Apple opens online store in China

Apple yesterday launched an online Apple Store in China that features free shipping, free personalised engraving on any iPod or iPad, and the ability to custom configure any Mac with just a few clicks.

The online Apple Store also offers a wide selection of third-party products and is the only place online to buy the iPod nano Red. (I'm biting my tongue....)

Apple's COO Tim Cook says the company is "thrilled" to open its newest online store in China.

The China online Apple Store also enables eligible students and faculty members take advantage of special education pricing on Apple products.

Also starting immediately, customers in China can access Apple's popular App Store in Simplified Chinese, with localised featured apps and charts of the most popular paid and free apps in China.