iPhone 3GS launch in Atlantic City

Summary:ATLANTIC CITY -- There were about 20 people waiting in line when I arrived for the iPhone 3GS launch at the Apple Store at The Pier in Atlantic City at 8:00 a.m.

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ATLANTIC CITY -- There were about 20 people waiting in line when I arrived for the iPhone 3GS launch at the Apple Store at The Pier in Atlantic City at 8:00 a.m.

Although the outgoing message on the The Pier's voicemail said that the store would open at 8:00 a.m., they opened an hour early and staffers started taking the first iPhone customers at 7:00 a.m.

About 20 people were waiting in a line which formed outside at the right employee entrance by the 7:00 a.m. opening. Apple was putting people into two lines, once for those that had "reserved" an iPhone 3GS in advance and one for those that had "pre-qualified" online. By the time I arrived at 8:00 I the line was still about 20 deep and staffers were allowing anxious customers in via the outside service entrance at the Pier two or three at a time.

The line moved relatively fast and I was in possession of my brand-spankin'-new 32GB iPhone 3GS (in black) after a little less than 30 minutes of waiting.

Pictures from the launch are posted in this gallery. Some additional iPhone pictures are posted on my Twitter account.

Topics: iPhone, Mobility, Telcos

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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