Crowds Flock to Apple Stores to Pay Respect to Steve Jobs

Ryan Tate · 10/06/11 01:06AM

In New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and elsewhere, Apple fans have been gathering and leaving spontaneous tributes to Steve Jobs at Apple Stores throughout the night. People have left flowers, signs, Post-it notes, and even writing right on the glass walls. Here are a few of the images circulating on Twitter and elsewhere.

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Apple Store

Adrian Chen · 08/16/11 05:23PM

New York City already has four huge Apple stores, which are doing fine keeping the city's residents stocked with overpriced pieces of metal. But that's not good enough for Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz. He's begging Steve Jobs for an Apple Store.

Apple Customers Can Get Away With Anything

Ryan Tate · 07/26/11 03:17PM

Mark Malkoff struggled heroically to get thrown out of an Apple store. Having a pizza delivered didn't do it. Bringing in a band didn't do it. Dressing as Darth Vader didn't do it. Not even the goat got him ejected.

iPad 'Near-Riot' Injures Four

Max Read · 05/08/11 02:24PM

A "near-riot" broke out in the crowd at a Beijing Apple store on Saturday, a day after the iPad 2 went on sale, sending four to the hospital and smashing a glass door.

Demo iPads Coated In Dangerous Bacteria

Adrian Chen · 06/06/10 12:37PM

The demo iPads at Apple stores are like something out of The Andromeda Strain. The Daily News swabbed a couple and found staphylococcus aureus, "the most common cause of staph infections", as well as yeast and a rash-causing bacteria. [Gothamist]

iPadding His Hours

Brian Moylan · 04/02/10 05:30PM

[Justin Meltzer tries to get some work done while waiting in line at the Fifth Avenue Apple store to be one of the first to buy an iPad tomorrow. What a way to spend a beautiful day! Image via Getty]

Mac blogger makes getting a job at Apple look easy

Owen Thomas · 09/26/08 12:00PM

Aviv Hadar, who writes about Apple at, got curious about how one joined Steve Jobs's elite priesthood — so he applied for a gig at the local Apple Store, and landed it. The interview process was revealing: According to the manager Hadar talked to, most of his current staff couldn't pass a test with 20 basic technical questions about Apple hardware and software. Some Geniuses! But Apple had set itself up for exactly this kind of comeuppance the day it labeled its stores' repair department the "Genius Bar." Here's the offer letter Hadar got:

Most iPhones not sold at Apple Stores

Paul Boutin · 08/13/08 04:40PM

Hidden in the math of a Fortune summary of a report from investment bank Piper Jaffray: Apple Store sales only account for 2 of every 5 iPhones sold. AT&T stores sell one in five, and overseas phone stores sell the other 2. Using Piper Jaffray's estimates, you can summarize sales for the upcoming Xmas-gift-driven last quarter of the year as: 2 million through Apple's own stores, 1 million through AT&T, and 2 million elsewhere in the world. Then factor in your Best Buy prediction. What I want to know: What's 2 million times the average wait time in an iPhone line? (Chart by Piper Jaffray)

iPhone day 18: Steve says to tell you we're sorry

Paul Boutin · 07/28/08 12:20PM

LiveJournaler akil writes of a recent visit to the Apple Store, where a new, streamlined process for iPhone buying was in effect: "They started prequalifying people at 6:30 a.m. Within three minutes of arriving, I was given a serialized tag that is linked to an actual iPhone and I'm guaranteed to get one." Separately, an Apple employee who gives his name only as "David G." says Steve has asked him to post regularly on the status of Apple's buggy MobileMe service. (Photo by akil)

iPhone day 7: Store getting remodeled, but lines still long

Paul Boutin · 07/17/08 11:40AM

A tipster snapped this late-night shot of Apple's Union Square store being overhauled. You — yes, you waiting in line with your old iPhone — send us photos of the results when the store opens at 10, willya? Separately, we've been told that Apple Store employees at the San Francisco flagship cut off would-be buyers who arrived after 5:30 p.m. Shoppers timed the morning line at 2.5 hours yesterday. That's even more time than I spend watching my BlackBerry reboot.

What Apple can learn from McDonald's

Paul Boutin · 07/14/08 05:00PM

[Editor's note: Tim Woolery, aka Tim the IT Guy, works hands-on in IT in the Bay Area. With nearly 15 years' experience at everything from CAT 5-cabled steel furnaces to intercontinental remote-controlled radio stations, Tim's able to spot and plug holes in the coverage of important tech news. Rather than bone up on change management best practices ourselves, we decided to let Tim post for himself once a week.]

Apple sold 1 million iPhones over the weekend

Nicholas Carlson · 07/14/08 10:20AM

Apple sold its one millionth 3G iPhone on Sunday, reports the company. That's up from about 300,000 sold over the first three days of the first iPhone launch. “iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs, whom we're sure also wanted to say the weekend was "extraordinary," "incredible," "tremendous," and "unprecedented." Jobs said it took 74 days for Apple to sell as many of the first generation iPhones last year. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster — whose numbers you should take with a grain of salt as he incorrectly estimated Apple only sold 425,000 3G iPhones over the weekend — credited international availability and a 60 percent price cut for the 300 percent increase. Sales would have been even brisker, Munster noted, if it hadn't taken Apple 15 minutes to activate each iPhone. Last year it took only about 60 seconds. Still, we're glad it took so long, if only because we figure 15 minutes is the minimum amount of time needed for geek love to blossom as it did for one Apple store employee and the first iPhone buyer in line.

Apple employee: iPhone 3G launch failure is "shitty"

Nicholas Carlson · 07/11/08 04:20PM

NEW YORK — Apple's iTunes store, required for activating the new iPhone 3G is failing, causing massive chaos from coast to coast. Even Apple employees are — when they don't realize a reporter is in earshot — acknowledging this. "I can't believe there's just so much stuff going wrong," says one employee at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store as he takes his lunch break sitting next to me. "It's not very Apple-like. It's shitty. It just shouldn't happen." His friend agrees: "I called my dad and his phone still doesn't work."

A firsthand view of Apple's iPhone chaos

Nicholas Carlson · 07/11/08 03:00PM

NEW YORK — Apple Store employees are a little tense today. They got nine hours of training preparing for today's iPhone 3G launch. Then there was all the press and hoopla when the day finally began. (I overheard two of them complaining about it: "I felt like I was going to vomit," one said. The other: "I felt like was as going to vomit too!") Then there was the crowd control. Then the iTunes Store, required to activate phones and thereby complete sales, went down. I snuck a hidden camera into the Fifth Avenue Apple Store and surveyed the chaos. Roll the clip. Meanwhile, here's a reader's account of an experience at an Apple Store in Walnut Creek, California: