After months of speculation, Apple has confirmed that its very first retail store in Brazil will be opening soon. The Rio de Janeiro store is set to open on February 15, and will be located in the city's luxurious VillageMall shopping center.
Apple's retail presence looks set to expand yet further, with a new report suggesting that the first store will open in Brazil by March of 2014. The location looks set to be Rio de Janeiro, according to multiple sources that passed the information to 9to5Mac:
The iPad mini rumors will not go away and today's story centers around where it will actually be manufactured. According to a "Chinese reliable source", the iPad mini will be produced solely in Brazil. It is thought that all of the tooling and design work has already been carried out in China.
It looks like Apple has started selling iPhone 4 units produced out of Foxconn's new Brazilian manufacturing plant, which has been up and running since late 2011. According to photos released by Portuguese news site Meio Bit, the iPhone 4's in question appear to be the lower-end 8GB variation, with unit stamps indicating Apple may have only begun selling them just a few short weeks ago.
Apple has announced they're rolling out the iTunes Store to Brazilian and a number of Latin American countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.
iTunes in the Cloud is available today for free in Brazil and Latin America and iTunes Match is available today for a $24.99 annual fee in Brazil.
On December 16, Apple will continue the international roll out of the iPhone 4S, launching it in Russia, Brazil, Taiwan, South Africa, the Philippines, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.
MacRumors points to a number of confirmations that Apple is set to rollout the iPhone 4S in several additional countries on December 16th. The list includes Russia and Brazil, two of the world's most populated countries, which should bolster sales outside of the US.
Gizmodo Brazil got their hands on some pictures of the 8GB iPhone 4 at Foxconn's new Brazilian manufacturing plant.
Most of these photos don't look like anything special—just snapshots of a familiar face. But when you get to the last one, a picture of a Foxconn Brazil quality control form, you'll notice something strange: a different model number, N90A. This has already been rumored to represent a cheaper version of the iPhone4.
Apple typically makes a new, lower storage version of the past year's iPhone to keep selling alongside the new one at a US$99 price point. Last year that was the iPhone 3GS. This year, it'll in all likelihood be the iPhone 4.