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.
Apple is reportedly filming a commercial at its flagship Manhattan Apple Store today, shutting down the store for six hours. Apple's retail store page states: "Please note we will be temporarily closed Thursday, May 29 at 3:00 p.m. and will reopen Friday, May 30 at 9:00 a.m. During this time, please visit one of our other two Manhattan locations." As noted by MacRumors the 5th Avenue store has only been entirely closed twice in its history: the iPhone launch and the Leopard launch. Speculation holds that a television commercial will be filmed during this closure.
14th Street Apple store
Apple is opening another retail store in New York at 401 West 14th Street, making it the third store to open in the sprawling metropolis. With already two record-making Apple locations – SoHo was the first to feature the glass staircase, and Fifth Avenue is the store with the large glass cube in front – the company looks to do it again: the large, three-floor location will be Apple's largest in the city. Apple will open the doors to the new location at 6:00PM on Friday, December 7th, in New York's Meatpacking district. Customers that are interested in showing up early will receive commemorative T-shirts and are eligible for other prizes, while supplies last.