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MacRumors
Sep 6, 2013, 10:43 AM
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With Apple's media event (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/03/apple-issues-invitations-for-september-10-media-event/) still four days away and the launch of new iPhone hardware likely two weeks away, campers are already starting to line up at the company's flagship Fifth Avenue retail store in Manhattan.

While early lineups are frequently done as promotional stunts rather than campers arriving simply as devoted fans, with some early campers at past launches even receiving sponsorships to promote brands while they wait, it seems that the bar is continually being raised with campers now arriving even before Apple has announced anything.

Two representatives from Cincinnati-based SellYourMac (http://www.sellyourmac.com) arrived on the scene today to begin what they hope will be a two-week campout, only to find that they were not the first people in line at the Fifth Avenue store, which generally serves as one of the most high-profile launch sites due to its iconic design and 24-hour operation. Two other campers claimed their spots at the front of the line last night, settling in for the long wait.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/iphone_5s_fifth_avenue_launch_line.jpg
According to Sell Your Mac's Jon Murphy (https://twitter.com/SYM_Jon/), the campers have yet to have any discussions with Apple's store staff about their plans, but the line is forming in its usual spot on the plaza outside the store's landmark glass cube.

Apple's media event is scheduled for next Tuesday, with rumors and speculation pointing to a launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C in the United States and other first-wave countries on Friday, September 20.

Article Link: Campers Already Setting Up for iPhone 5S/5C Launch at Apple's Fifth Avenue Store (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/06/campers-already-setting-up-for-iphone-5s5c-launch-at-apples-fifth-avenue-store/)



Michaelgtrusa
Sep 6, 2013, 10:44 AM
A long wait for many.

room237
Sep 6, 2013, 10:44 AM
It's Occupy Apple

Andy-V
Sep 6, 2013, 10:45 AM
Are they allowed to sleep on the street for 2 weeks?

1080p
Sep 6, 2013, 10:45 AM
Guys... this isn't 2007/8 anymore... you can order your iPhones online and have them on your doorstep on launch day now.

jabingla2810
Sep 6, 2013, 10:46 AM
Just... Why???

Jsameds
Sep 6, 2013, 10:46 AM
A long wait for many.

It's the same wait for everyone, it's just some people decide to spend it on the street whilst the sensible folk have it delivered to their nice warm home.

jmthigpen
Sep 6, 2013, 10:46 AM
no... just no. Hope they have a new MBA to use during the day :)

madsci954
Sep 6, 2013, 10:47 AM
So these people are camping for a product that (technically) doesn't exist yet, have no idea what the (official) features are, and may or may not (probably may) launch 2 weeks from now? O_o

inlinevolvo
Sep 6, 2013, 10:47 AM
No problem guys. Well work for you to live off our earnings.

Kranchammer
Sep 6, 2013, 10:48 AM
Like The Buggles (kinda) said:
internet killed the Apple launch star.

Jessica Lares
Sep 6, 2013, 10:48 AM
Yeah, just getting mine delivered too. Love the free food and drink, but I live with other people, and I don't drive. :o

Prototypical
Sep 6, 2013, 10:49 AM
So THIS is what you do when you're an unemployed trust fund baby...

Shaun, UK
Sep 6, 2013, 10:49 AM
Stupid people, haven't they got anything better to do. Are they going to camp there until 20 Sept?

Rocco83
Sep 6, 2013, 10:50 AM
Some of us get called die hard fan boys for defending Apple against trolls who lack common sense. These guys take it to a whole new level.

samh004
Sep 6, 2013, 10:52 AM
Guys... this isn't 2007/8 anymore... you can order your iPhones online and have them on your doorstep on launch day now.

Unless, somehow, they launch on the day of the announcement, in which case your postal service would have to be amazing to get it to your doorstep same day!

mattburley7
Sep 6, 2013, 10:52 AM
they must really want to be the first one ever to get whatever new product is announced :rolleyes:

Goftrey
Sep 6, 2013, 10:52 AM
Makes no sense. These people are either unemployed & on benefits (and are therefore having their iPhones payed for by us) or are using their vacation time to spend a fortnight outside a feckin' building?

Idiots.

dennno
Sep 6, 2013, 10:52 AM
These lines just never fail to crack me up. I mean I like Apple but really?

bentmywookie
Sep 6, 2013, 10:53 AM
In related news, the average IQ in the US just dropped 5 points.

Caliber26
Sep 6, 2013, 10:53 AM
That's just IGNUNT.

campingsk8er
Sep 6, 2013, 10:54 AM
ONE DAY, this will be me. TODAY, I'm stuck in Calc Class :/

Chupa Chupa
Sep 6, 2013, 10:54 AM
Stunt. And it worked! To what end, I can't say though. I'll resist making personal attacks, but I'd avoid buying from a company that has to resort to such nonsense.

Radio
Sep 6, 2013, 10:55 AM
They win guys.
We are talking about them

ikir
Sep 6, 2013, 10:55 AM
It could be stupid but nobody is waiting in line for Samsung products... And they get crazy about that!

SteveJobs2.0
Sep 6, 2013, 10:56 AM
Man, it's not rocket science. Most of the people in line at the moment are trying to promote their business or are being paid to sit in line to promote a business. Even the two guys mentioned in this story are affiliated with a website.

drummingcraig
Sep 6, 2013, 10:58 AM
Makes no sense. These people are either unemployed & on benefits (and are therefore having their iPhones payed for by us) or are using their vacation time to spend a fortnight outside a feckin' building?

Idiots.

I think you're forgetting a few other possibilities:

-Students who are living on mom & dad's dime.
-Independently wealthy folks with nothing better to do.
-People who work from home and can take it "on the road" (or "on the square").

The whole world is not simply "the working" and "the moochers". :rolleyes:

Chupa Chupa
Sep 6, 2013, 10:59 AM
In related news, the average IQ in the US just dropped 5 points.

Your logic and humor skills need work. Two people can't be aggregated into an entire population. Even as a joke it lacks punch b/c their isn't even a kernel of truth in it, which is what makes a joke funny.

Agree camping out at this point is dumb but I don't see a huge cross section of America in line, just a couple of opportunists.

nutmac
Sep 6, 2013, 10:59 AM
Achoo-losers--achoo!

decimortis
Sep 6, 2013, 10:59 AM
Suckers.
I'm hiding in a box in the back room of the store.

D.

MacsRgr8
Sep 6, 2013, 11:00 AM
Guys... this isn't 2007/8 anymore... you can order your iPhones online and have them on your doorstep on launch day now.

Probably not.

The usual (including the iPhone 5): online = 2 weeks later.

sjwr
Sep 6, 2013, 11:00 AM
I guess many will have some publicity agenda for their new App or something, which they will probably get. Others just want photo op?

FrankieTDouglas
Sep 6, 2013, 11:04 AM
I'm just surprised they can sit and lounge around those steps leading up. Every time I simply sit on them after a random visit to there, some security guy always comes by and has me get up and sit in the chairs off to either side.

chrmjenkins
Sep 6, 2013, 11:05 AM
How can we be sure they're not lining up for the iPhone 6?

Technarchy
Sep 6, 2013, 11:06 AM
Have fun. Going till be a long three weeks.

Goftrey
Sep 6, 2013, 11:07 AM
I think you're forgetting a few other possibilities:

-Students who are living on mom & dad's dime.
-Independently wealthy folks with nothing better to do.
-People who work from home and can take it "on the road" (or "on the square").

The whole world is not simply "the working" and "the moochers". :rolleyes:

Granted students most likely count as quite a few out there. But the number of people who are so wealthy they don't have to work really don't add up to many. And if you're running a business from home, you really wouldn't want to take a laptop/phone etc. to a square & operate in the middle of city for two weeks, would you?

pscates
Sep 6, 2013, 11:07 AM
Unless, somehow, they launch on the day of the announcement, in which case your postal service would have to be amazing to get it to your doorstep same day!

That's never happened in previous years, and it isn't going to happen next week. These people have their own reasons for doing this (none of which I understand). Ha!

I'm as loyal and Apple-y as they come, but I can think of 2,000 other things I could do with two weeks.

This kind of thing was cute and novel 4-5 years ago when all this was new and exciting, and the iPhone was "the little phone that could". But it's now an accepted, mainstream product owned by gazillions, so there's no real underlying "hook" or reason for folks to be doing this kind of thing...other than good old fashioned "look at me!" and other variations of first-world boredom and/or attention-whoring.

You see, there's this thing called "pre-order" (and there are these companies called FedEx and UPS). If you know how to go about it, you can *gasp* have your new iPhone delivered TO YOUR HOUSE, day one! It's amazing.

:)

And before I get labeled a "hater" or "fandroid", I'm typing all this on my iPhone 5 (and I've been an iPhone owner/user since mid-July 2007).

But I'm still not waiting in line for one!

cmichaelb
Sep 6, 2013, 11:08 AM
Unless, somehow, they launch on the day of the announcement, in which case your postal service would have to be amazing to get it to your doorstep same day!

lol Expedited shipment could do that but the cost is nuts.

Carlanga
Sep 6, 2013, 11:11 AM
you companies do your line, I will order online :)

FjordPrefect
Sep 6, 2013, 11:12 AM
I'm not the sort of person who could wait in line like that for any product, movie, etc., nonetheless I'm glad those folks are there representing. Plus they look like they're having a good time so why piss on their parade?

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes..."

saud0488
Sep 6, 2013, 11:13 AM
Are they allowed to sleep on the street for 2 weeks?

I take it you've never been to New York City

paulsdenton
Sep 6, 2013, 11:14 AM
It's an ancient, hoary tradition; celebrating the mythic heritage of Apple.

Like all traditions, it exists for the benefit of the celebrants.

Like most traditions, it has a self-imposed requirement for self-abnegation.

Long live tradition! Practicality rarely, if ever, has anything to do with such celebratory rituals!

dannyyankou
Sep 6, 2013, 11:14 AM
:lol :lol don't these people have jobs?

dimplemonkey
Sep 6, 2013, 11:17 AM
In the early hey days of Cupertino, the most I would hang out in a line for an Apple product was after dinner for a midnight sale (~4 hours). However, the people that were in line were true geeks, lovers of what Apple stood for when it was still the little computer company that could, the crazy ones, if you will. The stories we would swap about the things we were able to accomplish with a Mac, OS X, and iPhone OS (not iOS) were very inspiring. We weren't elitist, we embraced all who wanted in our little group. Nowadays, the lines are generally filled with hipsters, trust fundies, confused masses, brats, sellers, and destroyers. Peppered in between these people are wide-eyed enthusiasts who still want to bottle what little nostalgia there is left from the wonder years of the early century. Sadly, that time will never be relived but, man, those were the "Woodstock" days of my youth! :apple:

GuitarDTO
Sep 6, 2013, 11:17 AM
No showers, leaving the line for bathroom, etc, or its not true camping. Oh the smells

tbrand7
Sep 6, 2013, 11:18 AM
I doubt anyones' camping out for the 5C.

bchery21
Sep 6, 2013, 11:21 AM
suckers.
I'm hiding in a box in the back room of the store.

D.

snnaaaaaake!

pezj
Sep 6, 2013, 11:22 AM
I love the Tone 40 mentality of these folks! Even if it is for a phone...

SockRolid
Sep 6, 2013, 11:23 AM
... and the launch of new iPhone hardware likely two weeks away, campers are already starting to line up ...

Pre-ordering is the way to go. From the Apple Store app, not from a browser.
The app connects to Apple's servers almost instantly, pre-ordering takes just a minute or two.
And your new iPhone is delivered on the first day of availability. No line.

jmsait19
Sep 6, 2013, 11:23 AM
It's not even like its a PlayStation where they only make 20 and you can sell them at ridiculous profits... Anyone can get one... This is silly

avanpelt
Sep 6, 2013, 11:25 AM
I lined up at a Verizon store for the iPhone 5 on launch day. It was the first time I'd ever lined up like that for anything. Waited about two hours prior to the store opening and was number 7 or 8 in line. Met a nice fellow and we chatted about our experiences with our iDevices while we passed the time. I can't say I have a burning desire to wait in line like that again but it was an interesting experience just to say I'd done it.

To wait in line days before the keynote announcing the new iPhone(s) is bizarre. Those people must have a really good feeling about the phone(s) being available on the day of the keynote.

Nebulance
Sep 6, 2013, 11:27 AM
Probably not.

The usual (including the iPhone 5): online = 2 weeks later.

I pre-ordered iPhone 5 and it arrived on launch day, so that's not always the case.

scbn
Sep 6, 2013, 11:28 AM
They've already got the publicity for the companies that they represent...as MacRumors picked up the story.

ghostface147
Sep 6, 2013, 11:29 AM
Ummm....no. You're going to be waiting for at least 14 days.

jc1350
Sep 6, 2013, 11:31 AM
Perhaps they are doing this as a way show the silliness of waiting in lines like that.

Uncle Ruckus
Sep 6, 2013, 11:33 AM
Lightning strike inbound

jrswizzle
Sep 6, 2013, 11:35 AM
55 posts in and it seems as though NO ONE has actually read the article....

Many of these people are PAID to wait in line, either by someone extremely wealthy who wants to be FIRST, or by companies to promote different products and such....

I'd guarantee, a majority of people currently in line are NOT there to buy themselves an iPhone.....

And even if they were, who gives a damn? Good for them if they want to sit in line for 3 weeks and have the resources to do so....

clunkmess
Sep 6, 2013, 11:37 AM
how do they use the bathroom?

omenatarhuri
Sep 6, 2013, 11:38 AM
Just... Why???
I guess for fun.

...but DAMN that's a long time to sit in that semi-comfortable chair next to uncomfortable traffic.

tonybyatt
Sep 6, 2013, 11:39 AM
Idiots...

Akuratyde
Sep 6, 2013, 11:43 AM
Makes no sense. These people are either unemployed & on benefits (and are therefore having their iPhones payed for by us) or are using their vacation time to spend a fortnight outside a feckin' building?

To be fair, when a person is employed they pay into unemployment with their tax dollars. You also have to qualify for unemployment, and to do so you need to have been employed. So we aren't exactly paying for their unemployment, they paid into it, and if you're ever unfortunate enough to lose your job you will get back some of the money that you've paid into it.

MRSucks
Sep 6, 2013, 11:44 AM
Unemployed camping for media attention / upstart companies' gifts / best toy they will ever have / $$$ spot for lazy rich fanboys.

Start the death-watch / countdown on Samsung executives seething of jealousy because of this record shattering fanboyism / free marketing for their more legendary competitor. Way to go, early campers. Let the mocking of Samsung continues!

johncarync
Sep 6, 2013, 11:44 AM
If I ever become homeless, I now know there's one place where I can always stay and not be harassed.

"Move it along, you bum!"
"What are you talking about? I'm in line for the next big Apple release."

dukebound85
Sep 6, 2013, 11:47 AM
Don't people work?

thepowerofnone
Sep 6, 2013, 11:48 AM
What is wrong with you people?!? 2 WEEKS? Don't you have anything better to be doing?

You're the reason Samsung can mock people for buying the brand rather than a good device since you can't even know the specs yet.

Brittany246
Sep 6, 2013, 11:48 AM
If they really wanted to be one of the first they'd camp out in eastern Australia.

Chupa Chupa
Sep 6, 2013, 11:50 AM
I think you're forgetting a few other possibilities:

-Students who are living on mom & dad's dime.
-Independently wealthy folks with nothing better to do.
-People who work from home and can take it "on the road" (or "on the square").

The whole world is not simply "the working" and "the moochers". :rolleyes:

OK but,

1) Mom and Dad expect results in exchange of living on their dime. Skipping two weeks of classes may get you an iPhone but it's also likely to get you booted from mandatory attendance classes.

2) If one is independently wealthy they don't need to camp out. If they have that much money they can pay someone else to camp out for them or pass a few Benjamins to the manager to get escorted to the front of the line or back door (yes, that happens).

3) People that work from home can't afford to lollygag in line. It's not a vacation working outside a conventional office and w/o a support staff.

Tankmaze
Sep 6, 2013, 11:52 AM
that's just stupid. they will have to wait until september 20th :eek:

AppleVsAndroid
Sep 6, 2013, 11:52 AM
IMHO Judging others is what losers do these days :p

You never know who they are ---> They might be some media people, bloggers, App developers, Rich kids, Resellers. Why does it matter to us? :D

bigcstyle4
Sep 6, 2013, 11:53 AM
I lined up at a Verizon store for the iPhone 5 on launch day. It was the first time I'd ever lined up like that for anything. Waited about two hours prior to the store opening and was number 7 or 8 in line. Met a nice fellow and we chatted about our experiences with our iDevices while we passed the time. I can't say I have a burning desire to wait in line like that again but it was an interesting experience just to say I'd done it.

I last lined up for the iPhone 3G in 2008 behind about 200 people, during the infamous activation server crash. I got there at 6AM and didn't leave until about 3PM. Like you say it was in interesting experience with a lot of nice people, Apple employees handing out snacks and drinks, etc but I have absolutely no desire to ever do that again. Besides, Apple launches aren't really the huge line forming events that they were 5 years ago anymore.

sulpfiction
Sep 6, 2013, 11:53 AM
As someone who has camped out 3 times for iPhones, and once for iPad...these people are just plain stupid.

iAshley
Sep 6, 2013, 11:55 AM
But how will they read MacRumors? (Assuming they can't charge their phone)

inlinevolvo
Sep 6, 2013, 11:55 AM
I think you're forgetting a few other possibilities:

-Students who are living on mom & dad's dime.
-Independently wealthy folks with nothing better to do.
-People who work from home and can take it "on the road" (or "on the square").

The whole world is not simply "the working" and "the moochers". :rolleyes:

So let me get this straight. Independently wealthy people have NOTHING better to do but wait in line for 2+ weeks. I know if I were independently wealthy, I'd probably pay for overnight shipping on release day.

People who work from home...hmm I do this sometimes and I'm pretty sure skipping the comfort of my home to work on the curb would sound about as appealing as watching paint dry on a humid July day.

lostngone
Sep 6, 2013, 11:56 AM
I guess I need to turn in my fanboy card...

I am a 100% loyalist and a fanboy but even this is out there for me.

19 hours in line is my record for an Apple event.

kazmac
Sep 6, 2013, 12:00 PM
I wait a month or three to buy new Apple products unless I have to get an immediate replacement (iPhone 5 for dead iPhone 4s).

I won't forget the great experience I had in buying my 4s at the 5th Avenue store though: there were many folks waiting in the reserve your iPhone line inside. I politely asked the manager if I could buy a new iPhone since I'm ready to upgrade. She mentioned 'there is the line', so I politely responded (truthfully) that I'm with a coworker and we have get back to work in 10 minutes. I can wait to get this phone.

No, no, says the Manager who flags down a 'specialist' to assist with my purchase. No waiting required.

And this is why

1) I stick with Apple

and

2) Won't wait longer than an hour for something I want in a store. (Yes, that's the impatient me but..).

GRuizMD
Sep 6, 2013, 12:02 PM
All of you guys on the line wasting your time and looking like fools for a god damn phone, I could use your help in my local hospital, at least you would be doing something worth.

MRSucks
Sep 6, 2013, 12:03 PM
I am not a fanboy but I want to do this at some point once I get the opportunity to live around there and the time so maybe I can finally get a fanboy iCard. (Okay, maybe falling in line for a few hours - no overnights lol)

Locoboof
Sep 6, 2013, 12:04 PM
I hope apple says the new iPhone will be released October 27th. Lol

D.T.
Sep 6, 2013, 12:06 PM
No showers, leaving the line for bathroom, etc, or its not true camping. Oh the smells

If the phone doesn't actually release till Sept 20th, I suspect there's going to be lots of cannibalism too ...


:D

Orlandoech
Sep 6, 2013, 12:10 PM
So THIS is what you do when you're an unemployed trust fund baby...

Yup. Wish I was just a trust fund baby and not to camp out for a GD iPhone.

rwilliams
Sep 6, 2013, 12:12 PM
I thought this foolishness had ceased with "iJustin".

jonnysods
Sep 6, 2013, 12:13 PM
Wow. They will be there a while.

JAT
Sep 6, 2013, 12:14 PM
To be fair, when a person is employed they pay into unemployment with their tax dollars. You also have to qualify for unemployment, and to do so you need to have been employed. So we aren't exactly paying for their unemployment, they paid into it, and if you're ever unfortunate enough to lose your job you will get back some of the money that you've paid into it.

Not quite. When a person is employed, their employer pays into unemployment via tax. You can ask their employers how they recoup that money, whether it's by raising prices or other.

tbrand7
Sep 6, 2013, 12:15 PM
I live in New York and honestly, i'd rather wake up at 3 am to preorder it on Friday then camp outside 5th Avenue for 2 weeks.

notjustjay
Sep 6, 2013, 12:18 PM
Well, I would never do this, but if that's how they want to spend their time, who am I to complain?

Surely for them it's as much about the experience as it is the actual product. And of course here we are talking about them... so they are getting the attention they want.

Lots of people will do the same sort of thing on Black Friday (or Boxing Day, for my fellow Canadians). I wouldn't do that, either. The longest I have ever waited in line for a product was probably about an hour.

nStyle
Sep 6, 2013, 12:22 PM
Apple should delay the release just to toy with them.

I live in New York and honestly, i'd rather wake up at 3 am to preorder it on Friday then camp outside 5th Avenue for 2 weeks.

Assuming pre-ordering or even ordering for that matter is worth it. I think it will be even less worthwhile for 5-5S than 4-4S.

ohio.emt
Sep 6, 2013, 12:31 PM
The joys of living in a small town. The original iPhone I just walked into AT&T on launch day around lunch time and walked out with an iPhone. For the 3G got in line about 10 minutes before they opened and was about 7th in line.

2010mini
Sep 6, 2013, 12:41 PM
ITT: people who didn't read the article before commenting.

Most of these people are getting PAID to wait in line.

DocNYz
Sep 6, 2013, 12:45 PM
Are they allowed to sleep on the street for 2 weeks?

Yes. And like all homeless people here, they can vote.

roadbloc
Sep 6, 2013, 12:53 PM
Same news... different year. If you ask me, these people have far too much time on their hands. But if sleeping rough for two weeks is worth being one of the first to buy another 600 phone that will (most likely) look identical to the last model, then so be it.

I have a hollow pity for them. At least there is no sign of that iJustin guy from last time.

DotCom2
Sep 6, 2013, 12:57 PM
SOME people just have to have their 15 minutes!

Oldschoolers
Sep 6, 2013, 01:10 PM
That's not the front of the line for the Apple store, it's the end of the line for a new never seen before Lord of The Rings movie.

sputnikv
Sep 6, 2013, 01:10 PM
one day, i wish people would line up for a launch they thought was going to happen but didn't

ceva321
Sep 6, 2013, 01:13 PM
:) I wonder if these people have jobs

512ke
Sep 6, 2013, 01:15 PM
These Apple fanatics waiting in line are crazy!

(He said, as he posted on an Apple rumors website the second time today, after doing his twelfth Google search for the new iPhones.)

Yeah, THEY'RE crazy!

nazaar
Sep 6, 2013, 01:15 PM
I camped out once... for a night, but this is just dumb.

ValSalva
Sep 6, 2013, 01:17 PM
:) I wonder if these people have jobs

Steve Jobs :D

Couldn't resist. But seriously one has to wonder. We're talking two weeks here.

ceva321
Sep 6, 2013, 01:18 PM
It could be stupid bug nobody is waiting in line for Samsung products... And they get crazy about that!

Becuse there is no need. :)

yetisalmon
Sep 6, 2013, 01:19 PM
who are these losers? really there is nothing better they could be doing? what a waste of time.

Mrbobb
Sep 6, 2013, 01:19 PM
Will Samsung send some parents over to crash the party? :D

ceva321
Sep 6, 2013, 01:21 PM
That's never happened in previous years, and it isn't going to happen next week. These people have their own reasons for doing this (none of which I understand). Ha!

I'm as loyal and Apple-y as they come, but I can think of 2,000 other things I could do with two weeks.

This kind of thing was cute and novel 4-5 years ago when all this was new and exciting, and the iPhone was "the little phone that could". But it's now an accepted, mainstream product owned by gazillions, so there's no real underlying "hook" or reason for folks to be doing this kind of thing...other than good old fashioned "look at me!" and other variations of first-world boredom and/or attention-whoring.

You see, there's this thing called "pre-order" (and there are these companies called FedEx and UPS). If you know how to go about it, you can *gasp* have your new iPhone delivered TO YOUR HOUSE, day one! It's amazing.

:)

And before I get labeled a "hater" or "fandroid", I'm typing all this on my iPhone 5 (and I've been an iPhone owner/user since mid-July 2007).

But I'm still not waiting in line for one!

Haha awesome you are absolutely correct

BC2009
Sep 6, 2013, 01:22 PM
Guys... this isn't 2007/8 anymore... you can order your iPhones online and have them on your doorstep on launch day now.

Exactly!!!!

They must do it because they think it is fun to hang out and camp in front of an Apple store. If I was unemployed and had no kids and no wife then I might think it is fun too. If doing it with some friends it could be a fun to just hang out with those friends camping for a couple of weeks -- playing cards or whatever to pass the time. But I've got other things going on in my life that make such an endeavor really unappealing.

I just hope that Apple's pre-order system is all about having you login with your Apple ID and giving you a reservation number and a time to log back in and place your order. The online system falls flat on its face during every single iPhone launch. I always get my order in, but it always takes hours because by the third page of the order system the system grinds to a halt.

the8thark
Sep 6, 2013, 01:25 PM
:lol :lol don't these people have jobs?
No. He died remember?

ceva321
Sep 6, 2013, 01:25 PM
how do they use the bathroom?

They run to the local McDonald's around the corner. ...

1080p
Sep 6, 2013, 01:26 PM
Probably not.

The usual (including the iPhone 5): online = 2 weeks later.

Launch Day = Day of release/sale.

Not the same as announcement/keynote day.

ri0ku
Sep 6, 2013, 01:28 PM
September 10th

I turn on Mac, I watch live stream

New iPhones announced

"Will Ship late october"

el oh el

iMerik
Sep 6, 2013, 01:29 PM
Now I know http://www.sellyourmac.com/ exists. I'd say that was pretty cheap publicity. Now to sell my Mac... but where?

GenesisST
Sep 6, 2013, 01:30 PM
Well, I would never do this, but if that's how they want to spend their time, who am I to complain?

Surely for them it's as much about the experience as it is the actual product. And of course here we are talking about them... so they are getting the attention they want.

Lots of people will do the same sort of thing on Black Friday (or Boxing Day, for my fellow Canadians). I wouldn't do that, either. The longest I have ever waited in line for a product was probably about an hour.

Totally with you... Except the about complaining... It is our god given right to think of other people as idiots. :-D

Sven11
Sep 6, 2013, 01:34 PM
If you wait a few hours in a line, OK. But this is completely insane.

ceva321
Sep 6, 2013, 01:36 PM
Steve Jobs :D

Couldn't resist. But seriously one has to wonder. We're talking two weeks here.

Lol I was thinking the same thing after I typed it. ...

JamesPsyKocsis
Sep 6, 2013, 01:42 PM
idiots

fel10
Sep 6, 2013, 01:46 PM
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b47/babyboy_hot2005/Funny%20Pics/apple_zombies.jpg

i4m
Sep 6, 2013, 01:51 PM
That is what i call a "fanboy"

Chupa Chupa
Sep 6, 2013, 01:51 PM
Image (http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b47/babyboy_hot2005/Funny%20Pics/apple_zombies.jpg)

Clearly nothing tempted them at the Microsoft Store or Samsung mini store @ Bestbuy. :D

i4m
Sep 6, 2013, 01:54 PM
how do they use the bathroom?

I presume no different than you or i would... (unless you meant to ask "where")

Jimbo47
Sep 6, 2013, 02:03 PM
Samsung will probably be there soon filming a new commercial. My version of a campout (which I did for the 4S) is setting my alarm at 3am, waking up, ordering the phone, then going back to bed.

BigJohno
Sep 6, 2013, 02:04 PM
So they don't have a job but can afford an iPhone. Am I missing something?

JarJarThomas
Sep 6, 2013, 02:05 PM
i did it once in munich with my wife and some friends.
It was really fun and a great experience i never want to miss.

Many nice people, a great party, great talks, great atmosphere.
It felt like a big music festival. i miss it really

appleisking
Sep 6, 2013, 02:08 PM
So they don't have a job but can afford an iPhone. Am I missing something?

vacation, students, rich, insane.

ggoerl
Sep 6, 2013, 02:11 PM
When the iphone 4 launched I actually got mine in the mail 3 days before launch but couldn't activate it until the next day but I still beat out those waiting suckers by 3 days from the comfort of my own home.

chrisrosemusic1
Sep 6, 2013, 02:20 PM
#Dicks

user-name-here
Sep 6, 2013, 02:32 PM
If I ever become homeless, I now know there's one place where I can always stay and not be harassed.

"Move it along, you bum!"
"What are you talking about? I'm in line for the next big Apple release."

LoL, quite genius :p

Perhaps you can get enough $1-2 donations throughout the year to buy the new iPhone on launch day as well ;)

158273
Sep 6, 2013, 02:35 PM
It's an ancient, hoary tradition; celebrating the mythic heritage of Apple.

Like all traditions, it exists for the benefit of the celebrants.

Like most traditions, it has a self-imposed requirement for self-abnegation.

Long live tradition! Practicality rarely, if ever, has anything to do with such celebratory rituals!

What is hoary and what is abnegation? Define those for me Siri.

LoveMyPens
Sep 6, 2013, 02:35 PM
They aren't camping out there, that's just where they live ;)

158273
Sep 6, 2013, 02:36 PM
No problem guys. Well work for you to live off our earnings.

Hi, the typo is still there. Please correct it. Thanks.

autrefois
Sep 6, 2013, 02:41 PM
I think this is all just one huge, embarrassing mix-up.

Somebody told these people that if they just waited, they could buy the new iPhone online. Being in New York, they misunderstood and thought they had to wait on line to get one.

And this folks is why people from the Northeast should stop saying "on line" when they really mean "in line." :D

(Also note that there are no reports of people mistakenly queuing up outside the Regent Street store in London...)

inlinevolvo
Sep 6, 2013, 02:43 PM
Hi, the typo is still there. Please correct it. Thanks.

What typo are your talking bout?

apollo1444
Sep 6, 2013, 02:50 PM
don't they have to pay for rent? freaking junior snobs

APhillyApple
Sep 6, 2013, 02:52 PM
This is exactly why Apple is no where near any type of trouble. They have extremely dedicated fans of their products. I have never seen anything like it. I am one them!! lol! I think its great to these people that enjoy themselves.

macnisse
Sep 6, 2013, 02:59 PM
Happy campers, wonder if samsung will show up and shoot some commercials for next gen galaxy

Mums
Sep 6, 2013, 03:02 PM
Who or What is paying those people to sit on 5th Avenue for four days?

158273
Sep 6, 2013, 03:04 PM
No problem guys. Well work for you to live off our earnings.

Hi, please change the "well" to "we'll". Thanks.

ucfgrad93
Sep 6, 2013, 03:05 PM
I waited overnight for the iPhone 4. While fun, I won't ever do it again. There is no way I'd line up for DAYS to get the next gadget. Just order it online and wait for it to show up at your door.

Lancer
Sep 6, 2013, 03:18 PM
Won't they be pissed if its not released until a week later :D

snebes
Sep 6, 2013, 03:20 PM
I think this is all just one huge, embarrassing mix-up.

Somebody told these people that if they just waited, they could buy the new iPhone online. Being in New York, they misunderstood and thought they had to wait on line to get one.

And this folks is why people from the Northeast should stop saying "on line" when they really mean "in line." :D

(Also note that there are no reports of people mistakenly queuing up outside the Regent Street store in London...)

Are you trying to disprove the English queue theory? I'm sure they're queued up somewhere!

bushman4
Sep 6, 2013, 03:26 PM
Nice to see that in this to
and age people still having nothing better to do

Anonymous Freak
Sep 6, 2013, 03:36 PM
OK but,

1) Mom and Dad expect results in exchange of living on their dime. Skipping two weeks of classes may get you an iPhone but it's also likely to get you booted from mandatory attendance classes.

2) If one is independently wealthy they don't need to camp out. If they have that much money they can pay someone else to camp out for them or pass a few Benjamins to the manager to get escorted to the front of the line or back door (yes, that happens).

3) People that work from home can't afford to lollygag in line. It's not a vacation working outside a conventional office and w/o a support staff.

1. My son is currently in the time span after graduating high school, but before college starts. He has worked for a few years to earn money, and took off from work a month before college to travel. If he really felt like it, he could be in that line, and it wouldn't matter. He wouldn't be mooching off us, or anyone else. It would be his decision.

2. Maybe these *ARE* the people the wealthy have paid to camp out.

3. Having owned a small business I ran out of my home fir a decade, I can confirm that it is hard work - but I did regularly take vacations. Waiting in line for a yet-to-be-announced Apple product isn't my cup of tea, but whatever floats their boat is no concern of anyone else's.

You seem to be concerned so much that they are being a drag on you and me and everyone else, you don't just think of the simple "it's none of your business what they do with their time." This seems to be a common occurrence, the people who most want the government out of "their business" also want to be IN the business of everyone they see as "slacking"...

Also, the first two in line are confirmed to be a marketing stunt by an Apple reseller. So NONE of your theories are true for them.

Harrycooke
Sep 6, 2013, 03:58 PM
I live in New York and honestly, i'd rather wake up at 3 am to preorder it on Friday then camp outside 5th Avenue for 2 weeks.

I can hardly deal with the smell of manure when walking past, let alone sleep there. I would throw up.

JayCee842
Sep 6, 2013, 04:00 PM
Why...How...I wish they'd do something useful. A bunch of bozos.

Motherload0211
Sep 6, 2013, 04:09 PM
ITT: people who didn't read the article before commenting.

Most of these people are getting PAID to wait in line.

Not true at this point...Actually the article states...

"While early lineups are frequently done as promotional stunts rather than campers arriving simply as devoted fans, with some early campers at past launches even receiving sponsorships to promote brands while they wait, it seems that the bar is continually being raised with campers now arriving even before Apple has announced anything."

It does not say for sure that they are getting paid or as a promotional. Just in the past this has happened.

Akuratyde
Sep 6, 2013, 04:10 PM
Not quite. When a person is employed, their employer pays into unemployment via tax. You can ask their employers how they recoup that money, whether it's by raising prices or other.

You're right, I was thinking of welfare. Regardless, WE aren't paying for people to be on unemployment.

AutoUnion39
Sep 6, 2013, 04:17 PM
I'm all for supporting Apple, but seriously? Waiting in line this early? Ridiculous.

I waited in line for the iPhone4 on launch day. Cued up at 4am for the store to open. I was in line for over 12 hours because the pre-order customers could just walk in and pick up. That was when I realized it was a huge waste of my time. I have, since, always pre-ordered online. Easier to camp in front of my computer.

That being said, I do go to the local Apple store and check out the launch day chaos though. Pretty interesting.

mbh
Sep 6, 2013, 04:31 PM
These guys are the real life equivalent of putting "Apple" in your headline to get more clicks.

FoxMcCloud
Sep 6, 2013, 04:47 PM
Jesus. In this day and age you rarely even need to enter a brick and mortar store thanks to the internet.

Hell, you can even buy your next phone on your current phone.

ActionableMango
Sep 6, 2013, 04:51 PM
You're right, I was thinking of welfare. Regardless, WE aren't paying for people to be on unemployment.

Unemployment insurance is normally paid for by payroll tax. However, there was a time there where it seemed like Congress was repeatedly passing unemployment insurance extensions one right after the other, and I wonder where all that extra funding came from.

mj1108
Sep 6, 2013, 05:22 PM
So these people are camping for a product that (technically) doesn't exist yet, have no idea what the (official) features are, and may or may not (probably may) launch 2 weeks from now? O_o

These people are just sad.

I would love it if Apple would push the release to October. ;)

Colpeas
Sep 6, 2013, 05:37 PM
Now the best joke ever would be if Apple didn't announce new iPhones on their Sept. 10 media event. Or announced them, but didn't ship them until like mid-october. :D I swear I would laugh my ass off, but at least there's a chance these guys would realize how stupid their behavior is.

tbrand7
Sep 6, 2013, 07:44 PM
Apple should delay the release just to toy with them.



Assuming pre-ordering or even ordering for that matter is worth it. I think it will be even less worthwhile for 5-5S than 4-4S.

Really? The 4S had a better processor (A5), better camera (8 megapixels), Siri, and a slightly better battery. The 5S will have a better processor (A7), better camera (12 megapixels), better flash (dual), slow motion camera feature, new colors (champagne and graphite), Fingerprint sensor, slightly better battery, better front facing camera (2 megapixels).

So, it seems that the 5S will pack a lot more from the 5 then the 4S did for the 4.

nStyle
Sep 6, 2013, 08:06 PM
Yeah... I guess. I just felt like Siri, at the time, was the best reason to upgrade to the 4S. I can easily pass up hardware improvements when my current 5 does everything I need it do. Now if they had a groundbreaking feature... then it would be harder to pass up.

Don't need flash... most picture taking is outside.
I can change color with a case.
Camera is already good enough - most pictures get distorted and screwed up with Instafilters anyway.
No lag on any app with current processor.
Battery already lasts all day.

I just don't see the 5S as a necessary product for Apple. They should have just released a 6.

Akuratyde
Sep 6, 2013, 08:07 PM
Unemployment insurance is normally paid for by payroll tax. However, there was a time there where it seemed like Congress was repeatedly passing unemployment insurance extensions one right after the other, and I wonder where all that extra funding came from.

Even still, unemployment is the sort of thing people like to moan about but everyone on here would take advantage of if they suddenly lost their job and were unable to find work. People only care about these things when it happens to them, and they think it never will.

JAT
Sep 6, 2013, 08:13 PM
Even still, unemployment is the sort of thing people like to moan about but everyone on here would take advantage of if they suddenly lost their job and were unable to find work. People only care about these things when it happens to them, and they think it never will.

Not me. Not so far, and it's come up twice. Unemployment pays so little it's far more worth it to find a job. Both times I had a temp job within 2 weeks. And it's not like I'm dropping from CEO money to unemployment, I'm well under $100k salary.

Ma1Garv
Sep 6, 2013, 08:36 PM
Bow down and worship at the Apple alter.

These folks are nuts, get a job.

The Police need to clear the sidewalks.

mrxak
Sep 6, 2013, 08:41 PM
Samsung may make fun of it, but they wish they had customers willing to line up for a product that hasn't been announced yet.

Still, this is monumentally dumb. I could see camping out a day or two before the launch, if one were truly that determined, but two weeks? Apple isn't going to run out, if these people simply waited until, say, the 18th and got in line.

As for people whining about how the 5S won't be a big enough upgrade over the 5, go away already. For one thing, you have no idea what the specs will be. But more importantly, most people buying the 5S will be upgrading from the 4S or older, or buying their very first iPhone. There's this thing, perhaps you've heard of it, called a 2-year contract.

jer04
Sep 6, 2013, 10:50 PM
well, they might just be apple employees...lol

damitssam
Sep 6, 2013, 11:16 PM
meh, looks like self promoting small companies who want to get featured in some article.

MacsRgr8
Sep 7, 2013, 02:33 AM
Launch Day = Day of release/sale.

Not the same as announcement/keynote day.

Ah, check.
That's right.

AppleMark
Sep 7, 2013, 04:28 AM
Unless these people are in line as part of the "Un-boxing" and "Tear-down" Website or media crowd, who must have whatever is released on the first day, this is really sad.

I remember in the UK in 2007, there was over hype about the iPhone and limited supply. I walked into my Local shop day after launch and asked in a pretend, not-bothered-if-you-don't-have-it way and walked out with my new iPhone.

These day's it is a little different, but now you can just pre-order if you want it on release day. I did this with my 4GS.

AppleMark
Sep 7, 2013, 04:46 AM
Image (http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b47/babyboy_hot2005/Funny%20Pics/apple_zombies.jpg)

Yeeeeeah!

Truffy
Sep 7, 2013, 05:09 AM
This is very sad. Presumably they don't have families that love them. :(

Colpeas
Sep 7, 2013, 06:23 AM
Really? The 4S had a better processor (A5), better camera (8 megapixels), Siri, and a slightly better battery. The 5S will have a better processor (A7), better camera (12 megapixels), better flash (dual), new colors (champagne and graphite), Fingerprint sensor, slightly better battery, better front facing camera (2 megapixels).

So, it seems that the 5S will pack a lot more from the 5 then the 4S did for the 4.

But still, none of the new features is something I couldn't live without. Or what would make me go camping outside an Apple store for two weeks.

dmylrea
Sep 7, 2013, 08:25 AM
Samsung may make fun of it, but they wish they had customers willing to line up for a product that hasn't been announced yet.

I doubt it. The percentage of total sales by these mindless lemmings is minuscule.

Still, this is monumentally dumb. I could see camping out a day or two before the launch, if one were truly that determined, but two weeks? Apple isn't going to run out, if these people simply waited until, say, the 18th and got in line.

Considering the "S" model is historically not revolutionary, one really has to question the reason to wait so long for one.

As for people whining about how the 5S won't be a big enough upgrade over the 5, go away already. For one thing, you have no idea what the specs will be. But more importantly, most people buying the 5S will be upgrading from the 4S or older, or buying their very first iPhone. There's this thing, perhaps you've heard of it, called a 2-year contract.

Sounds like you're already making excuses for lower sales of the 5S and/or reasons people are NOT going upgrade to it. I guess in 3 days, you can come back here with a big "I told you so!" or come back for a public tongue lashing! Nobody knows for sure, even yourself.

heutusops
Sep 7, 2013, 08:32 AM
i'm a big apple fanboy but even i wont do that, it's crazy. what are pre-orders for?

kdarling
Sep 7, 2013, 10:38 AM
Will Samsung send some parents over to crash the party? :D

I wonder if anyone walking past the line is tempted to make the Samsung ad's, "I hear the headphone jack is on the bottom!" exploding head sound and motion.

431988

Or would that start a fight in NYC? :D

alexdoster29
Sep 7, 2013, 11:17 AM
now why would u give up your bed to sleep on the street for a materialistic product yes i am an apple fan but not stupid enough to do that sort of thing patience is a virtue and like a lot of people say we just don't know what is going to happen with the new iphone 5s or 5c or 6 because none of them exist it is just speculation and rumours unless someone has hard proof then its all speculation really look at it logically amazon threatning to give out free smartphones unless apple drop prices the whole situation with people on the streets who have been queing for weeks is ridiculous we just don't know what is going to happen

agentcircus
Sep 7, 2013, 12:37 PM
The only thing I would camp out for is the new Surface Mini Phone Edition, which is going to destroy the iPhone. The iPhone's reign (or lack thereof), is over. The iPhone 5C is the same garbage as what's currently out, with a new disposable plastic case. Why these people would camp out for it is beyond me.

ghettochris
Sep 7, 2013, 12:56 PM
Guys... this isn't 2007/8 anymore... you can order your iPhones online and have them on your doorstep on launch day now.

I'm sure they know that. Probably more about having a two-week party and meeting new people.

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The only thing I would camp out for is the new Surface Mini Phone Edition, which is going to destroy the iPhone. The iPhone's reign (or lack thereof), is over. The iPhone 5C is the same garbage as what's currently out, with a new disposable plastic case. Why these people would camp out for it is beyond me.

surface mini phone killing iPhone. hahaha. just like the surface destroyed the iPad. :rolleyes:

acctman
Sep 7, 2013, 01:30 PM
Guys... this isn't 2007/8 anymore... you can order your iPhones online and have them on your doorstep on launch day now.

but if you have a company, blog, or service to promote... being at the front is free advertising when you get interviewed by the media.

Zellio
Sep 7, 2013, 05:12 PM
I'm sure they know that. Probably more about having a two-week party and meeting new people.

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surface mini phone killing iPhone. hahaha. just like the surface destroyed the iPad. :rolleyes:

Yes, there's no better way to meet other iLunatics then camp out for 2+ weeks with them :rolleyes:

Maybe this is also the iLunatics dating service too...

mattwolfmatt
Sep 7, 2013, 05:22 PM
How can the same person . . .

1. have the money for an iphone and the data plans
2. have no job for the next 2 weeks

Bubba Satori
Sep 7, 2013, 06:01 PM
How can the same person . . .

1. have the money for an iphone and the data plans
2. have no job for the next 2 weeks

Trustafarians.
Community organizers.
Educator sabbaticals.
Interns.
Consultants.
Post office employees.

Asclepio
Sep 7, 2013, 06:04 PM
Aww i miss the good old hipsters line :(

Akuratyde
Sep 7, 2013, 06:43 PM
Not me. Not so far, and it's come up twice. Unemployment pays so little it's far more worth it to find a job. Both times I had a temp job within 2 weeks. And it's not like I'm dropping from CEO money to unemployment, I'm well under $100k salary.

Surely you can recognize that your situation doesn't apply to everyone. Some people aren't fortunate enough to find work within two weeks, and when they can't unemployment is there to help them until they do. We're getting sidetracked though, my original post was in response to the guy (not you) who said WE pay for people's unemployment. This isn't the case, which is all I was really trying to say.

Xiroteus
Sep 7, 2013, 07:02 PM
Guys... this isn't 2007/8 anymore... you can order your iPhones online and have them on your doorstep on launch day now.

No kidding.

Just... Why???

Insanity?

So THIS is what you do when you're an unemployed trust fund baby...

With no common sense.

I guess for fun.

...but DAMN that's a long time to sit in that semi-comfortable chair next to uncomfortable traffic.

I cannot imagine how that would be fun. Waiting in line for an hour would be boring.

clunkmess
Sep 7, 2013, 07:52 PM
don't they have to pay for rent? freaking junior snobs

lolol

Ann P
Sep 7, 2013, 07:54 PM
Trustafarians.
Community organizers.
Educator sabbaticals.
Interns.
Consultants.
Post office employees.

Post office employees, LOL! Nearly fell off my chair.

mrkramer
Sep 7, 2013, 09:03 PM
ONE DAY, this will be me. TODAY, I'm stuck in Calc Class :/

If you want it to be you just drop out of school and do it, these people clearly don't have any jobs, or else they couldn't camp out that long....

Giuly
Sep 7, 2013, 10:25 PM
MacRumors has a iPhone Lauch Meetups (http://forums.macrumors.com/forumdisplay.php?f=131) subforum – if it's not in there, it didn't happen.

In related news, the average IQ in the US just dropped 5 points.
In rather completely unrelated news, the number of homeless people in NYC just went up by ~5. I think that this is called the "balance of the universe".

AutoUnion39
Sep 7, 2013, 10:42 PM
I think its time for Nestle and Google to get out there and hand out Kit Kat bars to the crowds.

Chupa Chupa
Sep 8, 2013, 06:33 AM
You seem to be concerned so much that they are being a drag on you and me and everyone else, you don't just think of the simple "it's none of your business what they do with their time." This seems to be a common occurrence, the people who most want the government out of "their business" also want to be IN the business of everyone they see as "slacking"...

Also, the first two in line are confirmed to be a marketing stunt by an Apple reseller. So NONE of your theories are true for them.

Nope. You couldn't be more wrong about what I wrote. Go back and read it in context to the post I was responding too. It was simple devil's advocacy. I'm sorry you took it so personally, and also baffled.

I assure you I am not concerned one iota about campers. You are correct it's their time. And, I fully understand, and stated in another post, that anyone camping at this point is just a publicity stunt. I am unable to be critical of those who have camped for hours because I've been among them at times.

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I think its time for Nestle and Google to get out there and hand out Kit Kat bars to the crowds.

That would actually be a pretty funny gag -- though lost on anyone that isn't a super geek or tech freak. Also, just an aside in case some are confused about your reference to Nestles, in the U.S., Hersheys has the Kit Kat license.

dysamoria
Sep 8, 2013, 07:58 AM
To be fair, when a person is employed they pay into unemployment with their tax dollars. You also have to qualify for unemployment, and to do so you need to have been employed. So we aren't exactly paying for their unemployment, they paid into it, and if you're ever unfortunate enough to lose your job you will get back some of the money that you've paid into it.

100% correct. I'm not leaching off society. I'm getting back what I put in (but not nearly as much).

But these line waiters are still idiots.

DowdyFick
Sep 8, 2013, 08:01 AM
If you want it to be you just drop out of school and do it, these people clearly don't have any jobs, or else they couldn't camp out that long....

Another person who didn't read the article.

OneMike
Sep 8, 2013, 08:37 AM
I never understood camping out.

Just preorder online if the option exists or go to the store a couple hours before launch.

Klosefabrinio
Sep 8, 2013, 08:59 AM
OMG, two weeks before launch! i'd rather pre-order my product.

campingsk8er
Sep 8, 2013, 03:23 PM
If you want it to be you just drop out of school and do it, these people clearly don't have any jobs, or else they couldn't camp out that long....

Haha, I'd rather finish school first. I'm doing Engineering so I figure I will be able to eventually. Gotta get the money to pay for my Apple Obsession somehow

Rad99004
Sep 8, 2013, 03:23 PM
Lets face it, Apple only cares about the China Launch, the US sales will be dismal.

I will wait till the Rumored Spring iPhone event for the iPhone 6 with the bigger screen and comparable 1024 Nokia camera. If I get board waiting will just pick up a Nokia 1024 Windows Phone.

prowlmedia
Sep 8, 2013, 04:16 PM
They must really want that T-Shirt.

ceva321
Sep 8, 2013, 05:07 PM
I honestly think Apple is behind all this, as a publicity stunt....they are hired by Apple. :D

JayIsAwesome
Sep 8, 2013, 05:55 PM
LOL wow. Honestly I never understood the whole "camping out" thing. It doesn't matter if its for a new iPhone, Black Friday sale, or the newest Xbox. Why not just order your stuff online? Lol there's no way in hell I'd ever wait in line for an iPhone or any other gadget, considering I can just order it online and have it delivered to my house. With the 5s, I'll simply preorder it and then go on with my day. Hell I'll probably be able to go into my local Verizon store and pick one up. I remember when the 5 launched, I actually drove by said Verizon store. Lol no lines. And that was at about 7am (was on my way to class) Say what you will about Samsung, but those commercials are spot on LOL

fedecape
Sep 8, 2013, 06:21 PM
No shower?

captain kaos
Sep 8, 2013, 06:48 PM
Probably a 2 week camp out then. Morons. Most normal people have to work for a living.

mrkramer
Sep 8, 2013, 07:04 PM
Lets face it, Apple only cares about the China Launch, the US sales will be dismal.


I seem to remember that almost every iPhone launch people on here predict that the sales will be bad, then the sales end up going up over the previous one. Even if there aren't a ton of people who have the 5 who want to upgrade most people in the US are on two year contracts so those who bought the 4S when it came out will be wanting to buy this one since they are up for another upgrade. With all those people plus the apple fans that want to have the newest device no matter what the sales will be pretty good even if they don't grow over the 5 launch although I wouldn't be too surprised if sales do end up slightly up.

Tom G.
Sep 8, 2013, 08:41 PM
You did of course read the article and see that these guys are actually part of a publicity stunt to advertise their company, right?

KdParker
Sep 8, 2013, 09:03 PM
So these people are camping for a product that (technically) doesn't exist yet, have no idea what the (official) features are, and may or may not (probably may) launch 2 weeks from now? O_o

Well, it does exist.....and the as far as what and when, most people can make an educated guess.

But like the story suggested, the early campers are most likely being paid to sit in line for 2 weeks.

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LOL wow. Honestly I never understood the whole "camping out" thing. It doesn't matter if its for a new iPhone, Black Friday sale, or the newest Xbox. Why not just order your stuff online? Lol there's no way in hell I'd ever wait in line for an iPhone or any other gadget, considering I can just order it online and have it delivered to my house. With the 5s, I'll simply preorder it and then go on with my day. Hell I'll probably be able to go into my local Verizon store and pick one up. I remember when the 5 launched, I actually drove by said Verizon store. Lol no lines. And that was at about 7am (was on my way to class) Say what you will about Samsung, but those commercials are spot on LOL

if the servers don't crash and you are fast enough to get one of the available pre-orders.

Anonymous Freak
Sep 8, 2013, 09:12 PM
Nope. You couldn't be more wrong about what I wrote. Go back and read it in context to the post I was responding too. It was simple devil's advocacy. I'm sorry you took it so personally, and also baffled.

I assure you I am not concerned one iota about campers. You are correct it's their time. And, I fully understand, and stated in another post, that anyone camping at this point is just a publicity stunt. I am unable to be critical of those who have camped for hours because I've been among them at times.

Misread yours, then. And no, I didn't take it personally (the last time I waited in line for anything longer than an hour, not counting taking my kids to Disneyland, was for Star Wars Episode I, and friends paid me to wait in line there.) Others had been more negative, and I suppose I hit reply to yours seeing it as "in-kind". It is the over-righteousness of the complaints that bugs me.

merkinmuffley
Sep 8, 2013, 09:28 PM
Does Apple pay these people to do this...hoping to create some media buzz?

JayIsAwesome
Sep 8, 2013, 09:44 PM
if the servers don't crash and you are fast enough to get one of the available pre-orders. Meh, I'm not worried. I'm confident that I'll be getting my iPhone without much hassle or waiting. The Verizon store in my area never gets lines for iPhone launches. I could probably just walk in there on launch day and get one. And even if I do have to wait, it's still not that big a deal. It's just a phone

kdarling
Sep 8, 2013, 10:32 PM
You did of course read the article and see that these guys are actually part of a publicity stunt to advertise their company, right?

As the article noted, the publicity stunters weren't even the first in line.

Look behind them in the picture, and you'll see the first two.

koban4max
Sep 9, 2013, 01:17 AM
hahaha I'll be laughing my way down there if Apple didn't release iPhone on day....:D

Winni
Sep 9, 2013, 03:14 AM
Guys... this isn't 2007/8 anymore... you can order your iPhones online and have them on your doorstep on launch day now.

That was true even in 2007. There NEVER was a reason to camp in front of a phone store just to get a phone that you could always order online. I wonder how much of Apple's marketing money goes into this campaign...

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Does Apple pay these people to do this...hoping to create some media buzz?

That would be my bet.

halan
Sep 9, 2013, 05:14 AM
They win guys.

joyhjelm
Sep 9, 2013, 08:12 AM
Find out why.... by following these campers on twitter at @sym_jon to see this is actually a very smart marketing move by a small business.

ActionableMango
Sep 9, 2013, 11:48 AM
Even still, unemployment is the sort of thing people like to moan about but everyone on here would take advantage of if they suddenly lost their job and were unable to find work. People only care about these things when it happens to them, and they think it never will.

Really? I would think most people are comforted by the fact that it's there. I am!

mrxak
Sep 9, 2013, 03:13 PM
I doubt it. The percentage of total sales by these mindless lemmings is minuscule.

Considering the "S" model is historically not revolutionary, one really has to question the reason to wait so long for one.

Sounds like you're already making excuses for lower sales of the 5S and/or reasons people are NOT going upgrade to it. I guess in 3 days, you can come back here with a big "I told you so!" or come back for a public tongue lashing! Nobody knows for sure, even yourself.

The percentage of total sales by these people is minuscule, yes, but the press coverage is free advertising worth millions of dollars.

I'm not going to get into a debate over your use of the word "revolutionary". I'll leave that to somebody else who wants to take the bait.

I'm not making any excuses for anything. The 5S will sell better than the 5 did, just as every other iPhone has sold better than the last. I'm merely saying that iPhone 5 owners aren't likely to buy the 5S, just as iPhone 4S owners weren't likely to buy the 5, or iPhone 4 owners weren't likely to buy the 4S, or iPhone 3GS owners weren't likely to buy the 4... Only a very few gadget freaks with too much money laying around upgrade their phones every year. The vast majority of iPhone buyers are either first time iPhone buyers, or own a model at least 18 months old. That's just a fact.

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Trustafarians.
Community organizers.
Educator sabbaticals.
Interns.
Consultants.
Post office employees.

Or this is their job, and they're paid to be there to promote something else.

1080p
Sep 9, 2013, 04:34 PM
[QUOTE=Winni;17851872]That was true even in 2007. There NEVER was a reason to camp in front of a phone store just to get a phone that you could always order online. I wonder how much of Apple's marketing money goes into this campaign...[COLOR="#808080"]

The 1st Generation iPhone was not available online. Don't remember about the 2nd Gen. But the 3rd Gen was DEFINITELY available online.

The Leafs Fan
Sep 9, 2013, 09:01 PM
I think you should check out my website's summary of the event predictions here: http://theleafsfan.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/apple-september-10th-event-predictions/

roadbloc
Sep 10, 2013, 03:03 PM
I wonder how many of them hoping for a 250-300 iPhone 5C are now leaving the queue.

Akuratyde
Sep 11, 2013, 02:02 PM
Really? I would think most people are comforted by the fact that it's there. I am!

Oh, I'm in total agreement. That comment was directed at the idiots who complain about "people leeching off the government", as if that's what unemployment is. /)_-

malofx
Sep 12, 2013, 11:54 AM
So, since the iPhone was not available for sale on the 10th, did these people just get in line for nothing? just wondering, but even if it was available the same day, I mean you can just wait one more day and have it deliver the next day.

Huracan
Sep 17, 2013, 03:03 PM
I wonder if there is any update on the growth or shrinkage of the line after the announcement of iPhone 5s and 5c