Apple: In Palo Alto, Long Lines, Server Glitches, Free Water

A quick update on Apple (AAPL) iPhone sales in in the company’s two Palo Alto stores.

I stopped by the Apple Store in the Stanford Shopping Center about 9:15 a.m. this morning. There were about 150 people in a line snaking through the mall; the store seemed to be letting people in at a slow but steady pace, with about 10-15 salespeople processing orders. At this store, as at the University Avenue store, a number of customers said there were server issues that slowed the process earlier in the day. (That’s consistent with both news reports and comments from customers on some previous posts here.) One customer said he spent an hour in the store before leaving empty-handed, due to an issue that others have raised about people who are on corporate discount voice plans being eligible for the $199 price on the 8 GB phone.

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