- Of the hundreds of people in line, I only saw one woman. Seriously.
- My guess is that 25% of the first 100 people already had a 1st generation iPhone
- The media presence was huge - at least 30 reps - including my "linemate" who was a producer for CBC radio
- 90% of people in line wanted the 16GB
- There were approximately 120 devices - 40 16gigs, 80 8GB's.
After returing to the office to cries of "Hey, let's see the new phone" and "Wow, I can't believe you went that early," I realized why things had taken so long - Apple's iTunes 7.7 update was down resulting in thousands of devices not being able to be activated.
The problem wasn't limited to Canada either - Gizmodo reported that the shut down had occured on a global scale and carriers - like AT&T - were forced to sell the devices and tell users to activate them at home when Apple corrects the problem.
Here's the thing. This launch hasn't been a secret. We've known for at least 5 weeks about the date and stories have been flowing in daily about the global launch. Couldn't we have forseen this issue?
I don't know. All I do know is that I'm going to have to stare at my Curve for another couple of days. But hey, at least I can make calls on it.Article with my giant head on CBC