Apple isn’t always the first company to make a move that benefits its customers and employees over the stockholders. That is often the nature of large, publicly traded companies. However, that isn’t always the case that Apple puts profits over people. Whatever criticism they deservedly received for things like their early waffling when it came to the warranties on Butterfly Keyboards on MacBooks, or their initial handling of Battery-gate, there are still times when they get it right, right off the bat.
There have been a few instances of Apple doing this recently, such as sending care packages to some of their retail employees in China under quarantine and proactively moving WWDC completely online. They have piled up a little more good corporate karma since then with their recent moves regarding Apple Stores and the Apple Card.
If you live near an Apple Store, you may already be aware of the fact that they offer free courses covering all kinds of topics. Whether you are interested in learning more about your devices, investigating new things like coding, or maybe looking for something more creative or artistic, Apple has you covered. If you weren’t aware that these programs were available, I would definitely suggest that you take a look. There is a schedule for your nearest store at Apple.com and in the Apple Store app under Sessions.
I wrote about Apple’s Hour of Code events a few weeks ago when they announced their expanded slate of classes in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. While coding class classes dominated the schedule during that week, including a couple geared specifically toward teachers, the Hour of Code How to Get Started with Coding and a couple of Kids Hour classes are still part of the running agenda at the Apple Store in Germantown, TN.
While I intended to take my kids to a couple of classes the weekend after I wrote that original article, the timing just didn’t work out. However, my daughter and I were able to finally able to make one yesterday. She had a friend staying over with us thanks to school being out for Christmas Break, so she came with us as well. Thanks to a heavy downpour, we ended up being the only ones in the class, which actually turned out great. I brought my current iPad Pro and my old one that my family now uses along with Swift Playgrounds loaded up in advance so the girls would be able to use them. Since there wasn’t anyone else, I was able to join in the class exercises using one of the store’s iPads.
Apple is turning back the clock to the days of the Launch Day Lineup
With a sneaky little press release this morning, Apple has shaken up the iPhone X preorder process again. After already bending it somewhat in favor of existing iPhone Upgrade Plan customers, the company has decided to make the iPhone X available in its stores on launch day, as well. This should go smoothly. Stores open at 8 AM local time according to the press release. I especially like the line that encourages walk-in customers to arrive early. I think some people will take that to mean this afternoon.