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Apple reveals plans to open 25 retail stores in China

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At Apple's annual shareholders meeting at its campus in Cupertino, Calif., Thursday, the company revealed it intends to open 25 stores in the nation of China.

Though the press was barred from covering Thursday's event live, Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune Brainstorm Tech provided updates from the annual meeting.

Apple will build more stores in China soon, as Ron Johnson, senior vice president of retail, announced the plans for expansion in the nation of over 1 billion. Last month, Apple executives revealed they are more focused on building the company's brand in China than they are about achieving blockbuster sales as they attempt to crack the foreign market.

The company's first Chinese store opened in 2008, prior to the Olympic games in Beijing. Plans for the second store, which will employ a classic Chinese design, were revealed last summer.

Apple has sold more than 200,000 iPhones in China since the handset debuted last fall. Some have said that a pre-paid option would be more acceptable to consumers in the nation, and could catapult overall sales up to 10 million.

Early this month, Apple's business presence in China came under scrutiny from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Apple, along with 30 other technology companies, was asked to provide information on its human rights practices in the country, particularly as they pertain to freedom of expression and privacy.

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Hold your stock, people.
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Guard the stock; it might be stolen otherwise...
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Hold your stock, people.

Yeah. Apple is taking it straight to the dragon's lair. Let's see now how well the locals (or Apple's competitors) can copy/ imitate this strategy of broad-based availability and coverage in both hardware and software.
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Apple reveals plans to open 25 retail stores in China


And to think, Apple was nearly dead only a few short years ago.
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Yeah. Apple is taking it straight to the dragon's lair. Let's see now how well the locals (or Apple's competitors) can copy/ imitate this strategy of broad-based availability and coverage in both hardware and software.

There are 24 more French stores planned, matching the UK stores, as well as many others. I think it'll be less than 4 quarters before Europe makes more revenue than the US.

With these Chinese stores and the way the iPhone has taken off in the "supposedly super advanced, well entrenched" S. Korean and Japanese markets I have to think that Asia might not be too far behind.

While I have no current use for it, I think the iPad may be very popular in Asian markets.
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They better open one in Hong Kong, I've been waiting for one for quite a while...
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What is price of the cheapest legally unlocked phone?
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While I have no current use for it, I think the iPad may be very popular in Asian markets.

The Apple machine keeps on rolling. I agree the iPad will probably result in many copy-cats in China, but it should be a great tool for Chinese character input.

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The Apple machine keeps on rolling. I agree the iPad will probably result in many copy-cats in China, but it should be a great tool for Chinese character input.

Too bad it doesn't have handwriting recognition.
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It's be nice to get one down in the Valley in Texas. Closest Apple store? San Antonio, 3 hours away.
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Too bad it doesn't have handwriting recognition.

I forget who explained it a few weeks ago, but the LCD touchscreen has less sensors than a trackpad so finer inputs are not as effective. It would be nice if a solution is eventually had, but at least there are an infinite number of keyboards that could be implemented. Yet we don't even get Dvorak as an option. \
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What is price of the cheapest legally unlocked phone?
TIA

I think I can get you one for $1800 U.S.
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There are 24 more French stores planned, matching the UK stores, as well as many others. I think it'll be less than 4 quarters before Europe makes more revenue than the US.

I heard that there was another planned for France this year bringing the total to 3. When are the rest coming?
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I forget who explained it a few weeks ago, but the LCD touchscreen has less sensors than a trackpad so finer inputs are not as effective. It would be nice if a solution is eventually had, but at least there are an infinite number of keyboards that could be implemented. Yet we don't even get Dvorak as an option. \

What's about Palm LCD touchscreen with handwriting recognition?
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While I have no current use for it, I think the iPad may be very popular in Asian markets.

You keep saying this but I think you'll get one. Just to prove yourself right / wrong (delete as applicable), you understand. Besides, when the thing hits the shelves you'll no longer be able to comment unless you actually own one. Of course, certain people here will comment ferociously long after that point but we'll know who they are and we will ignore them. So there you are, how can you not?
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Yeah. Apple is taking it straight to the dragon's lair. Let's see now how well the locals (or Apple's competitors) can copy/ imitate this strategy of broad-based availability and coverage in both hardware and software.

Sad to say that was my first thought, too!
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Ethics I guess, not on Apple's list of priorities.

If only they could be more like Google.
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Well from the last dozen store openings photos...I don't think apple will be changing the 'aluminum' finish on their products anytime soon!
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Great! But they will have to change their name to Great Self-Patriotic People's Apple, Inc.

GSPPA for short.

But seriously this is good news for mac fans in china. Wish apple announced some more US stores as well.
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I heard that there was another planned for France this year bringing the total to 3. When are the rest coming?

It was on Wikipedia so it must be true. Here is the citation for it...

http://translate.google.com/translat...hp&sl=fr&tl=en (translated) Mea culpa. I guess it's just an objective as stated by a Gartner Analyst, and not something Apple has stated. How about Apple's objective being as many stores as possible that will still make them record profits. Not even a time frame for that objective. \


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What's about Palm LCD touchscreen with handwriting recognition?

A capacitance touchscreen — not a restrictive touchscreen — from Palm with handwriting recognition, because we ARE talking about Apple who doesn't use any other type of touchscreens?


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You keep saying this but I think you'll get one. Just to prove yourself right / wrong (delete as applicable), you understand. Besides, when the thing hits the shelves you'll no longer be able to comment unless you actually own one. Of course, certain people here will comment ferociously long after that point but we'll know who they are and we will ignore them. So there you are, how can you not?

I do keep saying it and I'm certain I'll eventually get one, but so far there is absolutely no need it for in my life with an iPhone and 13" MBP with me. I plan on getting a 15" MBP soon (assuming the changes I expect do come) and if Hulu, Netflix and likely some other "killer apps" come I just might be the target consumer for it, but right now, I am not.

I'm quite utilitarian in nature and never keep stuff I don't need so it would have to serve a distinct purpose my other devices cannot. A way to read magazines, newspapers and technical books with rich annotation capabilities would likely make me fork over $830. 3G on AT&T was a requirement for me so that is least met.
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Too bad it doesn't have handwriting recognition.

Handwriting to enter Chinese characters already exists on iPhone/iPod Touch, I use it regularly and it works very well. With faster CPU and bigger screen on iPad, it should work even better.
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I heard that there was another planned for France this year bringing the total to 3. When are the rest coming?


If you are interested in store status, check out ifoapplestore.com
The last rumors were two more locations in Paris, one each in Nice and Lyon, all probably before the end of the year. And in Marseille in a shopping center being built. Late 2011 at the earliest.
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Too bad it doesn't have handwriting recognition.

I for one wouldn't benefit ... after 30 years with a keyboard I've long since lost the ability to handwrite other than a bad scrawl for a signature ...
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If you are interested in store status, check out ifoapplestore.com
The last rumors were two more locations in Paris, one each in Nice and Lyon, all probably before the end of the year. And in Marseille in a shopping center being built. Late 2011 at the earliest.

Do the staff in the Paris Apple Stores pretend they don't speak English?
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They better open one in Hong Kong, I've been waiting for one for quite a while...

While i think it is reasonable to open one in Hong Kong, their Price for Store Lease is outrageous. As a matter of fact, this is similar in China as well.

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Opening new stores in places like China with fast growing per capita income, hi population density makes the most sense. Right now their per capita income is around $3,000 but there is huge segment that has serious money... even if it is 100M people and concentrated in big cities.

Still. I think Apple needs to sell an unlocked phone for the mass market... like a 3GS for $400.
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The Apple machine keeps on rolling. I agree the iPad will probably result in many copy-cats in China, but it should be a great tool for Chinese character input.

I suspect the best tool for entering character input is still the keyboard.

That was certainly the case when I lived my life in Japanese.

Given that keyboard navigation isn't one of Apple's strengths, there's room to get this very wrong as well as very right.

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Do the staff in the Paris Apple Stores pretend they don't speak English?

No, but maybe they pretend that the world's documents are formatted for iWork, rather than MS Office.

These days many French people, especially in business, speak english very well.
So maybe there's hope for Apple too.

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I suspect the best tool for entering character input is still the keyboard.

That was certainly the case when I lived my life in Japanese.

Given that keyboard navigation isn't one of Apple's strengths, there's room to get this very wrong as well as very right.

5 mins after i show how to input chinese character on iphone to a 70+ year old, he can start to do it himself. it takes a bit longer for him to get used to send IM using PINYIN.

when ipad was announced, he sent an email to me to ask whether ipad supports the same chinese input as that on iphone. to him ipad is perfect because it is much bigger than iphone. for a 70yo it is tough to sit in front of computer and he does not want to use many features on a laptop either. so ipad is what he needs for browsing web and email etc.

the only thing he wants extra is the camera which he would like to use to do video chat.
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