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Apple's plans to open a new store at Union Square in San Francisco gained the city's approval today, paving the way for a new retail location not far from its Cupertino headquarters. The company's latest flagship store may be its most impressive yet, and an Apple spokesperson told 9to5mac it could even be "more iconic than the glass cube in New York City."

A key issue in the design was the historic Ruth Asawa fountain located where Apple Store hopes to break ground. The company's latest plan involves moving the fountain in one piece to a redesigned plaza area behind the store, after the city rejected an earlier proposal. The new plan was approved in a 5-1 vote on Thursday.

Apple must now gain approval from San Francisco's Board of Supervisors before construction can start. We're not sure how long it take to finish the store, though hopefully we'll get a look at Apple's iconic new design in the near future.