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New Photo Shows Striking All Glass Exterior of Apple's First Turkish Retail Store [Updated]

New photos taken by Instagram user orbaygumus (via ifoAppleStore’s Gary Allen) have revealed the unique exterior and interior of Apple’s first Turkish retail store in Istanbul that is set to open this Saturday, April 5.

The store, which is located in the upscale Zorlu Center Shopping Center, features a unique cubic design complete with a glass ceiling and glass sides that occupy approximately 20,000 square feet.

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Photo by orbaygumus

As previously reported, the interior of the store features a host of areas dedicated to services such as a dedicated “Family Room” floor and dual Genius Bars. Photos of the store last week revealed the structure to be hidden behind barricades, but it now appears that Apple is ready to hold its launch event that may feature Apple CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül.

Apple's Zorlu Center store is the first of several retail stores planned for Turkey, with the company looking to expand its growth in the region. Apple also met with Turkish government officials over the prospect of equipping Turkish school children with 10.6 million iPads, however that bid was eventually awarded to Turkish company Telpa.

The Apple Retail Store at the Zorlu Center is set to open at 10:00 AM this Saturday, April 5.

Update: Turkish website DonanimHaber has shared more photos of the store:

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24 weeks ago
Istanbul, not Constantinople?
Rating: 2 Votes
24 weeks ago
A beautiful design for a beautiful city!
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24 weeks ago
It looks so surreal
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24 weeks ago
It has an Apple logo on the top:

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24 weeks ago
I am disappointed in the design a bit. I have to see it for my own eyes first to make a decisive comment though. I am disappointed that the entrance is not from the cube, it's just a design element without the Apple logo, it is just meant for lights entrance.

Also I don't like that mall, ceilings are too low and you feel trapped inside it's not spacious. Apple Store's entrance being inside means that feeling will continue. I also hoped for that entrance to be a glass dome, a reference to Istanbul's skyline full of mosques.

It looks average and didn't feel special nor unique to me from the photos. But as I said, I'll decide when I see it at the opening.
Rating: 2 Votes
24 weeks ago
It's so glossy and reflective that I'm having trouble actually seeing it. I thought Apple was working on anti-glare glass? ;)
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24 weeks ago

People just liked it better that way.


So I can't go back to Constantinople?
Rating: 2 Votes
24 weeks ago

Istanbul, not Constantinople?


People just liked it better that way.
Rating: 2 Votes
24 weeks ago

Not impressed. For that location, they could've done much better in the design.


So, just what store around that location have as good or much better design?

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So I can't go back to Constantinople?


You're all showing your age. I too am getting old.
Rating: 1 Votes
24 weeks ago

There is always an ignorant one when the subject is Istanbul. :eek:
But, since 1453, it has been Istanbul and it will remain so, until the end of time...:cool:


Not ignorant. For your own edification: http://tmbw.net/wiki/Lyrics:Istanbul_(Not_Constantinople)

Made popular again by They Might Be Giants, but having a long history in song.
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