Lining up for the iPhone 3G
Though not quite the circus scene of last year’s iPhone debut-day, 5th Avenue was once again packed today with hundreds of Apple enthusiasts hoping to be the earliest adopters of the new iPhone 3G. Even an hour after opening time, the line of prospective buyers wound half-way around the midtown block of Apple’s flagship store in Manhattan.
Eric Catania, of Jersey City, NJ, and his wife, Jerrica Knight-Catania, killed time in line by making calls on their first-generation iPhones. “We’re really here just for the fun of it,” said Catania. “We waited in line last year too.”
Catania, who was planning to buy the $299 16-gig model, said being an iPhone user had enabled him to go from carrying three devices (a palm pilot, phone, and iPod) to one, and he was looking forward to the faster data speeds the new phone promises, even if it does mean he has to pay AT&T $10 more per month for the service. Still, Catania, an IT consultant (www.digitalrealitydesign.net), did express disappointment that the new iPhone still does not offer video recording or flash-capability on its internet browser.