Plan for securing an iPhone 6 on launch day?

vaultwit

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I know it's still early, but I was wondering if folks had thought of plans for best securing an iPhone 6 on launch day? Couldn't find an existing thread on this, please let me know if there is...

I remember getting the iPhone 5 two years ago was a pain. I opted to preordering from AT&T and there was a lot of confusion with when the ship date was and such, and I ended up recieving the phone several days after launch. That year, it turned out that many people had better lunch preordering from stores such as Target, Best Buy, and Radio Shack. Those folks, if I remember correctly, got theirs on lauch day or the day after.

So for the iPhone 5s, my friend decided to preorder from Target. Guess what? They never even recieved shipments of the phones until weeks after launch day. Not sure how preorders from other stores turned out.

I've also heard some people having luck just lining up at Apple stores and recieving the cards for which phones are in stock. But this just seems like a pain because you need to get there early, and they may not even have the phone configuration you want.

So, what are the plans as of now for the best way to get the new iPhone on launch day? Preferably via preordering.
 

ZombiePete

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I'll probably wait until after launch day and get one when it's in stock. I'm kind of curious to hear what people think about the different sizes before I buy one.
 

maflynn

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The simplest and easiest approach is just to pre-order on apple.com, or there isn't a pre-order option then order it on apple.com.

Why get all complicated, just order and wait.
 

MacDawg

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I'll probably wait until after launch day and get one when it's in stock. I'm kind of curious to hear what people think about the different sizes before I buy one.
Probably a good plan, especially with the possibility of 2 sizes
Everyone will have a view on which is best
And will compare the screens, quality of build, etc ad infinitum

Getting to see one in person at the store before buying would be a plus
 

ZombiePete

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Why get all complicated, just order and wait.
There's a certain excitement in lining up to buy a new phone at the store; I've done it twice (iPhone 3G and 3GS) but then started switching back and forth between iPhone and Android devices and haven't bought another phone on launch day.

I debated potentially lining up for the 6 at my local AT&T store, but like I said I'm torn about which size I'm going to get based on whether the features are different, so I am likely to end up waiting. If I have a clear idea of which phone I'll want beforehand, I may line up again just for the hell of it. My wife wants the 5.5" so maybe we'll both line up this year.
 

Kryckter

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I know it's still early, but I was wondering if folks had thought of plans for best securing an iPhone 6 on launch day? Couldn't find an existing thread on this, please let me know if there is...

I remember getting the iPhone 5 two years ago was a pain. I opted to preordering from AT&T and there was a lot of confusion with when the ship date was and such, and I ended up recieving the phone several days after launch. That year, it turned out that many people had better lunch preordering from stores such as Target, Best Buy, and Radio Shack. Those folks, if I remember correctly, got theirs on lauch day or the day after.

So for the iPhone 5s, my friend decided to preorder from Target. Guess what? They never even recieved shipments of the phones until weeks after launch day. Not sure how preorders from other stores turned out.

I've also heard some people having luck just lining up at Apple stores and recieving the cards for which phones are in stock. But this just seems like a pain because you need to get there early, and they may not even have the phone configuration you want.

So, what are the plans as of now for the best way to get the new iPhone on launch day? Preferably via preordering.
Ill be ordering from Apple as always. Easy, painless. I wouldn't order from the carrier websites or stores, they never seem to get it right or get enough stock. Just use Apple and make it easy.
 

Appl3FTW

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The simplest and easiest approach is just to pre-order on apple.com, or there isn't a pre-order option then order it on apple.com.

Why get all complicated, just order and wait.
I normally make sure I'm awake in front of my computer around 2:45 ET. This year I plan on placing my order at 3:00 on the dot. LOLOLllllll.

iphone/ipad ordering is an event.. you need to prep for it. LULZ.
 

maflynn

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There's a certain excitement in lining up to buy a new phone at the store;.
To me, its a phone, something to make calls, run some apps text people, nothing more. I don't get caught up in the hype of waiting in line. So much so, that if my pre-order/order does not ship on launch day, I'll not lose any sleep over it.
 

iPhone7ate9

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There's a certain excitement in lining up to buy a new phone at the store; I've done it twice (iPhone 3G and 3GS) but then started switching back and forth between iPhone and Android devices and haven't bought another phone on launch day.

I debated potentially lining up for the 6 at my local AT&T store, but like I said I'm torn about which size I'm going to get based on whether the features are different, so I am likely to end up waiting. If I have a clear idea of which phone I'll want beforehand, I may line up again just for the hell of it. My wife wants the 5.5" so maybe we'll both line up this year.
I hate being around people. Especially if they're big and smelly.
 

1Zach1

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I'll wait until I can test one out in an Apple/AT&T store, then make a decision. Never really understood blindly buying a phone just to say I got it on the first day.
 

sunking101

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When they're in stock, I'll get one. No way am I queueing outside a store for hours on end, with the possibility of them running out before I even get through the door. Hopefully I won't have to wait until weeks after launch, like I did with the iPhone 4 but if I do, I do.
 

Kryckter

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I normally make sure I'm awake in front of my computer around 2:45 ET. This year I plan on placing my order at 3:00 on the dot. LOLOLllllll.

iphone/ipad ordering is an event.. you need to prep for it. LULZ.
You do need to prep. I set my alarm and use the Apple store app on the phone, it normally works really good.

I know its just a phone, but then again its also just 5 minutes of sleep! :D
 

ZombiePete

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To me, its a phone, something to make calls, run some apps text people, nothing more. I don't get caught up in the hype of waiting in line. So much so, that if my pre-order/order does not ship on launch day, I'll not lose any sleep over it.
Well, like I said I'm probably going to wait to see how the different sizes shake out in people's opinions, but sometimes it can be fun to get caught up in the hype as long as you have the right expectations. The year the 3G came out and I waited in line for it I met some very cool people and we all had a nice morning chatting and drinking coffee from the Starbucks there together. The next year I hung out with my wife in the line and we did much the same thing; it was just a nice relaxing time and an excuse to take a day off from work.
 

jbachandouris

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Although I've waited in line twice on Launch Day, I might pre-order this time. Reason: color selection. Last year I waited in line and I think I was maybe between 50-60th in line. Only Space Grey was available.

I would like a choice in color and size.

Now as to 4.7 or 5.5? On the fence still. My 46 year old eyeballs want the 5.5, but my jeans pocket say 4.7.
 

rockitdog

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To me, its a phone, something to make calls, run some apps text people, nothing more. I don't get caught up in the hype of waiting in line. So much so, that if my pre-order/order does not ship on launch day, I'll not lose any sleep over it.
Agree 100%! People who get caught up in this having to have everything on launch day are usually people who (A) Are very superficial & materialistic or (B) often don't have much else going on for themselves in life so having the latest/greatest is just a way feel better about their lives.
 

ZombiePete

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Agree 100%! People who get caught up in this having to have everything on launch day are usually people who (A) Are very superficial & materialistic or (B) often don't have much else going on for themselves in life so having the latest/greatest is just a way feel better about their lives.
Those are some pretty ugly, stereotypical generalizations.
 

rockitdog

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Those are some pretty ugly, stereotypical generalizations.
Just observations. Standing in line for something just to have it on day 1 is something I did in high school or college. As an adult I can't think there is anything that would be a bigger waste of my time. Let alone waste my vacation time to take off for such a materialistic reason.
 

nburwell

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I will probably order it directly from Apple this year since I plan on purchasing the phone unlocked. In prior years, I just ordered directly from AT&T via their website. Although I usually waited until the madness died down before I placed my order. I was not concerned with receiving the phone the day it was released.
 
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