Philip Elmer-DeWitt on the “short" iPad mini lines:
But shortly before 8 a.m., when the store usually opens for a new launch, I had a headcount of 550. According to the records Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster has been keeping since 2008 (see below), that’s more customers than turned out for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S.
Sure, just one data point, but a good one — especially when you consider the Hurricane Sandy situation. A lot of people in New York still don’t have power, but damnit, they will have iPad minis.