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
The sign says "arriving soon," but don't hold your breath
Apple (AAPL) hasn't set a date for the grand opening of its fifth Manhattan store, but according to a construction worker who spoke to Mashable's Samantha Murphy, it won't be before December.
For more on the store, see Apple's Grand Central store would be its cheapest in NYC.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 23, 2011 10:29 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
An official search of Kunming, China, yields a surfeit of unauthorized Apple retail shops
Three weeks after an American blogger visiting the capital of China's Yunnan province posted the first photographs of a copycat Apple Store so convincing that even some of the sales staff thought they were working for Steve Jobs, Chinese authorities have identified 22 more unauthorized Apple stores in Kunming city.
According to a Reuters report filed Thursday, the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 12, 2011 5:10 AM ET
A new sleep-tracking app for the iPhone from Lark offers a peek into life inside a retailing partnership with Apple.
FORTUNE -- Julia Hu got into bed with Apple (AAPL) so she could sell gadgets that get people out of bed. Hu is the CEO of Lark, a startup making a wristband that tracks your sleep until the moment it interrupts it. That's when it starts vibrating, a silent alarm that MOREChadwick Matlin - Jul 6, 2011 1:11 PM ET
A well-documented piece of street art appeared Friday at a Hamburg construction site
A group calling itself the .Wav Collective, after a Windows audio file format, has posted a video showing a pair of street artists disguised as workmen cordoning off a section of the Jungfernstieg in downtown Hamburg Friday morning, hoisting a ladder against the construction barricade at the site of Apple's (AAPL) newest retail in the city, and calmly MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 5, 2011 6:13 AM ET
The new Fifth Avenue store is the same as the old store, only more efficient
Without a new product or a shortage of iPads to draw a crowd, there were no lines outside the big glass cube of the iconic Apple Store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue Monday morning.
The traffic in the subterranean retail space was also relatively light, which made it easy to count the changes wrought by the redesign that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 23, 2011 11:30 AM ET
Screen grabs from the staff's new iPads suggest it will matter more to them than to us
"Everything feels a bit different," reads an entry in the Daily Download, the new internal publication for Apple (AAPL) retail employees that fell into the hands of 9to5Mac's Seth Weintraub Thursday night. "Switching to RetailMe on iPad is like switching from a PC to a Mac."
But from the topics covered in Issue No. 1, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 20, 2011 7:21 AM ET
Plus, video of Steve Jobs giving a tour the first store, which opened 10 years ago today
"I give them two years before they're turning out the lights on a very painful and expensive mistake," Channel Marketing Corp. president David Goldstein told Businessweek as Apple (AAPL) was launching its first foray into computer retailing. Ten years later, let's look at the numbers:
325 stores in 11 countries, 87 outside the U.S.
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Four times as many people now visit Apple Stores as go to Major League Baseball games
A throw-away stat on Business Insider last month comparing the number of visitors to Apple's (AAPL) retail stores last quarter (71.1 million, down from 74.5 million during the Christmas quarter) to Major League Baseball attendance figures for the entire 2010 season (73.6 million) got me thinking.
Could it be that Apple is more popular than America's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 8, 2011 8:02 AM ET
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