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  • NYC Apple Store: A Line Has Already Formed


    Apple isn't scheduled to formally unveil the next generation iPhone(s) for another four days, but there's already a line forming outside of Apple's retail store in New York City.

    Of course, just because Apple will show off its iPhone 5S (and possibly iPhone 5C) next week doesn't mean that the devices will be available next week. Per the standard operating procedure around Cupertino, preorders will commence within days of the new iPhone reveal, followed by another week or so before shipments go out.

    In other words, the folks in line outside of the Apple Store in the Big Apple will be outside for approximately two weeks.

    And they're okay with that.

    Here's how the headline over at Venture Beat describes the situation: "These idiots are already lining up at Apple’s NYC store for the new iPhone launch."

    "We think the new iPhone will be available on [Sept. 20] … that’s our speculation, since it’s usually out on the Friday after the introduction,” Jon Murphy, one of the "iCampers," said. “So we think we’ll be out here for about two weeks.”

    Want to hear the really outrageous part? The two guys profiled in Venture Beat weren't even the first in line.

    “I for sure thought we’d be first, no question,” Murphy said. “But there were two people who arrived last night … they’ve apparently done this for three years.”

    Source: VentureBeat
    This article was originally published in forum thread: NYC Apple Store: A Line Has Already Formed started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Jeesh. Talk about finding a better way to spend your time.
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Don't these people work?
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Oh great. Here comes another Samsung ad berating iPhone owners for not lining up weeks in advance to buy a Galaxy product instead.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Don't they realize that it won't be in the store till at least the 20th?
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      I preordered my iPhone 5 3 minutes after preorders started(I got up at 1AM) and my phone arrived just after 9AM launch day. So, I got it maybe an hour after they did. But hey, it's the excitement I guess, plus, it's a geek achievement!
    1. Christophxr's Avatar
      Christophxr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Jeesh. Talk about finding a better way to spend your time.
      I don't know. Spending a weekend just sitting outside, maybe with a friend or two, getting to know a bunch of strangers over the next few days as well? That actually doesn't sound too bad. It's almost like these Apple lines are social experiments now that I think about it... and that makes it tempting, in a way, to wait in line not for the product, but for the line.
    1. Just Dummy's Avatar
      Just Dummy -
      People are brainwashed. It's a telephone and one that isn't going to be as popular once themeing ceases to exist via iOS7. Ever since ditching my 4 for the 5 it's been without a jb and the wow factor has long since faded.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      If I was a hipster living off Daddy's money I'd have time to queue days in advance for something that yet does not exist.
    1. frankjc81's Avatar
      frankjc81 -
      I waited 5 days for the ps3. It was a fun experiance but will never do again. I now have 8 ps4's pre ordered so that I am guaranteed one on launch day. If these people don't work, how do they have hundreds to spend on a phone? and if they do work, they can just buy the new iphone on ebay and pay more for it, but it would still be less than what they are losing from missing work. Either way, waiting in lines like this is pointless now and days. The last 4 iPhones I have been able to walk into a AT&T store with no line, on launch day, and get my new iphone. That's in the Los Angeles area too. These people waiting in line for two weeks are clueless

      Quote Originally Posted by LUFT5_THOR View Post
      People are brainwashed. It's a telephone and one that isn't going to be as popular once themeing ceases to exist via iOS7. Ever since ditching my 4 for the 5 it's been without a jb and the wow factor has long since faded.
      You can jailbreak your iphone 5. Not quite sure what you are talking about? And if you think "themeing" is what makes the iphone popular then you are seriously clueless. Besides there has always been a jailbreak and there always will be. The majority or iphone users probably have no idea what jail breaking even means. The new gen iPhone will sell like crazy just like always.
    1. Just Dummy's Avatar
      Just Dummy -
      Ok then where do I get a jb for 6.1.4? Clueless lol. Everyone I've known on MMI for years now have a Droid as a secondary or primary device for this very reason.
    1. riassan's Avatar
      riassan -
      +1 on this and I'm one of these people
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by LUFT5_THOR View Post
      Ok then where do I get a jb for 6.1.4? Clueless lol. Everyone I've known on MMI for years now have a Droid as a secondary or primary device for this very reason.
      Did you buy your iPhone 5 with 6.1.4?
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      how do these people deal with personal hygiene
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      I wonder if any one has ever been sponsored to stand in line. Basically wear certain clothing as an advertisement and get paid to do it.

      Or, REI. Camp out for 30days using only REI gear.
    1. fidosam's Avatar
      fidosam -
      These people are just silly...seriously!
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Why can't you just order it online at midnight and get it shipped on releases day...? That's what I'm doing for my 5S...
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by fanboyfanboy View Post
      Why can't you just order it online at midnight and get it shipped on releases day...? That's what I'm doing for my 5S...
      That's what I did for my iPhone 5, worked perfectly.
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      I waited in line back in 2011 for the grand opening of the Apple Store here in Philly... Which at the time was rumored to have the white iPhone 4. I must admit, those 5 hours were a blast! lol too bad they didn't have the white iPhone though, lol
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      Ha
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      Oh great. Here comes another Samsung ad berating iPhone owners for not lining up weeks in advance to buy a Galaxy product instead.
      nah, Sammy is busy this year showing off new products and they dont need people to line up outside a store (purely for attention and publicity) because they are the number one manufacturer beating ALL the competition--including the next 4 closest competitors combined.