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iPad 2 line wraps around the block in downtown San Francisco

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Apple's flagship retail store in downtown San Francisco had already staged a line of more than 140 people before noon today, in anticipation of the iPad 2 launch beginning this evening at 5 PM.

Unlike New York on the East Coast, San Francisco offered clear skies to those waiting in line, many of whom were camped out with chairs and picnic snacks.

For those who forgot to bring food, Apple retail staffers serviced the line with carts offering fruit, chips, granola bars and bottles of water. One enthusiastic shopper waited for iPad 2 while staying busy with his iPhone, MacBook Air, and last year's iPad.

A series of barricades kept sidewalks open while routing the line down block and around the corner. In another five hours, the line is likely to reach around to far side of the oversized block, the same place the iPhone 4 line reached shortly before it went on sale last summer.







Apple's iPad 2 line is likely to move a lot faster however, as the WiFi models requires no mobile service agreement, and even the 3G versions can be set up by the user at home, as they don't involve a contract or subsidy.

Initial online demand appears to delayed online orders to ship in two to three weeks, something which may encourage early adopters to show up for the launch event at Apple's retail stores, helping to generate the dramatic lines that stir media frenzy and generate free publicity.

Last month, when Verizon added support for iPhone 4, critics smirked that the lines the nearly year old phone generated were "laughably short," suggesting that Verizon's thousands of stores should each have generated the same long lines that Apple's couple hundred outlets did when the phone was new.

However, iPad 2 will also be sold at both AT&T and Verizon retail stores, as well as Best Buy, Target, WalMart and some authorized Apple resellers, on the same launch day. That indicates that those waiting at Apple Stores may be there mostly just for fun.

At the same time, Apple will likely offer the the best selection of models at its own stores, a factor that may be important to buyers who have a specific model and color in mind out of the 18 different versions of iPad 2 that Apple is now offering: two colors, three capacities, and three wireless versions (WiFi, 3G CDMA on Verizon and 3G UMTS for AT&T).

Appe's iPad 2 will launch in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25, and in additional countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced by Apple at a later date, contingent upon regulatory approval.
post #2 of 77
I will wait till all the lines die down and see how this version is recieved.I like to see if any glitches appear.

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nothing like the aroma of fresh urine, while waiting in line in Frisco
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nothing like the aroma of fresh urine, while waiting in line in Frisco

Where is Frisco?
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Apple's flagship retail store in downtown San Francisco had already staged a line of more than 140 people before noon today, in anticipation of the iPad 2 launch beginning this evening at 5 PM.

From Apple 2.0:

"PED, what are the lines like now?
ex ped: Too long and disorganized to count. It fills the FAO Schartz plaza, extends down 58th street, up Madison Ave, and back almost to 59th and Fifth. It's the longest launch line I've ever seen."

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/03/...-block-in-nyc/
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who really cares about "smart" people queuing up to pay big money for something they can wait few more days and buy it comfortable from pretty much everywhere? lame.
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post #7 of 77
"iPad 2 line wraps around the block in downtown San Francisco"

Kinda like Christo, but with less orange.
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My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people waiting in line for an iPad2 in Japan.

I guess those are all americans, as usual...

My thoughts and prayers go now to all people in Japan.
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Where is Frisco?

North of Dallas on 635.
post #10 of 77
My thoughts go out to everybody involved in the quake
post #11 of 77
sad thing is, they can run in most walmarts and pick one up. But i guess its like starbucks, a place to be seen
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My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people waiting in line for an iPad2 in Japan.

What kind of comment is that?

Yeah, we all know that there was an earthquake that happened in Japan.

And we all know that the iPad won't be available in Japan for another couple of weeks, so your comment makes no sense at all.
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who really cares about "smart" people queuing up to pay big money for something they can wait few more days and buy it comfortable from pretty much everywhere? lame.

Why do thousands of people stand outside in freezing temperatures to watch a crystal ball fall every year? It's a social event. It's a gathering of like minded people. And considering that online orders are quoting 2 to 3 week delivery, it may be the only place to get it quickly.

At least it's more useful than any Elmo product ... ;-)
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who really cares about "smart" people queuing up to pay big money for something they can wait few more days and buy it comfortable from pretty much everywhere? lame.

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sad thing is, they can run in most walmarts and pick one up. But i guess its like starbucks, a place to be seen

You don't want to wait in line, fine. Criticizing others for expressing their excitement on a special day is childish.

What the difference between people lining up for an Apple day versus others waiting in line for special concert tickets, book signings, movies, shows, etc?

For the first time, I waited in line at the SF Apple store last year for the iP4. Just wanted to try it out to see what the big deal was. It was fun, I met new people from all walks of life, the Apple employees took care of their customers with food, drinks and everybody was happy.

I don't plan on doing it again, simply due to not having that kind of time but I respect those that do it.

You may have a forum to express your opinion, but does not mean you are guaranteed an audience.
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Winning!!
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who really cares about "smart" people queuing up to pay big money for something they can wait few more days and buy it comfortable from pretty much everywhere? lame.

Who cares? From the publicity I've seen in the national media it appears that an awful lot of people are at least interested. Now if you said something like "Who cares about the Xoom?" I'd have to agree with you. At the rate that Android craplet is selling, iPad 2 sales will pass it in a few hours. Any time sales records on devices are likely to be broken there is usually some general interest, especially from shareholders.

Waiting on line is usually fun to those individuals. They're not out there to suffer. I've waited on line for Apple store openings in Manhattan and usually everyone seems in bright spirits and there's really no reason to wait at all except to get a free T-shirt or some free finger food that nearby vendors hand out.
post #17 of 77
Haha I guarantee those 3 Chinese ladies are not there to pick up an iPad... I think they're there to get free food before hopping on the bus to Chinatown.

(I'm Chinese-American from the Bay, so please don't think I'm racist...)
post #18 of 77
I'm #35 in line at the Corte Madera, CA Apole store and there are approximately 70 folks in line with 2 hours 25 minutes to go. Sunny and mode is festive.
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However, iPad 2 will also be sold at both AT&T and Verizon retail stores, as well as Best Buy, Target, WalMart and some authorized Apple resellers, on the same launch day. That indicates that those waiting at Apple Stores may be there mostly just for fun.
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sad thing is, they can run in most walmarts and pick one up. But i guess its like starbucks, a place to be seen

I imagine that those near the Walmarts will buy there. The stores in the city are where most people live. OK - a few might be there to be part of the scene.
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What the difference between people lining up for an Apple day versus others waiting in line for special concert tickets, book signings, movies, shows, etc?

Uh, one is limited and the other isn't.
post #21 of 77
My wife says there's a bunch of people at the MN, Mall of America Apple Store. Maybe 4-5 hundred.
post #22 of 77
There was a very nice calm before the storm at Best Buy today. I was an early bird and got there at 1 which there was no indication of any kind of apple event. I walked around the store for an hour and a half and then listened to music in my car at 2pm and when I had returned they had made a line by register 12. There were only 3 people in line before me and we chatted for a good little while 3 hours to be exact however it almost flew by as more and more people had shown up for ipad 2 launch. By the time 5 O'clock rolled aroud the line had wrapped 1/2 way around the best buy store with a sea of heads floating in the middle and lost of blank expressions as to why people were waiting in line for something. My iPad 2 is syncing right now and I can WAIT !!!
post #23 of 77
Well they sold out at both local Mac retailers, the Walmart, Best Buy, And Target. I think they had about 10 each though.

I would only estimate sales this weekend of 300k. Unless the Apple retails stores have several thousand each

Based on how badly the online sales supply was and the pitiful retail supply anywhere but Apple retail stores I think its safe to safe supply will be tight for looooong time.
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Uh, one is limited and the other isn't.

Uh, movies and shows are not necessarily limited.
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I got to the Target in 7 Corners at 4:45 and was informed they only had 10 and the line had 11 people in it! I got to the Clarendon Apple store at 5pm and they were opening the doors... there were about 500 people wrapped all the way around the mall. Zoo. Maybe sunday?
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Uh, movies and shows are not necessarily limited.

Yes, but watching morons wait in line when I simply purchased my movie tickets in advance, with no extra fees, and pick them up at an automated kiosk thus saving me 30+ minutes of my time is not much different.

At least it didn't look like they camped out there a week in advance.

They didn't right?

I mean, can that guy with the iphone, macbook air and whatever else keep himself away from anything apple or electronic for 5 bleeping minutes?
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Where is Frisco?

Snap!
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Yes, but watching morons wait in line when I simply purchased my movie tickets in advance, with no extra fees, and pick them up at an automated kiosk thus saving me 30+ minutes of my time is not much different.

At least it didn't look like they camped out there a week in advance.

They didn't right?

I mean, can that guy with the iphone, macbook air and whatever else keep himself away from anything apple or electronic for 5 bleeping minutes?

Waiting out on the sidewalk for hours with all your old Apple gear to get the new Apple gear you are excited about is a bit nerdy and eccentric, but what about people who sit around in their mom's basement for hours posting angry haterade about products they don't care about?

What kind of eccentric nerd are you Joe, and what basis do you have to talk about other peoples' proclivities? At least these people in line are having fun and joking around, rather than spewing bile about something they don't even like.

How are those Galaxy Tabs working out?
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Waiting out on the sidewalk for hours with all your old Apple gear to get the new Apple gear you are excited about is a bit nerdy and eccentric, but what about people who sit around in their mom's basement for hours posting angry haterade about products they don't care about?

What kind of eccentric nerd are you Joe, and what basis do you have to talk about other peoples' proclivities? At least these people in line are having fun and joking around, rather than spewing bile about something they don't even like.

How are those Galaxy Tabs working out?

post #30 of 77
hurray, I just got home after waiting in line from 3:30pm EST to 6:30 in windy 40F weather. No stinkin 3-5 day or 2-3 week wait for me.
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Yes, but watching morons wait in line when I simply purchased my movie tickets in advance, with no extra fees, and pick them up at an automated kiosk thus saving me 30+ minutes of my time is not much different.

At least it didn't look like they camped out there a week in advance.

They didn't right?

I mean, can that guy with the iphone, macbook air and whatever else keep himself away from anything apple or electronic for 5 bleeping minutes?

Waaaaa! People do what they want.
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Waaaaa!

Nerd.
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Nerd.

Ohhh well! I can't get mad at that.
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What kind of comment is that?

Yeah, we all know that there was an earthquake that happened in Japan.

And we all know that the iPad won't be available in Japan for another couple of weeks, so your comment makes no sense at all.

I LOLed, especially since I had just sent a friend the third pic where people are so happy to see food and water.
post #35 of 77
Just got back from the Willow Bend mall near Plano TX. At least several hundred people waiting in line at the Apple Store there, it was 5:30 and the line wrapped most of the length of the mall itself. I would say it was at least 500 people waiting, no joke.

I just can't help but thinking if its that crazy there, imagine what the Cube store is like in NYC right now. I was there for the original iphone release, and that was pretty nuts.
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What kind of comment is that?

Yeah, we all know that there was an earthquake that happened in Japan.

And we all know that the iPad won't be available in Japan for another couple of weeks, so your comment makes no sense at all.

His comment could be based on something called empathy, which would be a foreign concept to you. Maybe he's in San Francisco, thinking there could easily be buildings falling on the people in line there.

I take it you are in line in Manhatten fending off the homeless crackheads and scalpers you were worried about earlier. My sincere sympathies.
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insult removed
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Originally Posted by foofan View Post

nothing like the aroma of fresh urine, while waiting in line in frisco

rotfl!
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His comment could be based on something called empathy, which would be a foreign concept to you. Maybe he's in San Francisco, thinking there could easily be buildings falling on the people in line there.

I take it you are in line in Manhatten fending off the homeless crackheads and scalpers you were worried about earlier. My sincere sympathies.

His comment was ridiculous, false, offensive and I see that it's now been deleted. And don't presume to know anything about other people's empathy. I actually know quite a few people who live in Japan.

And no, I'm not on line yet. I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. I have plenty of time to make up mind. I have the whole night ahead of me.
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His comment was ridiculous, false, offensive and I see that it's now been deleted. And don't presume to know anything about other people's empathy. I actually know quite a few people who live in Japan.

And no, I'm not on line yet. I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. I have plenty of time to make up mind. I have the whole night ahead of me.

Good, thanks for the latest update on what's going on with YOU. How many posts today on that subject, 15?
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