From Hell and Back: The iPhone 4 Line

So today was the day that Apple released its new phone iPhone 4, and today was also the day that I woke up at 3:00 AM to get in line for the release. Of course, my local mall didn’t open doors until 6 AM, and the Apple Store didn’t open until 7.

Here’s basically a chronology of events that happened today:

3:30 AM: Arrived at South Coast Plaza.

4:30 AM: Security guards leaves in his car. Only one is there to control the crowd. One guy decides to make a run for it, which makes the entire crowd make a mad dash for the mall doors (no, the mall is not open yet). Within this stampede of people, I was running and saw a person trip and totally faceplant into the ground.

5:00 AM: Someone decides to try and cut in line. One guy becomes furious and starts yelling a stream of words that… shouldn’t be repeated. It was quite scary and funny, at the same time, I must say.

6:00 AM: The security guards finally retained order and the doors were opened. They let in a couple of people at a time, while many were left outside to wait.

6:30 AM: A friend of mine arrives with some Sausage McMuffins and orange juice.

7:00 AM: Apple finally opens doors. I’m around #85 in line, so it’ll be a while until I get to the doors. Especially when employees are taking one or two people at a time.

7:30-ish AM: A nearby cafe handed out free water and drinks, along with some scones. It was quite nice of them I must say, although they did mention that Apple paid for all of the food.

10:30 AM: Went to go eat. Couldn’t stand the hunger, so I had two pancakes, some toast, fruits, breakfast potatoes, and bacon.

12:00 AM: I’m finally inside the Apple Store trying to set up my iPhone.

12:30 PM: I survived.

So there’s a chronicle of a firsthand account of the Apple Store lines. It took a VERY long time, so if you’re thinking about going there now, meh. I’m just glad all the security guards got everything sorted out, as it was getting a bit crazy. I took some pictures too, although the line doesn’t look as long as it actually was.

About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

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