Yesterday, Apple told the world that it will begin selling the iPhone 4S on October 14, which can only mean one thing: the start of long lines outside Apple Stores, and the media coverage of them. And with only nine short days before the iPhone hits shelves, we already know who the first in line is: garbage-man-cum-blogger Rob Shoesmith, the first and (so far) only man in queue at London's Convent Garden store. As far as we can tell, Shoesmith, if successful, will set the record for longest wait in line at an Apple Store at 10 days. We decided to take look back at how long people have waited for Apple's various much-sought out baubles.
Original iPhone: 110 hours Back in June 2007, Greg Packer, a maintenance worker from New Jersey, was the first to queue up outside New York's Fifth Avenue Apple Store to buy the first iPhone. Dubbed the "iLoser" by the tech blogosphere, Packer has a history nabbing "man-on-the-street" interviews from the press and being the first in line at big events, making him a sort of Z-list celebrity himself. Among his accomplishments: being first to greet George W. Bush at his inauguration, first at the opening of the World Trade Center viewing platform in December 2001, and first to have Bill Clinton sign his memoir.