Enter any of Apple’s 491 bustling stores in 18 countries, and you'll likely need to get on a list to talk to an associate. In an era of bleak in-store foot traffic for most stores, Apple plans to open its 500th this year. The next store opens in Cologne on March 25 2017, and the prediction is that the next countries to open a store will be Korea, India and Austria. Witness Apple’s robust retail evolution from 2001 to present with this interactive time-lapse of product launches and store openings.
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