Apple increases its presence in China with new flagship Hong Kong store

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Apple's new Hong Kong store in all its glory.
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Apple is set to open its 23rd Apple Store in China this week — with Hong Kong’s fourth retail outlet opening its doors, Thursday local time, in the city’s tourist-heavy Tsim Sha Tsui district.

This represents another step in Apple’s massive Chinese retail expansion, which Tim Cook has said will result in 40 stores in China by the middle of 2016.

Class-action suit targets Apple’s bag-search policy

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Tim Cook meets with Apple Store employees in China.
Apple Store employees are hitting the company with a class action lawsuit.
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The Apple Store’s policy to check employees backpacks after they check out from work has been turned into a class-action lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco certified the case as a class-action on Thursday, after former employees sued Apple for conducting the bag searches at the company’s 52 retail stores in California.

Apple-designed packaging for third-party items hits store shelves

Apple is teaching third-parties how to create magical packaging.
Apple is teaching third-parties how to create magical packaging.
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Apple is known for its uncompromising demands on quality, and now it appears that the iPhone-maker is helping third-party accessory makers learn the magic of making beautiful packaging too.

Apple Stores have begun stocking third-party accessories with redesigned packaging that was created with help directly from Apple. The new packaging aims to reinforce the Apple Store’s image as premium retail location by matching the color of Apple Stores’ storage wall.

Here’s a look some of the new packaging: