Sheffield's Mac users may have a new place to shop this week - in Meadowhall.

IFO AppleStore reports that Apple will open its new UK retail outlet with a grand opening on December 10. It observes that a "soft" opening may take place this week.

Apple has already said the store will open this year, and the window to meet that deadline is shrinking.

Apple has now announced six stores in the UK, with four now open: London, Regent Street; Bluewater in Kent; Bull Ring, Birmingham; Trafford Centre, Manchester.

Apple is also recruiting for staff for two new stores at Brent Cross, London and the Meadowhall shop.

Apple sources have not responded to requests for clarification of IFO AppleStore's claims.