Apple Retail Stores deploy high-tech ‘sniffers’ to combat unpleasant body odor, dangerous carbon monoxide

“With hundreds of thousands of people streaming through the doors of Apple’s retail outlets around the world each day, the company has reportedly turned to high-tech ‘sniffers”‘in an effort to keep the stores’ air fresh and odors at bay,” AppleInsider reports.

“The revelation came from employees of Apple’s Third Street Promenade store in Santa Monica, a shop that opened in 2012. The store is said to reek of body odor — particularly in the early morning — as noted by TheStreet’s Rocco Pendola,” AppleInsider reports. “According to one store employee who spoke to Pendola, the problem is caused by the relatively high locations of sniffers in the store’s walls. The sniffers are sensors which monitor the store’s air — checking for the presence of gases like carbon monoxide — and trigger the ventilation system based on those readings.”

“While the report notes that complaints of foul odors have surfaced in the past in other Apple retail stores, AppleInsider has been unable to confirm any similar cases in existing shops, perhaps indicating that sniffers in those locations are doing their job,” AppleInsider reports. “Recent Visits to the company’s busy outlets in Hong Kong and New York yielded no olfactory offenses.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: People familiar with the matter tell MacDailyNews that Apple recognizes the problem and that newer stores are designed to be able to turning over the volume of air inside with significantly greater frequency.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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Does your Apple Retail Store smell like body odor? – January 30, 2014


  1. I don’t think there is a provision in the constitution granting a person the right to have BO. Apple needs to tighten their dress code for employees. Purple hair, facial piercings and dirty clothes are the norm at a lot of the stores I have visited. What is wrong with requiring employees to bathe?

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