Apple announces to reopen its branded stores in China

BEIJING: Apple on Friday has announced to reopen all its 42 branded stores in China. The announcement comes after a month after their shutdown in the wake of global pandemic of COVID-19.

The Apple website has published the official operating hours of the stores as 10:00am and 11:00am Chinese local time. Earlier the website had posted that not all stores would be operating in early February.

In January, China put a travel ban around the Lunar New Year Festival. Apple product sales dropped to less than half a million in China during February in reaction to similar measures. According to official statistics released on Monday the demand for smartphones has dropped drastically.