Apple opened its first two brick and mortar stores in Tysons Corner, Virginia and Glendale, California 20 years ago. The iPhone Maker now gives its fans the opportunity to visit them expanded reality (AR).
The AR model represents these stores exactly as they appeared on the opening day twenty years ago. The experience is only available on iPhones and iPads. Access is only possible via the Safari browser and has been adapted for devices with A12 and higher.
Apple users can click the links below to learn about early Apple stores
Apple Store in Tysons Corner, Virginia
Apple Store in Glendale, California
With digital reconstruction, the original reconstructions are matched by the number and color of Macs on each table with third-party software titles on the shelves. Even the artwork on the walls and shop windows represent the era. Works of art on the walls and shop windows are true to the era. The AR model is created to look as accurate as possible within the parameters of the information available.
Early Apple Stores were divided into eight different categories / sections. These were Home, Pro, Music, Movies, Kids, Photo, Genius Bar, etc. Sections were highlighted with backlit signs on the ceiling. They were further divided by pinstripe glass partitions that resembled the original Aqua interface in Mac OS X.
The stores displayed Macs on white Corian tables shaped like kidney beans. There were no wooden tables or stone floors in the early Apple stores. The Genius Bar was then in the corner and not in the middle.
Each section presented solutions and products that were compatible with Mac OS X. These were digital cameras, camcorders and MP3 players. There were sections that housed accessories such as printers, keyboards, and cables.