Yes, I was on line at the Apple Store at 4 AM yesterday. And as soon as I got home, I made a typical Apple fanboy ‘unboxing’ video.
You can see it here: http://youtu.be/w_uO_8FzmOo
It’s sad, I know.
The very first Apple product I bought was the original iPhone. Couldn’t work any of the other ‘smart’ phones that were out way back then. And yes, I’ve been on line on the first day of every iPhone launch since then. And iPad.
It is actually a fun atmosphere on line. Met some of the same people I saw last year. The fellow sitting next to me (yes, at 4 AM, basically all of us had chairs!) asked me if I had seen the picture of the line at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue-he turned his iPad to me, and then we both realized that I had just opened that page on MY iPad, as did the fellow sitting on the other side of me. It was the macrumors site, but if ever there was an Apple ‘fanboy’ moment, that was it.
For one of the people in line, the fellow in back of me, this was his first Apple device. The fellow in front of me was the IT director of a company that had bought hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment from this particular Apple store. Everybody waits. It has grown to be part of the experience.
There was, contrary to the Samsung ads, plenty of criticism of Apple to be heard-mainly about the new connectors, some about the Apple maps app (which has given me FLAWLESS turn by turn directions the three times I’ve used it). And of course grousing about cellular carriers, particularly AT&T, who promised me an unlimited data plan way back in 2007 and now throttles you down every time you use too much data, won’t let you tether your phone (handy in the race book when you need to download the scratches), won’t let you do Face Time (video calls) over the cellular bandwidth.
Driving home from the office yesterday, I called my mother, as I do every day, and for the first time in a long time, the call didn’t drop when I drove past the Flamingo exit on the I 15 or at the intersection of the I 15 and the 215. The camera is fantastic, the feel in the hand is something that has to be experienced, and it’s fast as heck!
Apparently, it was the last product that Steve Jobs had in the pipeline before he passed, and I’ll be curious to see what happens going forward.
But at least I know I have an addiction. That’s the first step, isn’t it? So,here you go: Hi, I’m Michael, and I’m an Appleholic.
P.S. This was NOT a scene from the line[attachment=0]The Line At The Apple Store.jpg[/attachment]
Here’s a really good interview Charlie Rose did with David Pogue of the New York Times and John Gruber of Daring Fireball (two of my favorite tech writers) on the Business Week website: [url]http://www.businessweek.com/videos/2012-09-21/david-pogue-john-gruber-on-ipho…[/url]