Apple iPad Customers Waiting In Line

By J. Gerry Purdy  |  Posted 2010-04-07 Print this article Print

Apple iPad customers waiting in line

What struck me most about the process was the high level of friendly interaction that developed among the people in line, with the Apple store staff that came out to talk with those in line and with the news media that came to record the event. 

I learned about the history of why the two teenagers' parents from Long Island had come to be taking vacations at the Breakers residences next to the famous resort: They had purchased the house for the grandfather and grandmother. However, in an interesting turn of events, the grandparents discovered they didn't like living in Palm Beach, so they went back to New York, leaving the home there for their kids and grandkids.

The woman next to me in line manages investments for a German family and is doing strategy for one of their portfolio companies. That company is developing a cool Web portal that integrates photos and videos together. It's licensing the portal to major bands and other groups whose community members want to post integrated, rich media. They are coming to the United States soon. Her son was texting his older brother, who was in Europe, trying to make him feel jealous of not being there.

"I'm going to be the only kid in Germany with an iPad. It's going to be so cool," said the youngster in perfect English (they had spent time living in the United States).

The software developer said he was there to help him think about what kind of iPad application he might develop that would be successful.

By 8:00a.m., the line had grown to something around 50 or 60 people and, by the time the store opened at 9:00a.m., there were well over 100 people in line.

J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., is Principal Analyst of Mobile & Wireless at MobileTrax LLC.
Dr. Purdy has been covering mobile, wireless, cloud & enterprise for the past 20+ years. He writes analysis and recommendations each week in an easy-to-read manner that helps people better understand important technology issues and assist them in making better technology purchasing decisions.

Disclosure Statement: From time to time, I may have a direct or indirect equity position in a company that is mentioned in a column. If that situation happens, then IÔÇÖll disclose it at that time.

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