**UPDATED to include Twitter conversation w/ Pendola, Sozzi and CNBC's Jon Fortt on Page Two.
While I tend to agree with Sozzi on most issues, he missed -- badly -- here.He argues the Apple Store needs to evolve in response to what Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) and Sony (SNE - Get Report) have done with their retail stores. Sozzi claims Apple Stores haven't changed since 2001 so this, coupled with whatever Microsoft and Sony are doing, requires a revamp. That trajectory of thought stunned me, especially coming from a guy like Sozzi, who knows retail inside and out. First, what prompts the notion that Apple should act in response to what anybody does, let alone Microsoft and Sony? Here's how things went down: Microsoft and Sony took the Apple Store concept and copied it. Microsoft deserves the most scorn for its patheticism (my word) in feebly mimicking Apple's design. There's no logical reason for Apple to change on the basis of Microsoft's failed attempts to copy it. That would be absurd. And a red flag that Tim Cook has allowed misguided, media-manufactured pressure get to him. Second, just because something hasn't changed in a while doesn't mean it needs to change. We're not talking about the big box or department store concept here. We're talking about hyper-dominant Apple Stores. Just like iPhones and iPads, they work. As such, most any change represents little more than change for the sake of change. Some things just work. They don't need to show dynamic evolution. They just require proper maintenance. When Angela Ahrendts takes over Apple retail she should focus on restoring the company's obsessive attention to detail and filling in dings to its image created and caused by its relatively low-level retail channel "partners." Despite the financial media's desire to fabricate otherwise, there's not a whole heck of a lot wrong with Apple right now. Relative to its counterparts in retail as well as tech, it's humming along. We're all waiting for new Apple products, but that doesn't mean we need to bide the downtime with calls for unnecessary change.
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