updated 04:55 pm EDT, Tue October 9, 2007
Regent sees 10 million
The flagship Apple retail store at UK Regent Street on Tuesday received its ten millionth visitor since opening in November 2004. The lucky shopper, Michal Revivo, was awarded a black MacBook, an iPod nano and a One-to-One personal training membership. The UK Regent store recently underwent a major expansion, gaining an elevator and a new display area for laptops and desktops. The store also includes a two-room Studio for group instruction and demonstrations. In mid-September, Steve Jobs used the London store to announce that the iPhone will be available November 9th in the UK through the O2 cellular network.
Among other revelations at the event, Jobs said the faster third-generation ("3G") wireless technology will come to iPhone once the company can maintain at least five or more hours of battery life, countering recent claims by analysts, The industry has been waiting for faster mobile connectivity, as many have lamented the speeds of the woefully slow AT&T EDGE network.
Macworld UK reports that over 220 million people on three continents have visited Apple's retail stores since they opened in May 2001. Apple operates 197 stores, with eleven in the UK, seven stores in Japan, four in Canada and one in Italy. The stores see an average of 9,000 visitors per store per week.