iPhone launch: a tale of two stores
Here’s a tip — if you only want one iPhone, and don’t care to wrestle with a giant blue-nosed mole (on the far right), head to an AT&T store.
So far it appears that Apple stores are developing into local meccas of the Apple faithful, the media savvy and those with lots of time on their hands. On the other hand, AT&T stores, where the phone will also begin sales at 6 P.M. locally, are well, home to the lonely.
At around 7 a.m. this morning in midtown Manhattan, here (above) is the Apple store, with a line 200 deep, not including at least 6 TV news trucks, an army of reporters and one, um, giant… animal…thing:
Contrast that with the handful of iPhone hopefuls at AT&T’s store in Times Square (below), so-called, “crossroads of the world.”
Contrast that with another AT&T store, on Manhattan’s ritzy Park Ave., where of the 5 men waiting on line at 7 AM EDT, none planned to keep the iPhone. Oddly enough, the first guy on line, Steve Millei, 35 (below, on far right) — there holding a place for a friend — said: “I don’t want one. I like the Nokia phones better.”
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Gizmodo, in a kind of music video post — replete with Public Enemy’s “Don’t Believe the Hype”, notes that the other media story of this media phone is, well, the swarm of media covering the launch.