It's been up, up, and away for shares of iEverything powerhouse Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) so far this year.

Source: Apple.

After years plagued with investor concern over slowing growth, the market appears to have seen the light and recognized Apple's shares for the outstanding value they continue to present.

Sure, the Apple iPhone 6 remains perhaps the most significant growth-driving opportunity for Apple in the upcoming year. And yes, other devices such as Apple's highly anticipated iWatch will clearly create new and meaningful growth engines in the years beyond. However, there are other ancillary storylines unfolding at Apple that could prove a boon to shareholders.

The Apple of Angela's eye
At the beginning of May, former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts assumed her role as Apple's new head of retail, heading Apple's multiyear initiative to breathe life into an area of the tech giant's business that many perceived to have lost its luster in the past several years.

And in no time flat, Ahrendts appears to be quickly enacting her strategic vision for what Apple's retail future will encompass. Apple investors should be excited. Anhrendts appears to really get it, enumerating a three-pronged retail strategy that will lean heavily on emerging technologies and emerging markets such as China to ensure that Apple's retail future is brighter than ever.

In the following video, tech and telecom specialist Andrew Tonner weighs in on Ahrendts' ongoing turnaround at Apple's retail operations and why it matters for investors.

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