July 11th, 2008

buzzed, B&W

iPhone 2.0?

I had hoped to get the new iPhone today ($200 and an extra $15 a month are totally worth the faster speeds in my mind), but it sounds like there are all kinds of nightmares getting it activated. Since AT&T is requiring in-store activation, the original estimates were 15-20 minutes a customer, though I had seen some other posts suggesting 45 minutes each. Crazy when you have 100 people lined up waiting to get a phone.

I can't find the post, but somewhere I read that the real issue with activation is that Apple's servers are overloaded - not with people activating new phones, but people upgrading the software on their current iPhones. In fact, they're so slammed that it's bricking phones. I'm glad I'm not someone who syncs my phone regularly (for better or worse).

I was thinking though, if there are any migration tools, or if I'll have to reconfigure everything on my new phone.

It seems I will not be going to the Apple store at lunch today . . .
buzzed, B&W

Ack - 200 people!?!?

Whoa, so according to the local paper, over 200 people were lined up this morning at the Apple store. Doing a bit of math, if we figure 30 minutes an activation (this local blogger (at least their twitter profile says they're in Reno), talks about a two hour activation, so I'd say I'm being generous to Apple), that's 100 hours. Let's be even more generous to the local Apple store and say they have ten terminals where they're performing activations from - that still means 10 hours. I may still swing by after work, but this is slightly ridiculous.
buzzed, B&W

sold out iPhones

I stopped by an AT&T store during lunch, and they were all sold out. I'm a little surprised the demand is so high, though they did say they'd have more tomorrow.