updated 10:20 am EDT, Fri November 4, 2011
Final cost of cosmetic changes unknown
As planned, Apple has formally unveiled the updated cube sitting on top of its Fifth Avenue store in New York City. The revised structure uses just 15 panes of glass, rather than the 90 originally installed. Crews hired by Apple have also made changes to the surrounding plaza, removing bollards and upgrading or installing new water drains and pavers.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be at least $6.7 million, likely making it one the most expensive renovation efforts in Apple history. The company may consider it worth it however, as the Fifth Avenue store generates extremely high revenue per square foot even compared to luxury retailers on the same street. It also tends to be a focal point for tourists, as well as media whenever a new iPhone or iPad launches.
[Photos via MacRumors]