Survey in U.K. of those waiting on line, shows large preference for the Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Survey in U.K. of those waiting on line, shows large preference for the Apple iPhone 6 Plus
U.K. gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble decided to take an impromptu survey of 100 people camped outside the Regent Street Apple Store, waiting to purchase their new iPhone. What the survey discovered is that 41 of the 100 were waiting to buy the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. That is an interesting number since the 5.5 inch phablet is expected to be in extremely short supply. 20 responded by saying that they were waiting for the Apple iPhone 6, and 29 replied that they were waiting to purchase both models. That leaves 10 people whom we guess ended up on the line by mistake, perhaps thinking that they were waiting to use the men's room at the store. Or perhaps they were struck dumb by their proximity to the two iPhone models, and couldn't answer the question.

Those on line found the smaller 4.7 inch Apple iPhone 6 to be a better value proposition than the 5.5 inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The former was perceived as a good value for the money by 67%, while 54% answered the same for the larger-screened version. Interestingly, as we've seen with other surveys, the Apple Watch doesn't seem to have won over the majority just yet. 54% of those surveyed said that they don't have plans to buy the timepiece.

47 of the 100 waiting on line were there because they are "die-hard Apple fans". Since the company that conducted the survey insurers the iPhone, they did ask some questions related to that business. Of those who had owned Apple products before, 24% had broken them. 18% had their Apple devices damaged by liquid, or were just lost. Only 37% had their Apple devices insured.

Speaking of long lines, check out this aerial shot of the line waiting outside the Ginza Apple Store in Japan.


source: @JapanTravelMate via Forbes

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29 Comments

1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

4. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

No one falls in line like that for a note or galaxy. Only apple have that lines every year.

6. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Of course not. People who are relatively normal in their heads don't make camp for days outside tech stores to get their hands on a piece of hardware a mere few days before everyone else... If it meant getting it or not getting it at all (and it actually being unique or ahead of it's time or something...), I could understand, but this is plain silly.

17. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I've never fallen in an insane line like that. The most hyped I've ever become over a phone was the Palm Pre. And all I did with that one was get up at 10 am on a Sunday, called a local store to see if they had stock(they had two left) we drove over there and picked up one. The next level down of crazy was that I preordered my HTC One M7, the next down is that I ordered the 2013 Moto G about 15 minutes after they had them available online. I generally like to wait a couple months to make sure any bugs in the production have been worked out. But a few phones have made me excited to obtain. But none bad enough to wait in line for.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I lost faith in humanity pretty early in my life. Then I lost it again after reading some of the comments on phonearena. This is up there but not the worst. Lol

10. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Sure it's a sad life for an android on the planet of Apple.

13. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Go to galaxy and live there.

2. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Holy moly cow. All these uninformed users are waiting for and lining up to see a device, with a 2 years old, spec features. Apple is laughing they're butt's off, saying: wow we have succeeded in controlling these dumbasss dimwits.

7. james.blunt.1973

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

Obviously they don't wont specs, they just want an Apple ithing...

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, we just want a phone that works great and looks good doing it. Ios android wp8 all have em. Enjoy your specs, we'll enjoy our experience.

28. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Typical fake impartial answer that has no true symbolic feeling to the poster. You'll be back in a few days taking subliminal potshots again, no doubt.

3. Ethos unregistered

people has no bain

5. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Sad. Just... Sad.

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That's a huge line up in japan.

11. theAlpha

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I'm no apple or android fan...I just love great phones. People are talking about two year old specs and what not. At the end of the day performance is what matters... No need to pack ram in a phone if your software is fluent enough to perform great on a lesser amount...more is not always better...I own a note three and a five 5s I'll be getting a six plus a note 4 and a acend mate 7...because they are great devices

16. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Why do you need 3 smartphones at once?

22. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Because he is dr. octopus, he has eighth hands.

12. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

A herd of robots?

14. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

15. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Not surprised about Japan. It's the only country where Apple actually has the majority market share over Android. But i feel the US is soon about to have Apple majority too with many Android users leaving for the iPhone 6 Plus. but then again, i'm also leaving for the iPhone 6. They fixed many of the problems that kept me on Android. and it's not the larger screen i'm after.

18. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

You have to admit it, apple have some of the most loyal fans. You won't see that with samsung.

19. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

My roommate's kid (teen, female) wants to go wait in line too. Doesn't even want to get a phone; just want to go because, "it's a thing, people do this" as she says. Seems as though waiting in The Line has become it's own social event in and of itself.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

6plus rocks

23. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

got it?

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, I wound up getting the silver and white plus. No space gray

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Who remembers this one... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYecfV3ubP8 Oh the irony

24. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Don't like the comments insulting the people buying iphones. They are human beings free to make their own choices. If they chose a phone for fashion over spec, nobody stopped all your android manufacturers from marketing along those lines! And Samsung has already started doing it! If Apple just happens to be better at it, whose fault is that? Get a life please - don't insult others. They are living their own lives, doing what hey want with THEIR MONEY. Diss the phone okay, diss the company fine, but don't insult other people as if your own life is perfect!

29. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

If they were informed, they would practice better purchasing decisions in some cases I'm sure. In the US, Apple not only a marketing hold, but a cultural hold tied into the marketing which reaches all areas and all demographics of its existence. That includes all those people who don't research an expensive product or equipment with other products in the same field as the one they're looking to buy, based on the ubiquity of that one product constantly being portrayed in media.

27. theAlpha

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

@TZIGGY14... I won't even comment on that octopus statement...however three different carriers, different rates. Works out cheaper for me. Cross network charges are rather costly for loads of people

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