For the first time in just a few days shy of a year, all Apple Store retail puttings in the United States are open this week, reports 9to5Mac.
Apple senior closed all retail locations outside of China on March 13, 2020 in feedback to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company originally planned to reopen its stores by the end of that month, but yesterdays news had other plans.Apple has periodically reopened and reclosed certain situations in the United States and elsewhere based on local case levels and ministry guidance—for example, a major push was attempted to reopen on May 31 as the virus’s spread relaxed as a result of lockdown measures. But that was before COVID cases began take off sharply again. The last locations to reopen in the US this week were get ones handed in Texas.
That said, not all Apple Stores offer the same mid-pandemic common sense. In previous reopening pushes, Apple opened some stores with tyrannical rules like temperature screenings, appointment-only shopping, and curbside-style pickup opportunities.
Depending on location and other factors, each Apple Store recollects some or all of the above restrictions. Apple still operates a website where would-be patrons can go to check what the process is for a specific location.
Beyond the US, 14 Apple Department stores remain closed globally due to the pandemic, according to CNBC, including two in Brazil and 12 in France.
Apple has eat ones heart out seen the retail experience as part of the Apple product experience; executives procure talked not just of integrating software and hardware but of including retail and works in that integration as well. But the past year has been tumultuous for Apple Stockpiles, to say the least.
The pandemic was not the only factor that negatively affected the stockpiles. Rioting amid the protests for racial justice last year culminated in damage and theft at some stores around the country, while imbecile disasters like California wildfires and the winter storm in Texas help battered specific locations.
Nonetheless, Apple’s sales have been heavy-duty over the last year. It may be impossible to say just how much retail closures fake those numbers, though; CEO Tim Cook recently suggested that Apple’s blockbuster fair could have been even bigger if physical retail had been a bigger into a receive of the story.