Apple's UK online store crumpled under a mass of fanbois this morning, which may or may not have been related to its opening up for iPhone 4 pre-orders. The site posted pricing details for Steve's latest pocket wonder bar earlier and all seemed well - until the rest of the country piled in to check it out. Earlier this morning …
"Either way, surely even the most hardened fanboi will eventually get fed up of being either manipulated or simply forced to wait to order the phone of this year's dreams."
Or they'll, you know, try again later. Because they're normal.
Hands up who's tired of the Register's relentlessly bitter, self-defeating, reality-distorted and immensely boring coverage of every single iota of anything Apple related? For a company you profess (repeatedly, endlessly, in every preachy opinion piece and snarky comment) to dislike, you really are slavish in your attentions.
I don't know if you've noticed yet, but all the negative coverage you've been heaping on Apple for the last few years hasn't actually hurt Apple. They're doing fine and quite enjoying all the endless free publicity thanks very much. Meanwhile, I've no idea who the Register are anymore, or what point you serve.
Well said sah!
I found some common sense at last!
not tired of the Register
only of Apple's shiny turds.
That every other manufacturer is FALLING over themselves to emulate...
Comments numbers are well down
and certainly not as witty or intelligent as they were previously were.
I blame myself for posting this comment
You could always go to a Pro-Apple site where you will never see anyone Blaspheming against the great and mighty jobs.
Of course since the majority of Articles of the Reg don't involve Apple you could always not read them, complaining about people who have a different view/opinion that you is pretty Hypocritical.
I don't think the point of any of these articles is to hurt apple, if you don't understand satire then perhaps you shouldn't be reading the Reg anyway.
Is that why Apple are being investigated by the ITC for copying HTC? iPhone's are yesterdays jam.
"Of course since the majority of Articles of the Reg don't involve Apple"
How sure of that are you? Honestly?
Got mine, although it took 1h50 to get between the pages..
While you wait...
..you can order your matching handbags.
Surely His Jobsness wouldn't actually make a website look like it was dying under the strain just to hook in morons? Oh Wait...
AC as I left my flame suit at home today
The fanboi courant
I missed this one, as a fanboi there is no better place than el reg to stay informed.
Carefully scriped hype machine.
Nintendo all over again.
"it's so good, the website crashed because so many people wanted it"...
Earlier today I could access the usual UK store, but the education store was a no-go.
Not that I was interested in the iPhone 4. I was looking at the price difference of the Mac Mini.
Still taking reservations
The reserve and pickup service is still working: http://reserve.apple.com/WebObjects/ProductReservation.woa/wa/reserveProduct?lang=en&country=GB.
I also suspect the store may be down to update it with tariff details as the networks look set to announce them.
Was it just me?
Or was the whole Apple site on a go-slow for most of the last 72 hours (well, up until last night anyway)? In particular, images.apple.com didn't seem to be there and everything was held up as a result. Or if it was there it wasn't actually talking to anyone, presumably preferring to sulk in some basement somewhere.
Don't believe the hype
"Whether this is all part of Apple's cunning plan to pump up the hype around the launch or simply an inability to scale up for demand peaks is open to debate."
A cunning plan that might just be working and getting perhaps another article about the J-Phone in El Reg?
Honestly, what is it with people's obsession about taking down Jobs and acting like Apple killed your dog? He's a tyrant, sure, but he's also revolutionized two and soon to be three industries. And the market has reflected that. He's got what people want, and they want to buy it. You feel differently. Apple isn't insulting you. (Google isn't liberating you, either — just try using non-Google products on your Incredible.) But this is how the market works. People have a choice—you made yours, great. Now shut up about it.
"try using non-Google products on your Incredible"
You obviously have no idea!
At least you can install Android on the iFail now - has to double it's worth.
Sour grapes, much?
"iFail"? Seriously? I don't think "fail" means what you seem to think it means.
Most companies would *kill* to have products they made "fail" as successfully as Apple's have.
I suspect the word you're looking for is "envy".
Ho ho ho
iFail? Oh yes, I see what you mean - what a marketing flop the iPhone has been. iPhone 4? Won't they ever learn? Cut your losses Steve!
I bet you're one of those witty people who writes Microsoft with $ signs aren't you?
even better with AT&T
Their iPhone 4G page crashes Firefox 3.6.3 w/noscript/adblock+....I guess I won't be buying one.