Three times in the past few weeks I have visited an Apple store, two in large retail outlets and one in a city centre. The first thing that has hit me on each occasion is how quiet the stores were. Sure there were people in there, but only a few short months ago these stores were packed with customers. Not any more, on my visit today there were more staff than customers. I can't help wondering if the lack of meaningful new product releases recently is being reflected by a drop in customers visiting the stores? Let's be honest we all like going into a store to look at the latest and greatest. However, if there's nothing new to look at then you are likely to give it a miss.