Apple Newsroom, three weeks ago:
Apple today previewed Apple Marina Bay Sands, the first Apple
Store to sit directly on the water. Appearing as a sphere floating
on the iridescent Marina Bay, the store introduces a new and
captivating retail experience at one of the most iconic locations
Entirely surrounded by water, Apple Marina Bay Sands offers
uninterrupted 360-degree panoramic views of the city and its
spectacular skyline. The sphere is a first-of-its-kind, all-glass
dome structure that is fully self-supported, comprised of 114
pieces of glass with only 10 narrow vertical mullions for
structural connection. As Apple’s third retail location in
Singapore, the new store creates an unforgettable space for
Whenever complaints about Apple pop up — like, say, this weekend’s story about a rip-off app topping the charts in the App Store — some number of people will respond along the lines of, “Well, what do you expect from a company run by a penny-pinching beancounter like Tim Cook?” I.e. that Apple, under Cook’s leadership, has gotten cheap, and the reason for Problem X is that Apple refuses to spend money to fix it.
This is nonsense. Apple is not cheap. A miserly penny-wise/pound-foolish company does not design and build architectural marvels like this new store in Singapore. Apple spends lavishly on what they care about and consider important.
★ Monday, 28 September 2020