Apple clearly was expecting queuing at its retail store in the
Mall of America. So were, to a lesser degree, the Best Buy Mobile
store and two Verizon stores in the megamall. Security personnel
were everywhere, and the usual queue dividers were set up.
Past launches of Apple products — iPhones, the iPad, various Mac
OS X updates — have always drawn crowds of varying sizes.
So I was astounded to arrive at the mall at about 6:30 a.m. to
find that NO ONE was in line at the Apple store. Ditto for the
Best Buy Mobile store. One of the Verizon stores had a couple