9 Things You Won't See at the Apple Store Ever Again

From on-site classes to hands-on product testing, here's won't you want see at the Apple Store anymore.

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With businesses officially reopening in certain areas of the United States, consumers and business owners alike are anxious to learn what exactly things are going to look like when it comes to brick-and-mortar shopping. In the retail space—which has felt the financial blow of the pandemic particularly hard—no brand has consumers more curious about how their shopping experience will change after the pandemic than Apple. The tech giant recently reopened a handful of stores in four states across the U.S., which means most of us will have to wait to see for ourselves exactly what changes the famously crowded, interactive, and service-oriented technology retailer has in store. In the meantime, here are the things we expect you won't see at an Apple Store ever again, based on the stores that have reopened thus far. And for another big brand you'll notice has made some changes, check out 7 Major Ways Walmart Won't Be the Same After Coronavirus.

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No more headphones for you to demo

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Being able to test the sound quality of the headphones they have on display is a signature feature of almost any Apple Store. After all, how are you supposed to make an informed purchase without giving the product a trial run? Well, maybe you just have to go with your gut or rely on reviews from now on—because putting an item directly over your ears and near your face after who knows how many people before you did the exact same thing with the exact same item is going to be a practice left in the past. And for the things that you'll notice are missing on your next visit to another worldwide giant, check out 7 Things You Won't See at Disney World Ever Again After Coronavirus.

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No more Apple watches on display

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The same reasons for why you won't be able to test out headphones on your future visits to the Apple Store apply directly to Apple Watches too. Apple Watch displays previously allowed customers to handle and test the functionality of the product at will. But with what we know about how COVID-19 can easily be transferred from your hands, not to mention how long it can live on various surfaces, don't expect to get up close and personal with these particular products again anytime soon.

3
No more cash purchases

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To be fair, seeing a customer paying in cash wasn't exactly a common sight at the Apple Store to begin with. It's a technology company that prides itself on the fact that any type of transaction, retail purchases included, can be done digitally—using their products and their payment platform, Apple Pay. That being the case, if we considered cash payments pre-pandemic to be endangered, in a post-pandemic world, paying with germ-covered cash will likely become extinct. And for things you want to avoid whether you're at the Apple Store or any other public place, check out 9 Mistakes You Shouldn't Make During Reopening.

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No more help setting up your computer

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The employees at Apple are known for providing a number of helpful services when it comes to troubleshooting tech tasks—one of them being hands-on assistance in properly setting up your new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. However, if there's one thing we know to be true in this new normal it's that if you can describe a service as "hands-on," then odds are it's going to be "hands-off" for the time being. In other words, don't expect to have an employee provide in-person assistance with setting up your computer when your Apple Store reopens.

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No more walk-in Genius Bar appointments

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If you want an issue with one of your devices resolved at the Apple Store's Genius Bar, scheduling an appointment first is the most efficient approach. But you've previously had the option to walk in and wait if you so chose. Well, not anymore. As Apple Stores continue to reopen across the U.S., you'll likely find walking in on whim is no longer even an option. It's going to be appointment-only at the Genius Bar from now on to limit the number of costumers at the store and to maintain proper social distancing guidelines. And for the stores that are likely to overcome the challenges presented by the coronavirus, check out 13 Retail Giants Most Likely to Thrive Amid the Pandemic.

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No more crowds of people shopping just for fun

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You might imagine that people tend to visit the Apple Store for two main reasons: Either they want to buy a specific product they already had in mind or they need help resolving a problem with a product they already own. That's probably true to an extent, but with the brand's ever-evolving line of gadgets and accessories, your local Apple Store also sees its fair share of window shoppers and tech-loving browsers. However, don't expect to see the same sized crowds when you visit after the pandemic has subsided. Apple has already said it would limit the number of customers allowed in at one time. If you want to make things easier for your fellow consumers, skip visiting the store if you are only going to gawk.

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No more classes

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Like its Genius Bar, Apple is well-known for the on-site classes that offer consumers the opportunity to master certain software or available features in an effort to get the most of the products they purchase. And while classes may continue virtually, you won't find a group of strangers sitting elbow to elbow around a crowded table as they take instructions from staff members on how to use their new iPhone the next time you visit an Apple Store. And for more ways standard education will be different after lockdowns are lifted, check out 7 Things You'll Never See in Schools Again After Coronavirus.

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No more entering without a temperature check

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When Apple reopened stores in Austria, South Korea, and Australia, customers learned that they would have to consent to a mandatory temperature check in order to enter stores in those countries. And regardless of what your feelings are on this new policy, you can expect U.S. stores to implement the same requirement.

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No more people without masks

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Wearing a face mask is likely going to be a part of our daily lives in general for the foreseeable future—and it's definitely going to be the new mode of operation when it comes to the customers and employees of Apple Stores nationwide. So, don't get left out on the curb on your next visit by trying to shop without your face properly covered. And if you want to know how long we'll be covering our noses and mouths, check out How Long Are We Going to Be Wearing Masks? We Asked the Experts.

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