While Apple is opening a few new stores this week – in Canberra and South Perth, as well as The Harlequin in the UK, Strasbourg in France and Taby Centrum in Sweden – it seems two of its existing stores will be out of action temporarily.
The underground Apple retail store in Pudong, Shanghai, was flooded overnight from water leaks from the ceiling, while the glass frontage of California’s Promenade Temecula store has been destroyed by a ram-raider.
A reader sent pictures of the Shanghai damage to 9to5Mac, saying: ”Big flood in their flagship Shanghai, China store located in the Pudong district of Shanghai.…unfortunately, they were not allowing the public to take pictures so i wasn’t able ‘sneak in’ too many pictures but i’ve attached a short video and couple pics.
“When i arrived they had already blocked off the area where it was flooding and tried to control it by putting bins underneath to catch the water. They covered surrounding iPads/Macs with plastic cover. Unclear as to how much damage occurred.”
Over in California, reports are that the incident was a smash and grab, with the robbers crashing through the glass frontage and a security gate and taking some Apple hardware. Judging by the images posted on Tech-Sizzle it seems the robbers left a lot of Apple gear behind and fled leaving a huge mess and damage.
Maybe they were looking for the new iPhone 5?