Chinese goods had fake Apple, UL logos
US Customs and Border Protection agents have seized over $635,000 in counterfeit Lightning connectors during a routine search in Anchorage, the Alaska Dispatch reports. The cables arrived on a flight from China, and were intended for distribution to several US locations. Fake Apple and UL (Underwriters Laboratories) icons were stamped on each item; the deceit was quickly spotted, though, because the products were sealed in cardboard blister packs, instead of the stylized white boxes Apple prefers.
Some regions of US still underserved
(Updated with info on new Utah store) Apple will throw open the doors to its first Alaskan store on Saturday at 10AM local time. The outlet is based in the 5th Avenue Mall in Anchorage, and will operate from 10AM to 8PM on Saturdays, and 11AM to 6PM on Sundays. Regular weekday hours are scheduled to last from 10AM to 9PM.
First Alaskan store in development
News has emerged of two upcoming US Apple Stores. The first is another within the general Los Angeles area, but specifically located 35 miles north in the Valencia Town Center shopping mall. The center is reported to have undergone a $140 million renovation in 2010, creating 40 new open-air spaces. Construction and hiring timetables are believed to point to Apple opening the outlet by mid-September.