Apple announced Monday that all 270 U.S. stores had opened, the first time in nearly a year after the company was forced to close multiple stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company was careful about reopening its retail stores, employing a team of medical experts to make its own county-to-county calls, and sometimes restarting stores when local regulations otherwise allowed the stores to operate.
The iPhone maker has also expanded its Express format, a wall in front of the main store with sales counters protected by Plexiglas and some accessory shelves such as cell phone cases and AirPods.
Apple may also host its Spring 2021 event sometime in March. Although Cupertino has not officially announced anything about the event, it is expected to see upgrades for iPad Pro, AirPods, and Apple TV this time around. It is also speculated that the company will bring its expected AirTags and a brand new iMac with an updated design. Apple could surprise us with something else at this year’s March event.
In 2019, Apple used its spring event to offer new services, namely Apple TV +, Apple Card, Apple News +, and Apple Arcade. The company didn’t host a similar event in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but made some new announcements. These included the 2020 iPad Pro and the last MacBook Air based on Intel processors.
The 2021 Apple Spring Event could take place as early as March 16, if we believe some rumors. However, Apple has yet to send out invitations and confirm the exact date.
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