Something pretty big is coming to an Apple Store near you. And no, I'm not talking about the next iPhone, the refreshed MacBooks or the new iPads.
"Today at Apple" just launched all around the world. They are free educational sessions offered at every Apple store.
Apple Inc. will offer over 60 different sessions that will last from 60-90 minutes for people of different ages and skill levels. Most of the sessions will be taught by Apple's Creative Pros team but special sessions will be led by "world-class artists, photographers, and musicians."
"We’re creating a modern-day town square, where everyone is welcome in a space where the best of Apple comes together to connect with one another, discover a new passion, or take their skill to the next level," said Angela Ahrendts, who is the senior vice president of retail at Apple Inc.
The sessions teach people how to get the most out of the Apple services that they use and the Apple products that they already own. For example:
- Coding classes will show people how to use Swift Playgrounds, which is an Apple app that teaches the same coding language that professionals use.
- Business classes will help you increase productivity for Apple apps like Pages (documents), Numbers (spreadsheets), and Keynote (slide shows).
- Product classes will show you the basics of Apple products such as beginners tips for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.
Each session is also tailored to fit people with a specific skill set. For instance:
- Kids Hour is for children ages 6-12 and it introduces them to technology. The store even provides iPads for the children to use during the session.
- Teachers sessions are for educators who want to incorporate technology into their lessons.
- The Pro series is for more advanced users who create media with Final Cut Pro X (videos) and Logic Cut Pro X (music).
Not all of the sessions are confined to the store. Students who take the "Photo Walks" classes will explore different areas and learn tips on using natural light and the environment to capture great images. Watch the video below to see examples of other sessions that Apple is offering.
Visit apple.com/today to find a schedule of sessions in your area. When you select a class title that sounds interesting, you'll see a description and other dates and locations. Select the "Sign Me Up" button to register for the class. Class reservations are saved to your Apple ID account (it's free to create an account if you don't already have one) and you can add the appointment to your calendar.