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  • Apple Lifts Curtain on New Shanghai Flagship


    Apple is gearing up for this weekend's grand opening of its new Shanghai-based flagship store in China. For weeks, the facility has been shielded from public view beneath a big red curtain-like encasing that has, until now, kept hidden the glorified glass structure of the new outlet - China's second official Apple store - which could very well prove to be be the most beautiful and ornate of any Apple storefront in the world.

    It's no coincidence that Apple is opening one of its largest stores in all of Asia at this particular point and time. China is a major priority for Apple. As we've covered in recent days, Apple is getting its ducks in a row for a substantial investment in treasure and time to roll out the iPhone 4 and iPad in grand fashion to the world's largest mobile community - a community that still teems with individuals more willing to turn to the black market for Apple products than Apple itself.

    Although the new Shanghai flagship joins only one other Beijing-based Apple store in all of China, Cupertino has publicly expressed plans to open at least two dozen additional Apple stores in China within the next twenty-four months. The endeavor will go a long way to increase the company's present and relatively dinky market share in that part of the world. And with Chinese customers increasingly more willing to spend big bucks for the iDevices that have set the global consumer electronics market on fire, the move by Apple is simply a case of perfect timing to take aim at China.

    But what will China's growing appetite for Apple products mean for the rest of us around the world? Some analysts say the exposure to new markets could ultimately mean lower prices for the most popular products Apple is currently peddling. But, more than likely, a Chinese buying boom for Apple would almost certainly first result in further supply issues for a company that can barely keep adequate product stocked as it is.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Lifts Curtain on New Shanghai Flagship started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Wow looks really cool... Can't see the glass really though. I want one here in San Diego!!
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      What you don't know is what's under that glass...

    1. junnyboy11's Avatar
      junnyboy11 -
      wow thats amazing China is usually so good at these things
    1. FURBY8704's Avatar
      FURBY8704 -
      Quote Originally Posted by junnyboy11 View Post
      wow thats amazing China is usually so good at these things
      what do you mean "these" things??....RACIST!?!?!
    1. tecpunk64's Avatar
      tecpunk64 -
      :wow that really looks cool...congrats
    1. mirogster's Avatar
      mirogster -
      For clients who'll return their iStuff - 5 years in work camp. Nice tied selling huh?
    1. FURBY8704's Avatar
      FURBY8704 -
      i can just picture a chinese citizen walk in there and be like "Hey, I built that...see here i even left a little mark in the corner to distinguish it"
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      might be a new wonder of the world
    1. cdm94's Avatar
      cdm94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      What you don't know is what's under that glass...


      I seriously believed it for a second. then i realized what it was.
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      I give it a couple years before it shatters... Really a glass building? I don't care how hard or thick the glass is, glass breaks. Of course the Chinese seem to always build something or do something ridiculous...


      And no a fancy glass building will not be a world wonder lol
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I wonder if Apple will take over China...
    1. junnyboy11's Avatar
      junnyboy11 -
      sorry i just meant like china know how to do these good stuff and i kinda go to china on buisiness trips twice every 3 months
    1. scooby4's Avatar
      scooby4 -
      Huh...i hope it deos lead to low prices...especially cuz im broke
    1. Carrbone's Avatar
      Carrbone -
      Quote Originally Posted by robertr1 View Post
      I give it a couple years before it shatters... Really a glass building? I don't care how hard or thick the glass is, glass breaks. Of course the Chinese seem to always build something or do something ridiculous...


      And no a fancy glass buildin
      will not be a world wonder lol
      u are a child obviously.
      Come to NY where our glass apple store has been for YEARS. U tool
    1. metalmaster420's Avatar
      metalmaster420 -
      Love the Apple branded ICBM in launch silo!! Lmfao!!!
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carrbone View Post
      u are a child obviously.
      Come to NY where our glass apple store has been for YEARS. U tool
      I'm sorry I didn't realize that some people didn't know that when I said I give it a few years before it breaks they wouldn't think I meant years..... And seriously 4 years isn't a long time for a building lol.

      Oh and look at the location of the New York store compared to Shanghai. New york store: surrounded by tall buildings and very rarely get hits by severe storms and even if it does those buildings are surrounding it to block strong winds... Shanghai: Glass building in an open area and exposed to typhoons. That better be some strong glass to withstand a typhoon with nothing around it to block the winds.

      And yes I'm the child because I'm the one too lazy to spell out the freaking word "you" and I call people tools for no apparent reason other then to seem like I know something. And last time I checked apple stores belong to apple not you so it is not "our" it's "their" apple store.
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      Quote Originally Posted by robertr1 View Post
      I'm sorry I didn't realize that some people didn't know that when I said I give it a few years before it breaks they wouldn't think I meant years..... And seriously 4 years isn't a long time for a building lol.

      Oh and look at the location of the New York store compared to Shanghai. New york store: surrounded by tall buildings and very rarely get hits by severe storms and even if it does those buildings are surrounding it to block strong winds... Shanghai: Glass building in an open area and exposed to typhoons. That better be some strong glass to withstand a typhoon with nothing around it to block the winds.

      And yes I'm the child because I'm the one too lazy to spell out the freaking word "you" and I call people tools for no apparent reason other then to seem like I know something. And last time I checked apple stores belong to apple not you so it is not "our" it's "their" apple store.
      Actually its made out of gorilla glass just like the iPhone 4. so SH
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's a beautiful store.
    1. The_13th_Plague's Avatar
      The_13th_Plague -
      Sweet looking design Apple! Hope they went a different route on the bathrooms though...
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carrbone View Post
      u are a child obviously.
      Come to NY where our glass apple store has been for YEARS. U tool
      Lmao....exactly what I was thinking.