Apple Poised To Open ‘Many’ Retail Stores In May
The Vice-President of Apple Deidre O’Brien has told employees in a weekly staff video update that the company plans on opening “many more” of its retail stores in May, according to Bloomberg. However, the update did not specify what stores or regions O’Brien was referring to.
MacRumors, however, reported that the company doesn’t plan on opening most of its retail stores in North America until mid-June. It is unclear when Australia’s 22 Apple retail stores will reopen.
The vast majority of Apple’s retail stores outside mainland China have been closed due to COVID-19 since the 14th of March 2020. One single store has been reopened during this period, with one South Korea location opened for repairs and purchase pickups on the 18th of April.
During this Apple closure, consumers in Australia have been able to make purchase on the online Apple store. To get around being unable to return items 14 days after purchase, Apple has said it will accept any returns within 14 days of them reopening stores (though they will not be accepting returns of connected iPhones or trade-in devices).
Apple promised to pay the company’s hourly workers, including many of those working at its retails stores, during the COVID-19 closure.