While Malaysia is quite aware that the first Apple Store in Malaysia is set to open in Kuala Lumpur including its venue, the actual date or timeline is still sketchy. Apple seems to like keeping information like this close and doesn’t share much until the open day.
But there has been an update on the rumours, with certain parties preparing for a September or October 2023 launch date in conjunction with the iPhone 15 launch instead of a purported 2024 launch plan. The iPhone 15 opening date makes more sense, as this will pump up the excitement especially since Apple phone sales have been dropping.
According to MacRumors, Apple is planning to release a total of four iPhone 15 models in the same sizes as the iPhone 14 models, including two 6.1-inch iPhones and two 6.7-inch iPhones. One of the 6.1-inch iPhones will be the standard iPhone 15, while one of the 6.7-inch models will be an iPhone 15 “Plus.” The other 6.1 and 6.7-inch iPhones will be higher-end and more expensive “Pro” models, and they could be even pricier this year.
The company recently published job listings on its website for locations in Malaysia, seeking store managers, technical specialists and support staff, salespeople for businesses, and operations experts. The listings indicate that the positions will be for Apple’s own retail stores, not third-party reseller locations that have long operated in Malaysia.
The move will bolster Apple’s presence in Southeast Asia, where it already has stores in Thailand and Singapore. The company also recently started promoting job listings for its first location in India, which has been planned for several years.
The job listings don’t indicate where in Malaysia the first store will be, but there are talks it will be housed at TRX Kuala Lumpur.