KEY POINTS

  • Apple has reopened one store in Shanghai
  • The coronavirus outbreak is still not curbed
  • Apple is slowly resuming operations in China

Apple has recently confirmed the reopening of another store in mainland China. As the Coronavirus outbreak is not yet over, the company is carefully resuming only a few of its operations in the region. However, Apple’s plans in the region are yet to be fully revealed.

According to a report from Reuters, Apple has opened one of seven stores in Shanghai this Feb. 15. It will be open with limited store hours similar to the Beijing branches, as was announced earlier this week. Apple fans in the area can go to this store to buy new Apple gadgets if needed.

Earlier, Apple had started to reopen stores in Beijing but also on reduced store hours. While the company wants to accommodate customers, the threat of the outbreak is still plaguing China. Customers have been advised to use masks as they shop to avoid the further spread of the coronavirus and for their own safety.

Apple is focusing less on reopening stores and more on offices and service centers as of the moment. The company has yet to beat its Chinese rival, Huawei, when it comes to the latest smartphones. Both companies have yet to announce any new smartphones, and their growth is being impeded in their rival's region.

The coronavirus outbreak has stunted most of Apple’s operations in China. Meanwhile, the U.S. government’s warnings are hounding Huawei’s growth in the U.S. and other countries. Fans will have to wait until the coronavirus issue has been solved before the companies could deliver devices in their rival’s region.

Apple has closed its stores in mainland China due to the new virus which has killed 259 people and infected nearly 12,000 Apple has closed its stores in mainland China due to the new virus which has killed 259 people and infected nearly 12,000 Photo: AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI