What you need to know
- Apple has reopened 32 of its stores in China.
- Only 10 stores in the country remain closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Four stores in the country will return to normal working hours next week.
Apple has reopened 32 of its stores in China following a period of extended closures in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Yesterday, it was reported by Bloomberg that 29 stores in the country had reopened since Apple's decision to close its entire China operation out of an abundance of caution.
Following this report, iMore can confirm that a further three stores in the country are due to open tomorrow, February 26. They are:
All three of these stores will operate special, reduced business hours. Each store will only be open for six hours tomorrow, February 26, before operating increased (but still reduced) hours into next week.
iMore can also confirm that four locations in Beijing and Shanghai will return to their usual business hours on either Saturday February 29 or Sunday March 1. Those stores are:
The following 10 stores in the country remain closed indefinitely:
- Apple Jiefangbei
- Apple Chongqing Vientiane City
- Apple Chongqing Beichengtianjie
- Apple West Lake
- Apple Hangzhou Vientiane City
- Apple Tianjin Joy City
- Apple Tianjin Hang Lung Plaza
- Apple Tianjin Vientiane City
- Apple Shanghai International Trade iapm
- Apple Suzhou
With the majority of stores now open, and several locations returning to usual business hours, there are clear signs that the disruption to Apple's retail sector in the country may be coming to an end. The full extent of the impact on its supply chains and manufacturing base in the country is still to be realized, and Apple has already warned investors that it will not meet its Q2 earnings guidance because of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9