Today, Apple’s popular iPhone 5 officially goes on sale in mainland China, and both China Unicom and China Telecom also start offering the iPhone 5 to customers. If you’re thinking iPhone 5’s launch in China will draw hundreds to thousands of Chinese Apple fans at Apple Stores in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, well, it’s not happening at all. Unlike during the iPhone 4S launch which also happened on a Friday this year during January, no long queues were formed outside the Apple Inc. stores in mainland China, to get a glimpse of the thinner, lighter, faster and better iPhone 5. No one camped outside the stores during the night, and perhaps Apple is happy to see no scuffles breaking out between security and shoppers today. We have videos and photos in this article to show you the death of Apple in China.
The grand opening of the Wangfujing Apple Store is just around the corner, and today, Apple presents us the first public preview of their largest Apple store in Asia. It’s a three-story Apple Store, and includes more than a hundred of Mac Specialists, Mac Geniuses and Creatives. A total of 300 employees will work the store, and best of all, this new store has an entire floor dedicated to service, featuring two 360-degree Genius Bars. And a three-story glass staircase. More photos and info after the break.
We mentioned previously that Apple will be making its big push into China very soon. It seems our sources were correct on this but we have some rather shocking news. Apple will not be hiring Chinese locals to lead the stores, instead they will be hiring foreign workers and bringing them over. Why are they doing this? Jump past to find out.
In 2010, Apple announced a plan of opening 25 stores in China by the end of 2012. Today, Apple has five retail stores in China, two in Beijing, three in Shanghai, but none in South China region where major cities such as Shenzhen and Chengdu are located. Since there are always huge crowds gathering outside the China Apple stores, Apple definitely need more points of sale in the country to disperse the crowds (especially scalpers). After running through our contacts, we have found several sites in South China region that Apple real estate is bargaining for or has signed for. Interested? Read on ~
What? Someone showed up on the roof of an Apple store in Beijing’s Sanlitun district yesterday afternoon, and sprayed a red graffiti “O” on the steel wall of the Apple store. The graffiti is obviously the Opera Web Browser’s logo. Apple employees noticed the completed graffiti and failed to wipe it off. More pictures after the break.
Fu Chunli, a citizen of Qingdao, downloaded the 25 billionth app from Apple’s App Store early this month, pushing the mobile software store to a new milestone. The young lady downloaded a free version of Disney’s popular mobile game ‘Where’s my water ?’ As the winner, she will receive an iTunes gift card worth 10,000 US dollars. Last week Apple has invited her to Beijing Apple store to collect her prize. Apple has given the lucky girl a warm reception. This might be just another shrewd PR by Apple, but it’s also tell us that Apple undrstand the importance of Chinese consumer market …
Apple has as yet to launch its new iPhone 4S in China, but the device is already selling by scalpers outside the Beijing Apple store at whopping prices of up to about US$1,100, and Apple is trying to tell customers: DO NOT BUY the iPhone 4S from these scalpers.
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