iPad Mini Launch Attracting Shorter Lines on Launch Day

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Reuters reports that the early lines for Apple's new iPad mini seem to be shorter than for previous product launches. They note that about 50 people waited at the Apple Store in Sydney, Australia and about 100 or more outside Apple Stores in Tokyo and Seoul. Reuters notes that in the past, the line at the Sydney store "stretched for several blocks" for iPhone launches.

    Amsterdam Apple Store / Image by Floris Looijesteijn
    Lines were certainly forming in several locations such as Amsterdam (above), as well as Munich and Florida, though the Covent Garden Apple Store reportedly attracted very few customers this morning. The line to Apple's flagship 5th Avenue store also started forming quite late, though launch enthusiasm in New York was certainly tempered due to the devastating effect of Hurricane Sandy on the city earlier this week.

    The iPad Mini was available for pre-order starting last week and persisted in availability throughout last weekend. Apple is also launching the 4th Generation iPad today. Both products should be available at retail stores starting at 8am this morning. Of note, the LTE / Cellular enabled version of the iPad Mini will not be available until Mid-November. Only the Wi-Fi version is available today.

    Article Link: iPad Mini Launch Attracting Shorter Lines on Launch Day
  2. nfl46 macrumors 603

    Oct 5, 2008
    Some probably want to check it out in person before buying it.
  3. Nathan20 macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
  4. mrbunglez macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2010
    I guess you can say the lines were "mini"? Heheehehe
  5. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    Perhaps most already have their iPads, and the mini is aimed at consumers who are less likely to camp out for days for a product? That was kinda the feeling I got
  6. leon44 macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2010
    Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Hardly surprising given it's not really a flagship product, it's like queueing for the new iPod touch
  7. jmarques macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2010
  8. maskedelement macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2012
    The line in Hong Kong is indeed short, because you have to win a lottery of "online reserve" to have the right to queue up there.
  9. Menopause macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
    I have every flagship product Apple has produced, but I would never buy a non-Retina iPad mini. Since iPhone 4 there's been no going back. There won't ever be. I'd lose my mind.
  10. fpsBeaTt macrumors 6502


    Apr 18, 2010
    I disagree; I had the pleasure of holding one today. It's an incredible design. If it had a Retina display, it would in all likelihood supplant my use for a full sized iPad.
  11. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    I own two iPads. :)
  12. Menopause, Nov 2, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2012

    Menopause macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
    Because.... Surface runs Windoze... you know, from... Microsoft! :eek:
  13. chrisconrad macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2012
    20 people in line at apple store Louisville with 1 hour 20 min before open.
  14. iThinkIt macrumors regular


    Mar 21, 2012
    Florida, USA
    To funny... Was going to say the same.
  15. DrRadon macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2008
    Well, what do you expect, if you put out a new revision/different moddle twice a year lines will get smaller. Had they waited till April this would be crazy. But i think it´s better like this, you can actualy just get up and buy a new iPad if you feel like it.
  16. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    Shorter lines compared to what? And who, besides media or stupid wall street analysts were expecting long lines at the stores? Why is this even a story? :rolleyes:
  17. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    Did you camp outside to buy the new iPad mini?
  18. turtlez macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    I guess no retina was a bigger step back than Apple counted on
  19. iWe macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    Well, as much as I dig the iOS it's starting to make the iPads, the iPhones and the iPod Touches pretty old and boring looking in comparison to the competition. iOS seriously needs a proper facelift to make all those iProducts look sexy and desirable again or the lines are gonna keep getting shorter and shorter. The firing of Forstall was of course a positive sign and a move that hopefully leads to a fresher and more daring take on the iOS front sooner than later.
  20. Drag'nGT macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2008
    It'll sell very well considering. Sandy and the financial situation going on now in the north east... Christmas purchases won't happen this early and most want to see it first since its a new product.
  21. ScottishDuck macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2010
    Argyll, Scotland
    When you shaft iPad 3 owners don't expect them to return for another round so quickly.
  22. zeemeerman2 macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2010
  23. Lancer macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2002
    Went to a local Apple shop and they won't be getting their new iPad's until next week.

  24. Aluminum213 macrumors 68030


    Mar 16, 2012
    How is anyone surprised? It's a shrunken old iPad 2 with a low res screen being sold at $329
  25. rdubya5 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2009
    I can attest to this. I'm down here at the Apple store in Spokane and no one is in line.

    Very different from other launches from this store.

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