Walk into the Penn Square Mall this afternoon and you will be greeted on the west end of the lower level by a long line of camp chairs filled with people waiting for the iPhone debut at 6 p.m.
There were maybe 100 people at 1:30 p.m., mostly seated and quiet in what might appear to be a crowd of happy campers in any other setting. The Apple store closed at 2 p.m. and will reopen at 6 for what appears to be shaping up to be a product rush that compares with the Playstation 3 and Wii frenzy from back in December.
First in line out front of the Apple store was Vicki Baldini, who admitted that she was there to buy the phone for her husband, Anthony. She said she arrived art the mall at 5:15 a.m. and used what she called an “unfair advantage” to claim the No. 1 spot in the line. Baldini and her husband own a business, a hair salon, that is located in the mall.
Anthony Baldini’s interest in the $600 (8 gig model) iPhone was driven by the device’s Internet browser and access, Vicki Baldini said.
“He says it’s like a man’s toy,” she said. “He’s more interested in the data package. He’s probably more into it than I am, to tell you the truth.”
But when push comes to shove at 6 p.m. — and it undoubtedly will with the crowd gathered in the mall — Baldini said she will buy one for herself, as well.
“I’ll probably buy two of them if they will let us buy (more than one),” she said.
Business News reporter