Robin Williams just came out of the Apple Store with an Apple Bag slung over his shoulder and two attractive women at his side. I doubt that even his star power could have finagled an iPhone early. Apple Store employees just brought everyone free Smart Water -- we'd rather get free iPods.
Drunken hecklers have been passing by from time to time, attempting to make us feel like hopeless gadget-crazy nerds. We find strength in numbers and take solace in knowing that tomorrow, only we, the chosen few, will be able to truly say, "I have an iPhone." Looks like another TV crew is rolling by. More interviews, more photographs. more note taking. I wonder if I'll get any sleep.
The sky is beginning to show some life, and activity around the cube is increasing. Sets for CBS' "This Morning" are being assembled, and the Apple Store crew is hard at work cleaning and prepping for the big day. No iPhone display setups as yet. I should note that despite a night of heavy use, the bathrooms in the store continue to be quite pleasant (though paper towels are scarce). Most people are sleeping, huddled under umbrellas as a gentle rain falls. Pablo, 28, from Brooklyn and I bond over the cult of Mac, deciding that many of the line-sitters around us are posers, people who only care about making money off of the iPhone and don't realize the true power of such a device. Greg Packer (in first position in the line) is busy checking e-mail down in the Apple store. He seems to spend little time actually sitting in his seat, choosing instead to leverage his celebrity for line autonomy.
After three unsuccessful Starbucks attempts, a few of us succeeded in finding one that actually opens at 5:30 in the morning. We secured the necessary fuel to sustain our moods through the morning. Ali Velshi from CNN just stopped by to talk, looking dapper and refreshed, unlike many of my fellow fanatics. The media frenzy is a little over the top, and I expect it will only get worse as the day progresses.
Seemore the Safety Seal came by to say hello -- not really sure why he's here, but he's handing out hats and we're all suckers for free stuff. The line now extends all the way down the block, likely totaling around 180 people. The new estimate that we are hearing is that there are only 300 iPhones available, but it's really just speculation. Friends have also confirmed that AT&T's Edge network -- the data network that the iPhone will be using -- has seen a fairly significant speed increase in the last 24 hours. This is welcome news, since one of the biggest complaints early users have had is network sluggishness.