[04:28] Just arrived at the mall. There are about a dozen people milling around outside of the entrance by Target, with a similar number by the food court entrance. No one is line up by the door, presumably security has already yelled at them. I'm at the latter entrance, since it's both closer and on the same floor as the Apple store. Most of these people are fairly awkward looking; I'm totally one of them. It definitely doesn't help that I'm rocking an Apple tee.
[04:39] Met the dude who got here first. He slipped into the mall as it closed the night before at 9PM and camped outside the Apple store. Mall security gave him the boot at 1:30AM, so he went and slept in his car. Fun fact: Apple pulls huge black curtains over the windows of their store while they redecorate for major launches like this.
[04:46] We lined up anyway, 22 people deep. I already made the obligatory "we're waiting for the new Zune joke." Only I thought it was entertaining.
[04:57] Mall security pulled up to the curb to break up the party, but someone talked him into letting us stay, provided we "stay under control and don't leave any trash." The line is a little loose still and folks continue to trickle in one at a time.
[05:28] There are 44 people here now, but this is more of a mass of people than a line.
[05:42] Over 55 people here, still no defined line.
[06:20] My friend Andrea is at the Holyoke Mall in Mass waiting in line. Apple has things under control there and are giving out snacks (!!!). Starbucks was also there, taking orders and serving people in line. Man, could I have used some Starbucks.
[06:31] About 100 now, with reports of even more at the other entrance. Apparently the folks over there are much more orderly, forming a single file line.
[06:46] Met an apple store employee from MA here to avoid the tax. He says customers with reservations versus those without will be served 10:1. The crowd is getting louder; a security guard appeared and people started freaking out. Since there's no real line here it's going to be a disaster.
[06:55] Someone started banging on the doors; the security guard is not impressed.
[06:58] In line in front of the Apple store now! Definitely one of the first 20 in line, which is now so massive I can't see the end of it. We just had to run to the store through the mall; it was complete chaos. The security guard opened a single door for over 100 crazed lunatics to pour through. If someone went down they would have been seriously injured. It was so cramped getting through the door it's amazing that no one got hurt. Once pushed, literally by the crowd, through the door everyone broke into a full sprint towards the apple store. I attempted to take a video of all of this, but apparently didn't have the strength to push the record button all the way. Apple is handling the line very well, but the mall was completely clueless. There are two lines: One for people with reservations and one without. Several Apple employees are handing out snacks, and a police officer is getting people to form the lines. He told the folks without reservations that it was going to be at least 2 hours until they can expect the line to move. That's what you get for not pre-ordering.
[07:07] Apple employee says that there are 500-600 reservations at this particular store.
[07:30] iPhone 4 purchased, activated, and on my way home!
Updated 6/24/10: Fixed some grammar and formatting following my mad dash to write the post this morning.