iPhone Customers May Wait 'Til Xmas

Apple's marketing machine is in overdrive on the eve of the release of the 3G iPhone, but the company is unlikely to persuade most potential buyers in the United States from waiting until the holiday shopping season or beyond to purchase the media player-smartphone hybrid, a survey released Thursday showed.

While there's little doubt that hundreds of thousands of people worldwide will be in stores Friday to be among the first to own the device, these early adopters are not reflective of the overall attitude of mainstream consumers, so says a survey conducted this month by the Solutions Research Group.

"While there is no question there will be lots of people in stores on Friday, even Apple is not immune to the way people are feeling about the economy," Laura Lee Gambee, an SRG spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

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