As you might have guessed, I could not resist having a look at the line for the iphone at the Grove shopping mall/village/whatever. Here’s an overhead shot of a cluster near the Apple Store’s entrance just after the launch at 6:00pm:
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What you can’t hear is people cheering as people either enter or emerge (with their new acquisition) from the store (I’m not sure which). It’s not everyday you see this many people (in a very long line indeed – see one of four segments at right) waiting to shell out so much money for something that they all know will be very obsolete a year from now. They just want to be part of what is (seriously for a moment now) a true landmark event in the history of personal consumer technology. The iphone is truly revolutionary. Not needing to feel part of the revolution just yet, I myself will wait a few years at least for the improvements to be made, and the prices to plummet. I was just in the area to look at the crowd on the way to dinner.
As Xeni of Boing Boing says (in an amusingly gushing report from same event pictured above):
“It isn’t hype if the product lives up to it.”