Apple Retail Store Experiences (Archive)

  • Posted: 24 August 2010 01:04 PM #31

    omacvi - 24 August 2010 06:14 AM

    Personally I am a little tired of my iPhone 4 sensor issues.  It is happening more and more these days.  I hope they correct it soon.

    I can’t remember your history with this problem. Did you take it back for a replacement? I’ve never had that issue with mine, which makes me think there are some units that have the problem (in hardware) and the majority don’t. Although I have read that the 4.1 update addresses the issue, but I wonder how well for those units that have a hardware issue.

         
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    Posted: 02 September 2010 06:17 PM #32

    Went to the partridge creek Apple store today to pick up a new Iphone 4.  This is the first time they have had stock overnight and my wife decided since the wait was still 3 weeks online she would get me my present early.  Good size crowd but no iPhone line.  The guy I worked with said they have sold out every shipment but got one in yesterday and still had stock.  Time to retire the 3G.  Comparing the two, performance is snappy and I stuck with the unlimited data plan incase I decide to stream more video or they open up facetime.  Now it’s time to practice my death grip so I can complain about how I can interrupt a phone call like the rest of the technocrati.

         
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    Posted: 02 September 2010 11:51 PM #33

    Was in the Old Orchard store the other day, and overheard a high school aged girl explaining to her father “this is the one everyone has” while pointing to a 13” MacBook Pro.

    When I was in college 6 years ago, I knew of 3 or 4 other classmates that had macs. Today, by all accounts that number is close to 50%. Life is good!

         
  • Posted: 02 September 2010 11:55 PM #34

    dc930 - 03 September 2010 02:51 AM

    Was in the Old Orchard store the other day, and overheard a high school aged girl explaining to her father “this is the one everyone has” while pointing to a 13” MacBook Pro.

    That is a very cool story.

         
  • Posted: 03 September 2010 12:37 AM #35

    FalKirk - 03 September 2010 02:55 AM
    dc930 - 03 September 2010 02:51 AM

    Was in the Old Orchard store the other day, and overheard a high school aged girl explaining to her father “this is the one everyone has” while pointing to a 13” MacBook Pro.

    That is a very cool story.

    Dollar for dollar the white MacBook is a bargain, especially for high school use. But the MacBook Pro is an undeniably attractive product.  grin

         
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    Posted: 03 September 2010 12:44 AM #36

    DawnTreader - 03 September 2010 03:37 AM

    Dollar for dollar the white MacBook is a bargain, especially for high school use. But the MacBook Pro is an undeniably attractive product.  grin

    Well, this is the closest store to the north shore of Chicago, so I’m guessing “bargain” wasn’t in this particular families’ vocabulary…

         
  • Posted: 03 September 2010 01:30 AM #37

    dc930 - 03 September 2010 03:44 AM
    DawnTreader - 03 September 2010 03:37 AM

    Dollar for dollar the white MacBook is a bargain, especially for high school use. But the MacBook Pro is an undeniably attractive product.  grin

    Well, this is the closest store to the north shore of Chicago, so I’m guessing “bargain” wasn’t in this particular families’ vocabulary…

    The 13” MacBook Pro is an excellent student solution. A few more features than the white MacBook and it travels to and from school quite well. I can understand the appeal.

         
  • Posted: 03 September 2010 08:43 PM #38

    There is a Horse in the Apple store.

    http://blog.frankchimero.com/post/1059696119/there-is-a-horse-in-the-apple-store

    I found this story via the Macalope.

    I felt compelled to post it because I, you know, kinda, maybe, casually, well, might just have mentioned that upon my visit to the Apple Store, that I noticed that some of the Apple employees were wearing hats. And weird hats at that.

    Apparently, I don’t know from weird. Read and enjoy.

         
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    Posted: 04 September 2010 08:33 AM #39

    rezonate - 19 August 2010 11:58 PM

    The genius bar already had ample activity and a small line, mainly iPhone related issues. Saw two little kids playing at the ‘kids’ area and a guy with his Siberian husky.

    I’m obviously immune to the tiny pony effect. It was a brute of a husky, well groomed and fed. If you were both stranded in the high country together it would probably eat you.  In the Apple store. Strange. But hey, it was California. smile

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  • Posted: 04 September 2010 10:50 AM #40

    FalKirk - 03 September 2010 11:43 PM

    I felt compelled to post it because I, you know, kinda, maybe, casually, well, might just have mentioned that upon my visit to the Apple Store, that I noticed that some of the Apple employees were wearing hats. And weird hats at that.

    Apparently, I don’t know from weird. Read and enjoy.

    You need to start to worry when they start line dancing.

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  • Posted: 05 September 2010 05:03 PM #41

    Just back from holiday.
    Visited the two Paris stores.
    The shop under the Louvre is remarkably modern, all cold steel and concrete with no embellishments.
    I say remarkable only because everything else in this part of Paris is so old that it’s a bit jarring to encounter such a modern store and shopping centre under one of the oldest spaces in the city!
    The shop was busy on a week day morning.
    The store at the Op?ra Garnier is beautiful in the more traditional Parisian sense, wrought iron, exposed brick, arch ways. Balconies overlook the main floor shopping area. It was very busy on a week day.

    The Regent Street store in London did not surprise me as I’ve been there many times. Filled to capacity with people trying and buying. There’s a definite buzz in this store all the time. It’s exciting just being there. Fabulous people watching. Seriously hot customers and staff!
    Nothing, however, prepared me for the new Covent Garden store.
    The scale of the space is immense, the crowds of users and buyers was beyond anything I’ve seen before in a “computer” retail environment.
    The kids area was huge and chocka with kids and parents playing games and updating their Facebook pages! This store has 3 levels of shopping which were all packed.

    In all these store I overheard people asking for iPhone 4, only to be told “no, I’m sorry, we are sold out”.
    I also remarked on seeing many 27” iMacs walking out of all 3 stores.
    This was August, I can only imagine what Christmas will bring!

         
  • Posted: 05 September 2010 05:21 PM #42

    daveynb - 05 September 2010 08:03 PM

    Just back from holiday.
    Visited the two Paris stores.
    The shop under the Louvre is remarkably modern, all cold steel and concrete with no embellishments.
    I say remarkable only because everything else in this part of Paris is so old that it’s a bit jarring to encounter such a modern store and shopping centre under one of the oldest spaces in the city!
    The shop was busy on a week day morning.
    The store at the Op?ra Garnier is beautiful in the more traditional Parisian sense, wrought iron, exposed brick, arch ways. Balconies overlook the main floor shopping area. It was very busy on a week day.

    The Regent Street store in London did not surprise me as I’ve been there many times. Filled to capacity with people trying and buying. There’s a definite buzz in this store all the time. It’s exciting just being there. Fabulous people watching. Seriously hot customers and staff!
    Nothing, however, prepared me for the new Covent Garden store.
    The scale of the space is immense, the crowds of users and buyers was beyond anything I’ve seen before in a “computer” retail environment.
    The kids area was huge and chocka with kids and parents playing games and updating their Facebook pages! This store has 3 levels of shopping which were all packed.

    In all these store I overheard people asking for iPhone 4, only to be told “no, I’m sorry, we are sold out”.
    I also remarked on seeing many 27” iMacs walking out of all 3 stores.
    This was August, I can only imagine what Christmas will bring!

    Excellent first-hand, man-on-the-street account of Apple Retail having such impact on Europeans.  Thank you.  Apple is creating more “places to visit” in London and Paris in the same way its new flagship stores have in NYC.  By the way, if you haven’t yet seen “Man on a Wire” on iTunes yet, I highly recommend it.  It’s about the Frenchman who tight roped between the WTC towers in 1974.  Amazing.

    On the home front here in Bellevue WA, Apple has a cubby hole of a space in one of the most successful, upscale malls in the world.  It’s time for me to visit Europe anyway…

         
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    Posted: 05 September 2010 07:25 PM #43

    Don’t hate me Mercel

    The sponge is in the Apple Store in Vegas at the Fashion Mall.  The mall is packed.  In fact most malls are packed along with the casinos for this weekend.

    The Apple Store is about 75% full.  There is a line for the iPhones.  I see people buying everything.  Most sales people are helping with the purchase of computers.  The iPad table is the busiest, then the iPhones, then laptops, then accessories.

         
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    Posted: 05 September 2010 07:50 PM #44

    A couple just bought their first Mac ever next to me.  A MacBook Pro for $2100 out the door.  They asked about the iPhone .The clerk told them they only have 32 gig iPhones in stock.  They were so ignorant that they did not know that the iPhone only works with ATT.

    This is why the Apple Stores are so important.  You have folks who are hearing the news about Apple and then checking out the products in person.  Over time they will buy.

         
  • Posted: 05 September 2010 08:03 PM #45

    Too late.  Where are you headed next?  London?  Paris?  Monaco?  I officially pronounce you as Apple’s Retail Store Goodwill Ambassador. 

    McDonald’s had Ronald McDonald: It’s fitting that Apple has a new mascot:  The Sponge!  :-D