By Harry McCracken | Friday, June 19, 2009 at 5:47 am
Hey, the sun just came up–which makes it a lot easier to type on a laptop without a light-up keyboard. I felt the need to check in here, but have nothing of consequence to report. There are about eight of us waiting to get into the Apple Store, and maybe three over at the AT&T line. Everyone’s being perfectly pleasant, but there’s not much chatter going on. Maybe we’re too sleepy.
People keep going up to the mall’s front doors and rattling them, as if they might mysteriously turn out to be unlocked, allowing us to go inside and ransack the place. Nope. If we’re lucky, we might get to go inside the mall before the Apple Store opens at 7am, but I don’t see that happening until at least 6:15am.
This is clearly the first year when the release of a new iPhone prompted only a mild iFrenzy, not the all-out iMadness we saw in 2007 and 2008. I wonder when the first year will be when there simply isn’t anyone frantic enough to show up at the crack of dawn at all? iPods seem to sell pretty darn well, but as far as I know, even the most fanatic iPod fan doesn’t rearrange his or her sleeping schedule to buy one.
And while I’m randomly musing: One of the earliest examples of people being so anxious to buy a tech product that they showed up in the wee hours was the release of Windows 95, with its famous midnight lines at CompUSA. It’s been a while since a version of Windows was a big enough deal to merit a shopping extravaganza, but Windows 7 is a substantial upgrade that a lot of people are looking forward to. Will there be midnight openings at Best Buy or Staples? I dunno–one relatively recent development with software is widespread public betas. If you’re super-excited about Windows 7, you’re probably running the release candidate already, and may well sleep in on October 22nd.
More updates later, but if you don’t hear from me, it’s probably good news–I may be making progress in becoming an iPhone 3G S owner.