New Suzhou and Eastview Apple stores open to iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 customers | 9to5Mac

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As customers around the world begin to receive their iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 orders today, Apple is also celebrating a launch day for its largest product: retail stores. Apple Suzhou, the company’s 505th store, opened its doors for the first time overnight in China to an enthusiastic crowd. Fans lined up not only to get their hands on the latest iPhones, but to be among the first to explore the massive new store. In the United States, Victor, New York customers were similarly treated to an admittedly more modest store at the Eastview Mall.

Apple Suzhou

Apple Suzhou is hard to miss, positioned at the entrance to the busy Suzhou Center Mall and outlined by massive sheets of curved glass. Behind the store towers the Gate to the East skyscraper, a focal point in the city on the banks of Jinji Lake. The tower’s arched frame naturally guides your eye to Apple’s space below.

600 brands join Apple at Suzhou’s largest mall, which opened last November. As the city grows to become an increasingly affluent business hub, demand for retail space – and Apple’s services – have followed. Residents have closely watched and documented construction of the new store for months, even as Apple remained silent on the matter until earlier this month.

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As construction barriers fell, stark red wrappings embossed with a silver Apple logo teased the store’s imminent arrival. A grand opening date was left to speculation until September 12th, when Apple announced that the iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 would go on sale the same day.