Apple’s Fifth Avenue store pictured ahead of Friday opening

Outside the new Fifth Avenue Apple Store.


The Fifth Avenue Apple Store, otherwise known as the “cube,” reopens to the public on Friday at 8 a.m. ET. CNBC was invited to take a look before it officially reopens — here’s a tour of what it looks like inside.

The flagship store in New York has been closed for renovations since January 2017 but reemerged with a colorful (though temporary) rainbow glass covering earlier this month. It first opened in 2006 and was renovated in 2011.

Customers enter through the glass cube, steps away from New York’s Central Park, and take either an elevator or stairs down to an underground store. Apple said it worked with its architect to “reimagine the plaza” to “remove the boundaries from Fifth Avenue.” Apple added 18 “sky lenses” and “62 sky lights” to bring light down into the store. There are also two new entrances, to the north and to the south of the cube.

Friday’s reopening coincides with the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The location will be open 24 hours a day.

Here’s the outside of the new store, with the Apple logo glowing bright:

The new Fifth Avenue Apple Store.


This is Apple’s redesigned staircase spiraling down into the store:

The new staircase inside Apple’s Fifth Avenue Store.


Here’s the inside:

Inside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store.


Check out this art piece. It’s a wall of AirPods representing musical notes. Anyone know the song?

There’s a piece of art that looks like musical notes made out of AirPods.


Apple says the LED lights and skylights help people feel like they’re not in a store that’s underground.

LED lights try to mimic the daytime so you don’t feel like you’re underground.


Look at them all!

New LED lights inside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store.


The new iPhone 11 family is here, of course.

The iPhone 11 family.


Here’s the new Apple Watch Studio, where people can pick the bands and watch they want:

Apple Watch Studio lets you pick the exact parts of your Apple Watch, from bands to the case.


This is an augmented reality station where people can see how AR works on iPhones and iPads:

Trying an AR demo with an iPhone.


A bunch of iPads showing off Apple Arcade are hanging on the wall. The new gaming service launches on Thursday.

Apple Arcade loaded up on a few iPads.


Beats headphones have a prominent position. Check out all those colors:

A wall of Beats headphones.


Apple has a section dedicated to its new fall color accessories, too.

Apple’s fall accessories line the wall.


That’s it! The store opens at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Apple Fifth Avenue Store


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