Mac online store not imminent

An apparently groundless report on a popular Macintosh news Web site had Apple New Zealand general manager Zane Hall making a flurry of calls on Wednesday morning to reassure staff there hadn't been a sudden change of policy. MacOS Rumors carried an item stating that "the various multinational branches of Apple Computer are hard at work, developing their own versions of Apple US's new Web store. New Zealand, Australian and Canadian versions of the store are expected to be live within six weeks." It wasn't true - yet.

An apparently groundless report on a popular Macintosh news Web site had Apple New Zealand general manager Zane Hall making a flurry of calls last Wednesday morning to reassure staff there hadn’t been a sudden change of policy.

MacOS Rumors carried an item stating that “the various multinational branches of Apple Computer are hard at work, developing their own versions of Apple US’s new Web store. New Zealand, Australian and Canadian versions of the store are expected to be live within six weeks.”

In recent weeks, Hall has discounted such plans, which would have implications for Apple’s channel partners.

He says he saw the item when he got into work, but insists that “nothing has been discussed” with regard to a online store in New Zealand. He is not discounting such a prospect in the the future, “but we won’t be doing anything at the moment and certainly not in the next six weeks”.

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