This collection of Apple gift cards spans the years 2005–2014, and includes gift cards for use in Apple Stores, the iTunes Store, and Starbucks. Apple Store gift cards can be redeemed in brick-and-mortar or online Apple Stores for purchases. iTunes Store gift cards can only be used at the iTunes Store for digital music, video, app, or downloaded purchases.
The special Starbucks card in this collection was sold as a standard Starbucks gift card, but it also allowed two free song downloads in the iTunes Store. When I learned about this offer in 2007, I purchased 25 of these cards at $5 each (the minimum amount allowed for this promotion) and received 50 free song downloads on iTunes (and $125 in Starbucks purchases).
The Apple Store at Old Orchard in Skokie, Illinois, was among the first Apple Stores. It opened on Friday, November 7, 2003. MacWorld reported, “As is customary when a new Apple Store opens for business, the first 1,000 people to visit get a free Apple T-shirt to commemorate the trip.”
I attended this store opening and received this white shirt with a blue Apple logo and the words Old Orchard in the Myriad Apple font in light gray. The shirt is in its original packaging.
The original Old Orchard Store closed and a new location opened on September 28, 2019.
The Apple Store in Northbrook Court in Northbrook, Illinois, originally opened in July 2005. Visitors who attended the opening were given this boxed t-shirt. This shirt is unopened in its original cardboard box, sealed with a silver Apple logo sticker.
The original Apple Store Northbrook Court location was closed and a new location was opened on September 9, 2017.
The Apple Store at 679 North Michigan Avenue (at East Huron Street) was the original Apple Store in Chicago’s loop on the “Magnificent Mile.” The store opened on June 26, 2003. This store originally included an Internet cafe, a class Studio that overlooked an eco-friendly greenroof garden, a forty-foot long Genius Bar, “solution centers” for music, photography and movies, an expanded kids section with seven computer stations connected to the Internet, a software section with hundreds of software titles for the Mac, and a 48-seat theater. This was considered Apple’s first “flagship store.”
I attended this store opening where Apple gave t-shirts to the first visitors. The shirt is white with a blue Apple logo and the words North Michigan Avenue in the Myriad Apple font in light gray. The shirt is in its original packaging.
Apple closed this location on October 20, 2017, and replaced it with Apple Michigan Avenue on Chicago’s riverfront.
One year while visiting a Chicago-area Apple Store coincidentally on Halloween, I noticed that Apple Store employees were giving away Apple-logo items to Trick-or-Treaters. I waited until after designated Trick-or-Treat hours were over, spoke to an employee, let him know I was a collector, and asked for one of the “treats.” The first year I discovered this Apple-logo item giveaway, they were giving plastic Apple-logo flashlights. I have since visited Apple Stores on a few other Halloweens and, for at least two years in a row, they were giving these LIVESTRONG-style wristbands.
These Apple wristbands were from approximately 2015, and I got them at the Northbrook Court Apple Store. They are child-size rubber bracelets in either orange or white with an embossed Apple logo. They measure approximately 60 mm in diameter and are 12 mm wide.
The iPod shuffle Generation 3 was released in two stages. The initial release came in black and silver, and a later release added blue, green, pink, and an all-stainless-steel “Special Edition.”
The design of the iPod shuffle Generation 3 was considered somewhat controversial because it had no external screen or controls. The three controls—volume up, volume down, and “action”—are all on the earphone cable. VoiceOver technology, accessed using the “action” control, spoke song information.
This example is an unopened stainless steel Special Edition. It was only offered in a 4 GB capacity, and was only available at Apple Stores.