If like us you are itching to get into your local Apple store to check out the latest offerings from our favourite tech company you may be in for a wait.
Apple said on the 13th of March it was closing all retail stores not in China as a result of Covid-19.
As of today the 13th of May Apple are reopening in certain countries & states in a phased reopening plan.
Apple has opened its stores in China and is reopening stores in other countries throughout Asia Pacific, this includes countries like Australia and South Korea. Some European countries Such as Germany and Switzerland are reopening.
Meanwhile here in the USA Apple are reopening in certain states such as South Carolina & Alabama. You can see the list of Apple stores here which will also tell you if your particular store is open and what times.
For example Apple Washington Square, Tigard OREGON is closed still due to the Coronavirus (covid-19):
Whereas the Apple store in Anchorage ALASKA is to reopen on the 15th of May (do check the opening times as these may have changed):
Extra measures are being taken by Apple to protect their store employees and us the customers; do check for any specific information about your specific Apple store before visiting. On Apple’s website they make the following statement when visiting the store:
“We are open again. That means everything you love, including our products, services, Geniuses and Specialists. For everyone’s safety, we’re following social distancing measures, so you may have to wait in line before entering. Please also wear a face covering while you are in the store. If you need one, just ask. See you soon. Check store hours below. Shop online for free, no-contact delivery. Visit support for product help.”
The stores reopening is great but remember it is still not business as usual & as far as possible, Apple is recommending people avoid the retail stores you can see what “contactless support” is available from Apple here: https://www.apple.com/shop
Hopefully this won’t see a change in the Apple stores as they have been a real differentiator between Apple and other tech companies in recent years being able to get your favourite Apple tech fixed locally and quickly in store.
Of course don’t forget to check in with your local independent Apple retailer as in Apple's dark years in the mid to late 90’s they were part of what helped keep the Apple brand relevant. Most local stores are updating information on their websites and social media profiles so you can check there or get their telephone numbers to check if they are open to help and what restrictions are in place when you visit.
Don’t forget here at Grove Technologies we are open for remote and contactless Apple support as usual.