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Day of the iPhone release

This is the night when the iPhone is released in America. Are you dying to get your hands on one? Well, get in line. Literally. People are lined up outside the Apple stores, doing live coverage through blogs and podcasts. As expected, it’s more like a show than a sales queue and the media love it. Photos: 1, 2.

I just hope that the iPhone will live up to the hype. The GUI is fresh and the touch screen looks crisp and lovely. I enjoy the subtle but effective interface improvements, such as the disappearing space bar. And then there is of course the Safari platform for development, which will be an interesting challenge for accessibility-aware developers.

Unfortunately the data communication would be painfully slow in Europe, since the iPhone only supports EDGE connections and not 3G connections. But I think they’ve fixed that technical issue once the iPhone gets here.

Update: Apparently even Steve Jobs showed up at the store in Palo Alto, which is walking distance from his home.

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