Motorbike Gang Targets Covent Garden Apple Store as iPhone Camper Sleeps Outside

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Image courtesy of Robert Shoesmith
Photo: Robert Shoesmith

A gang of 14 thieves arrived on mopeds to raid Apple’s flagship store in Covent Garden, London, in the early hours of this morning and made off with a handful of valuable Macs and iOS devices. Robert Shoesmith, a man who is already camping out for the iPhone 4S, was woken up when the store’s alarm went off at around 1:15 AM.

Apple Will Not Live-Stream Today’s iPhone Media Event

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Greedy rumor-mongers didn’t even wait until Tim Cook started running the show at Apple to begin spreading rumors of his plans to quit. Back in 2010, investor gossip site Fly On The Wall wrongly suggested that Cook was off to join HP as its new CEO. (Gullible investors actually led to Apple stock dropping 20 points as a result.) Now that Cook is CEO it’s a bit more difficult to make those kinds of reports convincing, so the narrative has instead changed to suggest the Apple board is unhappy with Cook’s performance and plans to drop him at the earliest possible opportunity. Well, plenty of opportunities have presented themselves, but Cook’s still hanging on in there.Maybe (shock horror!) people have realized he’s actually doing a pretty great job.

Greedy rumor-mongers didn’t even wait until Tim Cook started running the show at Apple to begin spreading rumors of his plans to quit. Back in 2010, investor gossip site Fly On The Wall wrongly suggested that Cook was off to join HP as its new CEO. (Gullible investors actually led to Apple stock dropping 20 points as a result.) Now that Cook is CEO it’s a bit more difficult to make those kinds of reports convincing, so the narrative has instead changed to suggest the Apple board is unhappy with Cook’s performance and plans to drop him at the earliest possible opportunity. Well, plenty of opportunities have presented themselves, but Cook’s still hanging on in there.

Maybe (shock horror!) people have realized he’s actually doing a pretty great job.


If, like me, you were hoping to keep up with Apple’s announcements today via a live video stream straight out of Cupertino, then we have bad news for you: Tim Cook will not be gracing the airwaves for an instant live-stream.

Apple to Stream iPhone Event to UK’s Covent Garden Store

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Due to its location in a historic building and its need to be restored from the ground up, the Covent Garden Apple Store in London was the world's most expensive Apple Store to build, costing more than $35 million.
Due to its location in a historic building and its need to be restored from the ground up, the Covent Garden Apple Store in London was the world's most expensive Apple Store to build, costing more than $35 million.

For the first time, Apple is using one of its retail locations to announce a new product. Although next week’s iPhone event happens in Cupertino, Calif., the tech giant will stream the goings-on to London’s Covent Garden Apple store.