Customers already lining up for iPhone 5S, obviously have no jobs, sense of time

Customers already lining up for iPhone 5S, obviously have no jobs, sense of time
If you follow the news at all - and we're not even talking about the tech media specifically, because mainstream media jumps on Apple news in an alarmingly lopsided way - if you follow the news at all, you will have heard by now that Apple is going to hold an event this coming Tuesday September 10th, and that event is more than likely going to be to announce the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. There is a fair chance that you will have also heard that the devices will probably be released for sale around September 20th or so. 

If you are someone who would be willing to line up to purchase one of the very first iPhones released, we would also assume that you would be someone who paid attention to the news, and you are likely someone who would follow tech media for more granular info on the product that you obviously love. So, how on Earth are there people already lining up at the 5th Ave Apple Store in order to purchase a new iPhone 5S?

It would make sense if there were even a slight chance that Apple was planning to launch the devices right after the announcement on Tuesday (something Apple has never done with the iPhone), because that would only have you camping out for four nights, and (assuming you had a job) you would only miss two and a half days at most. But, as noted, Apple never releases devices right away, which would mean these people are either going to be gone by Tuesday evening, or they are going to be camping out for two weeks. Two weeks to camp out for a device that is more than likely not going to sell out, unless Apple is purposefully making a limited supply of the champagne color, but that's not something we've heard. 

Oh yeah, the news is that people have already started lining up for at the 5th Ave Apple Store. Maybe that's burying the lead a bit. 

source: MacRumors



1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012 comes the fandroid jelly posts. This is going to be good :) /popcorn

2. HASHTAG unregistered

Nothing to be jealous about. They are truly just people who have no lives. It would just be hilarious if for some reason the iPhone 5S/C gets delayed.

19. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I've always wondered what would happen if that were to occur. Good thing for these people Apple doesn't have a sick sense of humor.

25. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

how is that even possible? why would anyone line up 14 days ahead of release? :s just go to different town and line up there 2 hours ahead of release :/

34. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

you have to wait 14 days so when you finally get it you don't notice it's just like a old iphone and think it's something magical

50. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

And for the same phone they probably already have =[...

72. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Zombies: The Rise (Volume 5, Season 7, Episode 53.)

94. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Most are paid by Apple to get attention

41. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Someone should go ther and troll them! :D :D :D

68. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

its new york. they would beat you up for no reason.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Wrong, they have lives, but since most of them work as baristas (or bus drivers ... je je je) they have flexible schedules.

49. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I see what you did there. :)


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

lol .... (would you like a transfer while we wait on line - for nothing [again])

55. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and people who stands in line just for a phone have no sense either.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Well, there's no need to offend them, they just can't help it: monkey see, monkey do, monkey wanna' stand with you.

69. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

these people are obviusly hired by apple to pump up the hype.

80. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

yeah youre right but still com on who wants too stay outside for days just for a phone

11. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Grow up

20. Sauce unregistered

In all my years, I have seen this happen to many new releases EXCEPT a Samsung, Nokia, or any other flagship phone from a popular smartphone company. It happens to all products that people are excitingly waiting for. CoD series games, iPhones, the new Sony and Xbox console releases, etc etc. But never a flagship device from other companies that are not Apple. Sure anyone can say "brainwashed apple fans" and other insults, but that would be and is always too easy. The real answer comes about as to why Samsung and others don't generate this feeling and intensity that other companies generate within their users.

39. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Plain and simple only fanboys and resellers wait in line. Everyone else is is sensible enough to wait until a resonable time to purchase an item. iPhones dont resell for much profit so it isnt resellers in line which only leaves the fanboys. Its not an insult its the truth no matter how you want to spin it.

74. Sauce unregistered

You obviously have not exploited the supply and demand that the iPhone generates days after release when they are all sold out. Many people buy the phone using their contract upgrade ($200.00 USD for new iPhone upgrade) and resell on eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc for over 1000$. Don't blame your ignorance on "fanboys" and poor resell. Aside from "profitable" resell rates, Apple phones hold the best resell price throughout their entire yearly cycles over other flagships. Sensible isn't the correct term. There is more than one reason why people camp for days, and that happens to be one of them.

77. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yes, that sounds like a good idea. Wait in line for a week for a (let's be very generous for the sake of your fanboy dignity) $400 profit (because if we imagine iPhones sell for 1100 in lala land and 700 in reality, he made only 400 on top of whatever he would make anyway). This could not possibly have been made in a week because no one working at McDonalds makes that in about 4 days so of course its the best and only option. On a serious note, the only reason people waited for games consoles was because the last generation released in 4-6 consoles per store. And those who wait in line for COD are usually 14 year olds. People lining up for days for an iPhones now usually have either the IQ of the latter or are advertising an app or whatever.

47. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

It is simple, because they are paid by apple. It is some sort of advertisement.

63. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

I just pre-ordered the Note 3 on Verizon. When it gets here it gets here. I'm not going to sleep on the street for a phone. I have better sense than that.

102. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It's not cause other companies can't generate the same feeling and intensity from their customers. It perfect storm of the product supply, and some people just being crazy that generates this behavior. I'll use retro Jordan's to support my theory, because the demand for his sneakers is basically the same. When Jordan was at the height of his playing days. People didn't line up outside of a store for days to buy his sneakers. They knew the sneakers would be available in many stores, and they were not crazy. Now Nike releases the same sneakers an you have people lined up in front of a store for two days to get them. Why? Nike limits the supply and stores they are sold in, and these kids/adult are crazy.

36. Gigabinzle

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

jealous of ? you sir lack common sense

37. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

There is nothing to be jealous. ;)


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Let you know how it goes ... :D

43. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

indeed they have no (Steve) jobs in their life, so they have to buy new iphones to worship their idol more efficiently.

54. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

what these people really want is a galaxy

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