Hong Kong Apple Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook to Attend Opening?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Apple opened the new Hong Kong retail store to the press, providing the first look inside the massive new two level store. NeonPunch provided this video walkthrough (and photo gallery), and reports that Apple has hired over 300 employees to work at the store. The new store is also complete with a spiral glass staircase in the center.

    Meanwhile, MICGadget reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook is rumored to be making the trip to Hong Kong to attend the opening ceremony. The new Hong Kong store will be opening on Saturday, September 24th at 9am. The report also suggests that Cook may attend the grand opening of the Nanjing East store in Shanghai. Cook's travel schedule may explain the unusual Friday opening for the Nanjing East store.

    Thanks to our reader for the photo

    Article Link: Hong Kong Apple Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook to Attend Opening?
  2. LegendarySlayer macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    God I love those iPhones they have at the store's with credit card readers...so convenient ;)
  3. CallistoJag macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2007
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    Cook: and on sale here from today, the new iphone 5....... gotcha ;)
  4. penguinsix macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2007
    While they do have credit card enabled iPhones for the POS, due to restrictions in the Hong Kong banking / credit card system they still have to run a transaction through a dedicated credit card machine, which are conveniently stationed throughout the store. A tad annoying that it's not like the US system, but it's not really Apple's decision, more the way credit cards are processed here in Hong Kong.

    Here's a pic of one of the machines I took while on the tour.

  5. FilipH macrumors regular

    May 19, 2008
    Apple Land
    Having lived in Hong Kong, i know this building very well. It's truly a prime piece of retail location. Hong Kong rents are among the highest in the world though, and with so much sq feet for this shop in this country on that location !?! Good luck making a profit, even for apple it will be challenging.

    This being said, Hong Kong was missing an Apple shop though ... Go Apple!
  6. x13gamer macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2006
    Pure Michigan
    For Tim Cook to be there He would have had to take the iJet.
  7. iRobby macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2011
    Fort Myers, FL USA

    iJet? Is there such a private jet?
  8. kid0 macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2011
    Montreal, QC
    are you serous.. lol
  9. Reason077 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2007
    There actually is such a jet. It's a Gulfstream V that was given to Steve Jobs by Apple in 1999, and Steve uses/used it a lot for his business travel.

    It's FAA registration number is the rather cool "N2N".

  10. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

    Adidas Addict

    Sep 9, 2008
    Just think how many possible customers they have though. Over 90% of Hong Kong residents would much rather buy from an actual official AppleStore than mess around bargaining with some third party. Then you have visitors, the AppleStore is a welcoming place, and much less daunting than trying your luck as a Gweilo in Sham Shui Po etc. Then you have all the mainlanders filling their boots to take over the border.

    I take you point though, to lease that much square footage in Central must be costing Apple a pretty penny, but I seriously think they will take a fortune through the tills at the store. I'm surprised it's taken Apple so long to have an official presence in Hong Kong, and would think we could see more stores over the next few years (Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui etc etc).
  11. Pretty Great macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2009
    It's settled then. I shall start queueing from 9pm Friday!
  12. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Wouldn't that be too early? Last time I went to an opening just eight hours ahead and I still got the t-shirt...
  13. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

    Adidas Addict

    Sep 9, 2008
    I would be ever grateful if some kind person would get me a HK Applestore T-shirt. Happy to paypal for shipping costs :)
  14. Twenty5 macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2008
    what else do they do for an occasion such as this? Do they just hand out t-shirts?
  15. txr0ckabilly macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2008
    Southwest Louisiana
    am i the only one who reached for my phone when the ring went off in the video?
  16. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

    Adidas Addict

    Sep 9, 2008
    Me too :eek: , and I haven't used that ringtone for months :D
  17. penguinsix macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2007
    I was the one who shot that video and I reached for my phone when I heard the ringing, which is why the video stopped.

    Funny thing is it wasnt my phone or even my ringtone. Just natural to reach down I guess.
  18. bigjobby macrumors 65816

    Apr 7, 2010
    London, UK
    That's gotta be the best looking fake Apple Store ever!

    Edit: Even Tim Cook thinks its real.
  19. DevilInDisguise macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2008
  20. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Nice place. I wonder who's job it is to go around cleaning all those screens. :eek:
  21. nanoboy macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    iPhone is / was phenomenal in HK

    It's about time for an Apple store there, and I'm glad when they make one, they make it BIG!!

    I was in Hongkong this Feb/Mar, from my personal witness, iPhone was a phenomenon there. Everytime when I got into the tube / underground / train, any carriage, any time of the day, there would be at least 3 iPhones within 2 meters radius from where I was standing.

    Can't quite understand the iPhone invasion there.
    Maybe brand recognition is pretty much in-grained over there. And people care and compare quality too. I guess at the time, the retina display on the iPhone 4 was a big win compared to the competitors.

    Would be interesting to see how iPad 2 & 3 and iPhone 5 would do in HK with the assistance of this store. Also Mac's presence is meniscus over there, a store would only help to grow that.
  22. BiscottiGelato macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2011
    Considering that Hong Kong is a city with some of the highest density of high end stores in the world (maybe second only to Tokyo?)... Consider Louis Vuitton, I'm sure there's a higher density, and even number of stores, in Hong Kong than in Paris...

    And Apple is having their FIRST store there? Quite behind the curve I'd say.
  23. Bchagey macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2011
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    Lol I did too
  24. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
  25. applefan289 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    When do you think they will build more stores in Japan?

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