Apple store locations nationwide will be closed for 90 minutes today following a private memorial honoring the life of Steve Jobs.
According to a Reuters report, all stores will be locking their doors from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern Time today. This is due to a live streamed tribute of Jobs that is slated for the time frame in question. Employees will be asked to remain in the store and watch the tribute.
This quasi-public memorial is due to follow a private service held at Stanford University. That service will be open only to invited guests included Silicon Valley executives, politicians, and celebrities.
Though the brief store closure has not been publicly announced, it appears no Apple Store location is taking online appointments for technical support today during the early afternoon hours.
Jobs had a rare form of pancreatic cancer that allowed him to live and be treated for several years, but was ultimately incurable.
He had a liver transplant in 2009 and seemed to get better, bringing enthusiasm to the stage for Apple’s many extremely important announcements and innovations last year.
But either it was all a facade or the cancer worsened, as in 2011 Jobs took months of medical leave and then ultimately left his post just months before his untimely death.
Since his passing, the flagship Apple Store near Central Park in New York City has become decorated with cards, flowers, and Apple memorabilia, and numerous memorial services have been held in his honor.