It was just recently that Apple retail stores celebrated their 10th year anniversary with some staggering results. Q1 sales figures are up $1.5 billion to $3.2 billion, a 90% increase from Q1 last year. The iPad definitely had something to do with this as Apple sold about 4.7 million iPads in Q1 this year and unit sales estimates for 2011 are around 44 million and thanks to Apple's retail success their financial statements aren't the only things sparking like a Twilight movie.
I know that making a pilgrimage to the nearest Apple store is a common occurrence for those enamored by shiny objects, so it comes as no surprise that shiny retail stores for shiny products has ended up a resounding success. Ron Johnson, who is well known in the industry for his imagination, is credited with the success Apple is experiencing in the retail store department. He is also responsible for the ironically named "Genius Bar" that Steve Jobs wasn't a fan of right away. Michael Graves who is one of the "New York Five," a influential architect group, said that Johnson was way ahead of the game when it came to knowing what designs role would play in the future of retail stores. Apple analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray seems to agree,
They basically took the old book of retail and threw it out and started over. The irony of the whole Apple retail story is that nobody believed it could work. Nobody believed a computer maker would make a good computer retailer.
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