jd_in_sb wrote: »
I don't quite understand the layout. Some photos show a glass roof and others show an opaque roof.
You realise that glass filters aspects of the UV frequencies, so you can't get a tan through it right?
At what cost though?
Retail space adds a lot to overheads.
Apparently standard glass has a protection factor of 30, meaning that you can get a tan, albeit very slowly.
jvolino wrote: »
Vast quantities of accessories are on walls of back room.
is optical ilusion
It's only "weird" when you try to reconcile the facts of what you SEE with your own eyes out in the world with the "facts" of what you HEAR in the media and whatever happens on Wall Street.
The media have their respective agenda based on their respective vested interests as well as their real or imagined "power" over the weak minds of the general populace who "believe" in whatever the media say or with whatever the media presents to them. This could very well include even some of the "Apple haters" who pop up anonymously and frequently in comment threads. I suspect that some of them are even paid to spew their inciteful lies and propaganda.
A large part of Wall Street is, of course, a legalized gambling operation whose performance has little correspondence with stock-issuing corporations' actual performance. To me, though I sometimes pine over lost opportunities of the past to invest in Apple, I then realize far more often that such opportunities bear odds more akin to winning the lottery.
So the lesson here, chil'uns, is to count your blessings in all the Apple products that you own that you love because they work well for you. And be happy that there are so many others of you who share your joy and who keep buying them in droves.
I'm sure it's Gorilla Glass, so it should be fine as long as no one drops the store.
Glasses are nice, but what if people don't want to shop under the sun? Not everyone likes to get a tan.
Glass blocks UV
But what about the concert tickets and other valuable prizes that MS and Sammy offer to draw a crowd to their store openings? Seems like these Apple customers are easily satisfied if all they need is a lousy tee shirt.
Indeed, the "box" design didn't really sink in until I read your comment. Reading this article I was immediately of the notion that the new store was pleasantly curvaceous. That picture is worth a thousand misleading words.
If my grandmother was of Asian descent, she'd look just about like that. Taller, though. Strange how close…
Oh, and the building is gorgeous.
I wonder where Microsoft will open its copycat store nearby. We don't hear much about those Microsoft and Samsung stores these days do we?
Samsung had stores? They have kiosks in Bust Buy, sure, but stores proper?
The Microsoft Store will look the same, but be of smoked glass and have a concave roof instead.
It has been pointed out many times that Apple's store sales contribute more to the company bottom line than any other retailer in any other line of business. I believe their return on this investment has been in positive territory for quite some time.
Stanford Shopping Center is a different milieu than University Avenue, where the Palo Alto store is located. The new store is situated right next to Neiman Marcus, which should tell you something about the clientele that frequent the shopping center. Though, I'll wager Apple's placement had more to do with the available space for expansion than placement next to N-M.
A Microsoft store had already opened across from the old Apple Store some years ago, when MS was in the habit of opening in close proximity to Apple locations. It had twice the floor space of Apple's location at the time.