While half a dozen people smolder in the near 90 degree heat waiting in front of Apple's store on Fifth Avenue for the much anticipated iPhone, no one is camping out yet at the AT&T store in Times Square.
So far all seems quiet in Times Square. A salesman said the store would be getting those steel barricades the NYPD uses to control crowds on Thursday just to make sure that the line, when it forms, will be orderly. But as of Wednesday, the AT&T store looked like a promising option for people who must have the iPhone Friday evening.
All AT&T stores will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday to prepare for the launch and they'll re-open promptly at 6:00 p.m., the company has said. AT&T representatives are also advising people to come into the store early if they need to buy anything non-iPhone related. Apple has also said that its stores will close from 2-6 p.m. on Friday
Store representatives haven't been given details yet about how many iPhones they'll have in stock on Friday, but the clerk I spoke with said he doesn't expect them to run out.
"We're keeping the store open an extra hour, so I assume we'll have enough devices to sell," he said. "Otherwise, what's the point of staying open later?"
I guess we'll see what happens Friday night.