Apple – the Cupertino-based iPhone making giant – is continuing its expansion in Asia with its first retail store in Taiwan. After opening its first store in Taiwan this weekend, the tech company is continuing to expand its retail footprint in Asia. According to the report by the news site TechCrunch, the inaugural Apple Store is located in Taipei 101.
Apple Stores open in Taiwan
The Silicon Valley giant said that the Taipei 101 is a landmark skyscraper in Taipei and it is staffed with an initial workforce of 130 employees. On Saturday, doors in Taiwan opened at sharp 11am local time but the overeager fans had lined up for the opening for almost 68 hours in some cases, according the news site Focus Taiwan.
The Apple Taipei 101 store is not just for selling products and offering repairs but it is also a place for community and learning. According to the iPhone making giant, the tech company will offer visitors access to its ‘Today at Apple’ programs which cover topics such as art, design, music, coding, photography and video. The customers of the tech giant in Taiwan – just like in other parts of Asia – had to depend on the website or third-party resellers of the Cupertino-based iPhone maker until now to purchase products and handle repair options.
This comes despite the fact that many of the key manufacturing partners of the tech giant including Foxconn are headquartered in Taiwan. Those key manufacturing partners, however, operate their factories in China.
Apple one of the top five smartphone sellers in Taiwan
In Taiwan, the Silicon Valley giant is among the top five smartphone sellers with more than 15% market share but the exact number is still not certain. However, we can certainly say that the tech giant’s rank in the market significantly rises up whenever a new device releases.
The recent launch of Taiwan retail store comes only a few days after the opening of the first retail store of the tech giant in Singapore. In addition to this, the Silicon Valley giant also announced its plans for an Apple Store in Korea. Currently, the tech giant is working to expand its stores to developing countries like India. Only recently, the smartphone maker started assembling some devices in the country, saying that it recently held “constructive” dialogue with government officials.