Secondly, though, is most interesting. Customers won't have to wait in line for each and every person to activate their iPhones, because activation can be done at home through iTunes. From the Ars article:
There's also a video demoing how all the activation stuff works, and it even shows you how to transfer your old number from another carrier."This means you won't have to wait those extra 10-15 minutes for each and every person in line to get an iPhone activated — just walk right in, buy the darn thing, and leave. "Users will be able to activate their new iPhone in the comfort and privacy of their own home or office, without having to wait in a store while their phone is activated," said Steve Jobs in a statement issued today. Well, sort of. You still have to get a credit check in the store, and so that will still take some time.
From my perspective, that also means that I don't have to wait around for them to futz with my new OS X computer in a very small form-factor. I can handle it myself in the comfort of my office/home.
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