You can now visit Apple's first-ever store in AR
What you need to know
- Apple's first-ever retail stores opened 20 years ago today, May 19, 2001.
- To celebrate you can now visit Apple Tysons Corner in AR.
Apple fans can now experience Apple's first-ever store in augmented reality in celebration of the store's 20 year anniversary.
The experience is an AR reconstruction of the store as it was when it was first opened, and can be viewed through the link on Safari on either iPhone or iPad.
🎈🥳 Today marks 20 years of Apple Retail Stores. Step back in time and revisit the world’s first Apple Store exactly as it appeared on opening day in 2001 with this augmented reality experience: https://t.co/FsDkP06DaF pic.twitter.com/c1QEV3pdDJ🎈🥳 Today marks 20 years of Apple Retail Stores. Step back in time and revisit the world’s first Apple Store exactly as it appeared on opening day in 2001 with this augmented reality experience: https://t.co/FsDkP06DaF pic.twitter.com/c1QEV3pdDJ— Michael Steeber (@MichaelSteeber) May 19, 2021May 19, 2021
As the report notes, there is some disagreement about which Apple store was technically the first Apple store:
Around 99% of Apple's retail stores have now reopened after more than a year of COVID disruption, with many still operating on an appointment basis with measures like social distancing and mask-wearing still in place. Often situated in iconic city locations and sporting a wide range of distinctive designs, Apple's stores have previously been touted internally as its most important product.
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