Report: Apple makeover planned for 10-year retail anniversary

Ten years ago, Apple opened its first retail store in Tysons Corner, Va., at a time when no one knew what a Genius Bar was and Apple was still selling those oblong, candy-colored iMacs.

Now, rumors are spreading that the company is planning a total makeover in honor of its decade in the retail space: Apple Store 2.0.

9 to 5 Mac shared unconfirmed reports that the company will unveil revamped dedicated areas for customer service and startup, replace most of its signage with iPads and install “huge” video and audio store displays.

Regardless of what the company plans for today, it’s undeniable that Apple Store has come a long way since 2001.

The venture was met with a lot of skepticism. In a BusinessWeek article Fortune dug up in honor of the day, Cliff Edwards quipped, “Maybe it's time Steve Jobs stopped thinking quite so differently.”

Here — courtesy of The Washington Post’s local blog, The Buzz — is a video tour Apple CEO Steve Jobs did of the first store:

Somehow, I doubt footage of the Mac App Store will be as fun to look back on in 10 years.

What gadgets were you carrying with you 10 years ago? And what tech did you think we’d have by now?

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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