Apple Adds Colorful Tech 21 Cases, Golf Sensor and Sonos Port to Online Store

Apple today updated the accessory section of its online store to add a new golf sensor, Sonos Port, and series of colorful new cases designed by Tech21.


The Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors, priced at $180, offer a shot detection algorithm that increases accuracy. The system features 14 ultralight sensors that attach to golf clubs and grips, with the sensors connecting to the iPhone to analyze every shot that’s made.

The Sonos Port, available for $500, is designed to allow users to stream music from a traditional stereo while also controlling it with the Sonos app or Apple AirPlay 2. It is also designed to make expanding sound systems easier with support for streaming vinyl, CDs, and stored audio files to Sonos speakers in all rooms of the house.


The colorful Tech21 cases are available for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, and are priced at $40. There are a range of bright colors and styles available for each of Apple’s latest iPhones. Apple has been selling Tech21 cases for years, and Tech21 is a popular and well-known ‌iPhone‌ case company.


All of the new products can be found in the Accessories section of Apple’s online store. Many of these accessories will also soon be available in Apple retail stores.

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Apple today updated the accessory section of its online store to add a new golf sensor, Sonos Port, and series of colorful new cases designed by Tech21.


The Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors, priced at $180, offer a shot detection algorithm that increases accuracy. The system features 14 ultralight sensors that attach to golf clubs and grips, with the sensors connecting to the iPhone to analyze every shot that's made.

The Sonos Port, available for $500, is designed to allow users to stream music from a traditional stereo while also controlling it with the Sonos app or Apple AirPlay 2. It is also designed to make expanding sound systems easier with support for streaming vinyl, CDs, and stored audio files to Sonos speakers in all rooms of the house.


The colorful Tech21 cases are available for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, and are priced at $40. There are a range of bright colors and styles available for each of Apple's latest iPhones. Apple has been selling Tech21 cases for years, and Tech21 is a popular and well-known ‌iPhone‌ case company.


All of the new products can be found in the Accessories section of Apple's online store. Many of these accessories will also soon be available in Apple retail stores.


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Apple Retail Stores Celebrating Upcoming International Women’s Day With Today at Apple Sessions

In celebration of International Women’s Day, set to take place on March 8, Apple is hosting a series of “She Creates” workshops that will be held at Apple retail stores from March 1 to March 31.


According to Apple, there will be hands-on sessions that “explore new perspectives” using iPad, iPhone, and Mac, along with opportunities to share ideas with others and learn from inspiring female creators.

There will be sessions on creating AR experiences, learning product skills, and more, along with unique sessions at various Apple locations around the world.

At Apple Union Square in San Francisco, for example, there will be a live performance by indie electronica artist Ah-Mer-Ah-Su on March 17, while Apple Fifth Avenue will feature a March 11 music session with drummer Madame Gandhi, Apple Antara will host a photo session with award winning photographer Yvonne Venegas, and Apple Covent Garden will host a drawing session with The Other Box, celebrating people of color and underrepresented backgrounds in creative industries.

9to5Mac compiled a list that features all of the retail locations that will host notable special events.

Other local events can be found by visiting Apple’s Today at Apple website, which lists events and store sessions by location. Last year, Apple held other celebrations for International Women’s Day, such as a special Apple Watch Activity Challenge, so we could also see similar events this year.

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In celebration of International Women's Day, set to take place on March 8, Apple is hosting a series of "She Creates" workshops that will be held at Apple retail stores from March 1 to March 31.


According to Apple, there will be hands-on sessions that "explore new perspectives" using iPad, iPhone, and Mac, along with opportunities to share ideas with others and learn from inspiring female creators.

There will be sessions on creating AR experiences, learning product skills, and more, along with unique sessions at various Apple locations around the world.

At Apple Union Square in San Francisco, for example, there will be a live performance by indie electronica artist Ah-Mer-Ah-Su on March 17, while Apple Fifth Avenue will feature a March 11 music session with drummer Madame Gandhi, Apple Antara will host a photo session with award winning photographer Yvonne Venegas, and Apple Covent Garden will host a drawing session with The Other Box, celebrating people of color and underrepresented backgrounds in creative industries.

9to5Mac compiled a list that features all of the retail locations that will host notable special events.
Other local events can be found by visiting Apple's Today at Apple website, which lists events and store sessions by location. Last year, Apple held other celebrations for International Women's Day, such as a special Apple Watch Activity Challenge, so we could also see similar events this year.

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Construction of Bangkok’s Second Apple Retail Store Nears Completion

Photos shared on Twitter show the final stages of construction work on what will become Apple’s second retail store in Bangkok, Thailand.


The location is in front of the Central World mall. The area, which now features a white stone courtyard, was closed to the public long before Bangkok’s first Apple store, Apple Iconsiam, officially opened in November 2018.

Over the past year, a temporary wall has kept the very large cylindrical construction site shrouded in mystery, but that has recently been removed and now only a temporary black covering conceals the building’s glass walls, housed under a giant flat circular roof.


Outwardly, the store design is reminiscent of Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in California. Leaked architectural plans also appear to reveal the store’s interior layout.

The plans show a ground floor with the familiar sequoia wood product tables arranged in a ring around the shop floor and shelves for displaying products along the walls.


At the center of the store is a winding staircase to the second floor, which includes a large video screen indicating the Forum area and tables with seats for Today at Apple sessions and possibly Genius appointments. There is also a basement, which was formerly the parking lot of Central World.


Lights have been seen emanating from behind the black covering, suggesting that lighting has been installed and interior decoration is almost complete.


Given the how long it has been in development and the progress made so far, it looks like the store could open very soon. Once completed, it could well become the largest Apple Store in Southeast Asia, overtaking even Apple Orchard Road in Singapore.

(Thanks, Artit!)

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Photos shared on Twitter show the final stages of construction work on what will become Apple's second retail store in Bangkok, Thailand.


The location is in front of the Central World mall. The area, which now features a white stone courtyard, was closed to the public long before Bangkok's first Apple store, Apple Iconsiam, officially opened in November 2018.

Over the past year, a temporary wall has kept the very large cylindrical construction site shrouded in mystery, but that has recently been removed and now only a temporary black covering conceals the building's glass walls, housed under a giant flat circular roof.


Outwardly, the store design is reminiscent of Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in California. Leaked architectural plans also appear to reveal the store's interior layout.

The plans show a ground floor with the familiar sequoia wood product tables arranged in a ring around the shop floor and shelves for displaying products along the walls.


At the center of the store is a winding staircase to the second floor, which includes a large video screen indicating the Forum area and tables with seats for Today at Apple sessions and possibly Genius appointments. There is also a basement, which was formerly the parking lot of Central World.


Lights have been seen emanating from behind the black covering, suggesting that lighting has been installed and interior decoration is almost complete.


Given the how long it has been in development and the progress made so far, it looks like the store could open very soon. Once completed, it could well become the largest Apple Store in Southeast Asia, overtaking even Apple Orchard Road in Singapore.

(Thanks, Artit!)


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10 More Apple Stores Reopen Across China, Other Stores Outside of Beijing Remain Closed

Apple has updated its website to indicate that it will reopen 10 more stores across China, following closures due to the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan.


The stores, listed below, will reopen on February 19 for limited business hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time until further notice, as noted by iMore.

Chengdu

Dalian

Guangzhou

Quingdao

Shanghai

Apple reopened all five of its retail stores in the Beijing area on February 14, operating on similar limited hours.

Apple has yet to announce reopening dates for its other stores in mainland China, which remain listed as closed on its website due to the viral outbreak. Apple began working toward re-opening its corporate offices and contact centers in the country last week.

Reports suggest ongoing delays from the coronavirus outbreak in China will likely impact iPhone production, in particular its upcoming low-cost iPhone, and inventories of existing models could remain low until April or longer.

The coronavirus has infected more than 75,000 people, and there have been at least 1,870 deaths, primarily in China.

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Apple has updated its website to indicate that it will reopen 10 more stores across China, following closures due to the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan.


The stores, listed below, will reopen on February 19 for limited business hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time until further notice, as noted by iMore.

Chengdu
Dalian
Guangzhou
Quingdao
Shanghai
Apple reopened all five of its retail stores in the Beijing area on February 14, operating on similar limited hours.

Apple has yet to announce reopening dates for its other stores in mainland China, which remain listed as closed on its website due to the viral outbreak. Apple began working toward re-opening its corporate offices and contact centers in the country last week.

Reports suggest ongoing delays from the coronavirus outbreak in China will likely impact iPhone production, in particular its upcoming low-cost iPhone, and inventories of existing models could remain low until April or longer.

The coronavirus has infected more than 75,000 people, and there have been at least 1,870 deaths, primarily in China.


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Apple Could Owe Millions for Off-the-Clock Employee Bag Searches in California

Apple broke California law when it failed to pay employees for time spent waiting for mandatory bag searches at the end of their shifts, the California Supreme Court ruled today. [PDF]

The unanimous court decision, shared today by Bloomberg Law and The Los Angeles Times, dates back to a class action lawsuit filed against Apple in 2013.


Employees at the time alleged that Apple subjected them to mandatory bag checks that were conducted off the clock, leaving them uncompensated for their time. At the trial level, Apple actually won the lawsuit when the court ruled that Apple employees chose to bring personal bags to work and dismissed the case, but the decision was appealed and brought to a higher court.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is now handling the case, asked the California Supreme Court to clarify whether California state law requires compensation, and the California Supreme Court ruled that the law does indeed dictate that employees be compensated while waiting for bag checks.

“Hours worked is defined as the time during which an employee is subject to the control of an employer and includes all the time the employee is suffered or permitted to work, whether or not required to do so,” reads the court’s opinion.

Based on the language of the control clause, Apple employees are entitled to compensation for the time during which they are subject to Apple’s control. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 8, Sn. 11070, subd. 2(G).) Applying a strictly textual analysis, Apple employees are clearly under Apple’s control while awaiting, and during, the exit searches. Apple controls its employees during this time in several ways. First, Apple requires its employees to comply with the bag-search policy under threat of discipline, up to and including termination. Second, Apple confines its employees to the premises as they wait for and undergo an exit search. Third, Apple compels its employees to perform specific and supervised tasks while awaiting and during the search. This includes locating a manager or security guard and waiting for that person to become available, unzipping and opening all bags and packages, moving around items within a bag or package, removing any personal Apple technology devices for inspection, and providing a personal technology card for device verification.

Apple requires all personal packages, bags, and Apple devices that belong to retail employees to be checked by a manager or security before an employee is allowed to leave the store for any reason, including breaks, lunch, and the end of shifts.

Employees are also required to clock out before submitting to an exit search, and have estimated that the time spent waiting and undergoing searches ranges from five to 20 minutes. On busy days, some employees have waited for up to 45 minutes waiting for a bag check.

Apple has argued that allowing employees to bring bags and devices to work is a convenience and has positioned the searches as a “benefit” because employees could prevent searches by not bringing personal items or could be banned from bringing personal items all together. The California Supreme Court says that such a ban would be “draconian” and that Apple’s arguments that employee iPhones are a convenience are “at odds” with how the iPhone is described in marketing materials.

“Its characterization of the ‌iPhone‌ as unnecessary for its own employees is directly at odds with its description of the ‌iPhone‌ as an ‘integrated and integral’ part of the lives of everyone else,” reads the ruling.

The decision made today is retroactive, and the case will now return to the court of appeals where federal judges will apply the California Supreme Court’s interpretation of the law. Prior evaluation of the case suggested that Apple could have to pay as much as $60 million should it be required to offer employees back compensation for the time spent undergoing bag checks.

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Apple broke California law when it failed to pay employees for time spent waiting for mandatory bag searches at the end of their shifts, the California Supreme Court ruled today. [PDF]

The unanimous court decision, shared today by Bloomberg Law and The Los Angeles Times, dates back to a class action lawsuit filed against Apple in 2013.


Employees at the time alleged that Apple subjected them to mandatory bag checks that were conducted off the clock, leaving them uncompensated for their time. At the trial level, Apple actually won the lawsuit when the court ruled that Apple employees chose to bring personal bags to work and dismissed the case, but the decision was appealed and brought to a higher court.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is now handling the case, asked the California Supreme Court to clarify whether California state law requires compensation, and the California Supreme Court ruled that the law does indeed dictate that employees be compensated while waiting for bag checks.

"Hours worked is defined as the time during which an employee is subject to the control of an employer and includes all the time the employee is suffered or permitted to work, whether or not required to do so," reads the court's opinion.
Based on the language of the control clause, Apple employees are entitled to compensation for the time during which they are subject to Apple's control. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 8, Sn. 11070, subd. 2(G).) Applying a strictly textual analysis, Apple employees are clearly under Apple's control while awaiting, and during, the exit searches. Apple controls its employees during this time in several ways. First, Apple requires its employees to comply with the bag-search policy under threat of discipline, up to and including termination. Second, Apple confines its employees to the premises as they wait for and undergo an exit search. Third, Apple compels its employees to perform specific and supervised tasks while awaiting and during the search. This includes locating a manager or security guard and waiting for that person to become available, unzipping and opening all bags and packages, moving around items within a bag or package, removing any personal Apple technology devices for inspection, and providing a personal technology card for device verification.
Apple requires all personal packages, bags, and Apple devices that belong to retail employees to be checked by a manager or security before an employee is allowed to leave the store for any reason, including breaks, lunch, and the end of shifts.

Employees are also required to clock out before submitting to an exit search, and have estimated that the time spent waiting and undergoing searches ranges from five to 20 minutes. On busy days, some employees have waited for up to 45 minutes waiting for a bag check.

Apple has argued that allowing employees to bring bags and devices to work is a convenience and has positioned the searches as a "benefit" because employees could prevent searches by not bringing personal items or could be banned from bringing personal items all together. The California Supreme Court says that such a ban would be "draconian" and that Apple's arguments that employee iPhones are a convenience are "at odds" with how the iPhone is described in marketing materials.

"Its characterization of the ‌iPhone‌ as unnecessary for its own employees is directly at odds with its description of the ‌iPhone‌ as an 'integrated and integral' part of the lives of everyone else," reads the ruling.

The decision made today is retroactive, and the case will now return to the court of appeals where federal judges will apply the California Supreme Court's interpretation of the law. Prior evaluation of the case suggested that Apple could have to pay as much as $60 million should it be required to offer employees back compensation for the time spent undergoing bag checks.

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Apple Offers Free Two-Hour Holiday Delivery on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch Orders

Apple is offering free two hour delivery when customers purchase any Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, or Mac, which is ideal for last minute shoppers.

Through December 24 at 4:00 p.m. local time, customers who live in an area where courier delivery is available can get their orders for free. Apple normally charges $9 for same-day courier delivery.


Apple says that its courier delivery is available “in most metros,” and it applies to the total order whenever an ‌Apple Watch‌, ‌iPad‌, ‌iPhone‌, or Mac is ordered. AirPods aren’t available for free courier delivery on a standalone order basis, but can be included with other purchases.

For deliveries that do not include an ‌Apple Watch‌, ‌iPad‌, ‌iPhone‌, or Mac, courier options are still available, but Apple is charging the standard $9 fee. Delivery cutoff is December 24 in most areas, but Apple says that December 25th delivery is available in New York City, Las Vegas, and Hawaii.

Those who are not in an area where courier delivery is available can still get items before Christmas by using in-store pickup options.

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Apple is offering free two hour delivery when customers purchase any Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, or Mac, which is ideal for last minute shoppers.

Through December 24 at 4:00 p.m. local time, customers who live in an area where courier delivery is available can get their orders for free. Apple normally charges $9 for same-day courier delivery.


Apple says that its courier delivery is available "in most metros," and it applies to the total order whenever an ‌Apple Watch‌, ‌iPad‌, ‌iPhone‌, or Mac is ordered. AirPods aren't available for free courier delivery on a standalone order basis, but can be included with other purchases.

For deliveries that do not include an ‌Apple Watch‌, ‌iPad‌, ‌iPhone‌, or Mac, courier options are still available, but Apple is charging the standard $9 fee. Delivery cutoff is December 24 in most areas, but Apple says that December 25th delivery is available in New York City, Las Vegas, and Hawaii.

Those who are not in an area where courier delivery is available can still get items before Christmas by using in-store pickup options.


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Apple Kawasaki Store in Japan Opens December 14

Apple will open a new retail store in Kawasaki, Japan on December 14. The store will become the 10th in the country and the first store there to be situated in a shopping mall, notes Engadget.

Image via Engadget

A media event on December 12 revealed the interior of Apple Kawasaki, a single-level store with an all-glass facade that takes the familiar layout of existing Apple stores found in shopping malls in the United States.

Image via Engadget

Inside is a large video wall at the rear of the store, a Forum area, and signature Avenue shelving. The storefront looks out onto Lufa Plaza, a green communal area inside Lazona Kawasaki Plaza shopping mall.

Image via Engadget

The store opens at 10:00 a.m. beginning with a full program of Today At Apple sessions, including a Coding Lab For Kids: Pre-Coding with Helpsters.

The opening coincides with the reopening of Apple Eaton Center in Toronto, Canada, where the original retail space has roughly doubled in size since being updated with Apple’s newest store design.

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Apple will open a new retail store in Kawasaki, Japan on December 14. The store will become the 10th in the country and the first store there to be situated in a shopping mall, notes Engadget.

Image via Engadget

A media event on December 12 revealed the interior of Apple Kawasaki, a single-level store with an all-glass facade that takes the familiar layout of existing Apple stores found in shopping malls in the United States.

Image via Engadget

Inside is a large video wall at the rear of the store, a Forum area, and signature Avenue shelving. The storefront looks out onto Lufa Plaza, a green communal area inside Lazona Kawasaki Plaza shopping mall.

Image via Engadget

The store opens at 10:00 a.m. beginning with a full program of Today At Apple sessions, including a Coding Lab For Kids: Pre-Coding with Helpsters.

The opening coincides with the reopening of Apple Eaton Center in Toronto, Canada, where the original retail space has roughly doubled in size since being updated with Apple's newest store design.


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Brydge Keyboards Now Available From Apple Store

Apple is now offering the popular Brydge line of keyboards designed for the newest iPads in its online store.

As of today, Apple is selling the Brydge 10.2 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for the seventh-generation iPad and the Brydge 10.5 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for the third-generation ‌iPad‌ Air.


Available for $129.95, the Brydge keyboards are more affordable than Apple’s own Smart Keyboards and offer a more traditional typing experience with 1.2mm of key travel.

Brydge keyboards, which come in gray, silver, and gold to match the colors of the available ‌iPad‌ models, are unique among third-party keyboards because of their tab system.

The ‌iPad‌ is designed to nestle into two silicone-lined tabs at the top of the keyboard, with no additional cover required for the rest of the ‌iPad‌, which keeps the design more minimal. The tabs are hinged, so the keyboard can be closed over the ‌iPad‌ in a clamshell design.

Brydge keyboards aren’t able to take advantage of the Smart Connector on Apple’s iPads and instead must use Bluetooth, but Brydge says they’re able to last for up to 12 months on a single charge depending on usage. There are integrated iOS battery management tools to cut down on power drain.

The keys are backlit, there’s a row of function keys specific to iOS, and the keyboards use Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to the ‌iPad‌. Each keyboard is made from a heavy, durable aluminum that’s able to hold up to wear and tear, and it’s simple to remove the ‌iPad‌ from the tabs that hold it in place.

The Brydge keyboards are available from the Apple online store and Apple retail stores in the United States and Canada starting today.

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Apple is now offering the popular Brydge line of keyboards designed for the newest iPads in its online store.

As of today, Apple is selling the Brydge 10.2 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for the seventh-generation iPad and the Brydge 10.5 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for the third-generation ‌iPad‌ Air.


Available for $129.95, the Brydge keyboards are more affordable than Apple's own Smart Keyboards and offer a more traditional typing experience with 1.2mm of key travel.

Brydge keyboards, which come in gray, silver, and gold to match the colors of the available ‌iPad‌ models, are unique among third-party keyboards because of their tab system.

The ‌iPad‌ is designed to nestle into two silicone-lined tabs at the top of the keyboard, with no additional cover required for the rest of the ‌iPad‌, which keeps the design more minimal. The tabs are hinged, so the keyboard can be closed over the ‌iPad‌ in a clamshell design.

Brydge keyboards aren't able to take advantage of the Smart Connector on Apple's iPads and instead must use Bluetooth, but Brydge says they're able to last for up to 12 months on a single charge depending on usage. There are integrated iOS battery management tools to cut down on power drain.

The keys are backlit, there's a row of function keys specific to iOS, and the keyboards use Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to the ‌iPad‌. Each keyboard is made from a heavy, durable aluminum that's able to hold up to wear and tear, and it's simple to remove the ‌iPad‌ from the tabs that hold it in place.

The Brydge keyboards are available from the Apple online store and Apple retail stores in the United States and Canada starting today.

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Apple Pulls Reviews From Online Store Product Listings

Apple appears to have eliminated reviews from its online Apple Store, removing the options that customers previously had for both leaving reviews and viewing reviews.

Apple made the change over the weekend, and as of now, no products on the online store have reviews, so there’s no way to tell how customers liked a given product.


Items like the Apple Pencil and the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack had hundreds of reviews at the time they were removed, as noted by AppleInsider. For example, a Wayback Machine archive of the original ‌Apple Pencil‌ from November 16 had more than 300 reviews, many of which were negative.

At the current time, product listings have no Ratings & Reviews section and it’s not clear if Apple plans to return them, but it’s looking like the change was made deliberately since it expands to the online store in multiple countries.

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Apple appears to have eliminated reviews from its online Apple Store, removing the options that customers previously had for both leaving reviews and viewing reviews.

Apple made the change over the weekend, and as of now, no products on the online store have reviews, so there's no way to tell how customers liked a given product.


Items like the Apple Pencil and the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack had hundreds of reviews at the time they were removed, as noted by AppleInsider. For example, a Wayback Machine archive of the original ‌Apple Pencil‌ from November 16 had more than 300 reviews, many of which were negative.

At the current time, product listings have no Ratings & Reviews section and it's not clear if Apple plans to return them, but it's looking like the change was made deliberately since it expands to the online store in multiple countries.


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Apple Revamps Everyone Can Code Curriculum, Offers Coding Classes in Apple Stores in December

Apple today announced that it has overhauled its Everyone Can Code curriculum to bring it to more elementary and middle school students around the world.

The new curriculum includes more resources for teachers, a new guide for students, and updated Swift Coding Club materials. The refreshed materials build on existing interactive puzzles and activities to make coding more approachable and connected to students’ every day lives.


Apple is adding Everyone Can Code Puzzles to the new student guide in Swift Playgrounds, and each chapter will let students build on core coding concepts and experiment with new techniques. The teacher guide will provide teachers with the tools necessary to bring coding into their classrooms.

The new curriculum includes the Everyone Can Create project guides, which Apple says will help students “express what they learn through drawing, music, videos and photos.”

According to Apple, millions of students in more than 5,000 schools worldwide use the Everyone Can Code curriculum.

From December 1 to December 15, Apple is also offering free Today at Apple coding sessions that are set to be held at Apple Stores. The aim of the classes is to teach attendees to write their first lines of code in order to celebrate Computer Science Education Week.

Apple says that the sessions will provide opportunities for students of all skill levels. Those starting out will explore block-based coding with robots, while those with more experience will be able to use Swift Playgrounds to learn coding concepts or code an augmented reality experience.

Some Apple retail stores will also be offering special sessions designed for coders of all ages, including preschool-age kids, who will be able to learn pre-coding activities through the Coding Lab with “Helpsters,” one of the Apple TV+ shows.

Apple is supporting Hour of Code this year with an Hour of Code Facilitator Guide that will help educators and parents host sessions using Swift Playgrounds and educational apps from the App Store.

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Apple today announced that it has overhauled its Everyone Can Code curriculum to bring it to more elementary and middle school students around the world.

The new curriculum includes more resources for teachers, a new guide for students, and updated Swift Coding Club materials. The refreshed materials build on existing interactive puzzles and activities to make coding more approachable and connected to students' every day lives.


Apple is adding Everyone Can Code Puzzles to the new student guide in Swift Playgrounds, and each chapter will let students build on core coding concepts and experiment with new techniques. The teacher guide will provide teachers with the tools necessary to bring coding into their classrooms.

The new curriculum includes the Everyone Can Create project guides, which Apple says will help students "express what they learn through drawing, music, videos and photos."

According to Apple, millions of students in more than 5,000 schools worldwide use the Everyone Can Code curriculum.

From December 1 to December 15, Apple is also offering free Today at Apple coding sessions that are set to be held at Apple Stores. The aim of the classes is to teach attendees to write their first lines of code in order to celebrate Computer Science Education Week.

Apple says that the sessions will provide opportunities for students of all skill levels. Those starting out will explore block-based coding with robots, while those with more experience will be able to use Swift Playgrounds to learn coding concepts or code an augmented reality experience.

Some Apple retail stores will also be offering special sessions designed for coders of all ages, including preschool-age kids, who will be able to learn pre-coding activities through the Coding Lab with "Helpsters," one of the Apple TV+ shows.

Apple is supporting Hour of Code this year with an Hour of Code Facilitator Guide that will help educators and parents host sessions using Swift Playgrounds and educational apps from the App Store.

Related Roundup: Apple Stores

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