The new Today at Apple sessions are meant to help customers learn new skills and aid professionals hone their expertise.

Apple will soon launch a range of educational sessions at 495 stores covering coding, media, and art and design to help people get more from their Apple hardware.

The new sessions, dubbed Today at Apple, aim to convert Apple’s stores into a “modern-day town square”, according to Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts.

Trained Apple staff and in some cities “world-class artists, photographers and musicians” will help customers learn new crafts and aid professionals hone existing skills.

Apple says 60 different programs will be launched at the end of May at all 495 Apple stores worldwide.

There will also be a Business Circuits program in select stores to connect small business owners with entrepreneurs. On weekends, Apple will offer a Kids Hour session, featuring lessons in music making and coding with robots, while teachers are invited to join Teach Tuesday to learn how to use…