Two weeks later, New Yorkers wait 4 1/2 hours for an iPhone
To the amazement of Apple staffers handling the crowd, hundreds of shoppers were lined up Thursday afternoon for a chance to buy an iPhone 3G – 14 days after it first went on sale.
“I thought by now everybody who wanted one would have bought it,” said a clerk in an orange Apple T-shirt, as he processed transactions for Macs, iPods and various accessories. Customers not buying iPhones moved freely in and out of the store. The people in the iPhone queue waited patiently for a signal from security that it was their turn to shuffle in.
The last person in line, a young man in earbuds who had just arrived, said he’d heard there was a five hour wait but was pretty sure it wouldn’t take him that long.
At the head of the line was a young woman from Poland. No, she quickly added, she didn’t come just for the iPhone. But she had been standing in line for four and half hours.