Apple unveils first retail store in Mumbai

Apple, the Cupertino-based tech giant, has revealed details about its first official retail store in India. The company released a photo of a barricade surrounding the store, called Apple BKC, which is named after its location in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex. The upmarket shopping mall is owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani and is situated in the city’s main commercial area, next to several multinational banks.

Apple unveils first retail store in Mumbai
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The store’s artistic feature is said to offer an inviting warm reception to passers-by with the greeting “Hello Mumbai.” Visitors to Apple’s website can download the latest Apple BKC wallpaper and listen to a special playlist compiled on Apple Music to commemorate the launch of the brand-new store.

Although Apple has not yet disclosed an opening date for the Mumbai store, the company has hinted at the launch of its first retail store in India, indicating that it will likely open soon. Apple is expected to open a store in Delhi soon after the launch of the Mumbai store, followed by more stores across the country later.

According to a recent report, the Mumbai store, which will be over 22,000 square feet, will be a retail landmark, similar to Apple’s outlets in Los Angeles, New York, Beijing, Milan, and Singapore. The Delhi store, which will reportedly be located in the Select Citywalk mall in Saket, is set to open between April and June this year, possibly just a few days after the opening of the Mumbai store.

Apple unveils first retail store in Mumbai

This move is significant for Apple, as India is one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets, with a population of over 1.3 billion people. Until now, the company has only sold its products in India through third-party retailers and authorised resellers.

Apple’s entry into India’s retail market is expected to bring a significant boost to the country’s economy, as it will create jobs and stimulate growth in the technology sector. Additionally, the move is expected to increase competition in India’s smartphone market, which is currently dominated by Chinese companies such as Xiaomi and Oppo.

In other news, Apple is set to hold its yearly Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2023 from June 5 to June 9 in an online format with only a physical event on the first day at Apple Park in California. The keynote and State of the Union address will be held during the physical event and will also be telecast to the online participants. Both online and offline participation is free for all.

Overall, Apple’s expansion into the Indian retail market marks a significant milestone for the company and is expected to have a positive impact on the country’s economy and technology sector. With the launch of its first retail store in Mumbai and plans to open more stores across the country, Apple is poised to capture a significant market share in one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing smartphone markets.

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