The Huff Post recently published an article that “Apple Stimulates ‘Religious’ Reaction in Fans’ Brains”. That may sound like a ridiculous April Fools Day post, but neuroscience is neuroscience and clearly Apple has found a way to quite literally strike a nerve in many.
It should come as no surprise then that, for many, Apple’s flagship store in Manhattan is a pilgrimage destination. Sure, that sounds even more wacky and fanboy hyperbole-ish than the religious thing, but just take a look at this heat map that was put together by developer Eric Fischer. Each red dot indicates where a photo was taken in Manhattan and each of the four circled areas represents a specific place where a huge number of photos were taken.
See that spot marked with a number 1? That’s Apple’s Fifth Avenue Store in New York City. See the numbers 2, 3 and 4? Those are Rockefeller Center, Columbus Circle and Times Square. Yes, the Apple Store on 5th Avenue is up there with some of the most iconic tourist points in the Big Apple.