Aaron Cirilo, from Foothill Ranch, was a relative latecomer to the release of the iPad, only getting there around 45 minutes before the store opened at 9 a.m. He didn’t reserve his device. “I don’t know if I’m going to get one – that’s the life of someone without a reservation. But I’m here as long as it takes because Steve Jobs told me to. “He waited 3 and a half hours, but he got his iPad.
Joby Doffek, Irvine resident, was there with her husband. She has a Kindle with around 65 books on it. “I’ve abandoned all hardcover books if I can get them on Kindle.” Both she and her husband Scott were in line for iPads – a device few had even touched. “I love the Kindle,” she said, “but the backlight and the touch sensors [on the iPad] appear to be better. But who has touched it so far?”
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Thomas Lai, 10, an Irvine resident, spent the night outside the Apple Store with his dad and brother. What’s the first thing he planned to do with his iPad? “Just use it.” he said. “For everything.”
Russ Taylor, owner of Fusion of Ideas, a place directly across from the Irvine Spectrum Apple Store that sells protective films, coatings and custom etchings for electronics, got in line at 3 p.m. the day before. He and a coworker had two swanky red chairs they slept in. “If we’re going to wait in line, we’re going to wait in line in style,” he said. He was the first to get the iPad, emerging from the Apple Store to applause with one clutched in each hand like Moses descending from the mountain.
Stephanie Saunders and her husband Tedd had the following conversation while waiting in the reservation line.
Tedd: “The only problem is I’m not going to be able to use it for a month.”
Tedd: “Because you’re going to be using it. This is my only chance to actually see one.”
What was the first thing brothers Benny and Edgar Vences, who each waited all night for the iPad, planned to do once they got theirs? “Download Apps,” Benny Vences said.