The worst iPhone launch ever? And a chipped iPhone 5s (with pic!)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by WilliamG, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    So I got in line at the Bellevue, WA Apple Store last night at 9:55pm. I was number 14 in line. Number FOURTEEN.

    Apple employees refused to tell us how many of any phones they had.

    I can tell you this:

    When they gave out the reservation cards at 7:30am, the first 5 people grabbed 64GB gold iPhone 5S models. That was all they had. FIVE.

    I got the ONLY 32GB white AT&T model (for the wife), and a 32GB slate grey model AT&T for myself (of which they had many).

    Can you believe a store of this size only had a single 32GB AT&T white model? Insane!

    There was probably about 800 people out there when they opened, and I'm sure a LOT of very, VERY disappointed buyers. There was barely any stock…

    The store had TONS of iPhone 5c, and nobody was interested (no surprise - you don't wait in line that long for a 5c).

    My 32GB slate grey had a nice chip out of the top. I'm glad I opened it in the store. It was exchanged for a second which seems fine.

    You can see the stock of iPhone 5s models. That was just after walking in. There's barely any! And yes, I asked if that was all of it.

    Ugh.. just sad.

    PS, yes there really was a Hispanic guy with many ears.
     

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  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Are you sure that was all the stock? Seems low. Sucks about the chip. That's very noticeable and I'd be bummed.


    But let's talk about this:
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    Epic.
     
  3. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    lololol
     
  4. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yes I'm sure. The store was plain embarrassed. I saw the cards they were handing out. I know for a fact that I got the only 32GB white AT&T model. The pile of iPhones on the table was just… one, in that stack, for iPhone 5s 32GB white, AT&T models. And I saw I got the only reservation card in the stack for that type.

    And yes, as mentioned in my first post, that guy was totally there. :)
     
  5. neoelectronaut macrumors 68030

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    Every iPhone launch is the worst ever according to someone.
     
  6. Velin macrumors 65816

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    Tim Cook just emailed me, and he says "that's how the cookie crumbles."
     
  7. McPc macrumors 6502

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    Bummed about having ears like that or a chipped phone? ;)
     
  8. fender57 macrumors 6502

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    Steve Jobs just e-mailed me from the grave and told me not to hold the iPhone like that.
     
  9. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Sure he wasn't looking for advice on contract law? ;) :p

    Both! I'd be bummed with both!
     
  10. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    When has there ever been a launch when a store only got ONE 32GB iPhone white, at a major store? Only 5 gold? Really? Crazy...
     
  11. neoelectronaut macrumors 68030

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    How about the time the White iPhone didn't make the iPhone launch at all, and I waited three months for nothing? (And ended up having to settle for a black iPhone.)
     
  12. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    San Diego UTC had 4 AT&T Gold iPhones. Period. 1 16GB, 1 32GB and 2 64GB. My girlfriend was number 6 in line and she got the last Gold.
     
  13. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    I'm talking about ACTUAL launch, not hypothetical launch. :)

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    That's insane, too. No wonder Apple didn't do preorders. I love all things Apple (well…most things Apple), but making hoards of people wait in line for no reason was PURE marketing. Perhaps even marketing genius. But a really, really crappy thing to do. :mad:
     
  14. fender57 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, a lot of people here called it right off the bat.
     
  15. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    And they ran out of all AT&T White/Silver within 20 minutes. Thank god I was number 6/7 in line. I got a 32GB AT&T Space Grey and they seemed to have a quite a bit of those. There were a good 200 people in line and they had no idea how short supplied they were. They had tons of 5Cs in all colors.
     
  16. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    What really cheeses me off is that at 7:55am the Apple employees ran around the mall cheering and high-five-ing everyone! Talk about… suck!
     
  17. JLEW700 macrumors 6502

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    Glad I didn't waste my time. Im sure U Village and Alderwood had similar situations??
     
  18. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    No doubt.

    To Apple's credit, they did have extra stock for defective phones, and they swapped out my chipped unit with a new one instantly.
     
  19. Gix1k macrumors 68030

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    Why are you all surprised about stock....why do you think there was no preorder for the 5s....supplies were low.

    Apple must not have been aware of previous launches. :rolleyes:
     
  20. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    If it came chipped, there is always an extra stock at the genius bar for replacements
     
  21. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Either that or they thought the 5C would be the big seller. But I wouldn't know. No Apple Store for many miles where I'm at.

    I'm still waiting for my Powerbook G5.
     
  22. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    Sorry about your problems but for me it was the easist iPhone introduction I have ever been in. Got one ordered and had my "friend" bring me a 64gb Grey AT&T model.
     
  23. Iphone5preorder macrumors 6502a

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    He probably hears better then any of us.
     
  24. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030

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    I had a chip on my 32gb Space Grey as well, They exchanged it immediately. Good thing we opened up our phones in store.
     

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