Turkish websites DonanimHaber and iPhoneTurka provide our first look at Apple’s first Turkish store now the covers have been removed, revealing a mostly-glass design. Like the iconic 5th Avenue store in NYC, what is visible above ground is simply an empty glass space, though in this case it’s a lower and more subtle skylight than the famous glass cube.
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Following several months of anticipation, Apple’s first official Apple Retail Store in Turkey will open in Istanbul on April 5th. The new store is located in the center of the Zorlu Center mall, and the official announcement has come in the form of emails to customers in Turkey and on a banner around the physical store…
Turkish site ElmaDergisi is reporting that Apple is preparing to open a second store in Istanbul, this time in the Asian side of the city. The city of Istanbul uniquely straddles both the European and Asian continents. and the first store already known to be under construction, though apparently behind schedule, is on the European side.
Although the story isn’t confirmed, what looks very much like Apple’s usual black cladding during store preparation has appeared in a shopping mall called Akasya. The site claims that Apple plans to open a total of four retail stores in Turkey by the end of 2015. Apple launched the online store in Turkey last October.
Tim Cook met with Turkish President Abdullah Gül in February, discussing a rumored $4B plan to put iPads into schools among other issues.