Kyoto Apple Store Opens Saturday

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple retail store Shijō Dori Kyoto

Apple’s Kyoto retail store officially opens this Saturday, August 25th. This is Apple’s ninth store in Japan and first in Kyoto.

Global Fleet of Apple Stores Explode in this Animated Timeline

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out Apple Stores Worldwide, an “Interactive map showing the impressive expansion of Apple stores” by Retale.com. It’s a map of the globe that shows the year-by-year expansion of Apple’s fleet of retail stores. Each one blossoms like a nuclear hit in a war game, and you can hover over any one of them to get details about the store. Apple’s foray into retail is one of the biggest corporate success stories of the last 15 years, and seeing it play out over the course of a few seconds is interesting. In the screenshot below, I highlighted a random store in Brisbane, Australia.

Global Fleet of Apple Stores Explode in this Animated Timeline

Constrained Inventory Leaves AirPods Buyers Empty Handed

· Jeff Gamet · News

Line outside University Park Village Apple Store in Fort Worth, Texas, for AirPods

Hopeful shoppers lined up early Monday morning in a mostly fruitless effort to buy Apple’s AirPods today instead of waiting until January for online orders to ship. AirPods are backordered six weeks, but the company said the wireless earpods would be available in its retail stores on Monday, December 19th.

Ageism Is Not an Institutional Problem at Apple Retail

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Apple Union Square, San Francisco

Does Apple have an ageist problem when hiring for its Apple retail locations? If so, it’s not institutional, and the situation that sparked the original story doesn’t actually back up such a claim.  Bryan Chaffin digs into the issues.