August 15, 2011
Chinese officials have cracked down on the numerous fake Apple Stores that opened recently in China. It appears they have not closed their doors and gone out of business. Instead, they have been renamed “Smart Store.” Some stores have completely removed the Apple logo from the name, and others have actually left it intact. The store itself seems unchanged, with similar Apple Store fixtures and products. Reuters reports that these stores have led to a wide investigation of all electronics shops in Kunming; looking at licenses and authorized permits for brand use. Currently, Apple has four stores in Beijing and Shanghai, and only authorized resellers in Kunming.