- 09-17-2012, 10:50 PM #26
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- 09-17-2012, 10:58 PM #28
- 09-17-2012, 11:16 PM #29iPhone Nanite
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Interesting, and good to note.
Last year was my first iPhone (Sprint customer for years) so paranoia propelled me to get in line at about 3am the morning of.
I was approximately the 3rd person in line at that point but interestingly enough, the line only grew to about 20 by the time the store opened. In fact, I called my girlfriend who'd had a late night prior at about 7am to tell her the line wasn't long if she wanted to come down and just pick one up. Sure enough, she shows up about 7:30am and walked out of the store maybe 30 minutes later with her first iPhone.
The few of us who arrived extremely early were pretty confused by the seeming lack of interest or frenzy surrounding the release of the first iPhone on the Sprint Network...in retrospect, it was likely that the VAST majority of iPhone buyers just elected to skip the line and preorder. It's good to know that the stock on hand in the store is "first come, first serve" so my early spot in the line will almost surely guarantee my phone on Friday morning! Thanks for the info!
Oh, and BTW, the story refers to the main Sprint store in Eugene, OR if anyone reading is in the area and was curious as to the possible demand around here!
- 09-17-2012, 11:37 PM #30
- 09-17-2012, 11:57 PM #31
- 09-18-2012, 12:54 AM #32
Yeah I'm completely clueless as to when to show up...
I waited in line for the iPad 2 but that was atypical because Apple wouldn't sell them til 5pm...so I was in line from 6am til 5pm (this was in the main San Francisco store). Then, for the "new" iPad, I tried the Berkeley store (had class later in the morning so I couldn't go to SF); I got there around 5am and there was essentially no line at all...nor would there be when I left.
But, I'm thinking iPhones will be different than iPads since they're way more widespread and in demand. I want to go to the SF store just because it's more of an experience...but I know the line's gonna be way worse. Just don't have any idea when to get there. I was thinking somewhere around 2 or 3am? Anyone who has waited at a large Apple Store for a recent iPhone launch have any advice??
- 09-18-2012, 01:11 AM #33
- 09-18-2012, 02:28 AM #34
- 09-18-2012, 06:02 AM #35
Regarding the Brandon store, make sure you call the Apple store to find out when the mall lets you form a line. I was there for the iPhone 4 release and got there about 4 am and security wouldn't let people form a line until 6 or 7 am, so you had everybody in their cars until they gave the ok and it was hundreds of people dashing for the door, I was about number 80 in line and waited until 6pm that evening to get my phone, it was a clusterf**k.
- 09-18-2012, 07:43 AM #36
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- 09-18-2012, 10:03 AM #42
They used to allow you to pre-order for in-store pickup but they stopped doing that. So anyone going to a store has the same shot. Apple stores are always the best bet as they are always stocked much better than the carrier stores. The Apple Store we typically go to gets shipments throughout the day to accomodate the rush. Carrier stores typically don't, when they're out, they're out until another shipment sometimes weeks later. Our local AT&T store only got 12 iPhone 4's, about the same with the 4S and then had a reserve list for about a month after that.
In short, go to an Apple store if you have one close enough.
- 09-18-2012, 10:05 AM #43
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- 09-18-2012, 10:08 AM #45
I was in line at 2AM when the iPhone 3G came out, 5AM for the 3GS, 3am for the i4 and 5AM for the iPad 2. Each time I got one on launch day. So just pick a place you know is normally slow and go sometime between 3-5AM to line up.
- 09-18-2012, 11:04 AM #46
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- 09-18-2012, 11:19 AM #50iPhone Newbie
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With so many bought in the first 24 hours, how likely is it that friday is going to be even more insane than previous releases? I actually wanted to get in line on launch day but the wife's response to "you take care of the newborn, I'm going to go hang out at the apple store" was exactly what you can imagine lol