Apple Launches Online Store on China's WeChat Platform

Apple has launched an online store in China's WeChat app, the Tencent-owned social media platform has announced (via Reuters).

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China's dominant messaging app will host the Apple store via one of its mini-programs, which typically offers e-commerce, financial, and live-streaming services to WeChat's over 1.2 billion users.

Customers will be able to purchase the full line of Apple products including iPhones, iPads, and Macs on the store. Orders via WeChat are eligible for free shipping, and some users can pay for three-hour delivery and access Apple's trade-in program.

The move follows a pattern of Apple branching out its sales in China by turning to social media platforms, which Chinese consumers increasingly use to shop.

As Reuters points out, Apple already operates a similar shop on Tencent-rival Alibaba Group's Tmall online marketplace, while JD.com, China's second-largest online retailer, is an official Apple reseller. Apple also tried marketing its products on a livestream in China in May for the first time with an hour-long show.

China's smartphone sales in the first quarter fell 5% year on year, marking the lowest first-quarter sales figure for the country since 2014, according to data from Counterpoint Research cited by Reuters.

However, the research firm said Apple bucked the trend in the same quarter by recording a 19.9% share of the Chinese smartphone market – its biggest since 2014 – as it increased sales by 6% year-on-year in a declining market.

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Top Rated Comments

Will Co Avatar
13 months ago
...so that the authorities can keep track of everything that's purchased from Apple. The China surveillance machine in full swing. It's almost impossible to do anything in China these days without doing it through WeChat or WePay.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iZac Avatar
13 months ago
...and they say there are no third party App Stores on iOS.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GeoStructural Avatar
13 months ago

...so that the authorities can keep track of everything that's purchased from Apple. The China surveillance machine in full swing. It's almost impossible to do anything in China these days without doing it through WeChat or WePay.
Don’t worry, Privacy is a human right, Timmy said so. ?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shafa Avatar
13 months ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2023/07/11/apple-launches-online-store-china-wechat/')

Apple has launched an online store in China's WeChat app, the Tencent-owned social media platform has announced (via Reuters ('https://www.reuters.com/technology/apple-store-goes-live-wechat-mini-programme-2023-07-11/')).



China's dominant messaging app will host the Apple store via one of its mini-programs, which typically offers e-commerce, financial, and live-streaming services to WeChat's over 1.2 billion users.

Customers will be able to purchase the full line of Apple products including iPhones, iPads, and Macs on the store. Orders via WeChat are eligible for free shipping, and some users can pay for three-hour delivery and access Apple's trade-in program.

The move follows a pattern of Apple branching out its sales in China by turning to social media platforms, which Chinese consumers increasingly use to shop.

As Reuters points out, Apple already operates a similar shop on Tencent-rival Alibaba Group's Tmall online marketplace, while JD.com, China's second-largest online retailer, is an official Apple reseller. Apple also tried marketing its products on a livestream in China in May for the first time with an hour-long show.

China's smartphone sales in the first quarter fell 5% year on year, marking the lowest first-quarter sales figure for the country since 2014, according to data from Counterpoint Research cited by Reuters.

However, the research firm said Apple bucked the trend in the same quarter by recording a 19.9% share of the Chinese smartphone market – its biggest since 2014 – as it increased sales by 6% year-on-year in a declining market.

Article Link: Apple Launches Online Store on China's WeChat Platform ('https://www.macrumors.com/2023/07/11/apple-launches-online-store-china-wechat/')
Time for WeChat to charge Apple 30% of all purchases made on the AppStore via WeChat.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Love-hate ? relationship Avatar
13 months ago
WeChat is so big
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
majkom Avatar
13 months ago
Good… what about freaking apple store in Czechia Tim?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)