If you wait in line at the AAPL store, will you get a phone for sure?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by richpuer, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. richpuer macrumors 6502

    Nov 15, 2010
    Or will you end up waiting for hours only to find out that when your turn is next, theyve ran out of stock?

    Im not talking about waiting before the store opens. like if you head there around noon, see a massive line but decide to wait anyway. is that going to ensure you a phone?

    When I did the ipad 3 launch, i went there the day after and stood in a line of about 10 people. They handed out the model numbers on little cards so i knew it was a matter of time before getting mine.

    I just dont want to be stuck waiting in a massive line not knowing if there is stock or not. Do appl people put out a sign saying out of stock so u know not to wait?
  2. Starbuckpga macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2009

    There's not an unlimited supply at the stores. So if you want to ensure you get a phone, better get there very early or the night before, wait in line, and then you will likely get a phone.

    As stock dwindles and they get close to being sold-out, they will inform people and count off where in line the expected cutoff will or would be.
  3. TheBuffather macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I'd say if you're in the first few hundred in line, you'll get one.
  4. cardinalryan macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2010
    Yes, you will get one. They ship an ungodly amount to the stores. They may eventually sell out on day one, but it will be evening time before they are gone, if they sell out at all.
  5. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    Getting there before a large line is the only sure way to get one.

    That said, I'd "assume" if there was obviously more people outside than the stock they have, some kind of indication would be given.

    I'd either call before I head there and try to get some info, or speak to one of the employees there prior to getting on line.
  6. Namji macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2010
    If you want to buy your iPhone at the carriers store or Apple Store, consider how much population / people live in your area...

    If you live in the country then no.. you most likely will not have any issues with getting your iPhone.. if you live in NYC area's good luck...
  7. Wthompso macrumors newbie


    Jun 15, 2010
    i hope that they recieve more stock than my store gets...i work at a verizon store and we were only given close to 10 phones...mostly 16 black....there were just not enough to give us more...we are a lower traffic store but still i would have expected more...im sure that apple store will carry significantly more
  8. richpuer thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 15, 2010
    how about Orange county?
  9. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2009
    Edmonton, AB
    If you wait long enough, the Apple elves in the back room can custom make you a phone, in whatever color you like...


  10. ewils19 macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Last year I went in the early afternoon (around 2 pm I think) to the AT&T store and was able to get a 16 GB 4S. So its definitely possible but it will of course depend on the area you're in and other variables.

    I'm in Dallas btw.
  11. DravenGSX macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2008
    Orange county in which state? There are many.

    If past experience is any indication, if you get to the Apple store at noon, you are just about guaranteed to NOT get a phone.
  12. nabechu macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2008
    If you're going to the irvine spectrum, get there no later than 2am. The earlier the better
  13. renesandy macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2011
    New York City
    Apple stores are your best bet. AT&T stores in NYC had about three phones daily, when the 4 came out I was fourth in line, but the person in front of me couldn't afford it because they "forced" Apple Care onto the device, which I later returned at another location.
    Also, model variation. When the 4S came out I remember Apple stores telling me that they had Sprint phones and some Verizon, but AT&T was sold out!
  14. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    Lots of people with lots of disposable income? It's gonna be crowded. ;)
  15. ipoddin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2004
    Los Angeles

    Apple stores get hundreds. And not sure if anyone else's Apple store did this last year, but when we lined up they came around and gave everyone a ticket with the iphone of their choice labeled on it. It was your garunteed iPhone that you could come back and pick up any time before closing on launch day.
  16. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    Be the first in line, and you're guaranteed to have an iPhone 5.
  17. mloiterman macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2008
    Sadly, the only things in this life that are "for sure" are death and taxes.

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