There was still a line in front of my Apple store just a few days ago.
The line in front of the Apple store is because they want a line. They make you wait in a pre-order line to get your phone and then they only have a couple of people working on iphones with activation's. They made me wait in line for an hour to get a off contract phone with one person in front of me. I got fed up and left and got it from Verizon.