Steve Wozniak Tweets That He's 'First In Line' For iPhone 4S Launch
According to his Twitter account, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, is first in line to get the iPhone 4S at the Los Gatos Apple store.
At around 1:30 PT, Wozniak tweeted, "The long wait begins. I'm first in line. The guy ahead was on the wrong side and he's pissed."
The tweet also shows him as having checked in to the Apple Store on Foursquare.
NOAA reports that the weather in Los Gatos tonight is clear and mild, so Wozniak should be fine on his Segway scooter until 8 a.m. on Friday, when the store opens its doors. That's right, Facebook app developer Joe Hewitt also tweeted about Woz's whereabouts and outed him as a Segway driver. "Woz and his Segway first in line at the Los Gatos Apple Store. Only one in line too!" tweeted Hewitt.
It wouldn't be entirely out of character for Wozniak to stand in line for an Apple release. In 2008, when the iPhone 3G came out he said he would line up at a San Jose mall for the new phone just like everybody else. But according to a couple who were there and spoke with CNET, that's not exactly how it ended up going down. They claimed that instead of standing in line, Wozniak sat on a couch for four hours and then skipped the line and got his phone first when the store opened at 8 a.m. They didn't fault him of course. CNET paraphrased the couple as saying, "Who's going to send the creator of the Apple II to the end of the line?"
Wozniak later defended his actions. Writing on CNET News' TalkBack section, where he claimed that what the couple didn't know was that the people at the front of the line had actually wanted him to go first.
In fact, cutting aside, Wozniak is sort of just like everybody else when it comes to Apple products. His admiration of them also has a razor sharp edge. During the iPhone 4 antenna debacle he spoke with Dutch journalist Henk Van Ess about his frustration with the reception problems, "It’s like the AT&T dead zone has been extended with this new phone. If you can afford it, carry a second Verizon phone for backup."
The iPhone 4S launches October 14, and although several carriers are reportedly sold out of their preorder supplies, you can still get the phone in stores, if you're willing to wait like the Woz.