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Apple SVP Deidre O’Brien, on Re-Opening Apple Stores »

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail & People Deidre O’Brien, in an open letter on Apple.com:

Our commitment is to only move forward with a reopening once we’re confident we can safely return to serving customers from our stores. We look at every available piece of data — including local cases, near and long‑term trends, and guidance from national and local health officials. These are not decisions we rush into — and a store opening in no way means that we won’t take the preventative step of closing it again should local conditions warrant.

She goes on to talk about how this new retail experience will look:

In every store, we’re focused on limiting occupancy and giving everybody lots of room, and renewing our focus on one‑on‑one, personalized service at the Genius Bar and throughout the store.

We’re also taking some additional steps in most places. Face coverings will be required for all of our teams and customers, and we will provide them to customers who don’t bring their own. Temperature checks will be conducted at the door, and posted health questions will screen for those with symptoms — like cough or fever — or who have had recent exposure to someone infected with COVID‑19. Throughout the day, we’re conducting enhanced deep cleanings that place special emphasis on all surfaces, display products, and highly trafficked areas.

We’ve also taken this time to consider how we can serve our customers’ needs even more effectively, whether online or in our stores. For many stores, that will mean curb‑side pick‑up and drop off. If you choose to buy online, we can ship to your home or make your new items available for convenient pick‑up at our stores. And you can continue to find the same excellent standard of customer service and support online and over the phone to help you with any questions you might have.

This all seems reasonable to me, but I don’t think I’ll be rushing into my local store any time soon. To see if one in your area has re-opened, check out Apple’s “Find a Store” page.

Mac Power Users #536: Our Bags »

This week on MPU:

A nerd’s bag can say a lot about them. This week, David and Stephen empty theirs to talk through their choices and how they’ve changed over the years.

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Sometimes, They Find You »

Charlie Harrington, writing about looking for an Apple IIe:

I set a few auctions to my watch-list, and then laced on my sneakers for our morning run. Not one block away from our house did I spot something: a yellowed plastic box amid a pile of trash. No. It couldn’t be. I stopped, and went back to the trash.

It was an Apple IIe. With its CRT monitor. And a dual floppy drive.

Just. SITTING. THERE.

Connected #294: Software, Firmware, Situation, Update »

This time on Connected:

Stephen’s iPhone screen is turning green. Myke turns down the opportunity to host a Round Robin of weird WWDC predictions, then Federico tries to answer a Zoom call. Then, a discussion of the rumored AirPods Studio and file formats within DEVONthink.

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Becky Hansmeyer’s WWDC Wishlist »

On her blog:

As of today, Apple’s first-ever online-only version of WWDC is 40(!) days away. As always, I’m incredibly excited to see what Apple has in store for us (although I must say, I’m really disappointed we don’t all get the chance to own a WWDC 2020 jacket and pin set…).

I’m not a developer, but that SwiftUI list looks like it has some pretty basic things in it I would have assumed the system already had present. I bet we hear a lot more about SwiftUI this year.