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First look at Apple's new Palo Alto retail store

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Apple on Saturday opened the doors to its brand new store in Palo Alto, Calif., located just a few miles from the company's corporate headquarters.

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The new Apple Store on 340 University Drive in Palo Alto drew a large crowd for its grand reopening Saturday at 10 a.m. local time. The new location has replaced the old store which was located just down the street.

The new store has about 15,000 square feet of retail space and an all-glass front that is a trademark feature of Apple's retail locations. AppleInsider readers Ben and Gavin were onhand for Saturday's festivities, and Gavin described the location as "massive."

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The original Apple Store in Palo Alto was noteworthy because it was the local store of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Jobs himself would sometimes appear at the store for product launches, including the debut of the first iPad in 2010.

Thanks to AppleInsider reader Ben for the included photos.

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If these photos belong to "Ben and Gavin" their proper names should be on the copyright notice, not AppleInsider.

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Steve would never . . . have let that ugly glass seam run right through the apple logo.
Maybe.
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Originally Posted by cinder View Post
Steve would never . . . have let that ugly glass seam run right through the apple logo.

 

Did at the 5th Avenue store. And you can tell these images were taken with an iPhone.

 

… they're solid walls of purple.

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Steve would never . . . have let that ugly glass seam run right through the apple logo.
Maybe.

Well, it only "appears" to, they aren't on the same panel.

But I agree it would look better if it didn't "appear" that way.

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Steve would never . . . have let that ugly glass seam run right through the apple logo.
Maybe.

 

I think you're right. He would've made them turn those two front glass panels into one huge, heavy glass panel.

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Originally Posted by GadgetCanada View Post
I wonder what the air conditioning design is like with the sun beating down in the middle of summer.

 

Imagine how loud it will be when it rains.

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Is this one of the new "designs"? If so, what's different about the internal setup of the store? IOW, what changes can we expect with their other retail outlets?

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post #9 of 59
In other news, Microsoft will build a new store in Palo Alto closer to the new Apple Store, with similar signage, materials, and architecture.

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Has Apple started building their new spaceship campus? And when is it supposed to be completed?
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Nice. But I do wonder sometimes if they've completely forgotten they're in a highly active seismic zone, or maybe just in denial? As nice as it is, it's one place I wouldn't want to be when a good sized earthquake hits… I wonder, what magnitude will it have to be before it starts raining glass in there?

 

Nevertheless, a very interesting design. They seem to be evolving it in small, incremental steps, keeping it attractive and functional… seems like a good balance of customers to staff as well. Maybe the rumors about "staff thinning" were a bit overblown?

 

Is this a 'prototype' for future stores?

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Is this one of the new "designs"? If so, what's different about the internal setup of the store? IOW, what changes can we expect with their other retail outlets?

Is it supposed to be any different? Just judging by the pictures, it looks like any other Apple store.

I also saw a few pictures from Microsoft's temporary store in Times Square for their tablet launch, and it really is pathetic how everybody is trying so hard to be Apple now.
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Nice. But I do wonder sometimes if they've completely forgotten they're in a highly active seismic zone, or maybe just in denial? As nice as it is, it's one place I wouldn't want to be when a good sized earthquake hits… I wonder, what magnitude will it have to be before it starts raining glass in there?

 

Nevertheless, a very interesting design. They seem to be evolving it in small, incremental steps, keeping it attractive and functional… seems like a good balance of customers to staff as well. Maybe the rumors about "staff thinning" were a bit overblown?

 

Is this a 'prototype' for future stores?

I presume there are buildings codes that must be adhered to, and these hopefully take earthquakes into account?

 

I'd be interested to know how all that light coming in through the ceiling affects the viewing experience of the screens? Is there a lot of glare or direct sunlight?

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Is it supposed to be any different? Just judging by the pictures, it looks like any other Apple store.

I don't know if it's suppose to be but over the past year or so we've heard about a new style store coming.

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post #15 of 59
Guess they're are really running with that NYC UWS store design.
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I'll miss the old store. It was, ironically, located in the old Swain's House of Music... hence the mosaic lyre in front of the entrance.
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Did at the 5th Avenue store. And you can tell these images were taken with an iPhone.

 

… they're solid walls of purple.

 

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Imagine how loud it will be when it rains.

Does that mean in the summer, the store ceiling is beat with Purple Rain?

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All I can think of, is how hot its gonna get in there at noon, with that glass roof.
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I'll miss the old store. It was, ironically, located in the old Swain's House of Music... hence the mosaic lyre in front of the entrance.

 

Wow:

http://archives.pahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/PAHA&CISOPTR=1352&CISOBOX=1&REC=2

 

And before the line waiters and Greenpeacers:

http://archives.pahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/PAHA&CISOPTR=32&CISOBOX=1&REC=3

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The original Apple Store in Palo Alto was noteworthy because it was the local store of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Jobs himself would sometimes appear at the store for product launches, including the debut of the first iPad in 2010.

 

Link to the post in 2010 is dead. (even after removing the extra code at the end of the URL)

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Link to the post in 2010 is dead. (even after removing the extra code at the end of the URL)

Here you go: http://appleinsider.com/articles/10/04/05/steve_jobs_appears_at_palo_alto_apple_store_for_ipad_launch

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So, Palo Alto has a population of 64,000 and Stanford University, Palo Alto has a population of 20,000, yet we have 2 stores in Palo Alto. While Southern Ireland has a population of 4.5 million, and we have zero Apple Stores?
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So, Palo Alto has a population of 64,000 and Stanford University, Palo Alto has a population of 20,000, yet we have 2 stores in Palo Alto. While Southern Ireland has a population of 4.5 million, and we have zero Apple Stores?

If that's how you want to play it then you have a long time to wait because India has a population of 1.2 billion, or 269 Irelands. In fact, you're pretty much half down the list on the populations of countries which puts more than 100 countries between you and an Apple Store.

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Has Apple started building their new spaceship campus? And when is it supposed to be completed?

Later this year and finish by 2015 for moving in date, see link http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/06/apple-campus-floorplans/

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So, Palo Alto has a population of 64,000 and Stanford University, Palo Alto has a population of 20,000, yet we have 2 stores in Palo Alto. While Southern Ireland has a population of 4.5 million, and we have zero Apple Stores?

Solipsism X used India, but taking Singapore with 5,183,700, you do not see an Apple store and U can bet, that country sells more Apple products than Ireland.

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So, Palo Alto has a population of 64,000 and Stanford University, Palo Alto has a population of 20,000, yet we have 2 stores in Palo Alto. While Southern Ireland has a population of 4.5 million, and we have zero Apple Stores?

here in portugal we have more than 10million without a single Apple Store... Samsung runs the show in these poor european countries.

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Solipsism X used India, but taking Singapore with 5,183,700, you do not see an Apple store and U can bet, that country sells more Apple products than Ireland.

It's also a denser population and I believe the GDP per capita about 50% higher, but I don't know how I seem to remember that or even if it's accurate today.

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It's also a denser population and I believe the GDP per capita about 50% higher, but I don't know how I seem to remember that or even if it's accurate today.

 

Yup. They don't drop stores in places where there are a lot of people; they drop stores in places where there are a lot of rich people.

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Is it supposed to be any different? Just judging by the pictures, it looks like any other Apple store.
I also saw a few pictures from Microsoft's temporary store in Times Square for their tablet launch, and it really is pathetic how everybody is trying so hard to be Apple now.

 

Temporary??

 

So when folk want to return their Surface tablets, the store has just ... vanished??

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Yup. They don't drop stores in places where there are a lot of people; they drop stores in places where there are a lot of rich people.

So we can expect Apple to open a Gangnam Store? 1biggrin.gif


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Temporary??

So when folk want to return their Surface tablets, the store has just ... vanished??

Microsoft is BrigaDOOMed!*



* Was this comment too esoteric? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigadoon

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Originally Posted by Rayz View Post
So when folk want to return their Surface tablets, the store has just ... vanished??

 

That's a good way to get retention. 

Windows 8 launches… one week later, all Microsoft Stores disappear from all malls across the country. No mention of them in even the oldest directory map. And thanks to a single line in the warranty of the Surface whereby it may only be returned to a physical Microsoft Store, they can report the grand success of their tablet sales. 

 

At least until the class action comes in.

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Temporary??

So when folk want to return their Surface tablets, the store has just ... vanished??

All sales are final.

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All sales are final.

I'm pretty sure they have a 14 day return policy, at least in the US. Not sure about a restocking fee.

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I think you're right. He would've made them turn those two front glass panels into one huge, heavy glass panel.

 

Yup, like Chicago’s store:

 

 

 

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We should file a rdar:// bug on this building.

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I'll miss the old store. It was, ironically, located in the old Swain's House of Music... hence the mosaic lyre in front of the entrance.

This is a perfect location for a Microsoft store, as are the other store locations abandoned by Apple. 

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This is a perfect location for a Microsoft store, as are the other store locations abandoned by Apple. 

MS should just buy all the old locations no longer used by Blockbuster or Borders¡

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MS should just buy all the old locations no longer used by Blockbuster or Borders¡

Apple took the Borders location in Santa Monica California.

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Apple took the Borders location in Santa Monica California.

LOL I didn't know that. Isn't that rather big for an Apple Store?

Must be for all those Apple HDTVs that are coming¡

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