I do plan on stopping by my local AT&T store to pick up an iPhone 3GS but don’t expect me to show up any earlier than 3pm. I have a pretty good feeling that supply will be able to keep up with demand this time around.
I think most people are expecting it to be a mad house at AT&T and Apple stores but I don’t see it that way. Not only is the iPhone 3GS not that big of a jump from the 3G but the people who would be waiting in line early in the morning to get their hands on one probably pre-ordered theirs. And, if that’s the case I expect the store to be a little crowded early in the morning but later on in the day I think they will still have devices in stock and crowds will have subsided.
But, honestly, if I’m wrong it isn’t that big a deal. Although I’m excited about the 3GS I’m not launch day excited, if I pick it up a day or two later there’s no harm done, I’ll still get the device and will be just as happy with it then as I would be to get it on launch day.
Here’s a quick recap, I’m going to stroll into my local AT&T store at around 3pm and see if they have any left in stock, if not I’ll probably just reserve one to be picked up at a later date.
Update 6/19/09: Erica Ogg, writing for CNET, seems to agree with me about the crowds for the iPhone 3GS.