1. Iamthat_dude's Avatar
    Hey everyone, I'm new to the forums and soon will be new to apple. I will be owning an iphone for the first time after using Android and Android devices for many years. I have no knocks on Android but with apple's advances and especially apple pay I feel it's time to give Apple a try. Seeing this is my first iphone, I want the FULL experience. No pre-orders for me, I will be camping out the night before and waiting on-line to grab one at the apple store.

    I live in the DC area so with at least 4-5 stores to choose from it's just a matter of which one I will go to, more than likely it will be the store in Bethesda, MD. For those who have camped out before, what has been your experiences as far as time I should get there, what to bring to stay busy, etc, etc. Weather in this area is fairly mild in September so staying warm shouldn't be an issue.

    Thanks in advance.
    PS I'm stoked and ready!
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    09-11-2014 11:17 AM
  2. HankAZ's Avatar
    Hey everyone, I'm new to the forums and soon will be new to apple. I will be owning an iphone for the first time after using Android and Android devices for many years. I have no knocks on Android but with apple's advances and especially apple pay I feel it's time to give Apple a try. Seeing this is my first iphone, I want the FULL experience. No pre-orders for me, I will be camping out the night before and waiting on-line to grab one at the apple store.

    I live in the DC area so with at least 4-5 stores to choose from it's just a matter of which one I will go to, more than likely it will be the store in Bethesda, MD. For those who have camped out before, what has been your experiences as far as time I should get there, what to bring to stay busy, etc, etc. Weather in this area is fairly mild in September so staying warm shouldn't be an issue.

    Thanks in advance.
    PS I'm stoked and ready!
    Not familiar with the Apple stores anywhere but in Phoenix. My Apple store is inside a mall, so there’s no "weather" issues. It’s a freaking party atmosphere in most cases. People are excited and generally friendly and helpful (stuff like holding your place in line for bathroom breaks, etc). My local store is always crowded - especially so for product launches. Get there early - possibly 12-18 hours ahead. Bring whatever you need to survive for that time frame. The store typically opens at 8 am on launch day, but prior to that (starting about 6 am), the Apple employees show up and start passing out snacks (health bars, etc) and water. They get into the experience as much as the customers.
    09-11-2014 11:37 AM
  3. pr1nce's Avatar
    I've never camped out waiting to buy anything. I agree with HankAZ, get there early and be prepared. Most of all, have fun and enjoy your new iPhone 6!
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    09-11-2014 11:46 AM
  4. Iamthat_dude's Avatar
    Yeah, I figured I would get there at about 9,10 pm the night before. Bring some books, chair and have some snacks on hand to keep me busy. Since this is my first experience with the iphone might as well GO BIG!
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    09-11-2014 11:52 AM
  5. Iamthat_dude's Avatar
    I've never camped out waiting to buy anything. I agree with HankAZ, get there early and be prepared. Most of all, have fun and enjoy your new iPhone 6!
    Yeah, i keep hearing how fun it can be just meeting new people who are just as excited and having fun. First time for everything
    09-11-2014 11:53 AM
  6. kataran's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore Iamthat_dude

    Enjoy your experience
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    09-11-2014 11:56 AM
  7. Danny Olivo's Avatar
    Every Apple fan should do it at least once. I preorder and wait in line just for the fun of it. It's like hanging out with 100+ of your friends that all love talking about one of your favorite things. When I did the 4, it was like a red carpet affair at the Apple store. Apple usually makes it a great event, complete with cheering when the doors open, high fives, water and snacks. Unfortunately, I can't do it this year, but if I could, i'd be out there. Do it, have fun, then share your story !
    09-11-2014 12:01 PM
  8. anon4757448's Avatar
    Yeah, I figured I would get there at about 9,10 pm the night before. Bring some books, chair and have some snacks on hand to keep me busy. Since this is my first experience with the iphone might as well GO BIG!
    For the 5S launch, I got in line at about 11:20 am. There was snacks, drinks, and a lot of fun interacting with people. It took about 2.5 hours but at least I've experienced it.

    I have a bad ankle so I can't say that I'll do it again as it was very sore when I got home. I think you'll enjoy it.
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    09-11-2014 12:01 PM
  9. HankAZ's Avatar
    Yeah, i keep hearing how fun it can be just meeting new people who are just as excited and having fun. First time for everything
    I’ve done it a couple of times - iPhone 4 and iPad 1. Everyone should experience it at least once. However, at this point, I can honestly say "been there, done that". At this point, I just pre-order and wait for the UPS/FedEx guy.
    09-11-2014 12:02 PM
  10. Iamthat_dude's Avatar
    Every Apple fan should do it at least once. I preorder and wait in line just for the fun of it. It's like hanging out with 100+ of your friends that all love talking about one of your favorite things. When I did the 4, it was like a red carpet affair at the Apple store. Apple usually makes it a great event, complete with cheering when the doors open, high fives, water and snacks. Unfortunately, I can't do it this year, but if I could, i'd be out there. Do it, have fun, then share your story !
    That's the plan, hopefully I will have enough battery strength to put together a little live thread on imore to keep those who care or want to know on my progress. Attach some pics and other in line stories, that would be pretty cool.
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    09-11-2014 12:06 PM
  11. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore! The closest Apple Store to me is 80+ miles. Only 2 stores in Alabama! And DC has over 5 stores? I'll be buying from Verizon in January!


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5
    09-11-2014 12:09 PM
  12. Iamthat_dude's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore! The closest Apple Store to me is 80+ miles. Only 2 stores in Alabama! And DC has over 5 stores? I'll be buying from Verizon in January!


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5
    Wow, yeah here in the DMV (DC, MD & VA area) there are roughly about 5-6 apple stores withing 30 miles of each other, no BS
    09-11-2014 12:12 PM
  13. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Wow, yeah here in the DMV (DC, MD & VA area) there are roughly about 5-6 apple stores withing 30 miles of each other, no BS
    You're actually on the low side. I'm in McLean and I have 8 stores within 10 miles and 2 more if I go 25 miles out.
    BTW I'll be at the Tyson's store of you want to drive out there.
    09-11-2014 05:45 PM
  14. calebt's Avatar
    Sounds like fun but something I could never do, hope you get the phone your wanting have fun.
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    09-11-2014 06:20 PM
  15. taz323's Avatar
    You're actually on the low side. I'm in McLean and I have 8 stores within 10 miles and 2 more if I go 25 miles out.
    BTW I'll be at the Tyson's store of you want to drive out there.
    8 stores within 10 miles, lol, i'm moving.
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    09-11-2014 06:25 PM
  16. HankAZ's Avatar
    8 stores within 10 miles, lol, i'm moving.
    No kidding. We have 5 but they are really spread out. My home/office is about midway between 2 (about 10-11 miles from each). The other 3 are 20-25 miles away.
    Last edited by HankAZ; 09-11-2014 at 07:28 PM.
    09-11-2014 07:11 PM
  17. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    My niece is getting her first iPhone this year (she's 10, and while I don't condone such a youngster having an iPhone, it wasn't my decision to make in the end)...she wants to go wait at the local Apple store and experience that. Normally I would never even consider it and would just do an online pre-order, but I have considered doing it for her so long as she sticks it out the entire time with me, lol!

    I'm still very much weighing that option though, and the more I think about it, the less appealing it seems, even to see her get an iPhone for the first time and experiencing all that chaos and excitement.

    We've got 3 within 10min. of downtown Atlanta, so I'm just kind of gauging which one I'd want to spend several hours camped outside of. Two of them have waiting inside, which is nice since our summer isn't over yet, LOL!
    09-11-2014 07:11 PM
  18. JakePleasants's Avatar
    My Apple store is an hour away, so I go to my nearest Verizon store, which is about ten minutes away. Last year I got there at 5:25am and I was second in line. This time I'm going at 5am in hopes of being first. I really enjoyed it, but I don't think I could do it all night. A few hours is fine, though. I could wait longer if I had a clean bill of health, but my kidney stones never let me off easy. I just took a comfortable foldable chair, water, and my meds and I was set. Of course I had my old phone with me too for entertainment, but I didn't use it much.
    09-11-2014 07:25 PM
  19. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    My niece is getting her first iPhone this year (she's 10, and while I don't condone such a youngster having an iPhone, it wasn't my decision to make in the end)...she wants to go wait at the local Apple store and experience that. Normally I would never even consider it and would just do an online pre-order, but I have considered doing it for her so long as she sticks it out the entire time with me, lol!

    I'm still very much weighing that option though, and the more I think about it, the less appealing it seems, even to see her get an iPhone for the first time and experiencing all that chaos and excitement.

    We've got 3 within 10min. of downtown Atlanta, so I'm just kind of gauging which one I'd want to spend several hours camped outside of. Two of them have waiting inside, which is nice since our summer isn't over yet, LOL!
    That's cool that you'd think about doing that with her. But what about school the next day?
    09-11-2014 08:17 PM
  20. HankAZ's Avatar
    That's cool that you'd think about doing that with her. But what about school the next day?
    You can go to school any day. The iPhone event happens only once a year. And your first iPhone is a once-in-a-lifetime event!
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    09-11-2014 10:18 PM
  21. Iamthat_dude's Avatar
    Now with all this talk of being able to pre-order on line and pick up in the store, it has me wondering..............But na, again, I'm new to the game so I'm going all in
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    09-11-2014 10:25 PM
  22. Flow39's Avatar
    I'm getting to my local store 14 hours early, but that's because I want the best chance I can to be 1st in line
    09-12-2014 12:25 AM
  23. Flow39's Avatar
    Post the line updates on here! I love seeing how the lines are around the different Apple Stores

    http://forums.imore.com/iphone-6/298...-thread-2.html
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    09-12-2014 12:29 AM
  24. Iamthat_dude's Avatar
    OK, don't know if this is a dumb question but I'm asking anyway. If you plan to wait in line like me but did not pre-order, is your chance of getting the device you want diminished due to pre-orders or does the store have a different inventory stockpile??
    09-12-2014 10:58 AM
  25. HankAZ's Avatar
    OK, don't know if this is a dumb question but I'm asking anyway. If you plan to wait in line like me but did not pre-order, is your chance of getting the device you want diminished due to pre-orders or does the store have a different inventory stockpile??
    Typically (or historically), Apple has some phones for the non-pre-ordered crowd. The number will probably vary from location to location, but it’s a safe bet that they will have more stock than the carrier stores and big box stores. Of course, they also have the longest lines/biggest crowds.
    Iamthat_dude likes this.
    09-12-2014 11:25 AM
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