So, on June 24, the new iPhone 4 was released. I had no intentions of getting one on that day. I just said that I'd upgrade my 3G to iOS 4 and jailbreak it to get multitasking and whatnot. However, after work I decided to head to the mall anyway, just to see what was going on. I fully expected the Apple store to be sold out, and all the lines long gone.
Upon arrival at the mall, I encountered a line of people stretched all the way down the hall from the Apple store (those who had pre-ordered online), as well as another line which stretched the other way down the hall (for walk-ins). . . so I said I'd wait in line.
After waiting for about 2 hours (and getting free food, courtesy of Apple), one of the Apple store employees came out, counted the people in line, stopped at me, looked me directly in the eye with the "damn, homie" look and said "sorry dude, looks like we won't have any phones from you on back." I said ok, but decided to wait until the last one was sold before I left.
About a half hour later, he came back, counting again. This time, he stopped about 10 people ahead of me and told us that there DEFINITELY wouldn't be any phones for us, but that we could put our names on the priority reservation list to be informed as soon as the store gets more. Lots of people left at this point. But once again, I said ok, but decided to wait until the last one was sold before I left.
Ten minutes later, the regional manager, who happened to be in this particular store, comes out and says, "right now there are no more iPhones in stock, however I'm going to call all the other stores in the area an and see if they have extras that they can bring." And they did...1 hour later, I left the Apple store with my new 32 GB iPhone 4.
I wish the people standing with me in line who punked out could see this.