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Apple MePa on Saturday [photo Femia]
Around this time last year, lines for the newly-released iPhone were all but gone at AT&T and Apple stores. Why, back then, after the initial crowd dispersed, you could walk right in. Not so this year. In-store activation and all the snafus that come with it has crippled the speed of sales (though they've still somehow sold more than a million). Which is why, days after the 3G debuted, we're still giving you line reports.
Line length: 4 to 5 HOURS
Availability: Asked if they might run out today, we were informed by a tired Genius that he "couldn't give that information out." Uh oh.
Have angry iPhone fans torn the place down? We haven't been able to get through via phone all morning. The dreaded "There are more than eight calls ahead of you" message is seared into our gray matter. Of course, a Racked correspondent is en route to give us a report from the scene.
UPDATE: The wait is 4 to 4 1/2 hours, people. But we are assured that they are not going to run out. Charge the iPod, bring a book, etc.
Line length: 2 1/2 to 3 hours
Availability: They're not anticipating that they will run out of phones, but "you might want to call beforehand" if you're planning on making the trip this evening.
Apple Garden State Plaza
Line length: 2 1/2 hours
Availability: The line is long, but according to a staffer, they're "almost sold out." D'oh. As to when the next shipment will arrive, well, no one knows.
Apple Short Hills
Line length: They're sold out, people. Another batch of 3Gs should be arriving within "the next few days."
Apple Menlo Park
Line length: Curt, but friendly, Apple staffer: "We've cut the line off because we're sold out."
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