Apple Stores is a line of retail browsing and shopping sites owned and run by Apple Inc. There are over 500 stand alone shops, with about 270 in the U.S. and nearly 240 in other countries. These sleek, modern stores vend the myriad and always-changing Apple line of products, which include the ever-popular Mac personal laptop computers, the world-dominating iPhone mobile smartphones, the always useful and fun iPad tablet computers, as well as the on-the-go iPod media players. And that is not all. You can also find the Apple Watch smartwatches, which are growing in usage and popularity, the various Apple TV digital media devices and players, the latest software, and selected accessories from third-parties. While a lot of these Apple Stores are situated in malls (which is seen as a dying breed in the retail world), many are now going the stand-alone route, and are located in may high profile, metropolitan locales, like Grand Central Station in NYC. The stores lean in to the loyalty customers feel towards the brand, making them popular for shoppers, sometimes creating those crazy long lines we see when a new store opens, or the newest iPhone is released into the marketplace. Everyone wants to be there, if not first, then pretty darn close to first in line. Employees of Apple Stores can score discounts on these products, a well as an above-average rate of pay, and money geared towards education or health care costs. But the job growth isn't really expanding beyond the store, so some up and comers end up feeling stagnated. One of the attractions to Apple Stores is their Genius Bar, which offers advice and support for products that are still current and viable. Also, the Today At Apple program offers free training if you want to come in and learn something from a pro. The biggest of these is located in the ever wild Amsterdam. The appeal of Apple Stores is unique, some love these locations so much they have had marriage proposals and even a wedding in an Apple Store in Singapore. You just never know!
- Appointments can be made prior to going so as not to have to wait in a line.