What you need to know
- Almost half of Apple Stores in the United States are now operating as Express storefronts.
- The format allows the company to continue to serve customers safely during the pandemic.
Reported by 9to5Mac, Apple's retail stores in the United States have had to adopt a different operating model in order to continue to serve customers during the pandemic. Almost half of Apple Stores are now operating under the Express storefront model, which still allows customers to pick up online orders and handle other basic functions.
The Express storefront continues to expand outside of the United States as well. While most stores have built a pickup window at the front of the store, others are simply delivering orders to customers at the store entrance.
Apple continues to monitor local conditions and has even temporarily closed some of the stores operating under the Express storefront model for areas that have been severely impacted by coronavirus infections.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.