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.
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.
In a press release issued today, Apple announced that users would be allowed to purchase up to two iPhones (one for themselves and one for a friend) come launch day tomorrow.
The company also declared that iPhone training would be available come Saturday in its retail store locations.
For full details and links, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog.
And just out of curiousity, how many of you will be buying an additional iPhone for a friend or loved one?
The staff over at Macworld, compiling every bit of iPhone knowledge they could get their hands on, has posted a seven page first look at Apple’s upcoming handset.
The guide covers an overview, included hardware, upcoming accessories, the device’s interface, customizable settings, service and activation, phone features, music and video features, web browsing, e-mail, SMS, YouTube, maps functions and other features.
While it may not answer every question you have, it’s a good read and puts everything, including product shot close-ups of ports and connectors, out there for you to look over.
Take a look and good kuck if you’re lining up to snag one tomorrow.
Following up our coverage of the iPhone service plans lately, Apple and AT&T have released details as to the Family Plan as well as activation for the iPhone itself. The guys over at Macworld News got a hold of the additional details to help fill in the blanks:
With regard to the Family Plan, the contract stipulates that the iPhone arrives with one line. Additional lines are US$29.99 per line.
Apple’s iTunes continues to act as a central hub for devices and users will have to register their iPhones through the program. The company has stated that the registration process will take only a few minutes as users choose a service plan, authorize a credit and activate the iPhone. The process requires an Internet connection, iTunes Store account or major credit card, valid Social Security number (AT&T’s requirement), iTunes 7.2, a Mac or PC with a USB port and Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later.
Stay tuned for more details as become available.
The carnival comes to town on Friday. Round and round she goes and where she stops, nobody knows. Be certain of just one thing, initial stock will sell out. Come Monday, after all the cotton candy and fireworks are gone, what will the iPhone business look like?
The Good: Industrial design and ease of use. Forget about the touch screen vs. micro keypad debate. The iPhone itself will be a killer gadget and price will not be an obstacle. As an object and a tool, the iPhone will set the bar, just like the iPod.
The Bad: The iPhone could have problems. Apple kinds of problems. Touch screens that don’t work or that crack. Unacceptable battery life. Basically design and quality control issues that come with secrecy or rushed development. Rapid deployment and aggressive damage control is the only way to handle a glitch with a product that has seen this much hype.
The Ugly: AT&T. They were lousy at wireless, I know, I was once a customer. After selling the mobile business to Cingular they have bought back the baby and the bath water and are in the midst of re-branding. Apple did not have the clout to break the mobile phone model that plagues the US market. Supposedly “free” phones linked to two year contracts “locked” to a single provider. Wireless with strings attached. At least the iPhone will not be customized and crippled by AT&T, as are most handsets. If all phones were sold independently and unlocked, the iPhone would be bigger than the iPod. Look to be pushed towards the high end service package at $100/month. It really hinges on AT&T, unless or until another Apple handset becomes available with an alternate service provider.