Despite millions of people living without power, or gas, and a crippled public transit system, New Yorkers have flocked to the Apple Stores in record numbers to buy the iPad mini.
Yesterday we assumed that the 5th Avenue Apple Store would see shorter crowds thanks to the effects of hurricane Sandy. The lack of public transportation combined with the financial cost of the hurricane damaged seemed like they would knock prevent people from wanting to buy an new Apple device, but reports are showing that the iPad mini has drawn big crowds.
Fortune has reported that the launch line at the 5th Ave Apple Store was at 580 before the store opened this morning. 750 people lined up before the store opened for the iPad 3 launch in March, so while the iPad mini launch doesn’t appear to be as successful initially, analayst still expect Apple to sell 1 to 1.5 million iPad mini units this weekend.