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Apple Store at Carnegie Library to Focus on Creativity

Reconstituting the Carnegie Library according to its original design standards was Apple’s “most historic, ambitious restoration by far in the world”, Cook claimed in the interview

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Suggesting that the soon-to-open Apple Store at Washington DC’s Carnegie Library will do much more than just selling iPhones and other products, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the outlet will focus on community and creativity, the media reported.

Due to open on May 11, Apple has spent an estimated $30 million in renovating the 116-year-old Carnegie Library into an Apple Store, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

The Carnegie Library store will utilise Apple’s “town square” concept, making it one of the company’s 13 high-profile locations across the world where each local staff offers a bevy of classes to help users to maximise their Apple products for photography, video editing or producing music.

“Probably one of the least done things in an Apple Store is to buy something,” Cook told the Post in an interview.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

People come to explore new products, but also get training and services for iPhones or iPads they already own, he said.

“We should probably come up with a name other than ‘store,’” he said, “because it’s more of a place for the community to use in a much broader way.”

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Reconstituting the Carnegie Library according to its original design standards was Apple’s “most historic, ambitious restoration by far in the world”, Cook claimed in the interview. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple Pledges to Alert Users on iPhone Performance

Apple has agreed to do this both for current and future iPhones

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Apple has committed to be clearer and more upfront with iPhone users about battery health and performance, the UK’s competition watchdog has said.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had raised consumer law concerns with the Cupertino-based tech giant last year after finding people were not being warned clearly that their phone’s performance could slow down following a 2017 software update designed to manage demands on the battery.

“The CMA became concerned that people might have tried to repair their phone or replace it because they weren’t aware the software update had caused the handset to slow down,” the watchdog said in a statement on late Wednesday.

In addition, people were not able to easily find information about the health of their phone’s battery, which can degrade over time.

After the CMA raised its concerns, Apple started to be more up front with iPhone users.

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This Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, photo shows from left the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone XR in New York. The new XR phone has a larger display and loses the home button to make room for more screen. VOA

“But today’s announcement locks the firm into formal commitments always to notify people when issuing a planned software update if it is expected to materially change the impact of performance management on their phones,” the watchdog added.

Apple will also provide easily accessible information about battery health and unexpected shutdowns, along with guidance on how iPhone users can maximise the health of their phone’s battery.

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This could help people improve the performance of their own handset after a planned software update by, for example, changing settings, adopting the low power mode or replacing the battery – rather than resorting to having their phone repaired or replaced.

Apple has agreed to do this both for current and future iPhones. (IANS)