Some eager Chinese Apple fanboys queued for three days outside Apple’s Beijing retail store to be the first in line to purchase the Wi-Fi Apple iPad. Apple employees handed out umbrellas as the lashing rain failed to dampen spirits. Coffee and water was also distributed to those waiting in line outside of Apple’s first retail store in China. As staff readied the store for the barrage of customers, over a hundred people lined up in front of the store, with latecomers continuing to trickle in.
Considering the iPad has not officially arrived in China yet, Apple have wasted no time putting in place twelve rounded glass panels standing over 12.5 meter (41 feet) to create the cylindrical dome. The Apple logo is suspended above a glass stairway that corkscrews into the underground retail space. Is this the most high-tech Apple store to date? As Apple embarks on a major China retail expansion, not least of the reasons for it to source locally is the nation’s tax of up to 30% on certain glass imports. And of course, China already has a role making its iPhone and iPad. Spectacular The glassmaking industry in China is no…