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any lineups at the Grand Central Station?, or to they allow them?... that place is massive!!! (Grand Central Station)

Yes, but you wouldn't know it. When you look at the Apple Store there you see a bunch of people at the top of the stairs and a bunch of police officers at the bottom of the stairs (one set of stairs is cordoned off with the velvet rope).

If you try to go up the stairs you are directed to the line which is about a 100 yards out of the way along one of the metro north tracks. They must be letting people in with passes or something as they have room upstairs. It looked like a sea of people by the train tracks. I have no idea how far back it went.
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I really doubt he arranged it. Otherwise, he would have arranged for someone more important to interview him. I would imagine that someone else in the line tweeted that Woz was there at the Apple Store. Someone from this site saw it on twitter and went out with a low budget camera and question girl. It's only semi-professional quality at best.

The girl did a wonder job interviewing Woz. The genuineness of the reporter and Woz matched making it a very pleasant and informative interview. You can't get more professional than that.
post #43 of 70
Eaton Centre is not too busy but there is short wait to get in. Perhaps I should say that the store opened two hours ago, and now seems like a better time to stop by to get your new iPad. The 3rd floor of the mall does seem a bit unusually busy considering there is only that one certain store open. LOL There is also no less than two tv news crews outside the store.
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I can't wrap my head around Woz waiting in line all night for an Apple product. I assume he could probably have been giving some early access if he wanted so this seems to be focused around publicity. Maybe he enjoys the waiting but my distaste for waiting can't let me see past how one could find it enjoyable even when they don't have to.




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That's Woz... He is a very open individual and likes to mingle with people who appreciate well-designed technology. I think he enjoys being a celebrity but doesn't let it turn his head...

If you asked him, he would probably say he is a good engineer who was lucky to have been one of the Apple founders.
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post #45 of 70
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I really doubt he arranged it. Otherwise, he would have arranged for someone more important to interview him. I would imagine that someone else in the line tweeted that Woz was there at the Apple Store. Someone from this site saw it on twitter and went out with a low budget camera and question girl. It's only semi-professional quality at best.

In the video the reporter states they saw him log in on Foursquare at the Century Mall Apple Store in Santa Monica, CA.


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The girl did a wonder job interviewing Woz. The genuineness of the reporter and Woz matched making it a very pleasant and informative interview. You can't get more professional than that.

She did a great job. She was familiar with his past line waiting, seemed interested and happy to be interviewing him, and asked a wide range of relevant questions. Plus she's damn cute.

It's interesting that Woz has been buying the low capacity iPads up and until today.

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post #46 of 70
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If you asked him, he would probably say he is a good engineer who was lucky to have been one of the Apple founders.

In the video he seems to elude to personal issues with Jobs but quickly turns that into a lot of championing of what Jobs has done for him, computing, and the world at large. He definitely seems like a great guy... but I still can't imagine waiting in a line if I don't have to. Not having to wait in lines was primary goal in becoming independently wealthy.

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post #47 of 70
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Originally Posted by pembroke View Post

Eh? Do you reckon Woz arranged to be interviewed while in the queue? Or am I just naive?

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Originally Posted by GregInPrague View Post

I really doubt he arranged it. Otherwise, he would have arranged for someone more important to interview him. I would imagine that someone else in the line tweeted that Woz was there at the Apple Store. Someone from this site saw it on twitter and went out with a low budget camera and question girl. It's only semi-professional quality at best.

The girl says she saw him check in on foursquare and ran down to interview him.

Did anyone notice he said he has a few iPhones with verizon 4g LTE and they are fast? I wonder if he meant to say iPads?
post #48 of 70
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Eaton Centre is not too busy but there is short wait to get in. Perhaps I should say that the store opened two hours ago, and now seems like a better time to stop by to get your new iPad. The 3rd floor of the mall does seem a bit unusually busy considering there is only that one certain store open. LOL There is also no less than two tv news crews outside the store.

Lining up is not really a Canadian thing. Even having a hundred people at the Centre is like having 600 people in NYC. Vancouver's Apple store has about 60-70 people which is a long line by Canadian standards.
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post #49 of 70
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Originally Posted by Postulant View Post

You've got it all wrong. This is the fruit of clever marketing.

Marketing of what? The new iPad? Apple? Woz?
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post #50 of 70
I loved Woz on The Big Band Theory.
post #51 of 70
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

In the video the reporter states they saw him log in on Foursquare at the Century Mall Apple Store in Santa Monica, CA.

She did a great job. She was familiar with his past line waiting, seemed interested and happy to be interviewing him, and asked a wide range of relevant questions. Plus she's damn cute.

I only watched the first 1:30 and got bored, so I missed the part where she saw him on Foursquare. Thanks for pointing that out. The girl did a fine job asking questions, the filming seemed low budget mostly. I can't imagine this being on NBC Nightly News, but then again they keep putting Chelsea Clinton on there as a reporter and this girl definitely did better than Clinton does.
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Originally Posted by dancxg View Post

Did anyone notice he said he has a few iPhones with verizon 4g LTE and they are fast? I wonder if he meant to say iPads?

He said he has a number of phones with Verizon LTE.


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I loved Woz on The Big Band Theory.

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I only watched the first 1:30 and got bored, so I missed the part where she saw him on Foursquare. Thanks for pointing that out. The girl did a fine job asking questions, the filming seemed low budget mostly. I can't imagine this being on NBC Nightly News, but then again they keep putting Chelsea Clinton on there as a reporter and this girl definitely did better than Clinton does.

It was definitely low budget. The lighting and sound told me that.

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post #54 of 70
but where's the magic stylus! Apple is doomed! /s
post #55 of 70
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

In the video he seems to elude to personal issues with Jobs but quickly turns that into a lot of championing of what Jobs has done for him, computing, and the world at large. He definitely seems like a great guy... but I still can't imagine waiting in a line if I don't have to. Not having to wait in lines was primary goal in becoming independently wealthy.

Yeah... But, sometimes you need to go out amongst 'em to see and hear what's really happening... As opposed to reading a blog or watching a YT video.

The nearest Apple store is 30 miles, so I order online... But for the iPad 2, I visited the local BestBuy and Target stores just to gage the interest.

Waiting in line, talking, joking -- is an excellent opportunity to get genuine opinions about a product/company in which you are heavily invested... And, in its own way, it's fun!
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post #56 of 70
I think he just wants to be surprised along with every one else. The guy walks around with 8 freaking phones all the time because he likes the different features they have and he's just like a lot of us in loving to play with his gadgets. So if he gets a prerelease he would have been done with the excitement when everyone else is just getting into it.
Lol, The Woz. Lol.
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Yet they make ads mocking this. I'd liked to see someone make a parody of a Samsung ad showing no line ...

You could take it a step further by having someone go into a Samsung store. The punch line is the customer and the salesperson struggle to make the sale because of the massive piles of boxes of unsold inventory being in the way.
post #58 of 70
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

I agree with this. He seems like a nice, genuine fella, but I can't even begin to understand where he's coming from with wanting to stand outside. And being weird isn't a bad thing it's just an unusual thing. Perhaps the world would be a better place with more Woz's and less Jobs's.

Seriously. Vive le difference!
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If I could have gotten a pre-release iPad I would have taken it. Hell, I kind of want to become a successful tech blogger just so I can get pre-release HW.

I reckon you could. You've got the nous. You have to freshen up on your spelling, though, or not post via your iPhone.
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Yet they make ads mocking this. I'd liked to see someone make a parody of a Samsung ad showing no line ...

And it would go like this:
- We watch a dude walk beside an Apple line shaking his head, mockingly.

<camera switches to a 'red' store across the street>

- We watch him walk across the street to a 'red' store with a big Samsung tablet on the window, he's wearing a 'kid-at-Christmas-smile'.

<camera switches down to his hands, we watch him fold up his ad for a Samsung tablet that's 200 bucks (or whatever).>
<camera changes back to the front of the store>

- We watch him walk out of the store.

<camera changes to the Apple line>

- We watch him cross the street, and get in the back of the line.
- We watch him being welcomed with open arms, and eventually cheered walking out with his new iPad.

post #60 of 70
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You have to freshen up on your spelling, though, or not post via your iPhone.

Let's go ahead and blame autocorrect for my lack of proofreading.

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post #61 of 70
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The girl did a wonder job interviewing Woz. The genuineness of the reporter and Woz matched making it a very pleasant and informative interview. You can't get more professional than that.

I got to agree. There were a few potentially embarrassing pauses which were quickly and smoothly traversed. I mean, there really isn't much to say, is there? Everybody knows everything about the iPad so there aren't many intelligent questions that can be asked. And the whole issue of Woz being there... again, not much to say without it getting very awkward. I would have liked to have heard a few words from Woz's wife, however. She was there wasn't she?
post #62 of 70
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Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

Waiting in line, talking, joking -- is an excellent opportunity to get genuine opinions about a product/company in which you are heavily invested... And, in its own way, it's fun!

Hmmm... I am not so sure. Couldn't you just go to a bar and find someone there to talk to? You could do all of the above while being waited upon with alcohol of your choice. And then you can fall asleep in your bed after you have drunkenly ordered the top of the line iPad....
post #63 of 70
At 8:10 AM I drove past my local ATT and Bestbuy to check for lines...

ATT = 0
Bestbuy = roped area with 3 people

Not all locations get the crowds. The Apple store is 1 hour south and I am sure there was a line there.

Tom
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Steve Wozniak - Apple co-founder - lines up for hours with 'the people' to get his iPad?

The guy is a total weirdo.
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Oh man, that is fantastic!!!

Indeed.

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Hmmm... I am not so sure. Couldn't you just go to a bar and find someone there to talk to? You could do all of the above while being waited upon with alcohol of your choice. And then you can fall asleep in your bed after you have drunkenly ordered the top of the line iPad....

But, that's what I do on a normal day... this is a special occasion!
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At 8:10 AM I drove past my local ATT and Bestbuy to check for lines...

ATT = 0
Bestbuy = roped area with 3 people

Not all locations get the crowds. The Apple store is 1 hour south and I am sure there was a line there.

Tom

From what I've heard from a friend he just got back from buying his at the Applestore in Zurich and there wasn't any lines. The store was full but no more then usual. I wonder if everybody new. Best case scenario because those who wanted iPad's got them. Yay no mass hysteria over a mediocre update.
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From what I've heard from a friend he just got back from buying his at the Applestore in Zurich and there wasn't any lines. The store was full but no more then usual. I wonder if everybody new. Best case scenario because those who wanted iPad's got them. Yay no mass hysteria over a mediocre update.

Here's what some developers say about your so-called "mediocre update"...

From the developer demos at the new iPad announcement:

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2 1/2 years ago Sketchbook became Autodesk's first breakthrough app on iOS -- and it had a profound impact on our company.

Today we have 15 Autodesk titles on the app store that have been downloaded more than 20 million times

Let me put that in perspective -- in our 29 year history Autodesk has become a leader in software with over 10 million professional customers on desktop.

With iOS we have been able to reach 10s of millions of new users in only 2 years.

It's amazing!

Today, I'm excited to show you something new with the help of Lawrence Yang, I want to introduce Sketchbook Ink.

[Demo]

Autodesk Sketchbook Ink will be available this April, exclusively on iOS.

Thank you very much.

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[demo]

Sky Gamblers Air Supremacy launches exclusively on iOS later this month!


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Epic Games - Mike Capps President of Epic games

[demo]

And you could see during that closeup how the unreal engine is unleashing the power of the new iPad for just unparalleled character detail and environment.

I mean, If you think about it, ah, this new device actually has more memory and more screen resolution than an XBox 360 or a Playstation 3. These guys are redefining movie gaming -- again!

And it's only going to look like this and play like this on the new iPad.
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post #68 of 70
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He was portrayed as sort of a kid in Isaacson's book. He definitely seems to have retained that innocence.

Don't overlook the point that Woz's wife was first in line. Now that is a relationship.
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I love Woz. Even though he co-founded one of the most successful tech company of all time and is loaded, he seems to be just a regular guy enjoying his retirement.

Btw, one of the things I'm noticing most while surfing on my new iPad is how low resolution some icons and pics are on the web. Looks like webmasters are going to need to update their stuff!

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post #70 of 70
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Steve Wozniak - Apple co-founder - lines up for hours with 'the people' to get his iPad?

Oh man, that is fantastic!!!

What an inspiration and an exemplary attitude for eschewing favouritism and nepotism.

1. There's no proof he could just get one straight from Apple. It's possible that he can't but he's not mentioning that detail

2. Even if he can, he doesn't get all free press and attention that way. It is possible that he does the line etc for that, which is why he always manages to get photographed etc. As he says, he could just order it online/pre-order it.

Woz was a co-founder of Apple but frankly he hasn't done anything for the company is ages. Except get attention due to that association. He seems to use it every chance he gets for attention and acknowledgement. Any actual anything that he's done since he left Apple always seems brief and is tinted with "co founder of Apple" because that thing isn't enough on its own. He often comments on things Apple that he should be keeping his mouth shut in accordance with Apple's desire to have no one but official Apple speaking for the company and lets face it as a co-founder common folks often think his personal comments are Apple comments when it comes to Apple stuff. Especially when 'co founder of Apple' is right there by his name.

I'm sure he's a lovely person but it is time for him to move on and either get out of the limelight or use something else to get it.

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