Fans flock to grand opening of Apple’s first Scottish store

“The company behind the iPod and iMac opened its new retail centre in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street at 0900 BST,” BBC News reports.

“The first 1,500 people entering the shop were greeted by staff applauding and cheering and were handed a free t-shirt,” The Beeb reports. “The new £1m store, which will employ 59 people, is the company’s 10th in the UK and 190th worldwide.”

The Beeb reports, “Steve Cano, senior director with Apple International, said: ‘When we went for dinner last night there were about 12 or 13 people queuing but by 5am this morning there were hundreds so we brought coffee out to them.'”

“Apple customers, known for their fierce loyalty to the brand, have been known to queue days in advance of the stores opening elsewhere around the world,” The Beeb reports.

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23 Comments

  1. “Apple customers, known for their fierce loyalty to the brand…”

    Typical Microsoft/Siemens funded impartial BB*llsh*tC. We’re not loyal to the brand, we’re loyal to any company that makes great, easy to use, beautiful, well-integrated products that are created from the ground up with the end user in mind, it just so happens that is what Apple stands for.

    Quit wasting your time reporting your biased crap and put all your resources into getting iPlayer for Mac out the door.

  2. Apple developered a fierce loyalty (aka “cult status”) mostly after Steve Jobs left the company back in early Apple’s history and when IBM entered the PC market with Microsoft.

    It’s this fierce loyalty that has substained the company through the “dark years” of pretty stagnent innovation by Apple. It was the underdog effect that kept us oldtime Mac users paying extraordinary prices for our computing experience.

    Since Steve Jobs return, Apple Computer has changed to just Apple, with a focus on things more diverse than just computers.

    Apple also has lost it’s appeal as a underdog, with so many other products now available from the company, it seems it’s more bent on monopolistic behavior than listening to customers needs for safe, reliable computing products.

    It’s nowhere as bad as Microsoft, but it is slipping quite a bit lately.

    I hope that changes soon.

  3. @Matte Screen User,
    You sound fake, like a troll. When real Mac users have gripes about Apple, and they do, they’re specific and back up their complaints with facts. All you do is tar Apple with the broad brush of “monopolistic” behavior. Apple has always limited its offerings to what it thought customers want, even when they customers think they want something else. Sometime Apple gets it wrong (e.g., no mid-tower), but that’s nothing new. If anything, Apple has learned a lot and its computers and operating system are far better than they ever were.
    Go Apple!

  4. When real Mac users have gripes about Apple, and they do, they’re specific and back up their complaints with facts.

    Fact: Glossy Screens contribute signifcantly to Computer Vision Syndrome.

    All you do is tar Apple with the broad brush of “monopolistic” behavior.

    Fact: Apple is indeed a operating system and a hardware monopoly. You can’t legally run Mac OS X on any other hardware but from Apple. Apple has changed from Apple Computer and no longer is producing computers soly. They now produce music devices, phones, stereos and tv input devices.

    They also produce software for Windows.

    Apple has always limited its offerings to what it thought customers want, even when they customers think they want something else. Sometime Apple gets it wrong (e.g., no mid-tower), but that’s nothing new. If anything, Apple has learned a lot and its computers and operating system are far better than they ever were.

    Not more secure as they used to be and actually their software really hasn’t improved all that much than OS 9 days. Take for instance Appleworks and Numbers/Pages. Same thing. just a bit different and you have to pay a lot more for it.

    Also they are shutting out a product customers want and need, matte screen notebooks and computers.

    Apple is better than Windows by a long shot, but they are not doing nearly as well as used to be in things that matter most to computer users.

    Security and Ease of Use.

    I’ve never had more software break on Mac’s since Mac OS X.

    I set up Mac’s for newbies, it’s killing me with all these problems. I feel like a Windows tech, constant updates, changes and breaks.

    Now 10.5? Oh jesus save me.

  5. Matte Screen User said:
    Fact: Glossy Screens contribute signifcantly to Computer Vision Syndrome.
    Did I miss something? What is this and when was it tied to glossy screens?
    And he said:
    Take for instance Appleworks and Numbers/Pages. Same thing. just a bit different and you have to pay a lot more for it.
    My wife and I each have both AppleWorks 6.2.9 and iWorks’08 on our computers. They are not the “same thing”, they are more than a “bit different”, and the cost is about the same (after inflation). Plus, Pages is better than the AppleWorks word processor and Numbers is better than the AppleWorks spreadsheet. Keynote is better than AppleWork’s Presentation. OK, Apple needs to add in a budget version of FrameWorks and (maybe) a drawing/painting/both app to complete the package, but the three included apps are the most-wanted, most-used in the group.

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  6. Did I miss something? What is this and when was it tied to glossy screens?

    Glare on computer screens is a component of Computer Vison Syndrome which combines other factors with the longterm use of computer screens.

    All I can say is research the subject yourself, it’s certainly a occupational hazzard.

    Glossy screens require one to change the enviroment in order to relieve the glare and one of the effects of CVS. If one can change the enviroment that is…

    Next time you use a glossy magazine and experience a glare, catch yourself automatically moving either yourself or the magazine to eliminate the glare to read the page.

    Now one can’t do that all that easily with a heavy computer/screen combination like a iMac. So the use will have to find and attach, a ugly glare reducer to their nice iMac computer or even worse a MacBook.

  7. Sorry gang–Pete was out last night on a bender, and as you well know, alcohol GREATLY reduces the effectiveness of um, certain medications…

    And, well, there was this really hot Saran Wrap number I was chattin’ up, and well, I says to Pete, be a good boy, and don’t wait up…

    I try not to let it happen too much, but there’s only so much an honest bit on aluminum can do…

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