I want an iPhone4 Now!

Christine Whelan | Posted on 06/15/10

I had promised to write more about the end of men, and I will, but today's update has to be on the vice of lust--technology lust--and the virtues of patience.

After years of waiting for Verizon to make a deal with Apple for the iPhone, I've finally given up the ghost: I'm switching to AT&T so I can get my hands on a hot new iPhone 4

Apparently I'm not the only one

I went online at 9:45 a.m. to try to get on the preorder list. After more than 30 minutes staring at a variation of the Apple pinwheel of death, I decided that the nearby Apple store must have a separate preorder direct line, so I made an 11 a.m. appointment with a personal shopper. No luck there, either. Indeed, the nice guy at the Apple store was already so frustrated that he said if he'd known how backed up things would have been, he'd have called in sick. 

People were raising their voices in panic at Apple representatives left and right. Would the phones sell out? Would we be guaranteed a new iPhone for pickup on June 24 even if we couldn't preorder until later today or tomorrow? I headed home.

I've got other stuff to do with my day. Indeed, I'm charting how I spend my time using Laura Vanderkam's 168 Hours time log challenge on Facebook this week. So it's embarrassing that I've spent at least three of my hours today trying--and failing--to preorder a new toy.

Michelangelo said "Genius is eternal patience." The geniuses at Apple are testing that in all of us today. (On purpose? Is this all a PR ploy?)  

And still, I can't stop myself. Back to reloading the preorder page. Again.

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