First Apple Store in Turkey opening in Istanbul on April 5

Brace yourselves, people of Turkey, for a shiny object — likely composed of sheets of stainless steel and massive glasses edifices — is about to land in Istanbul: an Apple Store. The first such retail outlet in Turkey is set to open at 10AM on April 5th in the Zorlu Center luxury mixed-use development — so says the new listing (opens in new tab) for the new store on Apple's online store finder.

Photos posted on Webrazzi and Shirli Elma show the store currently wrapped in a deep blue minimalist teaser of the store to come. It appears to be a massive location, spanning two stories in the middle of the Zorlu Center's shopping complex and even sprouting out the top in between the hi-rise portions of the complex — not unlike the iconic 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City.

This does come at an interesting time for technology in Turkey, with the government cracking down on free speech that criticizes the government by blocking access to Twitter and YouTube. Doubtless, though, the April 5th opening will draw substantial lines of Apple fans in Turkey, as Apple Store openings tend to do.

Source: Apple (opens in new tab), Webrazzi, Shirli Elma Thanks to Goktug for the tip!

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

4 Comments
  • To be followed thereafter by the Prime Minister of Turkey trying to shut down every app available to Apple products that allow users to communicate with each other. This, of course, is unconscionable to Apple and the leaders of other western nations - who prefer to track, listen in and archive everything instead.
  • Hope the people inline tweet their experience..... Oh wait
  • That building hilariously reminds me something else: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/Kaaba_mirror_edit_jj.jpg
  • Now Apple come to that little EU island south of Turkey where no Apple stores (nor any official Apple presence) can be found. Just so we dont have to pay extortionate prices on most of our Greece/UK-imported Apple devices.