Cupertino, Calif. — As thousands wait on line for the iPhone that finally goes on sale at 6 p.m. local time today, Apple announced its 164 retail stores will stay open until midnight and customers may purchase up to two phones.
Starting Saturday morning, Apple stores will offer free, “in-depth” workshops on operating the iPhone. “Every Apple retail store will offer support for the iPhone at the Genius Bar and personal training through Apple’s new One to One program,” the company said.
Apple still has not revealed how many phones will be available for sale per store, or in total for the launch.
A study from Harris Interactive found that 15 percent of online Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they are at least somewhat likely to buy the iPhone, and 1 percent said they are certain to buy it. Of those who are somewhat likely to purchase the phone, 4 percent said they will get it as soon as it is available, but 55 percent said they will wait for a price drop, and 49 percent said they will wait to see “how good it really is.”