iPad Mini Sells Out in Two Hours at Apple's Flagship Fifth Avenue Retail Store

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    While reports have indicated that launch-day lines for the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad have been shorter than seen for many previous Apple product launches, some Apple retail stores are still seeing long lines. Fortune notes that despite the impact of Hurricane Sandy in the northeastern United States, Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan saw over 800 people in line as the store opened at 10:00 AM, two hours later than originally planned.
    Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White is also at the Fifth Avenue store and has been monitoring availability of the various models. According to White, all three models of the white Wi-Fi iPad mini sold out in a little over an hour, with the black models following suit after about two hours. No additional shipments are expected at the store today.
    A similar pattern was seen in online pre-orders, with the white models selling out in just 17 minutes and the black models taking a few days to run out of availability.

    Article Link: iPad Mini Sells Out in Two Hours at Apple's Flagship Fifth Avenue Retail Store
  2. NIKKG macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2012
    How many in line were Asians buying them all up for resell?
  3. maccompatible macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2012
    I get the feeling that Apple could come out with whatever they want and it would sell out in record time at that store.
  4. klover macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    Won't sell well.
    Crappy screen.
    No market niche.
    Nexus 7 is better.
    No Retina.
    CPU is old.
    RAM is weak.
    Tim Cook's major failure.
    Apple's greed is unrelenting.

  5. ucantgetridofme macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2011
    So they intentionally kept the store closed until the line was long enough for Gene Muster.
  6. iAK macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2011
    It's disgusting....I'm an Apple guy and to even care about this now with all that is happening in the Tri-State is gluttony.
  7. Junkyman macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    The statistic is - in my eyes - only helpful in evalutating the true demand for the iPad mini if you remove all the Asians buying the device for reselling purposes.

    On a related note: It's "fascinating" that despite Sandy so many peolpe have found time for buying a iPad mini. I'm not sure whether that's speaks for or against these people...
  8. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I'd like to be able to walk into an Apple store and buy an iPhone 5. :(

    True. I'm surprised that Apple actually opened for business given the amount of devastation. But I guess some New Yorkers are just getting on with their lives in spite of it.
  9. hamkor04 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2011
    It is hilarious, they sold out, it's not funny anymore.
    Everybody now realising this "Sold Out" strategy
  10. AppleInMyBlood macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2012
    That link is completely misleading! The vast majority of legit reviews have been very good, actually.

    Plus, BGR misrepresented Gruber's review. Gruber actually wrote, and I quote, "The actual iPad Mini display is not terrible." The italics are his. He quoted his wife, who was used to a Retina display, as saying she thought it was terrible, initially, and said he, initially, shared that view; but the target buyers for iPad mini, like the iPod mini before it, are not iPad owners and are not used to the Retina display on the 3rd gen.
  11. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    OMG! Something is ALWAYS happening in the world. Get over yourself.

    I have family living in New Jersey, even a cousin living in hard-hit Hoboken, NJ. They're fine. I can't go out there right now, I have to continue living my life. I'm not buying an iPad mini, but have no issue at all with people buying them.
  12. iAK macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2011
    I thank G-d I am not you.
  13. Chrjy macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2010
    I've been using my Mini all day and one of my main concerns was the screen, I have both an iPhone 4S and iPad 3 so have now become accustomed to the retina display but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, the Mini screen is nowhere near as bad as you might first think. It's obviously not retina but it definitely hasn't put me off...I'd suggest looking for yourself before slagging it off, you might be surprised.
  14. dmelgar macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    Most reviews have been glowing, saying its clearly the best small tablet out there. I just got mine. It is awesome size and weight. Display is certainly not retina, but seems better to me than my iPad1. Blacks are darker. Pixel is proportionally smaller. Its ok if I don't try to find them. Unfortunately, with a smaller display I sometimes need to look more closely, then I see... pixels.

    But overall. Seems like a great device. I couldn't imagine using something as small as the Nexus 7. Wouldn't seem worth it.
  15. AppleInMyBlood macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2012
    I think this product is going to be far bigger than a lot of people are predicting. It may take a little while, as people actually play with them and see how they feel to use, but I believe that by Christmas these things will be all over the place, especially under certain trees.
  16. cwwilson macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    They're pulling corpses out of the water and these people are lining up to buy the latest gadget. I don't know what's more disgusting, the fact people in this area are buying or that Apple is selling.
  17. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Damn. Apple really CAN sell just about anything and have crazy lines.

    I understand what you're saying, but when is it okay for those that are still here to go on living as usual? How long is the acceptable mourning period? Everybody grieves differently.
  18. Bishop1j macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2011
    I completely agree. Once you've had a hands on it is really impressive
  19. Nungster macrumors regular


    Oct 15, 2011
    racist a bit?
  20. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I had a blast today, comfy size, great build quality, but a fairly poor screen. I understand why they didn't alter the resolution, though. Having that massive back catalogue of instantly compatible apps is a huge advantage over the Nexus.
  21. klover macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    You're right. In the wake of something terrible, nobody should do anything for themselves that makes them feel better or brightens their day.

    They have dances during wars you know.
  22. Parise macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2012
    Orlando, FL
    Better idea than waiting in line for an iPad mini: help with clean up and rescue efforts.

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