“Apple Inc.’s newest iPhone was in hot demand Thursday as hundreds lined up outside stores in Tokyo, Berlin, New York and elsewhere to become among the first to own the device,” Melissa Eddy reports for The Associated Press. “The iPhone 4’s launch began in Japan and moved across France, Germany and the U.K. before going on sale in the U.S. at 7 a.m. in each time zone.”
“In Paris, 24-year-old shoe salesman Julien Remy went to buy one during his lunch break, only to learn the store had run out of the higher-capacity model he wanted. ‘Either I’ll look elsewhere or come back later,’ he said. Long lines formed from early morning across the city at Apple stores and retail outlets across Tokyo,” Eddy reports. “At the Apple store in the city’s swanky Ginza shopping district, staff handed out bottled water and loaned black umbrellas with the company logo. A man dressed as a giant iPhone danced and waived his arms as he made it to the front of the line.”
“In Apple’s newly opened store in the Georgetown section of Washington, employees handed out free pastries to people in line,” Eddy reports. “Beth Henriksen, 30, of Washington, was the first person in the pre-order pickup line at the Georgetown store. She got in line at 2:15 a.m. Henriksen, a sign language interpreter, said she is upgrading her old iPhone to the new model because of the Facetime application allowing face-to-face video calls. ‘This is revolutionary in the U.S. for deaf people to have a mobile device they can use to communicate in their native language.'”
Read more in the full article here.