Apple has been a key player in the South African ecosystem, from Apple Stores and Apple Music to its own local retail outlets and its partnerships with Apple’s local and international partners.
Apple is also expected to be looking at the next step for its local business and has been looking at South Africa as a possible partner in the development of new products and services.
It will also be a major part of Apple’s decision-making process as it tries to establish itself in a region with a large number of tech companies.
Apple has had a number of South African partners in the past.
The iPhone and iPad maker was a partner of South Korea’s Samsung until the country closed its electronics market to the West in the early 2020s.
It also had a major partnership with Sony in the country’s mobile sector, and it has also partnered with the local telecommunications sector.
Apple announced plans to buy into Cape Coral-based PPC in 2015.
That deal has not been completed.
But, following the closure of its mobile network, Apple is now expected to seek to build up its network and partner with the PPC network.PPC has also announced plans for a new retail store in Cape Town, which it says will be “a major hub for Apple products” and be “the most integrated PPC store in the world”.
It will be built on the same premises as its existing retail stores and it will feature a large exhibition space.
The move comes as Apple and South Africa have been at loggerheads over issues such as free trade, the proposed sale of the Cape Town port, and the proposed privatisation of the city.PCC said in a statement that it will continue to be “an integral part of our PPC business and will continue in support of our strategic plan to invest more than $3 billion in Cape Coral”.PCC has said it plans to invest around $1 billion in the Cape town area, which has an estimated 1,600 businesses.
It is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and has seen its GDP grow by 8.4% in the year to date.