Police were called in Wednesday to restore order after fighting broke out
"I can't begin to accurately describe the scene on the walkways outside the Hong Kong Apple Store."
So begins the dispatch by Penguin Six's Andrew Leyden writing 24 hours before the first scheduled launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 4S in China.
According to Leyden, police broke up a disorganized mob of 400 line sitters Wednesday night amid rising tensions and scattered fighting. On MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 10, 2011 3:59 PM ET
Bodes well for Friday's launch in 15 countries -- and maybe mainland China by December
Ticonderoga's Brian White, who has been keeping as close tabs on Apple's (AAPL) prospects in China as any Western analyst, reported Monday that pre-orders for the iPhone 4S ended almost as soon as they began in China last Friday.
According to his checks, pre-orders were sold out in Hong Kong 10 minutes after Apple started taking them. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 7, 2011 10:24 AM ET
To inaugurate the re-opening, Apple seized control of the surrounding plaza
Anybody who has walked by, camped out at, or placed flowers in remembrance of Steve Jobs at the base of the Fifth Avenue Apple store since June knows that its distinctive glass cube has been covered with painted plywood for more than four months.
It was all part of a $6.6 million renovation that involved replacing the original 90 panes of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 4, 2011 9:54 AM ET
Who needs a staffer when you can scan, pay and walk out of the store unattended?
[UPDATE: The new version of the Apple Store app finally arrived Tuesday, Nov. 8, a few days later than expected. You can get it here.]
Apple (AAPL) has two problems its competitors would kill for: 1) It can't build new product fast enough to meet demand and 2) its stores are over-crowded with customers clamoring for MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 2, 2011 10:44 AM ET
Apple released its new phone in 22 countries Friday. In one it's already "unavailable"
Singapore would seem the perfect place for an Apple Store.
The former British colony of 5 million people on the tip of the Malay Peninsula is the world's fifth busiest shipping port, the fourth largest financial center, the second biggest casino gambling market and first in the percentage of millionaire households.
Plus, it can't get enough of those iPhones. The newest MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 29, 2011 6:55 AM ET
The crowd of 350-400 was smaller than the ones that showed up for the iPad and iPad 2
We counted 352 heads before shooting this video. By the time Apple (AAPL) staffers opened the doors at 8:00 a.m., it had probably grown to 400.
We counted 330 at this store for the launch of the iPhone 3GS, 500-600 for the launch of the original iPad and nearly 1,200 for the iPad 2.
Judging from the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 14, 2011 10:01 AM ET
A soggy tale of queue-sitting entrepreneurship gone sour
The skies opened up at about 1:00 a.m. Thursday night, dumping torrential rain on the customers camped out in front of the Fifth Avenue Apple (AAPL) Store to buy the new iPhone 4S.
Which makes this story all the more poignant.
The couple occupying the first two spots had been there for more than two weeks (see 17 days in the iPhone line: Wet, cold MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 14, 2011 7:35 AM ET
Life-lessons learned on the sidewalks of New York City
Want to know what it's like to spend two and a half weeks in an iPhone line?
If you've ever considered such a thing, Keenen Thompson, 21, and Jessica Mellow, 26, have done you -- and the rest of the iPhone-lovin' world -- a favor: they have teamed up to record their experiences for posterity, Keenen on Twitter (@iPhoneWhatever) and Jessica in a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 13, 2011 4:07 PM ET
It may actually reach its goal of opening 30 new stores in the last quarter of fiscal 2011
This will be a big weekend for Apple (AAPL) retail, with seven grand openings scheduled on four continents over two days. The new stores, according to ifoAppleStore:
IFC Mall (Hong Kong)
Nanjing East (Shanghai)
Westfield Hornsby (Australia)
Centro Sicilia (Italy)
New Haven (Conn.)
Le Chesnay (France)
Videos of huge crowds and over-excited staffers have already started to pop up on YouTube, including the first one MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 23, 2011 7:25 AM ET
FORTUNE -- When Steve Jobs stepped down in August as Apple's CEO for health reasons, it got us thinking about the arc of his spectacular career. His product presentations became rock star events that continually disrupted the industry. --Anne VanderMey
Here are a few of our favorite facts about Steve.
1.7 MB: The memory of Apple's Lisa in 1983 -- enough for one or two photos. The PC's price tag? $10,000. MORESep 9, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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