Rumors — later proved false — that Apple’s (AAPL) newest retail outlet in Manhattan was going to open at 6 a.m. and give free MacBooks to the first people in line drew a huge crowd on Friday. Early arrivals braved snow flurries and freezing temperatures for up to 14 hours.
By the time the store finally opened, as scheduled, at 6 p.m., the crowd had swelled to more than 1,600, as hand-counted by Gary Allen of
. His blow-by-blow report describes the moment the doors swung open:
You can read his full account here.
Hundreds of photographers and several videographers documented the event, but none captured the madness better than the hand-held 4 1/2 minute video shot by Sidney San Martín and Matt Dowd and posted on YouTube. I’ve pasted it below the fold.