A greeter immediately intercepted me. Is it me, or are they getting a touch more aggressive these days?
She quickly pointed me to the iPhone XS table, but didn't try to persuade me to part with excess cash.
When I asked her what was so good about the XS, she immediately referenced the screen and the camera.
"I'm sorry, but I'm the greeter today. Would you like to talk to a sales specialist?" she quickly added.
How could I not?
Within around 45 seconds a specialist -- let's call her Augusta -- had introduced herself. Within 10 more, I explained that I didn't know whether to get the XS or the XR, which Apple had omitted to launch last month with the other two.
"Let's go over to a computer," she said, with the sort of voice I'd last heard saying: "Let's just slide this needle into here. You won't feel a thing."
The Hard Sell? Or the Soft Sell?
On a beautiful wide screen, she brought up the comparative specs, while I brought up what's been bothering me: "Why didn't Apple bring out the XR and the XS at the same time?"
"They want to keep you guessing," she said, with a touch of irritation. At Apple, not at me. (Come on, this was a good day. I'm relatively charming on those.)
She then proceeded to offer an utterly disarming and frank appraisal of the two phones, using the specs as props.
She started with the screen, but didn't seem too bothered about the difference between the XR's Liquid Retina and the XS's Super Retina.
"They're both real good," she said.
She went on to size -- the XR is bigger -- and then discussed the camera.
"See, the XS has dual wide-angled and telephoto cameras. Do you know what that means?" she asked.
The worst, apparently, are "ladies who lunch." Augusta explained that it can be hard to deal with expensively-dressed types after three too many Chardonnays.
I looked over and espied a couple of women who were leaning toward the garish and gregarious. Augusta raised her eyebrows and nodded.
To Buy Or Not To Buy?
Now, the pricing.
In essence, the 256GB XR would cost me $899, while the 256GB XS would set me back $1,149.
"Is the XS worth the extra $250?" I asked.
"I don't know," she replied. "With a phone, you've got to feel it and I can't tell you if the aluminum of the XR feels better than the stainless steel of the XS. I can't tell you if the size of the XR will suit you better than the size of the XS. So don't buy the XS, until you've compared, like, right here."