Thousands of people lined up to buy the new iPhone 6 on launch day — and I was one of them.
A quick note: Hours before the iPhone 6 became available, I accidentally took a test run to the Verizon store in New York City’s Financial District. It was one of the weirder experiences of my life. In the end, the story is pretty embarrassing, but it’s here if you’d like to read it.
When I emerge from the subway and finally reach the line to the Verizon Wireless store, I notice it's definitely longer than in previous years. I'm the 18th person in line. The people at the front of the line tell me they arrived at 4:30 a.m.
And then there was Sprint -- or rather, the lack of Sprint. For years, Sprint held a location immediately next to AT&T, but only a few people would ever line up in front of their store on iPhone launch day. This year, that store was completely closed.
I start chatting with some of the guys in line. And I do mean 'guys.' The vast majority of people in this particular line are men; in years past, the line was always about 50-50 in the gender split.
I ask some of the guys if this is their first time waiting in line to buy a new iPhone. It is for most people, except for several standing at the very front of the line.
Meanwhile, the line is beginning to form behind me. Some people are able to get some work done this morning.
All of the guys are clearly excited about this phone, although a number of them mistakenly believe the phone will have a sapphire display. I quickly urge them not to drop the phone and find out.
This customer found that out the hard way.