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Pricey window may take some time to replace

Snowstorm Janus has been making a mess on the East Coast of the U.S. this last week.  But the snowplows were out and about in New York City streets, and that's when things went terribly wrong for a familiar tech company.
Like the iPhones it sells, the 15-panel iconic glass "Cube" that caps Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) Fifth Avenue store proved a bit fragile to impact.
A worker clearing snow Tuesday night apparently bumped their snow blower into one of the cube windows, which promptly shattered.  The 32-foot window will be an expensive repair job -- the total system cost $7.6M USD to build; replacing the cracked panel in the southeast corner of the cube is expected to cost $450,000 USD.

Hopefully they bought the screen protection plan.

Apple Store
The Apple Store during happier times [Image Source: Cult of Mac]

Incidentally, this is the first minor disaster to strike the popular Apple hub, which is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  The store was also flooded back in May due to construction issues.

Apple Store
Inside, pre-flood

NYC store flood
Inside, post-flood

At least by now the beleaguered Genius Bar employees will be read for just about anything, next time disaster strikes.

Source: AppleInsider

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Nice one!
By rountad on 1/23/2014 1:27:06 PM , Rating: 5
Hopefully they bought the screen protection plan.


RE: Nice one!
By jbwhite99 on 1/23/2014 2:32:09 PM , Rating: 5
should have used Gorilla Glass to build the building.

RE: Nice one!
By ammaross on 1/23/2014 3:55:54 PM , Rating: 3
It took them long enough to realize normal glass breaks on their iPhones, so it may take several more years of them denying their glass is fragile before they get better panes....

RE: Nice one!
By nikon133 on 1/23/2014 4:29:33 PM , Rating: 3
So next is aluminium store in NY?

RE: Nice one!
By sprockkets on 1/23/2014 4:35:28 PM , Rating: 2
They can use transparent aluminum...

You know, from star trek IV...
Which btw, does exist today :)

RE: Nice one!
By Wolfpup on 1/24/2014 11:50:35 AM , Rating: 2
It really does?!? That's freaking awesome LOL

RE: Nice one!
By Fallen Kell on 1/24/2014 6:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
It isn't so much aluminum as it is a transparent aluminum oxide, alumina. There is (sort of) a transparent aluminum, but it is only transparent in ultraviolet...

RE: Nice one!
By sprockkets on 1/23/14, Rating: 0
RE: Nice one!
By Strunf on 1/24/2014 8:07:27 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly, only a genius like Steve Jobs would ever think that a scratch resistant screen would be quite useful...

RE: Nice one!
By Wazza1234 on 1/24/2014 11:20:39 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly, because in parallel to what Steve was doing, all of the other manufacturers were also re-opening Corning factories, because it was so obvious and therefore them not doing so would demonstrate incompetence.

RE: Nice one!
By sprockkets on 1/24/2014 2:37:48 PM , Rating: 2
Glass screens were in use way before the iphone for being scratch resistant compared to plastic. Only due to a mistake on his part that hurt his feelings did it matter.

RE: Nice one!
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/24/2014 1:20:43 PM , Rating: 3
You can actually thank Corning....


Corning experimented with chemically strengthened glass in 1960, as part of an initiative called "Project Muscle". Within a few years it had developed a "muscled glass"[3] it named "Chemcor" glass. The product was used until the early 1990s in various commercial and industrial applications, including automotive, aviation and pharmaceutical uses,[3] with particular use in approximately one hundred 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda racing cars, where minimizing the vehicle's weight is essential.[4]

By Dr of crap on 1/23/2014 12:08:06 PM , Rating: 5
Why is this news?
Glass breaks, enuf said.

RE: Why
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/23/2014 12:28:59 PM , Rating: 5
Because Apple...that's why.

RE: Why
By sprockkets on 1/23/2014 4:06:43 PM , Rating: 5
Actually a lot of people love to see apple get screwed when they put form over function. And anything wrong that happens to that pompous prick apple store in NY will always make my day.

RE: Why
By Gungel on 1/23/2014 5:41:03 PM , Rating: 2
Insurance will pay for this costly repair. No loss to Apple.

RE: Why
By sprockkets on 1/23/2014 5:56:12 PM , Rating: 2
Except for lost business, lost heat, etc. They will lose something of this.

Insurance may not even cover half of the cost of that stupid glass.

By p05esto on 1/23/2014 12:44:03 PM , Rating: 5
I am so over Apple and it's pompus turtle neck wearing hipsters driving hybrids, sitting at starbucks and living in glass houses thinking they are so grand and smart. People who buy Apple products will do down in history as the most stuck up and full of themselves generation ever. The LOOK AT ME generation. Barf! Go away Apple, please.

RE: enough
By retrospooty on 1/24/2014 7:41:23 AM , Rating: 3
Yup. The Kardashians of the tech world.

RE: enough
By rika13 on 1/27/2014 6:14:35 PM , Rating: 3
At least Kim had some function to her hot form. She was good at strengthening right hands. Apples form is completely useless.

I hear...
By Griffinhart on 1/23/2014 7:17:21 PM , Rating: 5
I hear the glass would have cost only 45K if it didn't have the apple logo on it.

RE: I hear...
By techxx on 1/24/2014 8:22:48 AM , Rating: 3
LOL! +1 for you.

By Argon18 on 1/23/2014 11:54:12 AM , Rating: 4
The glass cube sure looks nice, but apparently it isn't so practical. Probably designed by some high level marketeer. "We need glass, lots of glass! and make it huge!"

The store itself does look nice though. It's underground, but still lets in a lot of natural light, via the glass cube and glass stairway.

I don't get the whole 24/7 thing though. Sure, you might need a burrito at 2 am, or maybe a beer run, but how many people are really buying laptops and electronic gadgets at that hour??

By SuckRaven on 1/23/2014 12:28:54 PM , Rating: 4
So...not just their devices, but also their glass panels in their constructions are way overpriced. Figures.

Designed by Apple in California
By rwpritchett on 1/23/2014 12:48:01 PM , Rating: 4
Form over function. Typical of Apple.

Look at the bright side
By bug77 on 1/23/2014 1:57:03 PM , Rating: 4
Now they can patent the cue with a missing section.

Naming snow now?
By Captain Orgazmo on 1/23/2014 8:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
The part of this story that got me is that they are naming snowstorms now? In Canada, there is one name for all "snowstorms": Winter.

What's next, Afternoon Scattered Shower Caligula? God help us, a snowflake - AAAAAHHHH save me O Great Deity Al Gore!

RE: Naming snow now?
By evo slevven on 1/24/2014 2:26:28 AM , Rating: 2
I don't you know gauge weather let alone listen to meteorologists and believe them when they what the weather will be like. You can say "it'll be winter" but that doesn't say anything much really.

Here in the US this is how it goes: unnamed weather = its harmless and normal stuff for this time of the year...named weather = serious sh*t brewing ahead! Once you see snowstorm Hercules approaching you know to get your errands done and get the f**k home. You hear on the news though that a snowstorm is approaching you think "great now I have to deal with moronic drivers". Different mentality and it's all true.

Did the guy with the snowblower get fired?
By faster on 1/24/2014 7:01:14 PM , Rating: 2
Even if it was an accident, a $450,000.00 accident is a big one.

What do you all think? Fire him or not?

By Cheesew1z69 on 1/24/2014 7:15:25 PM , Rating: 2
Fired for what exactly?

By Belegost on 1/23/2014 12:24:37 PM , Rating: 3
Should have used Gorilla Glass...

Need An RMA Number
By FredExII on 1/24/2014 1:59:09 AM , Rating: 3
The construction company is demanding they send the whole building in to have the glass replaced.

Beautiful design
By Dorkyman on 1/24/2014 1:03:55 PM , Rating: 3
Gotta say I think the structure is beautiful and elegant--a perfect statement for a company that sells premium-priced products based partly on novel appearance. I certainly have no issue with that concept.

BUT it seems to me, especially now, that those ginormous glass panels are going to be targets for any drive-by kid with a .22. So maybe a retrofit with a panel over the panel?

By Motoman on 1/23/2014 12:40:09 PM , Rating: 2

Transparent Aluminum?
By Apone on 1/23/2014 4:19:50 PM , Rating: 2
As much as I dislike Apple's pretentiousness, I'm honestly surprised they didn't go with actual glass alternatives that are stronger than (considering the unforgiving New York weather). Cue the Star Trek IV transparent aluminum reference....

"You're plowing it wrong!"
By ProZach on 1/23/2014 6:01:24 PM , Rating: 2
At least the argument would hold water this time, right?

A structure this fragile must have an incredible amount of insurance. I would guess there is more to lose from a lawsuit by a person who was injured (i.e. broken hip) from falling due to icy walkways.

Graphic proof
By Monkey's Uncle on 1/24/2014 3:28:12 PM , Rating: 2
...That people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

$7.6M USD to build
By flyingpants1 on 1/25/2014 11:41:51 PM , Rating: 2
The total system cost $7.6M USD to build;

WHAT? There is no way it cost that much to build. What's it made of, rocket glass or something?

this isn't tech news
By zerocks on 1/23/14, Rating: 0
By Blackbird1996 on 1/23/14, Rating: -1
RE: Apple
By The Von Matrices on 1/24/2014 12:25:03 AM , Rating: 2
Only Apple would dismantle a functional glass building because it had too many panes and replace it with one aesthetically identical.

RE: Apple
By OmarF1 on 1/24/14, Rating: 0
RE: Apple
By rika13 on 1/27/2014 6:21:58 PM , Rating: 3
LMAO, Apple setting the standard for quality.
You want standard-setting quality, go to Scandinavia. Nokia made indestructible cell-phones, Volvo built a car that still hasn't stopped after 3 million miles, Thor is a big part of our language (Thursday is named for him; Mill and meal are derived from Mjolnir) because he was busting ass for humanity, and the Swedish bikini team.

Apple has set the standard for abusing customers with outrageous prices and shit support. When a cat pees on a computer, they refuse to even touch it, because of some hippie biohazard crap. Any other company would have fixed or replaced it.

RE: Apple
By Wererat on 1/30/2014 12:51:56 PM , Rating: 2
Nice try on the etymology:

"Old English mylen, based on late Latin molinum, from Latin mola 'grindstone, mill', from molere 'to grind'."

(Similarly, think 'molar' as in tooth).

By the by, why is your cat urinating on your computer?

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