A Different Kind of Apple for iPhone Waiters

Sustainable agriculture group heads queue for new phone release
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Jul 8, 2008 2:32 PM CDT
Lilly Hayes of Boston waited in the line, which stretched for blocks, outside the city's first Apple Store before its opening, May 15, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – The countdown is on ahead of Friday's release of the iPhone 3G, and a handful of buyers are waiting outside Apple's flagship New York store. But they’re not diehard fans—they’re activists hoping to promote sustainable agriculture by breaking a world record. The Waiting for Apples group queued up July 4, beating a couple of other would-be first-in-liners, reports CNet.

Those they beat to the first-in-line spot include New York Times techie David Pogue and a young Venezuelan who left in hopes of being the first to wait at a different store instead. Other potential waiters have drifted by, but so far failed to commit to the long wait in the hot Big Apple sun. (Read more iPhone 3G stories.)