Updates from South Korea, Chile, India, and Mountain View.
The iPhone 15 and 15 Pro launched in South Korea on October 13, and Apple had one more color takeover waiting in the wings. On Friday, the windows of Apple Myeongdong came to life in Seoul.
At Apple Gangnam, Apple replaced a colorful banner over the store entrance, which had curiously remained in place since the store’s grand opening, with a graphic that matches the iPhone 15 Pro wallpaper. To my knowledge, it’s the only store with such a detail.
In case you missed it: The Apple Store Online opened today in Chile, and Apple prepared wallpapers for Mac, iPad, and iPhone. You might recall that the online store also opened in Vietnam earlier this year. Neither country has a physical Apple Store, but the online infrastructure is a critical first step to making one possible.
On October 15, Apple launched a festive offer in India. The Apple Store Online and matching homepage are worth taking a look at for their graphics and animations even if you’re not in India. Some special Today at Apple sessions have been prepared for Apple BKC in Mumbai.
Google Visitor Experience
Last week Google opened the Google Visitor Experience in Mountain View, California. Think of it like of Apple Park Visitor Center (Google’s Version). There’s a cafe (with an online menu), a community space, a pop-up store, and even an orb to ponder.
I think it’s fantastic when other tech companies try their hand at retail spaces, and I applaud Google’s thinking here. There are certainly some ideas at the Google Visitor Experience I wish Apple would reinterpret. But look: this is a newsletter about Apple Stores. We’re allowed a little bit of fun.
If you head to Mountain View, watch for the upcoming Today at Apple sessions Google is offering, and make sure to spend some time on The Plaza, which
offers seating, public Wi-Fi, a 50-foot tall “green wall” and regular acoustic performances will host music performances, art tours, outdoor yoga sessions, and more throughout the year.
And of course, the Apple Watch try-on tables at Google Visitor Experience are filled with bands for you to try:
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