Apple is preparing to open up a chain of retail outlets in Australia, local reports claim.

It appears the first Apple retail shop will open for business in Sydney, with some reports claiming a potential opening in Melbourne as well.

Apple has confirmed its Sydney store plans. The Sydney Morning Herald reports Apple spokesman John Marx saying: "We have submitted concepts for the store we'd like to build in Sydney and are working with the city to gain their approval."

Apple has not confirmed any plans to open stores outside Sydney.