Apple is gearing up to open its third store in Beijing. Taking the title as the largest store in Asia, the three-story location demonstrates Apple’s heavy investment to court the Chinese market. The new store in Beijing brings the total number of Apple Stores in China to six. China is also getting their 7th store relatively soon, the upcoming first Apple store in Shenzhen. Media reports leaked out showing workers installing lights and tables for the new store. Apple is also planning more stores in other cities like Dalian, Chengdu and Guangzhou. The company’s goal is to eventually serve many customer in every major cities, however, we are concerned about whether this will help to meet the high demand of iPhone 5 in the country. A Chinese casual consumer just want to know whether they can easily purchase an iPhone 5 while they walk-in to the new store …
Lines outside the Apple store in Beijing’s Sanlitun district show no signs of shortening, causing frustration for the thousands of fans and scalpers desperate to get their hands on the iPhone 4S. Now some of that disappointment is turning to anger, with reports of fights breaking out between gangs of scalpers, and guess what, Beijing SWAT teams arrived. So, the Apple store employees later announced that the launch of iPhone 4S is cancelled at the Apple’s flagship store in Beijing, and all scalpers are pissed.
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Herman Lai contributed to this report.
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.
The time is finally here! Lion is launching tomorrow, and we have conducted our investigation as to what the stores have to do to get ready for it. We have many insider details from our connections within the Apple stores here in Beijing and Shanghai. Ready? Read on!
On this very day back in 2008, Apple unveiled its first store in China. The Sanlitun Beijing Apple store is not only Apple’s first in China, it is also Apple’s 219th worldwide. Today, it becomes the highest traffic of any Apple store. Nobody, perhaps not even Jobs himself, could foresee the amazing successes the Sanlitun store would have collected in the coming years. So, let’s take a look back at the phenomenal moments in the Sanlitun store. You will be amazed.
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