A lot of people in the Apple community know Michael Steeber. For years, the journalist covered Apple Retail for 9to5Mac. He left the publication last year and has been working on a new project that he has kept shrouded in secrecy — until today.
Today, Steeber took to Twitter to announce the Apple Store Time Machine, a new Mac app that lets users explore four iconic Apple Stores. The journalist says that he has been working on the project for about seven months now.
The app, which works on Macs running Apple silicon and recent Intel-based Macs, is available now for download
I’m thrilled to finally share this project with everyone today. It was a joy to build, and I hope it’ll bring back some great memories for you. Download The Apple Store Time Machine here: https://t.co/zD0LMmMr18 pic.twitter.com/C4x68hAymJJuly 25, 2022
What stores can you explore?
With the Apple Store Time Machine app, users can explore four iconic Apple Stores that have been painstakingly recreated by Steeber in striking detail.
"The Apple Store Time Machine is a celebration of the places and products that have shaped our lives for more than twenty years. This interactive experience recreates memorable moments in Apple history with painstaking detail and historical accuracy."
Below are the four stores that you can explore in the app:
- Apple Store, Tysons Corner - May 19, 2001 - Visit the Genius Bar at the world's first Apple Store
- Apple Store, Stanford Shopping Center - October 16, 2004 - Pick out an iPod mini at a mini store
- Apple Store, Fifth Avenue - May 19, 2006 - Climb the spiral stairs of the famous glass cube
- Apple Infinite Loop - September 19, 2015 - Browse the exclusive campus merchandise
I built a time machine. A time machine that sends you back to the era of iPods and boxed software. The Apple Store Time Machine: pic.twitter.com/v4b5oBMPxPJuly 25, 2022
Steeber has been a steward of Apple Retail for years and it's incredible to see him take that passion to the next level with this experience.
"It’s where you bought your first iPod. It’s where you camped at 5 a.m. It’s where the iPhone came to life. It’s where the magic of technology made your world glow a bit brighter, if only for a moment. And now it’s back."
The app is available to download for free on the Apple Store Time Machine website. Feel free to head over there to check it out!
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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.