updated 03:15 am EDT, Thu July 10, 2008
Third lineup begins in SF
Following the line-ups at Fifth Avenue Store in New York City and Softbank flagship store in Tokyo, Japan, new lines have begun forming in front of Apple's San Francisco flagship store and in Palo Alto. A little less than 36 hours before the device was set to go on sale, the first person lined up in front of Apple's Stockton Street retail store in downtown San Francisco. "Dale,", a mobile telecom consultant, took the first spot in line in front of the flagship at about 10:30 pm PT; he epxects to wait in line for about 36 hours. The consultant said he had been third in line almost year ago for the first iPhone and wanted to be 'first in line' for the new iPhone 3G.
Dale said that last year he was able to charge his Mac notebook through the store and at least perform some of his work duties via his notebook and iPhone during the wait; he however, says he has taken a few day off to wait line.
Dale was prepared with both an air mattress, obtained in the days of the Commodore/Amiga, and a one-person tent to weather the nights.