5th Avenue Apple Store Glass Cube Shattered by Snow Blower

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Apple is going to have to replace one of the panels on its ten meter tall glass cube entrance at the 5th Ave. Apple Store location. According to 9to5Mac, the panel was shattered by a snow blower, and repairs could easily approach half a million dollars.

That figure was derived from the $6.7 million Apple spent turning the cube from a 90-panel construction to the 15-panels used today. That renovation took place in 2011, and it's doubtful that the costs on one-of-a-kind glass manufacturing has gone down since then.

Then again, maybe Apple could puts its sapphire manufacturing friends down in Arizona to work. I doubt it would be possible to make a sapphire pane that large, but it would probably do a better job of resisting stray snow blowers.

Instagram user krissyhotdogs captured a fantastic image and gave us permission to repost it:

Mmm shadooby, shatter

Apple's 5th Ave. Apple Store Cube - Shattered
Photograph by krissyhotdogs, republished with permission

Comments

Lee Dronick

Once again Apple shatters Windows

d'monder

“It’s doubtful that the costs on one-of-a-kind glass manufacturing has gone done since then.”

I’d be more concerned about lead time.  Unless Apple had a couple extra panes made for situations like this, they might be living with a patched up cube for a while.

Bryan Chaffin

That’s a great point, d’monder. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Apple had some spares made up at the time these panes were poured.

iJack

“That figure ($450,000) was derived from the $6.7 million Apple spent turning the cube from a 90-panel construction to the 15-panels used today.”

Not possible, and a dumb way to estimate building costs. The original was all prototype, requiring special tooling, rollers. etc., but once the tooling is made, it’s made. The cost of ‘one more unit’ is always substantially lower than the prototype.

β€œIt’s doubtful that the costs on one-of-a-kind glass manufacturing has gone done since then.”

Did you not notice that the word should be “down?”

MacFrogger

Response to Lee:  It just goes to prove that many of the analysts and arm chair pundits who constantly criticize Apple for this or that are correct.  There really are cracks in Apple’s business model!  wink

Jason Orlic

iJack is correct, it is a stupid way to estimate costs.  But, the lead time is the accurate concern.  Apple has these panels fabricated from Germany.  It will take several weeks to get the panels fabricated, delivered and installed.  Additionally, the costs listed could be substantially more, as the glass is structural glass, and requires substantial planning, scaffolding, shoring, crane work, street closures, etc to replace.  For the time being, the structure is sound.

Jason Orlic

Additionally, the synthetic sapphire the author mentions is a significant long term investment for small products such as watches and phones.  It is NOT intended for structural application.

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