We're not among the privileged few that received advanced review iPad units
, nor among the prepared few that put in their pre-orders. We're not even part of the contingent of brave souls like Robert Scoble
, who had the sense to be first in line
at the Palo Alto Apple store for when the stock of "magical and revolutionary" devices drops at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
So until the dust at select Apple and Best Buy retail locations
settles, we will placate ourselves by drooling over Gizmodo's comprehensive list of apps
, marvel at Scrabble's surprisingly forward-thinking iPhone tile-rack
integration, and repeatedly harass the downtown San Francisco Apple store.
After 15 minutes of waiting on hold to "The Way You Do The Things You Do"
this morning, a friendly customer service representative there told SF Weekly
, "I've had a lot a people ask about getting into a line but don't know if anyone's actually in line at the moment."
Wait, why wait in line at all if the iPad is pre-order? Well, according to the Houston Chronicle, there will likely be two different lines.
Those who pre-ordered must pick up their purchases by 3 p.m., Apple has
said. If they don't, a reserved iPad may be sold to a walk-up customer,
and the pre-order buyer will have to wait for the next shipment.
Hear that, San Francisco gadget crazies? Now's your chance to avoid the embarrassment of having to make due with a cardboard version
until the damn thing gets back into stock. You know, when hell freezes over.
Meanwhile, we'll be sitting at home, waiting for Steve Jobs to invent time travel
Read more about the iPad in "The Apple iPad: Sit Back, Relax, and Consume"
and stay tuned for updates!
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