Why the heck is Woz standing in line for an Apple iPhone?

“When it comes to landing an iPhone, Apple Inc.’s other famous Steve plans to stand in line. Steve Wozniak helped Steve Jobs launch Apple more than 30 years ago, sparking a computing revolution. But the man known to many as Woz, who left the company in 1987, planned to queue up outside a San Jose Apple store at 4 a.m. today in hopes of getting his hands on one,” Michelle Quinn and Alana Semuels report for The LA Times.

“‘I love to see the future early,’ he said,” Quinn and Semuels report.

“Apple is controlling the iPhone’s exposure as if it were a movie star before a blockbuster’s opening day. The Cupertino, Calif., company doled out a small number to a carefully chosen group of reviewers — most of whom have raved about it. Silicon Valley legends, Wall Street analysts, Hollywood insiders and others used to getting the latest hot gadget before the masses have been forced to scramble for one,” Quinn and Semuels report.

“‘Lots of people have requested iPhones,’ an Apple spokeswoman said. ‘No one is getting any special treatment,'” Quinn and Semuels report.

“Wozniak doesn’t have to join the masses in front of the mall. He says Jobs recently called and said Apple would send him an iPhone, to arrive Saturday. But his desire to have one immediately — plus some for his three children — prompted his plan to stand in an hours-long line for the first time since 1972, when he coveted Rolling Stones concert tickets,” Quinn and Semuels report.

“He and friends will hand out T-shirts that read, ‘The Line Begins Here,’ and he’ll have his Segway Human Transporter for bathroom runs. ‘This is more a celebration,’ he said,” Quinn and Semuels report.

Full article here.
Woz is the best.

44 Comments

  1. He was promised to receive one on Saturday, but he’ll stand in line to get one on Friday — ONE day earlier? Unless he’s really completely insane, I’m sure it’s more just to have fun with the crowds and this event. At least, I sure hope so.

  2. I’m just glad to read that Jobs offered to send him one… I was reading it thinking that Woz wasn’t getting one and that’s why he had to stand in line!
    Woz is just out there…. I think that’s what makes him so endearing.

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