by Joe White
September 10, 2013
Apple is in the process of building a fourth Apple Retail Store in Shanghai, China, and new images of the construction have surfaced online. Located in the high-end IAPM Mall, the new store appears to span at least two stories, and at present is hidden away behind a temporary storefront. The images reached us from AppleInsider, who explains:
According to Sun Hung Kai, the real estate company behind the venture, IAPM's floor space stands at 1.3 million square feet and will feature over 30 shops. Dining, IMAX theaters and a supermarket are also planned for the area. The shopping complex is attached to the Shanghai International Commerce Centre and Shanghai ICC Residences, both of which have yet to fully open.Apple is in the process of expanding its market in China, which Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook sees as a "huge opportunity" for his company. In fact, Apple's interest in the world's most populous nation is so great that a dedicated media event is set to be held in China tomorrow, Sept. 11, at which Apple is expected to present its next-generation iDevices - and particularly, the iPhone 5C - to the Chinese media. The anticipated handset is said to be a low-cost variant of Apple's popular iPhone, and is said to be suited well to developing nations such as China, where less expensive Android-powered smartphones have tended to flourish. Today, however, Apple is holding its annual iPhone-themed event at its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters, and it's likely that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be first introduced to the world then. The event begins at 10 a.m. PDT, and we'll be covering everything from start to finish. In the meantime, see: Ahead Of iOS 7, Most iDevice Owners Are Running iOS 6, Pictured Handset User Guide Reveals "Touch ID" Fingerprint Scanner For Apple's iPhone 5S, and The WSJ Confirms Fingerprint Sensor For iPhone 5S Ahead Of Apple's Event.