Waiting for iPhone 3g – Jul 18, 2008 – 059
Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published in a Jan 29, 2010 blog titled "15 Ways To Improve Freelance Creativity." It was also published in an Apr 19, 2010 blog titled "How Often Do You Work Outside?" And it was published in a Jul 7, 2010 blog titled "Tips For Using Your Laptop in Warm or Hot Weather." It was also published in an Aug 3, 2010 blog titled " Retomamos el blog… una vez más."
Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 10, 2011 blog titled " Internet móvil planta cara a las conexiones fijas." It was also published in a Winter 2010 blog (which appeared in mid-Feb 2011) from The Economist titled "Apple-v-Google." And it was published in a Mar 12, 2011 blog titled "New features for iPhone 3G OS 4.0, but update only available for iPhone 3G and 3GS model." It was also published in an Aug 6, 2011 blog titled " 到底誰才是 3G 上網變慢的真正原因?" And it was published in an Aug 23, 2011 blog titled "Фарватеры и мели мобильного софта: что писать, на чём и для кого."
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Feb 9, 2012 blog titled "Do people ever buy used laptops in good condition, but without the hard drive?" It was also published in a Jun 29, 2012 blog titled "Marketing Like A Pro with Multivariate Testing for Freelancers." A cropped version of the photo was also published in a Jul 6, 2012 blog titled "UN council rules on Internet use." And the photo was published in a Sep 11, 2012 blog titled "FINDING THE READERSHIP FOR WHICH YOU YEARN." It was also published in a Sep 24, 2012 blog titled "You Against The odds – The Most Important Paraphrasing Hints Available." And it was published in an Oct 11, 2012 blog titled "From 1879 to Today, Nothing has Changed." A cropped version of the photo was also published in a Dec 4, 2012 blog titled "Gadgets endanger family values." The photo was also published in a Dec 25, 2012 blog titled "Be Bold When Trying Out These New Ideas For Article Directory Promotion."
Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 6, 2013 blog titled "How To Get Your Article Out There For Others To Read." It was also published in a Jan 8, 2013 blog titled "Time-Proven Techniques To Achieving Article Syndication Success." And it was published in a Feb 2, 2013 blog titled "LEARNING THE INS AND OUTS OF GREAT ARTICLE MARKETING." It was also published in a Feb 6, 2013 blog titled "Article Marketing Can Be Quite The Moneymaker With These Tips." And it was published in a Feb 17, 2013 blog titled "Improve Your Writing With These Article Promotion Tips."
A cropped version of the photo was also published in a Mar 14, 2013 blog titled "3 Fundamental Principles to Optimize Typography in Responsive Web Design." And the photo was also published in a Mar 16, 2013 blog titled "Tips for Crowdsourcing Your Responsive Website Design."
Moving into 2014, a cropped version of the photo was published on what appears to be the home page of a Dutch university(?) titled "Cursussen Programmeren."
This young man and woman seemed to be writing a computer program, or perhaps building a website, as they sat in a shady area off to the side of the people waiting in line … I didn’t get close enough to them to see exactly what they were up to …
Silly me: after the iPhone 3g had been out for a full week, I thought I could stroll right into the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue & 59th Street in mid-town Manhattan, and simply buy one without any muss, fuss, bother, or delay.
But when I arrived at 11 AM, I found a line of approximately 150 people waiting outside in the broiling sun, not seeming to move forward at all; it turned out that the Apple store "concierge" folks were letting them in in groups of ten, when the previous ten had been taken care of. When I asked the woman how long she had been waiting, she said, "Four hours" — she had arrived at 7 AM, having already determined that the AT&T stores were sold out throughout New Jersey and Connecticut.
Well, I’m a gadget freak and a Mac fan, but there’s a limit to my passion for such things; four hours was just too much. So instead, I decided to take a bunch of pictures of the people who were in the line. Of course, I have no idea whethere the people queued up in front of Apple stores in other cities (or at other stores here in NYC) are similar to this group … but I’m inclined to think that they are. And if that’s true, then the demographics of this group — in terms of age, gender, nationality, ethnic groups, etc. — is particularly intriguing. I saw only one guy dressed in a corporate uniform of suit and tie; Apple may be trying to break into the "enterprise" market, but that’s not who was standing in line for all those hours in the sun…
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