Picture this. We're heading in to buy our iPhones, and what do we see? A massive wall of Apple employees, clapping and cheering and offering high fives to all. It was a very surreal, and frankly scary experience. Remind us never, never to do that again, even if the Jesus Phone rises a second time.
What are these people angry at? No, it isn't not being able to get an iPhone, it's not being able to get into the Apple store when they closed it down at 2PM to prepare for the 6PM launch. Apparently either some people's watches were a little off, or Apple closed the store down a little early, but they're pissed at…
As you might have caught on our live camera, the store is closed to set up for the demo. Here are some shots of the scene, as it stands.
Second in line in SF's Apple Store, Mark wants $1500, no less, for his spot in line. This is not an Apple Fan. choice quote: "Game recognize Game, Blood!"
SF Apple Stores shutting down in a few minutes to setup for Easter Phone. Catch it live. [iPhone SF Campout Live Video]
Click to viewWe're at the AT&T store in SF and quizzing line campers on the iPhone. People who got the questions right get a free limited edition Gizmodo iPhone shirt. Those who don't, get the whole internet laughing at him/her. It's like camping out for a Star Wars movie and not knowing what a Lightsaber is.
There are 150 people on line; most of the true iPhone fans are in the back. And the sun is terrible for LCD screens. I'm frying out here.
The line is coming back to life right now. Stanley Michael Jackson is still in full effect, the Financial Times stopped by with a few questions, and the line is wrapping around the corner of Stockton Street. Today should be even more entertaining. Thankfully, our neighbors from 8 mile who aspire to be rhyming legends…
I need a nap. Adrian the intern is manning our live Justin.TV camera, which has been chronicling the entirety of the SF iPhone campout since 6pm last night. I even had that thing on while I was sleeping. I'll resume the Brian Lam Dog and Pony show sometime later. For now, I ZZZ. Video: [iPhone SF Campout Live Video]
I love the smell of iPhone in the morning. I got about 3 hours of sleep. Shook like a leaf when I woke, cold, despite the metallic emergency blanket's insulation. The Justin.tv lifecam is still running and so is my Macbook, thanks to the Wifi (instead of the usual and hungrier EVDO.) But i've got about 20 minutes left…
SF Headcount is 63. If you want to get an iPhone today in SF, I don't think it'll be a problem. Yet.
All is well, although my meager facilities responsible for writing well are almost entirely gone. I slept an hour tucked in between a phone booth and a light post. Street cleaning came rumbling by and almost clipped a camper's leg off as it rumbled down Stockton street.
Just spoke with some Apple engineers. Good guys. Thanked them for giving us an alternative to Windows Mobile (The Phone OS that makes me want to vomit.) A lot of people here are definitely here to sell iPhones. Whoa, intersting — down in Palo Alto, Justin.tv's intern almost got jumped defending his spot in line. Good…
Camera pointed at some Vanilla Ice wanna bees freestyling.[iPhone SF Campout Live Video, AIM me at lnelyiphoneboy30]
Going to eat, we saw a new model WRX being shot for a commercial. (Ray Wert, we got video.) Now I'm back. The Justin.tv lifecam is working flawlessly, but I just swapped out a battery. The crazy people in the front of the line are pitching tents. I've got some of those space blankets, the emergency kind. The wind is…
We went down the San Francisco Apple iPhone line (the circus of downtown) and asked people what they were going to do with their new iPhones. A couple good answers from the freaks and geeks, but you gotta watch for yourself.
Linecount == 40. A bunch of Wired Magazine people just showed up. [iPhone SF Campout Live Video, AIM me at lnelyiphoneboy30]
Breaking news, crackhead next to me with boombox blasting is cruising for some maximum damage. Someone deliver me some nunchucks. Homeless guy just told me to tell you all, "TONIGHT WE'RE ALL HOMELESS! [iPhone SF Campout Live Video, AIM me at lnelyiphoneboy30]