Just like McDonald’s first restaurant in Russia all those years ago, news that Apple is to open its first store in China shows how much progress the company has made since its beige days in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Tomorrow, Beijing will host a new Apple Store, featuring the same sort of design as you’d find in any other location, but with a multilingual Genius Bar.
The iPhone won’t be on display yet, though, as no official deal has been done with a Chinese carrier. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few black market ones wending their way around the store when it opens at 10am.
It marks Apple’s 219th store worldwide.