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applestoreEight o’clock isn’t soon enough. Apple retail outlets will be open at the bleary hour of 7 o’clock to begin processing the lines of iPhone buyers who just can”t wait. Hopefully, Apple has the phone activation process ironed out by now, so edgy buyers won’t have to squirm for 45 minutes at the counter like they did when the iPhone 3G launched last year.

AT&T stores will also open at 7 o’clock but will only serve buyers who have pre-ordered a phone. Everyone else will have to stand outside and keep themselves occupied tweeting mean things about the Iranian government until it’s their turn.

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