The iPhone Arrives
Lines started forming early at the Prince Street Apple store and soon stretched around the block, despite the fact that the gadget won't be released til 6 p.m. Eastern time. The situation was similar at the official AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) store on Broadway, according to our correspondent uptown.
Of course, some weren't just waiting for bragging rights but hoping to turn a tidy profit, too. People on New York City Craigslist were looking for more than double the asking price of the $600 8GB model even before they got one in their hands.
In fact, only a select band of broadsheet reviewers and TV crews have actually got their hands on an iPhone so far. The consensus being that the interface and design is a hit, but slow downloads and browsing speeds over the AT&T EDGE network are a letdown. Meanwhile, the majority of Unstrung readers believe that the device will be a hit for Apple and AT&T even if they aren't yet rushing out to buy one. Fifty-nine percent of the 137 respondents to our poll say that the iPhone will be a success, but only 29 percent believe it will be the next mobile gadget they buy. (See iPhone, U Buying?)
None of which will stop the Appple faithful waiting to be the first on their block with an iPhone.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung
Photos by Ray McConville