Apple has posted a message on its regional Taiwan website to announce the imminent opening of its first official retail store in the country. The store is located in the Xinyi District, on the ground floor and basement level of Taipei 101, the fourth tallest skyscraper in the world.

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A specific opening date for the store has not yet been provided by Apple, but Taiwanese site AppleDaily speculates it will be by the end of the month, and the wording on Apple's website suggests it can't be far away now. The text on the celebratory page roughly translates to the following:

Taiwan's first Apple Store will soon open in Taipei!

Apple Store - Taipei 101 will provide a space for people to experience Apple's full range of products and services; At the same time, for people to come together to create, share and learn.

Much like how Taiwanese often gather under trees, with a pot of tea, to exchange ideas, share fun, and be prepared for the next journey.

To celebrate the opening, we have invited Taiwanese paper cutting artists, Shih Yi Yan, incorporating the same "tree as a gathering place" theme, to create a large cutout artwork to showcase the beauty of gathering. We welcome everyone to visit the Apple Store when you get a chance.

AppleDaily has grabbed some shots of the hoarding currently concealing the store, which covers 1,322 square meters across two floors.

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Image via AppleDaily

Last July, we reported that Apple had posted its first job listings for a Taiwan store, which was soon followed by confirmation of its plans to set up a retail outlet in the country.

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Image via AppleDaily

Apple currently only markets products in Taiwan through third-party resellers and direct through its regional online store, so today's announcement should come as good news for Apple fans there.

The company has opened 495 retail stores across 17 countries, including 270 in the United States and 225 elsewhere, since May 2001. We'll let readers know of the Taipei store opening date as soon as we hear of it.

Taipei 101 from afar

Taipei 101 from afar (Image: Peellden)

(Thanks, Andrew!)

Top Rated Comments

M2M Avatar
51 months ago
Does china get offended by them being involved with Taiwan?
Opening an Apple Store in Taiwan before china -> China is offended.
Opening an Apple Store in Taiwan after 20 stores in china -> china doesn't care
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Royal Gala Avatar
51 months ago
Lovely artwork
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friednoodles Avatar
51 months ago
Does china get offended by them being involved with Taiwan?
It's not an issue for that kind of business, retail or operations stuff. (e.g. there's certainly no problem with Apple dealing with Foxconn, which is a Taiwanese company, and no problem with Foxconn running factories in China)
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ronntaylor Avatar
51 months ago
Well, they didn't complain (publicly at least) when Apple opened stores in Hong Kong or Macao, so I don't think so.

Unless there's something unique to Taiwan compared to the other two that I don't know about that would get them offended.
Mainland China still regards Taiwan, Republic of China as a renegade province. It regularly makes noise about using its military to force reunification and threatens other nations to not give Taiwan recognition as an independent nation.
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69Mustang Avatar
51 months ago
That tower dwarfs everything.
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Mindcrime Avatar
51 months ago
U can go to china much easier from Hong Kong than from Taiwan.
Songshan airport in Taipei has direct flights to China
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Mainland China still regards Taiwan, Republic of China as a renegade province. It regularly makes noise about using its military to force reunification and threatens other nations to not give Taiwan recognition as an independent nation.
In Taiwan and China, politics and business are two separate worlds. Taiwan has invested so much money in China that the government basically backs off (aside from the standard business barriers all companies face, Chinese, Taiwanese, and what not).



Much like how Taiwanese often gather under trees, with a pot of tea, to exchange ideas, share fun, and be prepared for the next journey.
Ha. In 20 yrs of living in Taiwan, I've never seen this. Except maybe in the dramas ;)
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