“Back in June, Apple began work on a $6.6 million upgrade of the plaza and glass cube at its iconic flagship retail store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan,” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumors.

“Barriers surrounding the plaza and the glass cube itself quickly went up, with customers continuing to access the store through a covered passageway leading to the main entrance,” Slivka reports. “At the time the work began, planning documents revealed that Apple would be removing the glass cube and working on drainage, pavers, and bollards on the plaza, but it was unclear just what changes Apple would be making to the cube itself.”

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Slivka reports, “Apple has now revealed its plans for the cube with a new informational sign posted on the barrier surrounding the plaza… ‘We’re simplifying the Fifth Avenue cube. By using larger, seamless pieces of glass, we’re using just 15 panes instead of 90.'”

Full article, with a photo of Apple’s sign and illustration of the new cube design, here.

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