I just bought a new copy of Snow Leopard, the latest Apple operating system. The curious thing, is that there was no line at the store. My office is across the street from Apple's flagship store on University Avenue in Palo Alto. Doors opened at 9am. There were 3 people waiting outside. When I walked in at 9:09 am, I was the only person in the store who was buying a copy.
This might not seem odd, unless you've bee working across the street from the Apple Store for the past six years. I've seen every queue out the door for the iPhone, the new iPhone, the new MacBook, Leopard, etc. Most times, people are camping outside the store a day or two in advance, and by opening time, the line is literally around the block. With the latest iPhone, the line persisted for several DAYS. That's why today's complete lack of a line (demand) struck me as surprising.