The very first DRY iPhone launch in history

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ozziegn, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. ozziegn macrumors 6502a


    Aug 16, 2007
    Central FL Area
    I showed up to my local AT&T store this morning at 6:30am and there was only one person waiting in line. This is a first time in history that ive witnessed this.

    How many other peeps are seeing this today?
  2. mfldmike macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2011
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Crowds do seem to be down as compared to other iPhone launches. My wife works across the street from the boylston apple store in Boston and she only started seeing people camping out yesterday. Prior years people were there days/weeks before the roll out.
  4. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
    That's how it should be. iOS 9 slows down your phone, the new phone is heavier, smaller battery... and people are waiting in line for it?

    I didn't know you were in Boston. I'm there too. But I didn't go to the launch though.
  5. JXShine macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2015
    Here comes the troll making useless posts.
  6. Poochi macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    People ran out of money to give to Apple.
  7. superfuzz macrumors member


    Sep 21, 2015
    Went past my verizon today. 3 people in line. They told me no plus models till around noon today so i'll be calling and being annoying.
  8. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
    I wouldn't wait in line if I knew I could get one the next couple of days. That's the thing, people are trying to avoid being sold out that's why everyone tries to line up. If you don't you'll have to wait 4 weeks.
  9. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    I mean, there are a lot more options now. I think people queued out of """"necessity"""" before, but it's not like that anymore.

    Still some cool queues though!
  10. Plilbeye macrumors member


    Sep 24, 2015
    At the store here in Valencia CA 20 miles North of Los Angeles and there is 50 or so people in line most have been here since 10pm last night. I think do to the plentiful amount of pre-orders apple had available most people will show up at there designated time slots avoiding have to wait all night.
  11. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Maybe it's just that the ordering process has gotten good enough that the vast majority of people realize there is no reason to wait in line? I ordered mine casually late in the day it was available from AT&T and it's out for delivery. No fuss.
  12. ljusmc macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2012
    I'm at an att store and I'm the only one here. It is super early though
  13. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    It's definitely more calm. At my local Apple Store right now the line isn't even half as long as when I came in 2013 for the 5s.
  14. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    A lot of people are getting phones this year through their carriers because of all the incentives. I'll be getting mine straight from T-Mobile to take advantage of their plan. In years past I would be going to the Apple store. Also, internet pre-orders probably get a larger share every year and every internet pre-order is one less person in line.

    At this point I am kind of surprised that so many people still go stand in line for it at all. iPhone 6S was available for launch day delivery for days if not weeks before ship times started to slip. The 6S plus went quicker, so that I could understand, but even that is just 3-4 weeks according to Apple's website, where as in the past people got shipping dates two months or more in advance.
  15. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    It's not a secret why, now that you can pre-order it or make a reservation there is absolutely zero reason to wait in line.
  16. sterl320 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    more and more people are either pre-ordering or making a reservation. I'm going at my reservation time. No waiting in line for me lol.
  17. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    The iPhone is also launching in China simultaneously this year. There is very little arbitrage opportunities for resellers too, who were a large part of hence first week action during the 6/6+ launch.
  18. lsbuffs macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2009
    Not a single person at the Sprint store at 5am here in the south Denver metro area. News broadcasts report about 30-40 at the Aspen Grove store nearby. I've waited there in the past and generally we have 100+ for iPhone events.

    By the way, I didn't get why this is a "DRY" launch. As compared to a "WET" launch? May just be too early here for me to understand.
  19. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I initially though he was referring to alcohol consumption among the people queued up!
  20. wborisenok macrumors 6502


    Sep 22, 2014
    Boston, MA
    I think this is just a sign of the times. Aside from having to get up to pre-order at 12, 1, 2, or 3AM, Apple has made the pre-order process pretty much seamless. I woke up at 3:07AM, placed my order in 5 minutes, and proceeded to wait 2 weeks for the phone to show up on my doorstep on launch day. Easy as pie.
  21. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
    it appeared they had a lot of phones available for preorder since people the next morning could still preorder and then they had the reserve, pick up in store option... so no reason to wait in line...

    i don't think apple's in any trouble with this phone!
  22. CaCHooKa Man macrumors member

    CaCHooKa Man

    Sep 21, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA
    Just saw the Pasadena, CA Apple store on the news and there's gotta be less than 20 people waiting in line
  23. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    Orders are up on last year so things are actually better than ever it would seem.
  24. ozziegn thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 16, 2007
    Central FL Area
    Dry as in this is the first time that I've seen my local COR AT&T store have only one customer by 7:00am. Normally there'd be like 50 people at minimum.
  25. Aibocyrus macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2015
    Yea. Agree with this thread. Last year our line at our AT&T was wrapped around the building. This year.... Three people showed up as we opened lol. And now we have no customers in the store.

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