Apple now has more than 320 retail stores around the world, and today marks the 10th anniversary of Apple's first two. CNET takes a look at some of Apple's most iconic retail spots.
Apple's Fifth Avenue store
Apple's retail stores turn 10 years old today. To mark the occasion, CNET is taking a look at some of the company's most iconic or otherwise noteworthy stores around the world.
Apple now has more than 320 stores, with most of those in the U.S. The company plans to build 40 more this year, with 30 of those being international.
Pictured here is the company's iconic Fifth Avenue store in New York. The store is actually underground. According to a study by Cornell in 2009, this location is one of the most photographed places in the city, as well as one of the most visited by tourists and locals alike.
Not to be outdone by the Fifth Avenue "cube" location, Apple's store in the Pudong district of Shanghai is a massive cylinder of glass that stretches up out of the ground. Visitors descend into Apple's retail store, which features 16,000 square feet of space. The store was Apple's second in China, with the first being in Beijing.
Apple's flagship retail store in Boston does a good job at not blending in with its surroundings. The store, which opened up in early 2008, was Apple's largest in the U.S., and featured three levels connected by an elevator and a glass, spiral staircase.
Apple's Covent Garden store in London was one of the company's biggest, and most expensive undertakings, completely renovating an 1870s building to turn it into a large retail space. The store scales three levels, with Apple managing to retain much of the original building's materials and aesthetic.
Apple's Ginza store in Tokyo is one of the company's flagship retail locations. Following the earthquake and tsunami that hit the region earlier this year, Apple's retail stores reportedly became a news source for locals to check e-mail and keep up with new reports.
Similar to the Covent Garden store in London, the Apple Opera store in Paris retains much of the same architecture that was there before Apple moved in, including columns that stretch up to the vaulted ceilings.
Right near CNET's home base in San Francisco, the downtown Apple store features two levels, joined by a glass staircase. There's a large Genius Bar as well as a theater for demos, classes, and speaker events.