11 PM Eastern time, and the iPhone's just over two days away. The latest news from the NYC iPhone front is that a line has begun to form in front of Manhattan's "other Apple Store"--the smaller, less glamorous, not-open-24-7 downtown location in the shopping-heavy SoHo neighborhood. There are only three people in line, however, and they're all together so they're taking shifts (two were present when I got there). All three are from advertising agency Anomaly, which represents the nonprofit organization Keep a Child Alive. The two Anomalists I met, Lindsey Lanpher and … Read more
Apple's first cell phone received mostly positive reviews from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Tuesday afternoon, although both pointed out several flaws with the device.
Walt Mossberg and David Pogue, of the Journal and the Times, respectively, posted their reviews Tuesday afternoon. Mossberg's original headline was "The iPhone is breakthrough handheld computer," but it was later changed to "Testing out the iPhone." Pogue went with a slightly more nuanced "The iPhone matches most of its hype." Both reviewers had the iPhone for two weeks, and Mossberg noted he … Read more
I haven't seen this much pre-launch interest in a consumer technology product since Windows 95 emerged one Chinese calendar cycle ago.
People are camping out in line for it. Newspapers are devoting entire sections to it. There's even a backlash against the hype...and an emerging backlash against the backlash. And unlike the case with Windows 95, everybody's blogging it.
So what do I think? Success or failure? Or something in between?
Apple's retail stores will be open until midnight on Friday to accommodate iPhone customers.
Apple is promoting the "iPhone World Premiere" from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday night outside its retail stores around the country. The company announced earlier today that Apple stores would be closed from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday to get ready for the iPhone launch. An Apple representative wouldn't comment directly on whether Apple was planning any type of special event at the San Francisco store, but with all the fans, media, and gawkers expected on hand, that probably … Read more
We're up to six people in line, folks. Unfortunately, only two of them were present when I stopped by iPhone Central (also known as the 5th Avenue Apple Store) around 4:00 PM EDT. One of them was Greg Packer, the proverbial "first guy in line." The other was Jessica Rodriguez, who showed up at about 10:00 AM and is hoping to score an iPhone for her sister's birthday--and one for herself if she can nab two.
What was the weather like today? "Hot," they both said. The best item to bring along … Read more
So, I'm sitting on the 1 Train from Midtown heading Downtown (New York). My colleague, Jeff Cramer, has just said to me, "Bad news, Matt. The deal with xxxx is dead." It was a deal that we hadn't put much effort into, so it wasn't a big deal.
Except, perhaps, to this Italian lady who immediately approached Jeff and pushed a pamphlet in his face, urging him to "Read this. It will solve your problems."… Read more
In addition to revealing the prices for iPhone data plans Tuesday, Apple also released another video showing how iPhone customers can activate their new phones from home.
With long lines expected outside Apple and AT&T stores on Friday, some analysts had expressed concern that the process of setting up an iPhone could turn into an all-night affair. But the companies are letting customers activate their iPhones over the Internet using iTunes. The video shows how plugging the iPhone into a Mac or PC steps the user through the signup process, which of course works flawlessly on the demo.… Read more
NEW YORK--They're heeeeeee-ere.
Actually, I owe you all an apology. When I first showed up at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store earlier this afternoon, I didn't spot anyone waiting in line yet. That's because I didn't spot the one person in line, who'd gotten there at 5 a.m. EDT. Security personnel for the building, however, have mandated that Camp iPhone be located off to the side of the building, out of sight of people who are approaching the Apple Store from 59th Street (the nearest subway stop). The Craigslist crowd was assuming that people … Read more
Even though we're in the middle of iPhone madness, Apple has some good news coming out of its Mac department: market share went up last month.
According to NPD, Mac market share increased from 11.6 percent of the market in April to 13 percent of the market in May. Note that NPD tracks only the U.S. retail industry; those numbers include PC sales at places like Best Buy and Circuit City, but they don't include direct sales, meaning that Dell's totals are excluded.
Still, better to be going up than going down. Apple's notebook … Read more
After all this, do you still want an iPhone?
You've read all about the specs, features, and limitations of the iPhone. You've ogled the display, frowned at the price, wondered about the network speeds, and assessed the state of your current relationship with a phone and carrier. If you haven't, check out our iPhone page to get yourself up to speed.
Then, in the comments below, please answer a simple question: Will you buy an iPhone? Maybe you'll be the first in line at your local Apple or AT&T store. Maybe you'll at … Read more