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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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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...
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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....

History

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]


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