Big Lines Form for the iPhone 4

It's official! The iPhone 4 is another monster hit for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) as some fans waited through the night to be the first to buy the device in New York City this morning.

Apple has already said that it had 600,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4 before the launch today. Some people that pre-ordered already received their phones in the mail yesterday. That didn't put a dent in the massive amounts of people waiting in the humid SoHo morning in New York at 7 a.m. for the early opening of one of the city's major Apple stores.

In fact, the scenes were more redolent of the initial iPhone launch in 2008 than the more recent iPad and 3GS launches. The line nearly stretched round an entire city block, from Prince Street back to Mercer Street.

Here are some crowd scenes from the morning wait. Click below to start the slideshow:

The Gathering Storm

So did people buy? Most of the people that Light Reading Mobile spoke to just said they wanted to upgrade to the latest iPhone.

"I always buy the new one when it comes out," said Luca, who "worked in advertising." Luca was fiddling with his iPad near the back of the line when we spoke to him around 7:15 a.m. He had a long wait ahead of him.

Camera-shy student Alex had been waiting since 11 p.m. and was almost at the front of the line 20 minutes after the store opened. He'd decided to upgrade because "it's just better, isn't it."

We hope to bring you more news and analysis of the iPhone launch in New York and Chicago later today.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:31:29 PM
re: Big Lines Form for the iPhone 4

Everybody's seen this cartoon by The Oatmal by now, but just in case...

What It's Like To Own an Apple Product

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:31:27 PM
re: Big Lines Form for the iPhone 4

haha, it's funny because it's true. Everyone has probably already heard this one too, but I found it amusing...

"I heard the AT&T CEO got married today. The service was great, but the reception was terrible."


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