Two Americans waiting in line in Sydney to do drop test

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  1. lsbuffs, Sep 24, 2015
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    lsbuffs macrumors regular

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    I don't get it, such a waste. They flew all the way down there just to do this?

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/iphone-6s-on-sale-braving-the-cold-outside-apple-store-sydney/story-e6frg6nf-1227542563694?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed: TheAustralianNewsNDM (The Australian | News |)

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    The first in the queue doesn’t even like Apple, the next two want to drop the iPhone as soon as it’s handed to them and not far behind them is a robot — this is the Sydney queue for the iPhone 6s.

    Tents and even an inflatable couch line the side of the George St building where the first of the new iPhones will be available to the public at 8am on Friday.

    Lindsay Handmer staked his spot at the front of the queue 17 days ago and will auction two iPhones to raise funds for Mission Australia.

    “I don’t actually own any Apple products myself. I am not an Apple guy,” Mr Handmer said.

    The auction will go ahead as soon as he has the phones in his hand on Friday and the funds will go straight to the charity that afternoon.

    Next in line are two Americans intent on pushing the iPhone to breaking point.

    “We are going to break it. We are going to do a drop test,” Keaton Keller and Matt Jones said in unison.

    The two flew from the US to get the iPhone a day earlier to show it off on their YouTube channel.

    Further down the line is a tablet connected to a pair of wheels, and a woman can be seen sleeping on the display.

    She is hoping to be the first robot to buy a phone, her sign says.

    But mostly it’s die-hard fans who are braving the wet.

    “I really love the brand,” said Vitor Epiphanio, who has been waiting for 10 days.

    “To be honest I love everything Apple. My dream is to work here,” he said.
     
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  3. engelke2010, Sep 24, 2015
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    Unfortunately, can't see the article. I don't subscribe.

    EDIT: thanks for doing the copy and paste. Much appreciated!
     
  4. Cayden macrumors 6502a

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    Well last year the first iPhone sold was dropped so maybe they just want to make international news this time around
     
  5. Hexiii macrumors 65816

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    Lol, at first I thought that the thread is about mocking the guy who dropped the first iPhone.
     
  6. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    Not subscribing. Any way to paste the pertinent info?
     
  7. lsbuffs thread starter macrumors regular

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    The first in the queue doesn’t even like Apple, the next two want to drop the iPhone as soon as it’s handed to them and not far behind them is a robot — this is the Sydney queue for the iPhone 6s.

    Tents and even an inflatable couch line the side of the George St building where the first of the new iPhones will be available to the public at 8am on Friday.

    Lindsay Handmer staked his spot at the front of the queue 17 days ago and will auction two iPhones to raise funds for Mission Australia.

    “I don’t actually own any Apple products myself. I am not an Apple guy,” Mr Handmer said.

    The auction will go ahead as soon as he has the phones in his hand on Friday and the funds will go straight to the charity that afternoon.

    Next in line are two Americans intent on pushing the iPhone to breaking point.

    “We are going to break it. We are going to do a drop test,” Keaton Keller and Matt Jones said in unison.

    The two flew from the US to get the iPhone a day earlier to show it off on their YouTube channel.

    Further down the line is a tablet connected to a pair of wheels, and a woman can be seen sleeping on the display.

    She is hoping to be the first robot to buy a phone, her sign says.

    But mostly it’s die-hard fans who are braving the wet.

    “I really love the brand,” said Vitor Epiphanio, who has been waiting for 10 days.

    “To be honest I love everything Apple. My dream is to work here,” he said.
     
  8. Speedman100 macrumors 6502

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    Um a woman is waiting with her robot? Okay. I'm done now. Bye.
     
  9. dave420 macrumors 65816

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    Drop tests are so 2013. I want to know if it bends or not.
     
  10. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    And he is going tonight for me in fantasy football...what a busy man.
     
  11. dumastudetto macrumors 68020

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    Lucky guys if they can make enough money to visit a great city like Sydney and pay for it by dropping a couple of iPhones and sharing the videos on YouTube.
     
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    If they are the first to do it then likely they will make enough off of ads on youtube to pay for the 79 dollar replacement fee with applecare+ and quite possibly enough to pay for their trip and the phone itself.
     
  14. macduke macrumors 604

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    There used to be a time when standing in line was fun. There were many other like-minded Apple enthusiasts around to talk to. It was kinda fun. But those days are over. Between standing in line with a bunch of people who are immediately going to sell on the grey market/ebay, to people who immediately drop/shoot/immerse/blend their new phone and don't actually care, to those people who are doing publicity stunts, it's just not fun anymore. (Besides, couldn't the charity guy just, you know, work for two weeks and donate the money he used on the phones AND the money he made during that time to charity?) The fact that it's easy to preorder or reserve the phone online makes it not even worth the time or effort. The line is just filled with a bunch of weirdos now. People who found something to latch onto because it makes them seem even more weird. People who like being weird for the sake of being weird and don't actually have any unique perspective or creative insight into anything. I mean, clearly not all of the people in line are that way. But all of the BS combined together just kills the fun of it.
     
  15. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    It's $99 now for AppleCare+ and intentional damage is against the terms so Apple may choose to decline to replace.
     
  16. Jman13 macrumors 68000

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    They'll easily make enough to pay for the out of warranty replacement of the phone, unless it's completely destroyed. even then, it'll still likely pay for the trip and phone, plus some more. If they get 3 million views, they'll take home around $6,000 in ad revenue. Something tells me they know their audience well enough to have an idea of the revenue it'll bring in to do this.
     
  17. audiofx macrumors regular

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    exactly. To be first and get XX amount of youtube views, thus getting paid. If people online didn't flock in hoards to watch the video they wouldn't do it. Such is marketing / life. Attention wins.
     
  18. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I doubt apple will be researching to see who they are when they come in with a broken iPhone, at the worst if Apple thinks it looks too abused they could claim that a little kid got ahold of it and threw it out a window. Or just take all of their ad money and pay for a new one as they will get enough.
     
  19. Benched08 macrumors regular

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    I wanna see the results, hoping they do a somewhat calibrated test instead of haphazardly throwing it on the ground.
     
  20. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    I guess it depends on your area. I live in Southern California and waited in line overnight and had a good time. I don't think I'll do it again, but not because of scalpels.
     
  21. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    This is why I wish Apple would kill the whole standing in line thing. But there are diehards who think of this as some amazing experience bonding with other likeminded diehards that would be livid if Apple ever stopped doing it, so I guess it's here to stay for the foreseeable future. Sigh.
     
  22. macduke macrumors 604

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    Seems like it's slowly dying off. They'll just let it kill itself. It's a good practice to offer phones available for sale in your store immediately. It was kinda frustrating that the Apple Watch couldn't be picked up in-store for a while. At first I thought Apple was attempting to kill off the whole standing in line thing. But soon it became apparent it was due to production issues with the taptic engine putting constraints on inventory. Either way it was a way of testing things and I think generally people had a negative reaction to it as it was confusing.
     

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