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Apple to Celebrate Force Friday II With Free Star Wars-Themed Sessions and Workshops

Apple will celebrate Force Friday II with free-to-attend Star Wars-themed sessions and workshops to be held at select Apple retail stores from Friday, September 1 through Saturday, September 9.

Apple to Celebrate Force Friday II With Free Star Wars-Themed Sessions and Workshops

In celebration of Force Friday II, join us for Star Wars–themed sessions at Apple stores across the galaxy. Learn how to code with BB-8, explore how to create your own Star Wars movie trailer, and more.

The special sessions will be held at Apple retail stores in United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, Hong Kong, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Participating stores will offer a one-hour session to teach participants How To: Build Your Own Star Wars Trailer using an iPad and iMovie:

Explore how to create a Star Wars trailer with authentic footage from the films. You’ll discover signature Star Wars trailer-making techniques in an exclusive video from The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson. Then you’ll create your own trailer complete with titles, transitions, sound effects, and official Star Wars music using iPad and iMovie.

Additionally, children ages six to 12 can learn how to program a BB-8 Droid by attending the Kids Hour: Coding the Droids from Star Wars workshop.

Join us for an exciting Kids Hour starring the galaxy’s favorite droids. Using the same code developers use every day, kids will bring Star Wars droids to life by programming simple movements, loops, and more. Then they’ll design a maze and navigate their droids through the obstacles. Kids can bring their own iPad and Sphero robot, or we’ll provide them. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.

If you’re near Apple’s flagship Union Square retail store on September 1, you can attend a session where Lucasfilm’s VFX and animation studio Industrial Light & Magic will demonstrate how they use animation and 3D modeling to bring the Star Wars galaxy to life.

Join ILM’s Hal Hickel, Landis Fields, and Colie Wertz and explore how they use animation and 3D modeling to bring the Star Wars galaxy to life. They’ll share their creative process, and give you a behind-the-scenes look at their journey from stop motion to CG. Then you’ll create your own Star Wars droids using the same techniques used at ILM—all with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

Force Friday II begins on Friday, September 1, and runs through the weekend. As could be expected, the weekend is a promotional campaign for the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi, debuting in theaters December 15.

Apple Launches ‘Today at Apple’ Classes at All of its Stores

As promised back in April, Apple on Tuesday began offering “Today at Apple” educational classes at all of its stores around the globe. Customers can sign up for one of the more than 4,000 sessions being offered each day via the “Today at Apple” website.

Apple Launches 'Today at Apple' Classes at All of its Stores


The “Today at Apple” program, which has been in place at Apple’s Union Square location since the store opened, offers a range of classes on topics like coding, art, music, design, and photography. There are classes designed for both beginners and more experienced users, as well as classes for all ages, including children.

While most sessions will be led by Apple’s own “Creative Pro” employees, in select cities the program will also offer classes taught by well-known photographers, musicians, and artists. While session content will vary across the Apple retail locations, all 495 locations expect to offer “Photo Walks” and “Kids Hour” sessions by May 20.

Classes will focus on subjects benefiting all Apple computer and device users, no matter their skill and experience level. The spectrum will run from basic Mac and iOS skills, up to more advanced topics, such as drawing on an iPad or mixing music on a Mac. “Studio Hours” will allow customers to bring in personal projects and receive assistance with them from Apple Store staff.

While most session will last an hour, Studio Hours will be an hour and a half in length.

Apple to Hold Annual New Year’s Sale in Japan on January 2


Apple will be holding their annual New Year’s Sale in Japan on January 2nd. The traditional sale will offer discounts on Apple merchandise.

Apple to Hold Annual New Year's Sale in Japan on January 2

In the past, Apple had participated in Japan’s tradition of offering “Fukubukuro” or “lucky bags” to its customers. The bags would be priced at around $300, and would contain a variety of random Apple products. While most of the bags contained accessories, such as cases, headphones, speakers, and other products, some would contain items such as a MacBook Air or an iPad. Apple discontinued its participation in the tradition in 2016.

The company now offers various discounts on January 2, similar to its Black Friday sales offerings in the U.S. These could include discounts or gift cards with the purchase of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more.

(Via MacRumors)

The “Greening” of Apple’s Retail Stores Begins Just Ahead of Earth Day


Earth Day is next Friday, April 22, and Apple is getting ready for the important celebration by “greening” it’s Apple retail stores around the globe. Apple Stores are celebrating by turning the leaf above the store’s Apple logo green, as well employees wearing green shirts that include the iconic Apple logo.

9to5Mac reminds us that starting today, Apple stores are making the transition from their popular plastic shopping bags to eco-friendly paper bags made largely from recycled materials. Stores will continue to use the plastic bags until they’re gone. Apple employees are also being encouraged to ask customers if a bag is necessary, instead of supplying them by default.

In addition to the changes in their retail stores, Apple is also promoting Earth Day and its own environmental efforts with an App Store campaign involving various developers and the WWF, where all proceeds go toward the conservation effort.

Apple is also highlighting its efforts on the front page of its website, where it offers links to the Apps for Earth campaign, as well as its own environmental mini website.

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Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

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Report: Apple’s quest for retail stores in India on track as government plans to approve application

The Apple CEO, Mr. Tim Cook calling on the Prime Minister, Shri

Earlier this year it was revealed that Apple is slowly making its way towards opening its own branded retail stores in India. Apple Stores in India have been a long time coming, but now it looks like they are finally getting close. Bloomberg reports that, after filing the initial paperwork last month, Apple is on track to have its request to be permitted to operate retail stores in India approved.

The report claims that, while a portion of the paperwork is being resubmitted due to a formatting error, the Indian government has every intention to approve the request. Although, there’s still no specific time-frame for the approval and subsequent opening of retail stores.

It appears that Apple will be able to circumvent a law in India that requires foreign companies to manufacture 30 percent of their goods in India in order to be allowed to operate retail locations. Current Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been working to open up the economy to foreign companies like Apple since he took power in 2014.

CEO Tim Cook met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi back in September to discuss the possibility of Apple increasing its presence in the country. In the meantime, Apple has been working with local retailers like Croma to build dedicated spaces within existing retail stores.

Despite the lack of a substantial retail presence in the country, Apple saw revenue in India break $1 billion last year, with CEO Tim Cook still optimistic that the country represents a huge opportunity for growth for Apple. Cook spoke of the potential India represents for Apple during a recent company-wide town hall, hinting at the company’s plans for retail stores in the country.

During the company’s Q1 2016 earnings call last month, Cook noted that iPhone sales grew 76 percent and revenue grew 38 percent in India during the quarter, explaining that India is the third-largest smartphone market in the world behind China and the United States.

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