Near record turnout for Apple’s iPad mini in New York City

“I’m seeing headlines to the effect that the iPad mini is drawing smaller crowds than previous Apple (AAPL) product launches,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“I’ve only been to the flagship store on Fifth Avenue today, so I’m not in a position to generalize,” P.E.D. reports. “But shortly before 8 a.m., when the store usually opens for a new launch, I had a headcount of 550.”

P.E.D. reports, “According to the records Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster has been keeping since 2008, that’s more customers than turned out for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. That kind of numbers in the city recovering from the greatest storm it has ever experienced 4 days ago..and with a launch of the WiFi only version…. Wow … I guess the iPad mini is a failure .

    1. Not just a failure, but a collossal one at that, but with the high price and low resolution screen, and walled garden…aw hell, let me get in line too!

      I want one!!!

      1. Yes. Apple could deploy 100000 iPad minis for the Obama administration to co-ordinate the catastrophe help in the Cuba and in the East Coast USA. Do you know what is spooky? Is the Statue of Liberty still there?

    1. It’s called a discount sale. If you don’t back up the truck and pick up cheap AAPL in November and December, you’ll be kicking yourself come January. Xmas 2012 is the strongest product lineup Apple has ever had in its entire history, and consumer confidence (willingness to spend) is the higher now than at any time in the last 4 years. January’s earnings announcement is going to be one for the history books, and business school textbooks.

    1. Some of the things I read on this forum never cease to amaze and disappoint me. Such callousness in the face of the trouble our countrymen are facing is really classless.

    2. 2012 election costs estimated at $6 billion so far, $2 billion just on the presidential bids.

      If these private companies (via PACs), many with NYC operations, can collectively afford those bribes… er, campaign contributions… then they can afford to help clean up the mess and not hang the bill on the US taxpayers.

      1. Please apply with Susan… There is more than one opening… But really …is that a solution to NYC’s problems right now that you thought warranted expression?……we will take it under advisement … Thanks for that helpful comment/suggestions. I expected better from you Mossman based in previous posts.

  2. I just wonder how many of apple workers had to force themselves to work after enduring Sandy?

    How many have no choice ? But to work or lose their jobs?
    It would have been more classy for Apple to not sell it in New York … Or say a portion of the sales will go towards rebuilding !

    1. Meanwhile, I wonder how many Apple workers are damn glad they have their jobs and paychecks helping them through this disaster. No one is being “forced” to work there, they actually want to.

  3. Down another $15. Looking more and more like AAPL ride is coming to an end. I foolishly bought more at $595 thinking that was the bottom. Damn fool. I am betting on bottom at under $500 and that will be soon. I had MS at the top, had HP too long. The stock drop will hurt sales because the news indicated Apple is no long so cool.

    1. Yes, it’s all over now, CupertinoJoe. Heading for zero. Apple has been pronounced “not cool” by, you know, really, um, smart people so that’s the end of it.

    1. Hahaha, I’d forgotten about that douche!

      MGK will be live and direct at the M$ Store over the road, launching Surface©®™

      Looking forward to getting my mini, but I’m in no rush, I’m gonna wait until the hullabaloo dies down.

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