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Apple set to open first store in southeast Asia

The construction barriers surrounding Apple's new store in Singapore have been removed, meaning it's almost ready to open.

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Apple is on the cusp of opening an official store in Singapore -- the first Apple Store in southeast Asia.

After months of being built, the construction barriers surrounding the store were removed on Wednesday, revealing a facade baring three symbols: the Apple logo, a heart and Singapore's "little red dot". In other words? Apple loves Singapore.

An official opening appears imminent, though Apple wouldn't say exactly when. Apple is planting its flag in new countries the world over, with Tim Cook announcing last year that the company would open official retail stores in India.

Until now, Apple fans in Singapore and southeast Asia have gotten their products from carriers and official resellers. The opening comes after the Cupertino, California-based company released its financials from Q2 2017, in which the company sold around 400,000 less iPhones compared to the same timeframe last year.

The storefront is also adorned with quotes from 12 Singaporean creative professionals, who will be hosting "Today at Apple" workshops to show customers how to get the most out of their iPhones, iPads and Macs. These workshops will roll out to Apple Stores around the world this month, the company has said.

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