Palo Alto buzzing over release of Apple iPhone
It’s a phone, an iPod and a pocket size route to the Internet and the hundred plus people camped out Friday along University Avenue, Kipling Street and Lytton Avenue crave it.
They want one of Apple’s new iPhones and to get one, or two, they are sitting in line for hours. Friday opening.
Palo Alto resident Desmond Howard, number nine in line, said his boss offered to pay him $400 to wait in line for an iPhone. yesterday.
“It’s a pretty good day’s work,” said Howard, who slept in his car for two hours last night while his neighbor in line reserved his spot.
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One man in line slept, but most future iPhone owners chatted with friends or on cell phones, or typed busily on laptops. A few read and some line sitters just sat.
The Khawands waited in line so that Pierre could have two iPhones for himself. “The news trucks are doubling, and cameras are getting bigger, heavier, and more sophisticated, and suddenly, yes, suddenly the shipment, yes the shipment, arrives.”
But some late arrivals were more nonchalant.
“I’ve always liked to stay on the leading edge of technology, so maybe it’s a fetish,” Brown said, who is eager to trade in his Treo for an iPhone.
Though he was the last in line, he wasn’t worried.
“This line isn’t as long as it looks because they’re all spread out with their chairs,” said Brown, who is the editor and secretary for the Silicon Valley Mac User Group.
There was plenty to eat and drink remains of pizza, bagels and donuts lay strewn along Kipling. Companies also handed out free t shirts and food, and Apple Store employees regularly passed out water to their patient shoppers to be. A snow cone stand was the hit of the afternoon.
Randy Robinson, owner of Vino Locale on Kipling Street, set up a cloth covered table in the lawn in front of his store, offering wine, water and sandwiches.
“It’s been a really fun day,” Robinson said. He was aware of the iPhone, but didn’t know there would be a line in f adidas football boots ront of his store for nearly a day.
Apple employees came around to ask if it was OK, Robinson said.
Although Robinson was having fun, and making money, he thought the phenomenon was “bizarre.”
“They all want one thing,” Robinson said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
The spectacle even attracted passersby.
Nodelyn Smith used her own flip phone to photograph her son, Grant, 10, pretending to stand in the iPhone line.