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iPhone lines grow across country (updated x4)

Surprising some who believed that lines of customers for iPhone would not materialize, or that such lines would be restricted to only New York City and major cities in California, large groups of anxious iPhone buyers have formed at Apple Stores and AT&T locations across the United States. As of noon local time on the East Coast, iLounge editors and readers in Florida, Ohio, Tennessee and California reported groups of over 50 people already queued at local stores before noon local time, only a few having slept overnight to be close to the head of their lines. You can follow iLounge editor Larry Angell’s live updates from Columbus, Ohio at this link.

 

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After noon, the crowds continued to swell, nearing 100 even in non-flagship Apple locations. By 4PM EST and 1PM PST, flagship Apple Stores in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as select other locations, had lines of over 200 people waiting for iPhones. At 2PM on each coast, Apple Store employees “blacked out” the stores’ windows as they prepared to move iPhones into display positions around each store, and prepare inventory on hand for sale. Signs reading “iPhone World Premiere, Tonight at 6 p.m.” were placed in the windows. Some of the stores announced that they would take groups of 50 at a time for purchases, in two lines: one cash, one credit. Fifteen minutes before launch, our editor at the Florida store was reporting “well over 250 people” in line. Our Ohio editor noted that groups of 30-40 would be taken at a time, and were asked to proceed to the Genius Bar if they were interested in making an immediate purchase.

 

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Many reports coming in to iLounge suggest that the lines continue to grow, as demand for the $499 and $599 iPhones appears to be significant, and though it’s unclear as to how many iPhones stores are receiving, the numbers are high. A YouTube video shows a full pallet of iPhones being delivered to the Apple Store in SoHo, providing a rough estimate of 400-500 iPhones, perhaps more. One iLounge editor reports that he has heard that the ratio of 8GB units to 4GB units available is 4:1 in favor of 8GB units.

 

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To keep the crowds refreshed, Apple Store employees have handed out bottles of Smartwater, and have walked the lines to chat people up as the launch approaches. We’ll continue to update this story as the day progresses; submit your story or photos using the “submit a news tip” box inside this article, or the “submit news” button at the top of the main page News column.

 

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Comments

1

I’ve seen 3 people in line last night at my local AT&T store.

Surely this must be the first phone that people line up for?

Posted by Bonk on June 29, 2007 at 12:09 PM (CDT)

2

Really lacking in photos and video, though. Where can we see some of these lines? I’m guessing there’s a lot of non-Mac people in those lines that are new to this, but I expect it’s going to be happening a lot more now they are “waking” to the realities of the Apple world.

Posted by coolfactor on June 29, 2007 at 12:13 PM (CDT)

3

If it were going on sale here in Australia, I’d be in line, the first time ever.

Posted by Japester on June 29, 2007 at 12:22 PM (CDT)

4

Heading to line at 2 pm.  Will take photos, but not expecting a mob as it’s freakin’ Albany.

Posted by dasmb on June 29, 2007 at 12:25 PM (CDT)

5

Not a ‘mob’ in Stockton, CA but enough of a presence to make the local paper… http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070629/A_NEWS/706290315

Posted by rickh on June 29, 2007 at 12:36 PM (CDT)

6

At noon today, there were about 50 people in line at the Chestnut Hill, Masschusetts Apple store. As I was walking from my car to the mall, I saw 2 FedEx guys and an Apple guy unloading LOCKED tubs from a FedEx truck. I said “the iPhones are here” and the Apple guy acknowledged. I think they got about 10 of those tubs and each might hold 10-12 iPhones.

Posted by Aceon6 in New England, USA on June 29, 2007 at 1:05 PM (CDT)

7

Sigh…what losers. Almost as bad as those gamefreaks who line up for new consoles and spend a week doing nothing but playing them.

Posted by Gecko on June 29, 2007 at 2:17 PM (CDT)

8

I was surprised to find 25-30 people in front of our small town Texas AT&T store. In heavy rain. :-)

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on June 29, 2007 at 3:23 PM (CDT)

9

9.yahoo’s Maria and Rocketboom’s Joanne took their video cameras to film the NYC line. Joanne was totally cool passing out lemonade and cookies. I would have gotten a big kick out seeing Maria on Rocketboom or visa-versa. you can see their stories at their sites.

Posted by lou on June 29, 2007 at 3:42 PM (CDT)

10

oh you lucky people going to wait in line! i would join my fellow iphone-heads but 1. im babysitting and 2. no money for one!

Posted by mandy lou on June 29, 2007 at 4:39 PM (CDT)

11

happy iphone everyone

Posted by mandy lou on June 29, 2007 at 9:02 PM (CDT)

12

We go to the Franklin AT&T store at 1:00 AM and were shocked that there were only three of us until 8 in the morning….6 at around 11, and then things really picked up in the afternoon. I think were a total of about 50 people towards the end of the day, not bad for a pretty remote store but I still expected more. You can read all of the coverage on iphonematters.

Posted by hadley stern on June 29, 2007 at 9:35 PM (CDT)

13

I got in line at 5:20pm at the local Apple store here in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN.  I was prob the 130th person in line and immediately was approached by an Apple rep who asked me how many I wanted (1 or 2) and what size 4 or 8 Gig.  I got 2 Gig’s.  Store opened at 6pm and I was in the store and purchasing by 6:20.  I feel bad for all the people that camped out with their iMacs and waited all day when I only waited an hour.

Posted by Rob on June 29, 2007 at 9:36 PM (CDT)

14

There were at least 200 people in line at the Cambridge Apple Store in Massachusetts by 4pm and I was one of them!

Now I have two of the eight giggers in my hot little hands and I have to tell you it is the COOLEST thing I have ever owned!!!!!

Apple has earned every ounce of the hype it created over this device!!!!!!!

Posted by random person on June 29, 2007 at 10:03 PM (CDT)

15

hahahah THATS ME!!! in the 2nd and 7th pics. Most of those are from South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA. FIRST IN LINE BABY!!! wooohooo hahah it was fun.

Posted by Paul on July 1, 2007 at 2:10 AM (CDT)

16

I went to an at&t store in Flower Mound tx a suburb of dallas and was there about 5:40 p.m. got a number and was #51 in line with about 25 people behind me by 6 p.m.. I had my phone and was gone by 7 p.m.. It took a while because they would only let 10 people in at a time. They even had a sheriff on hand for to watch the door to make sure not to many people were in there. crazy huh?

8 gigs for me

Posted by BIGP in Texas on July 1, 2007 at 10:52 AM (CDT)

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