The release of Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad mini has attracted smaller crowds from Sydney to New York on Friday than have been usual for previous Apple product debuts, events marked by people queuing up for hours and in some cases, days.
An explosion of comparable competitor devices may have shattered some interest for the device, which is priced above rival gadgets from Amazon and Google.
A few hundred of people were standing in the line at Apple’s Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York at about 8 AM, days after the city was beaten up by Hurricane Sandy.
Lisa Sieber from Germany rode a bike to come to the Apple store on Friday as she said she is been going stir crazy from the lack of power and water at her mother’s home, which is in Manhattan. She did not think she needed an iPad but she felt once anyone gets a Mac, he slides to iPhone and eventually it becomes easier to get Apple products.
Many people have been happy to camp overnight at the New York store for launches in the past, however, some where angry that Apple change the opening time of the store from 8 AM to 10 AM.
In Amsterdam, 2 hours after the Apple store opened, it seemed to be a usual day at the store with no lines outside the door. An Apple employee told Reuters that people had lined up before the store had opened.
The iPad was released in 2010 by late Steve Jobs and since that time it has taken a huge chunk out of PC sales. Some investors are worrying that Apple might have lost its chief visionary with Jobs and that the new managements may not be able to stay forward of the pack as competitors innovate and intrude on its market share.