The electronics giant will open its first retail store in Brazil, it confirmed in an email to Brazilian press.
The company didn't specify when the store will open or where it will be located in the city.
Here's the full statement from Apple, via Brazilian reports:
"We look forward to the opening of the first Apple Store in Brazil, where we have longstanding customers and hope to win many more every day. We cannot wait to offer the unique Apple retail experience to the people of Rio de Janeiro and customers from across the entire region."
Brazil is increasingly becoming a key market for PCs and consumer electronics. While developed nations, like the U.S., have experienced sluggish demand, emerging regions are expected to drive the next leg of growth for device makers. Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini, speaking during an earnings conference call in July, specifically highlighted China and Brazil as two regions where demand was "growing nicely."
All the latest Apple news, featuring developments on the iPhone, iPad, Macbooks, OS X and much more.
Jul 25Qualcomm: Apple supporters are trying to misdirect regulators
Jul 24Apple's Siri 'movie' starring the Rock is just another ad
Jul 24Apple sued by State Farm over alleged iPhone fire
Jul 23The Rock: My Siri movie will dominate your Monday