Watched someone at an Apple Store buy an unlocked iPhone 6 yesterday

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TypeMRT, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. TypeMRT macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2007
    I was at an Apple Store yesterday and watched someone buy an unlocked iPhone 6 to replace their iPhone 5. I feel bad because I'm sure he'll be quite upset after next week's announcement, but I figure news of a new iPhone in September is basically mainstream knowledge by now. It didn't seem like his iPhone 5 was lost or broken (maybe it was). Would you have interrupted the sale to tell them about the upcoming iPhone event?
  2. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    No, because if they were out a phone, they may not have cared about the latest, and it's at least a month if not longer before the 6S is released (if it gets released a month after the event that's Friday, October 9th). That's a long time to go without a phone!
  3. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    If the customer had a broken iPhone 5 maybe he couldn't wait for the new model and we all know how hard it is to get it at the beginning.
    Too bad he cannot wait for a few days, next Thursday they'll lower the price of 6 and 6S
  4. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    He might be able to argue for a readjustment at the sale price since it will be within 14 days.

    But, hey, his choice. :)
  5. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Release is typically just a week or two after the keynote. It probably just felt a lot longer given the supply issues last year with the 6/6+.
  6. Bako-MacAddict macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2012
    I would of "cough cough 6s is releasing this month cough "
  7. 0928001 Suspended

    Sep 15, 2012
    iPhones usually release 9-10 days after they are announced. Been this way for years.

    That being said, the person may not even care about having the latest and greatest device, and more than likely isn't one to sit up and wait for a pre-order to go live, else he'd probably already know about the 6S. I have a feeling the 6S will be supply constrained.
  8. Cool Pup macrumors 6502a

    Cool Pup

    Jun 18, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    I get what you're saying and I'd most certainly wait for the new model. But, not everyone can wait nor does everyone care about the same things enthusiasts like we do.
  9. ricktat macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2013
    A lady at my worked did a 2 year contract on a 4S 2 days before last years announcement. She was just like... I don't care..It was free
  10. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Lol, my aunt replaced her water damaged iPhone 4 after the 4S announcement and just days before actual release. For most folks, they just don't care as long as they have a working phone.
  11. adamhenry macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
    My step-daughter thinks it is silly and a poor use of money to buy a new phone when the old one still works perfectly fine.
  12. yui4 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2011
    The reality is that she is correct in that it is a poor use of money but that doesn't stop us!
  13. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    If you need a phone, you need a phone.

    That being said, Apple are quite flexible with return windows so buying unlocked is A-OK. I daresay if you bought an iPhone this week but wanted to return it for a 6S, management would allow it.

    It would be silly to jump into a two year plan at this point unless you got one heck of a deal though.
  14. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    There are thousands of iPhone still sold daily. Hate to say it but it is US, in these forums, that is not normal as most of the general phone buying public has no idea that Apple is getting ready to deliver another phone.
  15. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I quite agree. Unfortunately, the old 2-year contract system in the US penalized you (to the tune of up to $450 every 2 years) for not upgrading "on schedule".

    Now that equipment subsidy has been decoupled from plan costs (thank you, T-Mobile), I think I might actually keep my iPhones longer now instead of upgrading every year.
  16. throwthedice macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2015
    You're British aren't you? :p
  17. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2004
    Nope. it would be none of my business.
  18. RebornProphet Suspended

    Nov 3, 2013
    I'm an Apple enthusiast, watch every keynote, used Apple products long before iPhone, have used iOS since the iPhone 3G and owned multiple iOS devices.

    I know the upgrade schedule inside out, but I still upgraded from the 5s to the 6 last week because I got a good deal between selling my 5s and the upgrade fee.

    I'll get the "optimal" iOS 9 experience on my iPad Air 2 and I didn't find my 5s slow ... I just wanted a bigger screen and Apple Pay.
  19. timeconsumer macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2008
    I wouldn't assume the buyer wasn't aware. He could've just needed a phone and is using Apple's return policy to his benefit.
  20. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    We are the minority. The rest of the world buys what is available when they need it.
  21. gabo864 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2012
    I deal with these kind of customers every day single day lol. Not everybody cares about having the latest greatest device. It's not just iPhone users, but also Samsung users. Sometimes they want free phones or they just don't care, I remember when the Note 5 came out, we were taking pre-orders and I kept telling customers they could pre-order the new one instead, but they would be like nah I'll stick with the Note 4! I'm like SERIOUSLY? lol same with iPhones.
  22. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    He might not know or care if there's a new phone coming out..
  23. tworth23 macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2010
    Why on earth would you not have waited until sept 18th at this point?
  24. iDuel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2011
    It wouldn't be any of my business to interrupt the sale. Heck, I shake my head whenever I read threads on here about people who cut in on sales at BestBuy to recommend Macs.

    The point is, that person probably had a specific reason why he bought an unlocked iPhone 6 now.
  25. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    Due to work, I can't go a single day without a phone. Not only is it about 2 weeks till the new phones come out, there's a huge risk that I wouldn't be able to get one! So if it was me I'd run to the store ASAP and get a phone now.

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