Demand for Apple’s products in China has
soared since the company launched its iPhone 4 product in the country last September. For the first three months of 2011, iPhone sales in China saw a year-on-year increase of almost 250 percent, according to
previous statements from Apple’s now CEO Tim Cook.
Apple’s iPad has also dominated China’s tablet market, with a 74 percent share, according to Beijing-based research firm Analysys International.
Demand for the products has been so high that unauthorized resellers in China have created fake Apple stores by using the company’s logos to decorate their shops. Authorities in one city have responded by
cracking down on the fake stores.
Apple has said previously it would open 25 stores in China over a two year period. But the pace of store openings so far has been much slower and focused on China’s largest cities. Apple’s newest store in Shanghai will be the company’s largest in the country.