Cameras capture the takedown of banners promoting the "world's biggest" Apple store
Retail can be a tough business, especially in China, as Apple (AAPL) discovered Wednesday.
The video below, shot from a security camera, shows a platoon of Chinese security guards taking down a barricade that Apple had constructed outside an upscale shopping mall to promote a forthcoming Apple store billed as the "world's biggest."
The mall is in Dalain, a thriving seaport city MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 30, 2012 6:47 AM ET
An analyst offers 3 reasons that 750 customers at 8 a.m. was "strong start"
Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster flew to New York City for Apple's (AAPL) launch of the new Pad Friday morning and counted 750 people waiting in line outside the big glass cube on Fifth Avenue when doors opened at 8 a.m.
He declared it a "strong start" despite the fact that Friday's headcount was 37% lower than the 1,190 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 16, 2012 9:52 AM ET
Despite one report suggesting a lukewarm response, demand seems to be intense
We got an e-mail Friday from an Israeli site called Drippler with what looked like bad news for Apple's (AAPL) new iPad:
Only 26% of Drippler users who own the 1st generation iPad plan on upgrading, while just 28% of iPad 2 owners will be getting the new iPad.
Given that Apple had sold 55 million iPads 1 and 2 as MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 10, 2012 10:40 AM ET
A round-up of Apple's latest milestones
No company is better at telling its story with nice round numbers than Apple (AAPL). Here, in the order they arrived, are the numbers it trotted out at Wednesday's iPad event:
362 Apple Stores
110 million customers in Q4
315 million iOS devices sold
62 million in Q4 alone
25 billion iOS apps downloaded
100+ million iCloud customers
15.4 million iPads sold in Q4
200,000+ apps designed for iPad
100+ competing tablets came to MORE
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Ron Johnson, the former Target (TGT) whiz kid who built more than 300 Apple Stores for Steve Jobs, left a gaping hole in Apple's (AAPL) management team when he departed last year to run J.C. Penney (JCP). During his seven and a half years with the company, Johnson's stores became Apple's public face -- clean, well-lighted places where MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 31, 2012 8:07 AM ET
Trying to get a straight answer to one of life's simplest questions
One of the great public services Apple (AAPL) offers in its flagship stores -- besides free repairs at the Genius Bars -- is bathrooms for its customers.
So when Apple was getting ready to open an enormous new store in Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal -- its fifth retail outlet in a city notorious for its lack of public facilities -- MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 24, 2011 4:21 AM ET
Apple's (AAPL) official photographs of Friday's opening ceremonies -- and the crowd that gathered in Grand Central Terminal to watch them -- are now available on its website here.
One as yet unsolved mystery: How Apple plans to lock the store at night.
Below: The staff.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 10, 2011 3:09 PM ET
And hundreds more crowd the terminal's main lobby to see what the fuss is about
What if Apple (AAPL) opened a new store and nobody came? We may never know. Thousands turned out early Friday for the opening of its fifth retail store in Manhattan, this one perched on the balconies above the main lobby of Grand Central Terminal.
The company promised free T-shirts for the first 4,000 visitors. By 11:00 a.m., MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 9, 2011 9:52 AM ET
A three-minute YouTube tour, shot during Apple's (AAPL) press preview Wednesday, two days before the grand opening scheduled for Friday Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. (Free T-shirts for the first 4,000 visitors.)
The space was occupied today only by Apple staffers and representatives of the media. It may never be so empty again.
See also our report from inside the store here and Apple's press release here.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 7, 2011 1:19 PM ET
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