There are two lines stretching to either side of the Apple Store, one for reserved devices and another for purchases. At 8 a.m., one hour before iPad goes on sale, the reserved line was about 40 strong and the other line has about 30 people in it.
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The first person in line, Russ Taylor, got in line at 3 p.m. on Friday. He has a vested interest in grabbing his two pre-ordered 64GB wifi iPads – he owns the store directly across from the Apple Store. It’s called Fusion of Ideas and they make protective films and do custom etchings for electronic devices.
The first people in the non pre-ordered line – brothers Edgar and Benny Vences – got here at 11 p.m. last night and slept on a nearby bench. They snacked on cookies and sour patch kids and a friend made a 3 a.m. run to Jack In The Box for them.
“It was really cold,” said Benny Vences. They decided to get in line on a whim and only had a couple of blankets to keep warm.
How many iPads does this Apple Store have?
“We have plenty,” said a passing Apple Store employee who offered coffee to the chilly people waiting in line.