Apple announced recently that it was closing all of its Apple Stores around the globe, bar those that are located in Greater China. That move was intended to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by reducing the amount of contact between customers. The initial plan was to open stores again on March 27, but that now doesn’t seem to be the case.

Instead, Apple Stores will now be closed “until further notice,” according to a banner that is at the top of the Apple web page. That leaves things very open indeed, so it’s impossible to know when we will be able to walk back into an Apple Store.

For now, Apple is telling customers that they needn’t worry about returning products, though. Normally, customers can return unwanted products within 14 days of purchase, but with Apple Stores closed, that isn’t possible. Apple is now telling customers that they will have an additional 14 days to return products once their local Apple Store is back up and running.

Given the rate at which coronavirus is spreading, that might not be for some considerable time. Other retailers are also closing stores as people are being told by governments that they shouldn’t leave their homes unless necessary.

And no matter how great those AirPods Pro are, we’re not sure we’d call them necessary. At least online orders are still available, though.

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