I’m home from the Clarendon Apple Store iPhone line, complete with hundreds of people and a line that extended most of the length of the outdoor shopping center.
Apple, having cordoned the area off, handled the crowds well by allowing only a select number of people in the store at any given time and handing out both complimentary water and coffee to everyone who’d been waiting.
Take a gander and let us know what you think.
If you were able to pick up an iPhone of your own today, let us know what you make of it, no matter how trivial the details may seem.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for iPhone news come Monday!
Just outside of Washington, D.C. and under a gray, drizzling sky, more than 100 people are lined up outside the Clarendon Apple Store waiting for the iPhone. Some have been here since approximately 9:00 P.M. last night with Kevin Towson, a 38-year-old law enforcement officer taking premiere spot at the front of the line.
With the line stretching almost halway around the length of the outdoor shopping center, many in folding chairs, reading magazines and listening to iPods to pass the time, he’s not alone.
With less than three hours to wait, Apple employees shuffle back and forth, the store having closed at 2 P.M. to prep for the launch. Outside, the people in line talk quietly to themselves, this only being broken by occasional pairs of Apple employees, one with asking if people want bottles of water and the other with a hand truck, walking up and down the line.
“This does everything about half as well as it should,” says Jason Miller, an environmental engineer from Arlington, Virginia. Happily reclined in a lounge chair, he states that he’s happy to trade away his Treo and that someone threw an unidentified cell phone into the street earlier before running out into the street to retrieve it. What he wants is “a smart phone that’s a little smarter than what’s out there on the market.”
Glenn Sparico, a local teacher, grins sheepishly at a generic LG cell phone, which he claims he may sell for “oh, like a dollar.” Citing its bulky feel, clumsy web browser and lack of a capable contact manager or calender program, he states that he wants a calendar and contact manager that can handle more than 1,000 contacts instead of the current 225 person limit as well as a better way to sync data.
Keith Washington, a photographer from Washington, D.C., is also among those giving up a Treo in favor of an iPhone. Fed up with slow performance and dropped called, he smiles when he claims “it does everything that you don’t want it to do.” When asked if $499 is an excessive amount to spend on a phone, he cites that his Treo was about the same price when he originally purchased it.
Rounding out the group, Pete Jensen, who runs a helicopter program for a Washington, D.C. hospital, claims that “Today, I’ve got three things in my pocket. Tomorrow, I’ll have one.” Giving up an iPod, a PDA and a cell phone, he’s happy to have the pocket space back if one device can provide it.
A picture’s worth a thousand words and the first gallery can be found here.
The morning news on NBC 10 had a clip showing Philadelphia Mayor John Street waiting in line at a downtown AT&T store since 3 a.m. awaiting his iPhone. He will have someone pinch-sit while he goes about City business but will be back in line before the store opens up again at 6 p.m. (Thanks Kenn Marks, picture courtesy of The Consumerist)
Update: Video is posted here.
As the final hours tick down until the iPhone launch, Apple has released iTunes 7.3, the newest version of its music and communications hub software for devices such as the iPod, Apple TV and now the iPhone.
The update is a 34 megabyte download and allows for the following:
-iPhone synchronization with downloaded music, TV shows and more.
-Wireless synching between iTunes and an Apple TV.
iTunes 7.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later to run.
If you’ve tried iTunes 7.3 and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.
Apple’s iPhone is merely hours from release and the reports of lines forming have been impressive to say the least.
From my own end, about 25 people have camped out with chairs and umbrellas around the Clarendon Apple Store in Arlington, Virginia while reports have come in from reader Jonathan Collis that a man and his two kids were spotted with chairs outside the HarborEast AT&T store in Baltimore, Maryland at 7:45 A.M.
If you’re in line or know someone who’s camped out for an iPhone, we’d love to hear what you have to say about this.
And once you gets your hands on one, what’s the first thing you’re going to do with it?
As always, your two cents are more than welcome…
On Friday, accessory maker RadTech announced that no less than 22 products – 15 legacy iPod and audio solutions as well as seven iPhone-specific products, were now available for purchase.
The iPhone-specific products include an iPhone version of the company’s ClearCal cases as well as six protective cases from the Gelz line. Where the ClearCal case is concerned, the device acts as a toughened, optically-correct protective film that covers the iPhone’s display screen and uses a specialized silicon adhesive that both hides scratches and abrasions and can be removed and reapplied.
ClearCal is available today and retails for US$9.95.
The Gelz line, available in six colors, are composed of low-tack silicone and function as impact-absorbing devices.
RadTech’s legacy “works with iPhone” products include wall and vehicle chargers, charge and sync cables, line-level audio/video cabling, audio splitters, extension cables, dock port protective inserts, retractable ear buds and in-ear musician’s monitors created by Westone Labs.
iFixIt will be live blogging the disassembly of an iPhone shortly after its release at 6:00 EDT on June 29.
You can watch live streaming images and their description of the disassembly here. Their technicians will be analyzing the internals and posting component descriptions and a design analysis.
They have posted an email notification service so that you can be the first to know.
On Wednesday, accessory maker Speck Products announced that it had released seven new cases for Apple’s upcoming iPhone handset:
SkinTight: A rubberized skin available in a 2-pack. The case includes a belt clip/stand for viewing and allows for the iPhone’s screen to face inward for better protection. The SkinTight is available in clear and black and clear and pink colors and retails for US$29.95.
ToughSkin: A ruggedized case with swivel belt clip/stand for viewing. The ToughSkin allows for the iPhone’s screen to face inward for better protection and is available in black and clear colors and retails for US$29.95.
TechStyle Classic Leather Case: This is a stitched leather case with micro fiber lining and swivel belt clip/stand for viewing. Once again, the iPhone’s screen can face inward for better protection. The TechStyle case is available in black and brown and retails for US$34.95.
Holster-Pro: This is a stitched leather case with micro fiber lining and swivel belt clip/stand for viewing. The Holster-Pro allows for the iPhone’s screen to face inward for better protection and is available in black and retails for US$29.95.
The iPhone is slated for launch later today and the cases are among the first accessories available for the unit.
In one of the most vaguely-described software updates in recent memory, Apple has released MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0, an upgrade for the 2.2 and 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro laptop models.
The description states that the update provides “important bug fixes” and is recommended for these laptops.
The MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0 software is a 14.6 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker) and requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
Apple was vague on this one, so if any of you out there feel experimental today, let us know if this appreciably changes anything (for better or for worse) on your MacBook Pro.