing) Music Fans)

Hackerone (For Putting Hackers To Work)

White Claw (For Brewing A Gender-Neutral Phenomenon)

Shopify (For Enabling The Shopkeeper Of The Future)

Canva (For Unleashing Corporate Creativity)

Roblox (For Gamifying Gaming)

Zipline (For Delivering The Most Important Goods—Fast)

The Rest

Kaios Technologies (For Outsmarting The Smartphone Market)

Beyond Meat (For Popularizing Meat Alternatives)

Bravado (For Turning Bands Into Brands)

Meesho (For Adding Shopping Carts To Social Posts)

Spotify (For Becoming A Podcasting Powerhouse)

Hello Sunshine (For Flipping A New Page In Entertainment)

Luckin Coffee (For Caffeinating The Data-Driven Chain Restaurant)

Merck (For Vaccinating Against Ebola)

Whoop (For Bringing Pro-Level Science To Everyday Athletes)

Sweetgreen (For Streamlining Delivery)

Sage Therapeutics (For Treating Postpartum Depression Quickly)

Indigo (For Fighting Climate Change With Farmland)

Vimeo (For Successfully Pivoting To Enterprise Video)

Caastle (For Renting Clothiers A New Business)

Thredup (For Weaving The Clothing Industry Into The Circular Economy)

Trove (For Getting More Out Of Clothes Built To Last)

Brex (For Giving Startups Access To Credit)

Hopper (For Eliminating Decision Fatigue In Travel)

Strava (For Using Data To Put Athletes First)

Immuta (For Helping Companies Comply With Evolving Data-Privacy Rules)

Wattpad (For Mainstreaming Niche Stories)

Attabotics (For Packing Warehouses (And Boxes) More Efficiently)

Rothy’s (For Building A Direct-To-Consumer Brand That Stands Apart)

Calm (For Coaching Your Brain)

Twiga Foods (For Upgrading Kenya’s Informal Market Economy)

Color Of Change (For Taking The Law Into Its Hands)

Carta (For Facilitating The Rise Of Equitable Private Markets)

Footprint (For Leading Business Toward Plastic Alternatives, At Scale)

Apple (For Changing The Games)

Truth Initiative (For Clearing The Air About Vaping)

Vertex (For Attacking The Underlying Cause Of Cystic Fibrosis)

Maven Clinic (For Navigating Workers Toward Parental Leave—And Back)

Graphcore (For Processing Ai’s True Potential)

Teachable (For Getting An “A” In Instructor Support)

Bleacher Report (For Being Obsessed With Sports Culture)

Rally (For Selling Collectibles By The Share)

Omaze (For Incentivizing Giving)

Io (For Diagnosing With Smartphones)

Cameo (For Providing Fans The Thrill Of A Lifetime)

Meow Wolf (For Captivating Audiences)

Top 11 Checkout Free Stores And Solution Providers In ’23

It is predicted that long checkout lines costs $37.7 million

1. Amazon Go

Online retailer Amazon opened its beta version of the cashier-less store on December 5 in 2023, in Seattle. The 1800-square-foot retail store was only for employees. Then the store became open to the public on January 22, 2023. As of 2023, 27 Amazon Go stores are located in 4 different states: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle.

Amazon uses computer vision and deep learning algorithms. Amazon calls this technology “Just Walk Out” and uses approaches used in autonomous driving vehicles. Amazon uses various cameras and sensors to see what customers are putting into their shopping bags. 

Customers scan a QR code when they enter the store through an app connected to their chúng tôi account. After shopping, customers can leave the store. Amazon automatically charges the customers’ Amazon account, and the receipt is sent to the app.

It took quite some effort to improve the system. During the pilot, Amazon employees have been trying to fool the system through challenges like wearing Pikachu costumes while shopping.

Funnily, the Go stores, which are meant to reduce queues, were causing queues during their initial launch as people lined up to see how they work:

2. Sam’s Club

Sam’s club is a Walmart owned grocery store in Dallas. The store opened in 2023. The store relies on Walmart’s solution for an autonomous checkout system, the Scan & Go program. Walmart introduced this program in select stores between 2012 and 2014. 

The app allows customers to scan the products with their smartphones and pay by scanning a barcode for their total purchase. Compared to other systems, this is the easiest to deploy system. 

The app utilizes machine learning and purchase data to generate a shopping list for users. It automatically updates the list once items are purchased. 

Customers can search for an item and navigate in the store to find the item.

As of June 2023, Walmart is testing new self-checkout kiosks at a store in Fayetteville, Ark.

In this checkout experience, Walmart combined a self-checkout system with human guidance where a host is always available to make the checkout frictionless.

3. 7-Eleven

7-eleven stores in Dallas introduced a Scan and pay self-checkout program in 2023. The system of the app is similar to Walmart’s Scan and Go app. These both require mobile phones. In both systems, customers should manually scan items. 

In order to use the 7-Eleven app, the customers should install the app and register for the 7 Rewards loyalty program. 

Customers shop by scanning the barcodes of the items to this app.  

They put their items in plastic bags at the scan & pay station. 

The customers pay via Apple or Google Pay as well as a debit or credit card at the scan and pay station. 

Finally, they receive a QR code to confirm their leave from the store. 

4. Standard Cognition stores

The standard cognition company uses computer vision technology to track people and products in real-time in the store. Deep learning and image recognition techniques enable Standard Cognition to recognize items. Brandon Ogle, co-founder, and an engineer, said that the system is correct 98 percent of the time. 

It has light-touch installation, with cameras only on the store ceiling

It accepts credit, cash  and IC cards

It doesn’t require any shelf sensors and works with any store design

These technologies are installed in different retailer stores along with the standard store, the company store, in San Francisco and Tokyo. Standard cognition is a competitor of Amazon Go in the USA. However, it is the first company bringing AI empowered checkout systems to Japan. 

Standard cognition emphasizes their policy on privacy protection. The store does not monitor the customer with their face. It rather identifies the customer with a unique color. This identification is not lost when the customer moves around or the number of customers increases. That is in line with federal laws in many states in the USA since these states ban facial recognition technology.  

5. Wheelys 247 store

Wheelys had a concept like Uber for retail. They provided different mobile sales vehicles and experimented with mobile stores that enabled self-checkout.

They had developed a store called Moby

The Swedish company was testing the 24-hour mobile grocery store in Shangai. The store was also planned to be a self-driving vehicle. However, self-driving technology has not been implemented yet. The company was claiming that Amazon Go copied their idea before they stopped operations.

6. Shufersal Stores

Shufersal is Israel’s largest supermarket chain.

The technology they decided on is developed by Trigo Vision.

The shopping process works as:

Shoppers enter the store by scanning a membership card.

When they grab and place the products in their baskets, their final bill will be sent to their card.

They will be able to pay via their pre-loaded payment information in the store’s membership system.

If they do not want to add any payment information to the membership card, then they will need to use a multi-tender payment kiosk. 

7. Aldi Stores

Aldi is a German owned discount supermarket chain with over 10,000 stores in 20 countries.

The company is famous for fast checkout lines. Nonetheless, the company allocated a budget to develop an autonomous checkout system. They tested the Aldi checkout free store in London. In this system, customers scan a smartphone app to enter. They keep shopping while technology tracks the items they choose and charge them. Then, once customers pay through their card, they can leave the store. 

White-label solution providers

These companies develop systems and implement them in a whitelabel manner in 3rd party stores. They do not have their own stores. In addition to these, companies like Amazon Go both operate their own stores and also provide their technology to retail companies.

8. AI Retailer Systems

AI retailer systems was officially established a year ago, in September 2023 in Zurich.

Customers enter the store with a payment medium they decide. It can be a credit card, debit card or mobile payment.

While customers shop, the virtual card will be updating automatically to add or remove the item.

Finally, depending on the payment method, payment will be confirmed.

In addition to checkout-free systems, the company provides remote assistance with the remote surveillance operator. The operator detects a non-shopping behavior including emergencies.

The system also allows for an effective and consistent in-store analytics. Retailers can view the layout and item placements every day, month and period.

9. Grabango

Grabango was founded in 2023 with a mission to save people’s time.

Grabango also uses small cameras and sensors mounted to the ceiling. They benefit from algorithms powered by AI and computer vision tech. These cameras detect products despite elemental and branding changes.

Grabango has two separate approaches to checkout:

In the first way, customers download and install the Grabango app to “grab-n-go”. They place all items in a bag and walk out. The mobile app charges them accordingly.

The second approach is to grab items and go to a checkout stand. At the stand, the cashier does not need to scan every item. They already know the total items gathered so all customers are asked is to pay via cash, credit, Apple Pay, etc.

By doing so, Grabando both allows customers to checkout with cashier or cashier-less and still manages to reduce waiting lines.

10. Imagr for Smart Card Solutions 

Before Amazon and Standard Cognition launched their solution, Imagr showed SmartCart powered by image recognition technology

They now have some pilot deployments in countries such as Japan.

11. Trigo Vision

Trigo Vision is a Tel Aviv-based autonomous retail store.

The cameras are demanded because they prevent shoplifting and allow inventory updates. Also, the data gathered by the company is insightful for customer behavior.

The company is currently partnering with global grocery chains across globe.

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Hazal Şimşek

Hazal is an industry analyst in AIMultiple. She is experienced in market research, quantitative research and data analytics. She received her master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Carlos III of Madrid and her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Bilkent University.





Apple Retail Will Be The Last Tech Stores Standing (And That’S Ok)

Apple Retail Will Be the Last Tech Stores Standing (And That’s OK)

When I think back over the years, I can remember countless technology-focused brick-and-mortar stores I enjoyed shopping at. From CompUSA to Circuit City to the ridiculous number of other stores that came and went, there was a time when a large portion of my life was spent shopping in the brick-and-mortar.[Image credit: Trey Ratcliff]

Nowadays, there’s only one brick-and-mortar electronics store I visit on a regular basis: the Apple Store. As for Best Buy? Well, I see no reason to go there, and judging by the company’s recent disappointing quarters, it appears many folks agree.

But I’ll take it one step further. At some point in the next several years, Best Buy will fail just as the many companies that came before it have. And Apple Stores will be the only electronics store left standing.

Now, I’m sure there are some of you who will say that retailers like Best Buy need to exist. You might reason that many folks still need to head to retail stores to research products or get accessories when in a pinch. But with Amazon and others shipping products to homes in just a day and the ability to return those products without any financial recourse, I’m not so sure I agree with that logic.

Others might question why I believe Apple Stores will succeed where other companies are destined to fail. It’s simple: Apple’s retail stores offer a different, more-rewarding experience.

Whenever you go to an Apple Store, you’re immediately welcomed to a different environment. You have the ability to surf the Web, check your e-mail, or quickly charge your iPhone without worry of the salespeople stopping you. And if at that point you decide to walk out the door without even considering buying something, that’s just fine.

[aquote]Apple’s stores are about an experience – not just shopping[/aquote]

What’s more, the stores double as technical support locations, educational areas for those who are new to Apple products, and even fun places to bring the kids to try out the iPod Touch. Apple’s stores are about an experience — not just shopping.

Beyond that, I think Apple’s success will only further the company’s chances of succeeding in the brick-and-mortar. Consumers want to use the firm’s products, and they want to try them out as soon as they’re announced. There’s also a camaraderie that develops each year when consumers wait in line for hours just to be among the first people to have an iPhone or iPad.

Apple’s stores are, well, special.

So, as the chorus of critics who say that brick-and-mortar electronics stores will eventually die grows louder, it’s important to point out that Apple won’t be one of the victims.

You cay say what you want about Apple and what its current success represents to the industry, but if there’s one thing you can’t say about the iPhone maker, it’s that it doesn’t understand retail. As the last few years have shown, Apple understands it quite well. And the company will for the foreseeable future.

Apple @ Work: The Top New Features In Macos Monterey For Enterprise Users

With macOS Monterey on the horizon soon, businesses will quickly begin looking at their rollout strategy. I know many IT professionals miss the old 18-month macOS upgrade window, but Apple has done a fantastic job of making a macOS upgrade break less over time. Sure there are bugs, but app developers and hardware manufacturers are doing a great job quickly updating their apps. For the past few years, we’ve all gotten into the fall upgrade cycle with all of our devices.

Over the next two weeks, I will take a look at the features in Apple’s upcoming macOS upgrade that will be impactful at work.

Erase All Content and Settings

System Preferences now offers an option to erase all user data and user-installed apps from the system, while maintaining the operating system currently installed. Because storage is always encrypted on Mac systems with Apple silicon or the T2 chip, the system is instantly and securely “erased” by destroying the encryption keys.

Daily, Erase All Content and Settings will be the most significant feature of macOS Monterey for IT professionals. When a device is ready to be decommissioned, you’ll be able to send a command over your mobile device management system to securely wipe user data from the machine without needing to reinstall the OS. Reinstalling macOS can easily take an hour and requires a manual process, so for larger deployments, Erase All Content and Settings will allow massive time savings.

Keep your FaceTime calls going while simultaneously sharing your whole screen or just a specific app. Collaborate with coworkers, have a game night with friends, or plan your next vacation as a group.

Now you can send friends and family a link to connect on FaceTime — even if they’re using Windows or Android.1 And it’s still end‑to‑end encrypted, so your call is as private and secure as any other FaceTime call.

For smaller teams, the upgrades to FaceTime in macOS Monterey will be an excellent Zoom alternative. Now, you’ll be able to make presentations over FaceTime and invite Windows and Android users to group calls.

While apps like Zoom have a generous free plan, Apple is now putting FaceTime on par with Google Hangouts and Spike Video as simple video chat options.

Will it scale to a 20+ person organization? No, but it’ll be great for small businesses needing to chat with their team and customers. Apple is included scheduled FaceTime links for an event in your calendar, as well.

Focus helps you stay in the moment when you need to concentrate or step away. Choose a Focus that only allows the notifications you want — you can get work done while you’re in the zone, or enjoy a distraction-free dinner. Pick from a list of suggested Focus options or create your own.

My Mac is where I do 100% of my work, so I am excited about the Focus Tools that Apple is adding to macOS. The idea behind this feature is that you can customize your alerts and notifications based on your work. So, for example, if you want to zone in while you’re doing focused work like writing code or writing, you can pause all notifications from Slack, Email, etc.

Your focus settings will sync across iCloud to all your devices, so if you use multiple Macs or iOS devices at work, you can have access to them. Your status will be automatically displayed in the Messages app so people will know you aren’t ignoring them.

What’s next?

These are what I believe will be the most used features in macOS Monterey. Next week, I’ll look at tools like Quick Note, Low Power Mode, Universal Control, AirPlay to the Mac, and Spatial Audio to see how they’ll be used in the workplace.

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Top 10 New And Trending Technologies In 2023 You Must Know About

This article enlisted the top 10 new and trending technologies in 2023 you must know about blockchain

Technology is getting better and better and it has only made our lives easier than ever. With every passing day, technology is evolving and that too at a fast pace. Technology has made it extremely convenient for the organizations to reduce costs, enhance customer experiences and increase profits. Also, the onset of the pandemic has boosted businesses’ digital transformation journey in the best possible manner. On the same lines, being well aware about the tech trends for the coming future has got its own benefits. Here, we bring for you a list of top 10 new and trending technologies in 2023 you must know about.

Artificial Intelligence

It has been quite some time that artificial Intelligence has become popular. As a matter of fact, AI is constantly evolving, and newer applications for this emerging technology continue to spring upon the scene. Today, there are countless applications that rely on AI – image and speech recognition, navigation programs, voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, to name a few. No wonder, the coming years will see a lot more dependence on AI.

Edge Computing

These days, we can see millions of data points collecting user information from various sources such as social media, websites, emails, and web searches. This throws light on how exponentially the data collected is increasing. This is why old and traditional computing methods fall short. Well, edge computing to the rescue.

Quantum Computing

Quantum computing, a computing that focuses on developing computer technology based on the principles of quantum theory, has become extensively recognised and popular in no time. Quantum computing stands the ability to perform calculations based on the probability of an object’s state before measurement instead of just 0’s and 1’s. This computing is highly likely to get more recognised in 2023.

5G Technology

Gone are the days when the world was invariably happy with 3G and 4G. Today is the era of 5G. As it has the potential to change the way we see the online world, there’s no looking back. 5G aims to revolutionise our virtual interactions by integrating AR and VR technology and better cloud-based gaming experiences.

Internet of Things

IoT has emerged to become one of the most promising technologies of the decade. Multiple devices or ‘things’ today are wifi-enabled, which means they can be connected to the internet. Devices within the network can communicate with each other, collect data and transfer it across the network without human intervention.


The cryptocurrency market has given importance to blockchain technology like never before. This technology offers security that can be useful in several other ways as well. As this technology is consensus-driven, which means no single person or organisation can take control of the data, it makes it to the list of top tech trends.

VR and AR

Virtual reality and augmented reality are those technologies that have been popular for almost a decade now. Virtual Reality immerses the user into a new environment, on the other hand , Augmented Reality enhances the user’s existing environment. These technologies have profound importance in gaming and filters on social media, simulation software, etc, hence continuing to be a top trend.

RPA Full Stack Development

Full stack development is one of the newest industry trends within the technological space and is all set to gain momentum in 2023 and beyond. It continues to rise as IoT becomes a more mainstream technology with diverse applications. Full stack development covers the front and back-end development of applications and website.


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