Apple event in downtown Brooklyn brings theater to retail

in iPad edited October 2018
Nearly a year after it opened its Downtown Brooklyn retail store, Apple has temporarily expanded its New York footprint by taking over the Howard Gilman Opera House across the street in preparation for the theatrical introduction of new products for the holiday -- beyond its freshly released 2018 iPhones and Apple Watch Series 4.

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Downtown Brooklyn Apple Store with Event Opera House behind it

Last November, Apple was scrambling to finish the new Downtown Brooklyn store itself, which was delayed after a huge pane of glass shattered and had to be replaced in a rushed custom order.

Not even a year later, the store is uniquely hosting a major Apple event -- one that marks the first time the company has shown off new hardware at an event on the East Coast since Macworld Expo 2002. That trade show was the last event outside of San Francisco to host a keynote delivered by Steve Jobs; the entire era of Apple headlining industry trade shows only continued through 2009.

In the decade since, Apple has picked venues on its own to host tightly managed media events, most recently including the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, where the company introduced its newest iPhones and new Series 4 Watches. For years, Apple unveiled its new iPod and iPad models at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a venue reasonably close to its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.

This spring, however, Apple took the unusual step of inviting the press to a school in Chicago, Ill., to feature its new Apple Pencil-compatible iPad and education-focused software at an event titled "Field Trip." The Brooklyn event scheduled for Oct. 30 continues this expansion of introductions outside of California.

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Media invitation to Oct. 30 event.

The company may have chosen New York as its latest event setting to capitalize attention on the design industry -- a theme that appears to be incorporated in the unique, perhaps Apple Pencil drawn "There's more in the making" invitations sent to members of the media, as well as the artwork portrayed on the company's special event website, and the matching abstract figures painted on the venue itself.

  • Apple Event Brooklyn
  • Apple Event Brooklyn
  • Apple Event Brooklyn

In fact, Apple not only put a colorful wrap on the dramatic windows fronting the Howard Gilman Opera House (part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music), but even painted matching designs on the bricks of the side wall facing the street that the theater shares with the new Apple store across from it. The colors of the design are also reflected in the Apple logo that hangs above the Downtown Brooklyn store, effectively stitching it all together.

Evidence of Apple's presence can also be seen underground in Atlantic Terminal, a major commuter rail and subway station just across the street. Anyone arriving by train will be unable to miss all of the billboards touting Apple's current "Behind the Mac" campaign, which portrays various creative-looking people working in professional settings on a conventional notebook.

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Below the event: "Behind the Mac"

There do not appear to be any advertisements promoting iPad, although the event is expected to debut both new iPad Pro and new MacBook models, along with potentially other new hardware such as AirPods, the conspicuously missing Air Power charging mat, and perhaps new software as well.

The thematic use of design, the emphasis on Macs as tools for professionals, and the positioning of iPad and iPad Pro models as Apple's affordable, easy to use, and highly mobile answer to PCs and netbooks all might help to explain why Apple is sparing no expense to host two major events on both sides of the United States within just a few weeks of each other. iPhone and Apple Watch naturally belong together as a pair of devices carried on your person, while Macs and iPads both target different kinds of users at work or in education.

One thing they all have in common is that Apple is leveraging its global chain of retail stores to sell and support them. That appears to be prominently acknowledged in siting the event across from a recently opened landmark store, perhaps an homage of sorts to the Jobs-era of Apple keynotes delivered in downtown San Francisco near one of the company's first flagship retail locations, giving attendees the opportunity to buy the freshly-released gear.


  • Reply 1 of 8
    This is really exciting!

    What a great opportunity for Apple to make a good first impression on Brooklyn with its new store, and new products introduced at a new venue!

    I remember all the brouhaha over Apple pulling out of the MacWorld Expos years ago. But that was just Apple seeing the writing on the wall and making another bold move as part of its overall strategy for the future.

    The various old licensing agreements didn't work at all: clone manufacturers and authorized dealerships weren't doing Apple any favors.

    But higher price margins financed its present-day independence from all of that mess, as well as its R&D efforts in bringing us new and ever-better products.

  • Reply 2 of 8
    LatkoLatko Posts: 398member
    It should take 3 engineers about 1,5 day to design  or at least update new Mac Mini.
    If they start today the job can ge finished before the keynote (the actual launch can be expected half a year later anyway as in recent tradition )
  • Reply 3 of 8
    C. ParkC. Park Posts: 1unconfirmed, member
    It's been quite a while since i've been this excited for an Apple Event. Regarding the Mac, I am amazed at the lack of concrete rumors this time around. No part leaks as of now and I feel like a young child waiting for Christmas morning. 
  • Reply 4 of 8
    cs38cs38 Posts: 2member
    There had better at least be an acknowledgement that there is a new Mac Pro coming. 
  • Reply 5 of 8
    cs38 said:
    There had better at least be an acknowledgement that there is a new Mac Pro coming. 
    Only if they release it first half 2019 and given the fact that about every “Pro” apple product in the last few years hasn’t released before WWDC, I would bet against that.
  • Reply 6 of 8
    Imagine if Apple announces the Air Power mat, shipping in time for Christmas, with the updated AirPods that can be charged inductively!
  • Reply 7 of 8
    "Howard Gilman Opera House (part of the Brooklyn Music School)"
    No, not really. Part of BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
  • Reply 8 of 8
    asciiascii Posts: 5,936member
    Were the unique invitations hand drawn or generated by a neural net?
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