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Apple may have its own retail outlets in India after all, as the government has made changes to requirements hindering the company's progress. Rules that force retailers to source at least 30 percent of its products from within the country have been eased, giving Apple and other major companies with their own retail presence the ability to open stores in India, without having to worry about fulfilling the requirement for a while.
Apple is looking to expand its retail efforts in Mexico, before the first store in the country has even opened. Job listings have surfaced for Apple Store employees in the country, for multiple unnamed store locations, suggesting that there will be more than one Apple Store opening in the market in the future, though it is unclear where exactly these extra stores will be, and when they are expected to open.
Apple's ongoing quest to open Apple Stores in India may soon become a reality, according to a report. The government is allegedly preparing to allow Apple to own its own retail stores in the country, without the need to abide by a rule that requires 30 percent of goods sold in a single-brand store to be locally sourced, with multiple regulators seemingly in agreement in providing Apple with an exemption that can last between two and three years.
The Indian Finance Ministry's decision to knock back an Apple exemption that would have freed it from a requirement that 30 percent of a future Apple Store's content must be made locally came with a particularly puzzling explanation: Apple's products, it said, were not"state-of-the-art" or "cutting-edge," which at first strains credulity. Unless the decision is reversed, it means Apple's goal to open at least three Apple Stores in India by 2017 will have to be put on the backburner, which is a significant blow to Apple's current plans for the country.
Apple CEO Tim Cook spent part of his eighth visit to China as the head of the company to take the president of ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing around an Apple Store. Cook took Liu Qing on a tour of one of Beijing's stores, just days after an announcement was made that Apple made an investment of approximately $1 billion in the firm, which is the dominant ride service in the region by a considerable margin.
Newly-redesigned Apple Store renovations continue to roll out around the US and elsewhere, with Oklahoma City's Penn Square Apple Store -- originally the first Oklahoma Apple Store -- shut down as of April 18 so as to receive the upgrade, the centerpiece of which is a 37-foot television display, usually placed where the Genius Bar used to be. Genius service will still be available, but those staffers now mingle on the sales floor along with the rest of the staff. The redesign includes more "natural" elements such as plants and custom wooden cabinetry and tables.
Apple is said to be close to securing a lease for the historic Tower Theater, located at 800 S. Broadway, LA. The 90-year-old theater sits in a corridor that has long been in limbo and rumors of Apple taking up residency for an Apple Store in the area has got the local real estate agents excited, reports the Los Angeles Business Journal. The site itself has 7,500 square feet of space in the main theater area, and another 7,500 square feet is in the basement could also be included as part of the lease arrangement. There is also space available for smaller retailers, though given that Apple is thought to be keen to make a statement with the store, that it may well look to secure the entire property as part of a long-term lease on the site.
Apple is updating its iPhone Upgrade Program in the United States, expanding it to cover purchases made online. Previously limited to just iPhone sales within Apple Stores, Apple is now allowing those paying for a new iPhone through the online Apple Store to take part in the scheme, which provides participants with the ability to upgrade their iPhone on an annual basis, instead of on a two-year cycle offered by many carriers.
If you don't know what an Apple product does, then the odds are that you don't need it -- and if you're curious, then you can certainly just ask in an Apple Store. Maybe you can debate whether you need a MacBook or an iPad Pro, but you know what they each are, and you can try them both out in a shop with someone from Apple genuinely helping instead of just trying to sell you something. Except for the Apple Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter.
We can tell you right up front what Malcolm Owen would like to make his Thingy of the Week – but can't. It would be a new iPad Pro but at the moment, that's at best the Thingy of the Week for some courier company and throughout this One More Thing you're going to picture Malcolm looking out of the window for them to arrive.