9:45 am PST: The line in front of the downtown San Francisco Apple store has grown considerably since yesterday evening, when there were only four groups camped out. In fact, there are roughly 80 people who have set up shop on the sidewalk for what looks to be a long, foggy day in the Bay Area. The line at a neighboring AT&T store, where the phone is also being released, is, well, pretty sparse at the moment. Both the AT&T and Apple stores will release the iPhone at 6 pm tonight (local time). I was pleased to see more female representation among the crowd this morning, with about 30 or so women bundled up amid the campers. The crowd in front of the Apple store is passing the time listening to their iPods, playing with their laptops (Macs, of course), waging in fierce Battleship games and being amused by the troupe of clowns.
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