1. Allyson Kazmucha's Avatar
    On the launch of the iPhone 4 (and probably 4S) Apple had a limited quantity of iPhones for sale on the launch day for customers who didn't pre-order. There were two lines: one for people who pre-ordered and thus were guaranteed an iPhone that day, and a second line for customers who didn't pre-order and were taking their chances. That second line was CRAWLING. I think the Apple Store was taking five pre-order customers and then one non-preorder customer. Honestly, it could have even been ten to one. I just remember seeing that other line at a near standstill all morning.

    I would really discourage anyone who didn't pre-order an iPhone 5 from even trying to get one on Friday. Or maybe your odds will at least be better at a store like AT&T or Sprint rather than Apple since most people will think of going to Apple first?

    If you do try to get one on launch day without pre-ordering, make sure you bring something to do while in line. Heck, bring food too. And bring hours worth of patience. It's going to be a zoo.
    The iPhone 4 was the last iPhone that was available for in-store pickup for pre-order. You can not preorder for in store pickup anymore. Everyone waiting in line will have the same shot. No two lines anymore. If you pre-ordered, your ONLY option was shipping.


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    09-17-2012 11:50 PM
  2. metroidmen's Avatar
    Well, I'm planning on getting there probably about 6pm the night before. Here's hoping that's good. Like I said, my main concern is my ipad and iphones battery dying... Sure there are wall sockets nearby but think how many people will flock to those.
    09-17-2012 11:56 PM
  3. Allyson Kazmucha's Avatar
    Probably will show up around 10-11pm. I will be at the Woodfield Mall Apple Store in Schaumburg IL (with imore tshirts!)


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    09-17-2012 11:58 PM
  4. juicebox_jackson's Avatar
    The iPhone 4 was the last iPhone that was available for in-store pickup for pre-order. You can not preorder for in store pickup anymore. Everyone waiting in line will have the same shot. No two lines anymore. If you pre-ordered, your ONLY option was shipping.


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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!
    09-18-2012 12:16 AM
  5. xus24marinesx's Avatar
    ok I live in Las Vegas and there are 3 Apple stores on the strip. I have no idea when to arrive someone help please haha
    09-18-2012 12:37 AM
  6. BlackAppDevFem's Avatar
    just like my post stated, I'm downtown Chicago! I know it'll be complete madness but I'm giving the AT&T store a try at about 6am or 6:30am.

    Let me know if that's too early (or even late) lol
    09-18-2012 12:57 AM
  7. mtmjr90's Avatar
    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??
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    09-18-2012 01:54 AM
  8. Apple4ever2011's Avatar
    just like my post stated, I'm downtown Chicago! I know it'll be complete madness but I'm giving the AT&T store a try at about 6am or 6:30am.

    Let me know if that's too early (or even late) lol
    I lined up at Old Orchard Mall at about 330am when I got iPhone 4. It's safer because they have Police in the lots and walking around the mall. The way things have been going in the city. I wouldn't wait outside a store in the city. Not even Lincoln Park Apple store, its 5 blocks away from where projects where. Do a Suburb Apple Store....
    09-18-2012 02:11 AM
  9. ZeroLeonheart's Avatar
    Anyone waiting at the Apple Store in Richmond VA? I'm going to AT&T because I know apple will be pandemonium.
    09-18-2012 03:28 AM
  10. jamesdean74's Avatar
    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 07:02 AM
  11. iRy757's Avatar
    Anyone waiting at the Apple Store in Richmond VA? I'm going to AT&T because I know apple will be pandemonium.
    I'll be going to the Apple store in Norfolk at MacArthur after mine comes in, just to see the line and get Ghost Armor lol.


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    09-18-2012 08:43 AM
  12. metroidmen's Avatar
    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.
    Dang, that's concerning. I have a motorcycle, so I can park up on the sidewalk in be close at least.
    09-18-2012 09:48 AM
  13. Unreal.images's Avatar
    I will be at the Apple store in Rancho Cucamonga CA. They allowed you to line up about 6 in the morning. I was able to get the iPhone 4S no problem.
    09-18-2012 09:55 AM
  14. rew001's Avatar
    Serious Question.
    Why?
    Why did you people not preorder early Sept 14th?
    Are you not wanting to use a credit card?
    Is this some sort of weird thing you enjoy doing?

    I'm being serious.


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    09-18-2012 09:55 AM
  15. mtmjr90's Avatar
    Serious Question.
    Why?
    Why did you people not preorder early Sept 14th?
    Are you not wanting to use a credit card?
    Is this some sort of weird thing you enjoy doing?

    I'm being serious.


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    I was going to but I wanted unlocked, off-contract...which apparently you can't preorder. So I thought about it and decided (yesterday) to buy the AT&T one on contract and just pay the ETF in three months and have them unlock it. It's also a happy coincidence that I happen to have work off on Friday
    09-18-2012 10:20 AM
  16. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    There's already a line at the Apple stores near me. Brave people, especially seeing as it's gonna be 48 tonight for a low. I'm not that hard core.
    09-18-2012 10:53 AM
  17. Allyson Kazmucha's Avatar
    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!
    The incremental updates are never as popular as the revamps. The iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S launches were very tame compared to the first gen, 3G, and 4. I expect the iPhone 5 will draw much more attention and demand than the iterative every other year updates do.

    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 11:03 AM
  18. Allyson Kazmucha's Avatar
    just like my post stated, I'm downtown Chicago! I know it'll be complete madness but I'm giving the AT&T store a try at about 6am or 6:30am.

    Let me know if that's too early (or even late) lol
    I'll be at the Woodfield Apple Store if you're willing to venture out to Schaumburg... with some iMore gear to give out of course
    09-18-2012 11:05 AM
  19. Allyson Kazmucha's Avatar
    Serious Question.
    Why?
    Why did you people not preorder early Sept 14th?
    Are you not wanting to use a credit card?
    Is this some sort of weird thing you enjoy doing?

    I'm being serious.


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    Have you never been to an Apple product launch? They're a good time.

    Don't knock it til you've tried it.
    09-18-2012 11:07 AM
  20. guinnkevinr's Avatar
    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 11:08 AM
  21. rew001's Avatar
    Have you never been to an Apple product launch? They're a good time.

    Don't knock it til you've tried it.
    So it's a social thing. No other reason to do this. Got it.


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    09-18-2012 12:04 PM
  22. mtmjr90's Avatar
    So it's a social thing. No other reason to do this. Got it.


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    Except my reason. And I'm sure plenty of other individual personal reasons. Why you gotta hate?
    09-18-2012 12:08 PM
  23. kch50428's Avatar
    Why you gotta hate?
    Haters gotta... well, you know,
    09-18-2012 12:11 PM
  24. rew001's Avatar
    Except my reason. And I'm sure plenty of other individual personal reasons. Why you gotta hate?
    Chillax bro, didn't see your post. I don't hate.


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    09-18-2012 12:13 PM
  25. snuffleupagus99's Avatar
    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
    09-18-2012 12:19 PM
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