1. simplylaurakb's Avatar
    I'm willing to do the crazy line thing to get the 5S on launch day... How do I figure out how early I should go? Overnight? Super early on the 20th? I definitely want to go to an Apple store. I have lots of options (DC area),but I'll probably go to one of two. One is inside a mall, and the other has a street-front. What do malls usually do - kick you out overnight? How do I figure all this out??
    09-11-2013 09:54 PM
  2. swarlos's Avatar
    I'm willing to do the crazy line thing to get the 5S on launch day... How do I figure out how early I should go? Overnight? Super early on the 20th? I definitely want to go to an Apple store. I have lots of options (DC area),but I'll probably go to one of two. One is inside a mall, and the other has a street-front. What do malls usually do - kick you out overnight? How do I figure all this out??
    Well since you're in a Metro area I would go as early as possible.

    Last year I went with my friend to our Mall location, we arrived at 2am and there was about 45 people in front of us. We waited outside the mall entrance by the Apple Store until about 7am when they let us in. By about the time we got in the mall there was over 150 people behind us. It was great to cause they had donuts for us.

    What I would recommend is driving by the location you want to wait at just to scout it out to see how many people are lining up. I would recommend going by between 6-7pm.

    Good luck I'm probably going to wait in line with a couple friends again.


    Carried by a raven from The Wall.
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    09-11-2013 10:00 PM
  3. simplylaurakb's Avatar
    Thanks! That's helpful. Do you know if the line started inside before the mall closed, and was then moved outside? I'm trying to envision this. I'm still hoping to find a friend to go with me, but most of my friends who have iPhones don't seem to be eligible for an upgrade. And my husband will be watching our little boys! :-D
    09-11-2013 10:15 PM
  4. swarlos's Avatar
    Thanks! That's helpful. Do you know if the line started inside before the mall closed, and was then moved outside? I'm trying to envision this. I'm still hoping to find a friend to go with me, but most of my friends who have iPhones don't seem to be eligible for an upgrade. And my husband will be watching our little boys! :-D
    Not sure if the line got moved cause it was already outside when we got there. But I assume it started outside so they didn't have a bunch of people standing in the mall block store fronts and such.


    Carried by a raven from The Wall.
    09-11-2013 10:19 PM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I'm willing to do the crazy line thing to get the 5S on launch day... How do I figure out how early I should go? Overnight? Super early on the 20th? I definitely want to go to an Apple store. I have lots of options (DC area),but I'll probably go to one of two. One is inside a mall, and the other has a street-front. What do malls usually do - kick you out overnight? How do I figure all this out??
    If you're in the DC area and planning on going to Tyson's Corner, the line usually starts outside. Last year I got in line about 11pm and there were 15 - 20 in front of me. It ended up being really chilly so eventually in the wee hours of the morning mall security let us in, being very careful that we all stayed in our places. But the year before we were outside until the mall opened at 5 or 6 am.
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    09-11-2013 11:17 PM
  6. simplylaurakb's Avatar
    If you're in the DC area and planning on going to Tyson's Corner, the line usually starts outside. Last year I got in line about 11pm and there were 15 - 20 in front of me. It ended up being really chilly so eventually in the wee hours of the morning mall security let us in, being very careful that we all stayed in our places. But the year before we were outside until the mall opened at 5 or 6 am.
    Thanks! I'm in am Montgomery County, so I'm trying to decide between the Montgomery Mall and Bethesda stores.
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    09-12-2013 05:04 AM
  7. orangecrush1399's Avatar
    im either going to columbia mall or annapolis mall for the line, or i may just hit an att store after scouting out locations a bit.
    09-12-2013 06:25 AM
  8. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    The news did a story about people already lining up outside Apple stores and WSP stores all over the country. I love my iPhone but not enough to spend a week and some change outside in the sweltering heat of summer.
    09-12-2013 09:24 AM
  9. Celandine's Avatar
    Why not buy online through you're carrier and pick it up in-store? Sounds like a more sensible solution then missing a day of work and spending what could be hours waiting in line outside. It's not a rollercoaster fcol!
    09-12-2013 09:33 AM
  10. bitshifter1001's Avatar
    I will probably wait until October to pick one up. I just don't have the sense of urgency I used too.
    09-12-2013 09:40 AM
  11. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    Why not buy online through you're carrier and pick it up in-store? Sounds like a more sensible solution then missing a day of work and spending what could be hours waiting in line outside. It's not a rollercoaster fcol!
    That's not always a solution for some. I work near a Verizon store but don't live near one. I didn't work near one, I'd have to take off work and have it shipped home and be able to sign for it.
    09-12-2013 09:44 AM
  12. Paradocks's Avatar
    Why wait in line at all? The way some people talk it sounds like they believe Apple will stop making the 5S after the initial batch run. I guess I don't understand the preoccupation with being one of the first to get a new iPhone.

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    09-12-2013 09:51 AM
  13. jburke82's Avatar
    Why wait in line at all? The way some people talk it sounds like they believe Apple will stop making the 5S after the initial batch run. I guess I don't understand the preoccupation with being one of the first to get a new iPhone.

    Sent from somewhere
    I agree, and I have never waited in line for a product launch. Although, I would think it would be exciting to do so! For as impulsive as I can be (wanting something ASAP and not wanting to wait), with the launch of a new iPhone, or something else I want, I surprisingly haven't had an urge to camp out.
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    09-12-2013 10:32 AM
  14. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    Why wait in line at all? The way some people talk it sounds like they believe Apple will stop making the 5S after the initial batch run. I guess I don't understand the preoccupation with being one of the first to get a new iPhone.

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    People want it now. I have waited in line for a few things, namely Garth Brooks tickets eons ago, but I'm not camping out in front of a store for a week for a phone but if that's your thing, more power to you.
    09-12-2013 11:09 AM
  15. stlcheer's Avatar
    I'm going to camp out at my local AT&T store. I plan to get there around 6am. I'm sure the line will be long but I don't want to be there all night.
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    09-12-2013 11:52 AM
  16. mpham2's Avatar
    I drive by three att stores on my way home from work. If I see one that looks like no line I will stop and get one. If not I will go later the next week.
    09-12-2013 12:46 PM
  17. Dennisgarcia's Avatar
    malls have many entrances, what would be the best entrance to wait by? lol food court entrance? i will be also waiting in line so id like to know lol, im taking my laptop and lawn chairs as well, lol just so i can preorder the iphone 5s and pick up next day. if i get the order in for next day pick up ill go home and come back the next day to pick it up lol if not, then i didnt lose anything and i keep my place in line.
    09-12-2013 06:34 PM
  18. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    malls have many entrances, what would be the best entrance to wait by? lol food court entrance? i will be also waiting in line so id like to know lol, im taking my laptop and lawn chairs as well, lol just so i can preorder the iphone 5s and pick up next day. if i get the order in for next day pick up ill go home and come back the next day to pick it up lol if not, then i didnt lose anything and i keep my place in line.
    That would depend on which mall.
    09-12-2013 06:57 PM
  19. Fausty82's Avatar
    malls have many entrances, what would be the best entrance to wait by? lol food court entrance? i will be also waiting in line so id like to know lol, im taking my laptop and lawn chairs as well, lol just so i can preorder the iphone 5s and pick up next day. if i get the order in for next day pick up ill go home and come back the next day to pick it up lol if not, then i didnt lose anything and i keep my place in line.
    Most malls have designated doors for this kind of stuff. The Arrowhead mall uses the entrance on the north side of the mall near the movie theaters... you could call the Apple store and ask them...
    09-12-2013 07:00 PM
  20. Dennisgarcia's Avatar
    thanks fausty definitely will do they generally give out bracelets with designated colors to show your getting a phone or is it a run, and get there first type basis.
    09-12-2013 08:21 PM
  21. Fausty82's Avatar
    thanks fausty definitely will do they generally give out bracelets with designated colors to show your getting a phone or is it a run, and get there first type basis.
    No bracelets. Just line up and join the party... the Apple employees will be there around 6:00 and they interact with the crowd... and have water and food (powerbars, or similar)... it truly is a party. Total strangers hanging out and having fun together...
    09-12-2013 09:22 PM
  22. theKHMERboy's Avatar
    I am not gonna get myself a 5s since I just got the 5 last year.. But the next iPhone that come out which is probably the 6th.. I want to get it in launch date either line up or pre order.. And if I go line up at the store I would most likely go the night before
    09-12-2013 09:27 PM
  23. Dennisgarcia's Avatar
    No bracelets. Just line up and join the party... the Apple employees will be there around 6:00 and they interact with the crowd... and have water and food (powerbars, or similar)... it truly is a party. Total strangers hanging out and having fun together...
    thats anothe reason i wanna go, i've never experienced first hand getting an apple device at launch in store first day so im hoping itll be alot of fun.
    09-12-2013 10:13 PM
  24. Danny Olivo's Avatar
    Anyone out there planning on waiting in line in the Philadelphia area ?
    09-13-2013 08:13 AM
  25. orangecrush1399's Avatar
    I'm thinking I might venture out and do the line up . I've had every version of the iPhone and have never experienced the launch parties.

    That being said, who is planning on lining up in Annapolis , Md?


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    09-13-2013 09:11 AM
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