The history of the Apple Store at Stanford Shopping Center is recent but important. While Steve Jobs was alive the two most important Apple stores were Palo Alto and Stanford. Steve often stopped by to evaluate the retail experience, so everyone at Apple wanted both locations to be perfect.
The problem with the original Stanford store was that it was in a tiny, boring shoebox without windows. When Apple was given the opportunity to build their own space (adjacent to the old Fresh Choice, now Brooks Brothers) they worked with a firm that had designed a number of their stores, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
Apple stores shine when photographed because so much creativity goes in to their design and maintenance. For example, all the table legs in the store toe the line perfectly. It looks like they reposition them daily to ensure perfection.
The other reason Apple stores are so fun to photograph is because of the products that Apple sells. They sit at the intersection of art and technology, leading the entire tech industry to be better.