9to5 Mac has a fascinating story today about the strange phenomenon of amazingly authentic-looking fake Apple stores that have been springing up in China. 9to5 Mac has lots of photos from one such store in Kunming that show just how uncannily like actual official Apple stores these fake stores are. The employees even have blue t-shirts sporting the Apple logo, and the store’s exterior has a huge Apple logo and the words “Apple Store” in both Chinese and English. Apparently even the flooring is suitably swish, usually either smart wood or grey stone, and the shop is filled with tables displaying iPads, Macs, and iPhones. Official Apple product stands are used to display the various devices. Even the displays and pictures on the walls are rip-offs of authentic Apple ad campaigns, according to 9to5 Mac. Yes, they really have thought of everything, including a Genius Bar and a children’s play area. According to the report, which was all the work of a blogger called BirdAbroad, who is also responsible for the pictures, the employees in the store all were under the misapprehension that they were actually working for Apple. She adds that there were three similar stores all within walking distance of each other in Kunming.
Source: China not only fakes iPhones… but Apple Stores, too! | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence
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