Certainly, you'd have to live under a rock not to be aware of (or be caught up in) all the hype surrounding the iPhone v.2. On July 11, there it was--half the price, with an Atom for a heart, promising to provide higher profits for Apple. Even a TechOnline analyst spent time in a downpour at 3:00 am to get their hands on the phone. Video: The long wait for iPhone 3G.
This time, instead of having to take the phone home and perform all of the steps to get the little thing up and running, stores were trained to do it. One hitch, though, it seems that there were a few activation snags with some of the devices. Synchronizing the phone with Apple's iTunes was problematic, and seemed to be tied to the number of people scrambling to access iTunes simultaneously.
While European suppliers score big in 3GiPhone, Canadians had two words for it: No thanks!.
Now that it's on the shelf, armchair quarterbacking is picking up. What Apple did, didn't do, and should have done is the fodder for print and video alike. For example, Under the Hood--Update: Apple iPhone 3G exposed; Video: Inside iPhone 3G; and Under the Hood: Intel and TriQuint surprise with iPhone 3G wins.