Apple In China, the muscles are tensed with another megastore, which was presented on Friday. The outlet is located in Beijing's upscale Sanlitun shopping district and replaces and doubles the size of Apple's first store in China at the same location, which caused a stir in 2008.
The landmark was reopened in the heat of U.S. control over the hardware giant's relationship with China. In a speech on Thursday, Attorney General William Barr attacked a number of American technology companies, including Apple, for abiding by China's rules. He highlighted Apple as "consent to the Chinese Communists".
For a long time, Apple not only relied on manufacturing partners in China, it also generated revenue from the App Store (especially games) and iPhone sales. Nevertheless, local smartphone manufacturers like Huawei, which opened its largest store to date in June, have lost Apple's Chinese market share in recent quarters, putting the American giant in fifth place with around 10% of total delivery counterpoint research.
Barr lambasted Apple for tearing apps on behalf of the Chinese government. The motives behind these bans can range from silencing politically sensitive services such as a card used in Hong Kong protests to closing a regulatory loophole that led to the removal of thousands of unlicensed games in China.
The new premise includes Apple's first integrated solar array in a retail store in China, which can power the store below, like all Apple facilities that are powered entirely by renewable energy. The company claims that it supports enough clean energy in China to power more than 450,000 households each year.
In the past 12 years, the Sanlitun business has grown from 52 to 185 employees and has attracted more than 22 million visitors.