iPhone Mob in Full Effect at Downtown SF Store, Across U.S. (with Video)

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iPhone Mob in Full Effect at Downtown SF Store, Across U.S. (with Video)

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It was all people could do not to push and shove, but the 300-plus people waiting in line to buy an iPhone outside the downtown San Francisco Apple Store on Friday night kept it friendly. No brawls. No harsh words. Just cheers and excited expressions.


It surely helped that as each group of 20 or 30 people were let in, a cadre of black T-shirt-clad Apple Store employees clapped for them, cheered, and offered high fives. And that was just to enter the store. Clerks on the floor helped people quickly, using wireless handheld devices to register the sale (receipts were printed at the front desk). They encouraged you to "check out the cases" while you waited for them to bring your phone, but otherwise completed the transactions with dispatch. After entering the store, the entire transaction took all of 20 minutes, tops.


Cheers and more cheers. Apple Store employees start applauding just a few minutes before 6 p.m.


Even Jonathan Ive showed up to take it all in. Apple's senior vice president of industrial design - only the design brain behind the iPhone himself - was casually dressed, as usual, and sported a day or so's worth of stubble. He looked happy about all the commotion, and hung out in the store's lower floor sales area, chatting with people he knew.


Yes, it's him, Jony Ive, in the flesh.


As of 8:30 Pacific Time, there was no word on whether the downtown San Francisco store was sold out of iPhones, but there didn't seem to be any danger that those still lining up around 7 p.m. would be turned away. Hopeful iPhone buyers can go online nightly to check availability. Inventories are updated at 9 p.m. daily.


This guy was happy to return a high five on his way in.


At AT&T stores around the Bay Area, there seemed to be a healthy supply of iPhones too. Of course, customers were limited to just one phone. And anyone who bought a phone from AT&T didn't get the ultra-snazzy iPhone bag created especially for the product and given to all iPhone buyers at Apple Stores. In fact, AT&T store shoppers got an extra admonition not to open their sealed plastic bag "until they got home." When asked why, one store clerk said, "It's company policy."


Given that many San Francisco customers wore black T-shirts and Apple logo wear, it was sometimes hard to tell them apart from store employees.


There's no word yet whether the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York - which is normally open 24 hours - will sell out of iPhones tonight. Rumors of scant inventory seemed unfounded. "I guess I didn't need to get in line because they have thousands of them in there," one line-stander told the New York Times. Clearly explaining why he was standing in line, another New Yorker likened the iPhone to "a dream wife."


The scene outside the downtown San Francisco Apple Store at midnight, 12 hours before the doors would open to admit iPhone buyers.


The street outside the San Francisco Apple Store will feel positively abandoned tonight around 3 a.m. The sidewalk already looked worse for the wear at 7 p.m., with line campers' trash and abandoned fortifications strewn about, the only evidence that this was the scene that led up to what could mark one of the most talked-about product launches of this century.


So this is how someone passed his or her time in line.




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There are already a number of so-called iPhone applications in beta stages that you can test on supported browsers like Safari, IE7 and Firefox



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I love that little gadget, now if Apple can jam a GPS into the unit that would be MINT! And, did they think to allow extra power to be plugged into it so that when you're using the built in GPS you have plenty of power to spare??



I didn't think I would be, but I am actually excited. I haven't felt this way since the release of the first iMac. Who's with me, people?!?!?!



That release was epic! I had no idea it would be that joyous. More and more I'm amazed at this phone. Seeing it in your hands made me want to run off to a store, myself!



The above movie shows a BLACK (?!?!?!) MacBook Pro. How/where did you get that?



if you want one it will cost you quite a bit. I would recommend checking out Colorware http://www.colorwarepc.com/products/select_macbookpro.aspx
there is the link to the macbook pro section.



Hope this is how the rest of the launch places went. I am a bit curious to know if anyone has/will buy the 129 dollar bluetooth headset.

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