iPhone 4S launch draws crowds at Apple stores around the world

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  • jupiteronejupiterone Posts: 1,556member
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    Got mine! Great phone but disappointed that a lot of the Siri functionality isn't available in the UK yet.



    Why wouldn't it be available in the UK? Was this something they announced?
  • adybadyb Posts: 157member
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    Got mine! Great phone but disappointed that a lot of the Siri functionality isn't available in the UK yet.



    UPS have just dropped mine off too. 3 very kindly cut my sim down to size but I will have to wait until I've finished work before I can have a proper play. Siri did answer the first couple of things I asked it though.
  • dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,376member
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    Originally Posted by AbsoluteDesignz View Post


    somewhere I believe YOU believe you had a point...or something...



    My comment was harmless...



    How I understood was that he equated you (the first to comment on this article and obviously not part of the KCC, the Kool-Aid chugging crew) with the first person in line at any given Apple store.
  • stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member
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    This will always be retarded to me, but I guess it's probably an event I'd have to be there to understand.



    Then again...as someone who isn't fanatic about anything (I use to work around celebrities when I was out of college and my boss was shocked and how little fuck I gave) I doubt I could possibly understand.



    But yea...in other news...water is wet -_- lol



    And what do you achieve by stating all this?



    To sound condescending?

    To brag about having worked around celebrities? Me too, BTW. I'm sure there are hundreds of celebs around me in any given city.



    And, BTW, water is not always wet.
  • auxioauxio Posts: 1,638member
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    Originally Posted by AbsoluteDesignz View Post


    This will always be retarded to me, but I guess it's probably an event I'd have to be there to understand.



    Then again...as someone who isn't fanatic about anything (I use to work around celebrities when I was out of college and my boss was shocked and how little fuck I gave) I doubt I could possibly understand.



    But yea...in other news...water is wet -_- lol



    I'll agree with you on the celebrity front -- I remember a comedian joking about the fact that if you put a tomato on TV for a while, and then later put that same tomato in a grocery store, people would go nuts for it.



    But this is a bit different -- it's more like a tailgate party for iPhone fans. At least with an iPhone, it's something which has a tangible impact on one's daily life.
  • mercurysquadmercurysquad Posts: 26member
    I was at the Apple Store in Hamburg Jungfernstieg earlier today. Arrived at about 6.45am to find probably 400-500 people lined up outside the store. Had to stand in queue more than 2 hours, but finally got my hands on a white 16GB version around 9am. Probably before those who preordered!
  • stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member
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    I'll agree with you on the celebrity front -- I remember a comedian joking about the fact that if you put a tomato on TV for a while, and then later put that same tomato in a grocery store, people would go nuts for it.



    But this is a bit different -- it's more like a tailgate party for iPhone fans. At least with an iPhone, it's something which has a tangible impact on one's daily life.



    No. It's not a tailgate party at all. Tailgates are quite social and loud. Folks in queues for iPhones are quite quiet. They are all giving last rites to their present phones. Surely, someone would hold your place in line. But the only raucous moments occur when an Apple employee comes out to count the crowd. Suddenly you hear the same question repeated 200 times - "How many left?" The din dies down after the inevitable I don't know.
  • jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
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    I'll agree with you on the celebrity front -- I remember a comedian joking about the fact that if you put a tomato on TV for a while, and then later put that same tomato in a grocery store, people would go nuts for it.



    Tomatoes were already celebrities:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_...iller_Tomatoes
  • richlrichl Posts: 2,213member
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    Originally Posted by JupiterOne View Post


    Why wouldn't it be available in the UK? Was this something they announced?



    Having a quick Google suggests that other Brits have noticed. I guess this is why the feature is beta.
  • absolutedesignzabsolutedesignz Posts: 1,930member
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    I'll agree with you on the celebrity front -- I remember a comedian joking about the fact that if you put a tomato on TV for a while, and then later put that same tomato in a grocery store, people would go nuts for it.



    But this is a bit different -- it's more like a tailgate party for iPhone fans. At least with an iPhone, it's something which has a tangible impact on one's daily life.



    Yea I gathered that by the first person who quoted me...I didn't know it went down like that I just assumed people just stood in line for a product and acted all crazy. lol.



    The way he described it sounded nice actually. I may have to camp out for the iPad 3 or something...to experience it at least once...
  • zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 1,845member
    Yeah, I don't understand why anyone would wait on a line in the rain for hours to get a phone. I want one, but I'll wait until I can just walk in without waiting and obtain one.



    On the one hand, such people have the patience to wait in line (I have absolutely no patience to wait on a line) but on the other, I have the patience to wait a few weeks so I don't have to.



    But if I find myself in Manhattan at like two in the morning and there's no line, I just might stop in to get one, although if I remember the 3G launch correctly, when there was a shortage of phones, they only sold them during certain hours.
  • digitalclipsdigitalclips Posts: 15,199member
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    yes, the 16GB phone holds the entire knowledge of the world inside it



    in the keynote they said it goes out to wolfram alpha, yelp and other partners for the data



    some people are scary aren't they?
  • thrangthrang Posts: 508member
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    AI please stop publishing these terrible lies - the analysts said that the iPhone 4S announcement was dissapointing and that Android would soon take over. So this story is obvsouly just that - a story. Its all hype and propoganda created to fuel the myth that people actually WANT to buy an inferior product just because the media says "Apple is Cool" Clearly the Analysts are the only ones strong-willed enough to see through the Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field - and now that he has been struck down he has become more powerful than you shall ever know. So please just saves us all the time and trouble and get back to the reports where the analysts tell us how the world REALLY works so that we stop being duped.



    Huh, what's that you say? turns out the analysts were wrong AGAIN, who'da thunk it?



    Way to tell 'em, tough guy....







    So the ample pre-order time, the estimated 1 million phones sold in the first 24 hours, and lines that are still forming (even in bad weather her win NY), aren't enough early data point for you to acknowledge there may be a smidge of interest in the 4S?



    Your "struck down" comment is offensive to most, I would think.
  • absolutedesignzabsolutedesignz Posts: 1,930member
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    And what do you achieve by stating all this?



    To sound condescending?

    To brag about having worked around celebrities? Me too, BTW. I'm sure there are hundreds of celebs around me in any given city.



    And, BTW, water is not always wet.



    I didn't brag, I stated a fact. I was just saying that I am not a fanatic so I likely cannot understand the concept of the wait.



    Congrats on also working with celebrities...wanna know what I did with them? I was a driver/assistant for an executive for RocaWear (aka his bitch) and periodically he'd need me to drive him to a meeting, wait in a car for hours, then drive him to a club with the people he met with (often celebrities or "models") and wait outside for hours then drive them all home.



    It was hardly glamorous, and being that I didn't give a damn about the celebrities it feels like a giant waste of time in retrospect.
  • auxioauxio Posts: 1,638member
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    Originally Posted by stelligent View Post


    No. It's not a tailgate party at all. Tailgates are quite social and loud. Folks in queues for iPhones are quite quiet. They are all giving last rites to their present phones. Surely, someone would hold your place in line. But the only raucous moments occur when an Apple employee comes out to count the crowd. Suddenly you hear the same question repeated 200 times - "How many left?" The din dies down after the inevitable I don't know.



    Depends on the crowd I guess. Maybe now that Apple products are more mass-market, the crowds have become boring (kinda like the celebrity follower crowds), but I remember a time when line-ups for Apple products were more like a geek circus. Plenty of creative ways to help everyone pass the time.
  • jnjnjnjnjnjn Posts: 588member
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    My wife and I and the kids went to Apple Store for the launch of Leopard. We all got free t-shirts and there was a lot of fun meeting other people and watching others at the mall wonder what kind of weird people we are. The Apple employees kept bringing water out and high fived and cheered us as they opened. Fun to do once. Waiting for UPS to bring me this one. (On the truck, out for delivery!)



    When the iPad was launched my wife and I went to the nearest Apple reseller (we don't have an Apple store in Holland), and it was great.

    The iPad wasn't on sale online, so it was the only way to get one.

    But is was fun to experience and I didn't expect that.



    J.
  • stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member
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    Originally Posted by AbsoluteDesignz View Post


    I didn't brag, I stated a fact. I was just saying that I am not a fanatic so I likely cannot understand the concept of the wait.



    Sorry, dude. But you did, and you know it. At least you have redeemed yourself a little with this rebuttal.



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    Originally Posted by AbsoluteDesignz View Post


    Congrats on also working with celebrities...wanna know what I did with them?



    Um, didn't say I worked with any. I said they were around me, because they are around everyone
  • absolutedesignzabsolutedesignz Posts: 1,930member
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    Originally Posted by auxio View Post


    Depends on the crowd I guess. Maybe now that Apple products are more mass-market, the crowds have become boring (kinda like the celebrity follower crowds), but I remember a time when line-ups for Apple products were more like a geek circus. Plenty of creative ways to help everyone pass the time.



    I'm sure it's 100% crowd based. Does Apple do anything besides provide water, shirts, and cheer for these crowds? Apple could probably kill it by throwing a concert at select locales or something. Then again the crowds are so mixed when it comes to tastes that it may not go over well with all of them.
  • absolutedesignzabsolutedesignz Posts: 1,930member
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    Originally Posted by stelligent View Post


    Sorry, dude. But you did, and you know it. At least you have redeemed yourself a little with this rebuttal.







    Um, didn't say I worked with any. I said they were around me, because they are around everyone



    I'm around all these Harlem "hustlas" and "rappers" all the time...They know bragging (annoying). I don't consider what I did bragging. If so I would've name dropped. I was just offering a rebuttal to my lack of fanaticism. It's just not in me.





    and lol, good technicality.
  • lilgto64lilgto64 Posts: 1,147member
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    I'll agree with you on the celebrity front -- I remember a comedian joking about the fact that if you put a tomato on TV for a while, and then later put that same tomato in a grocery store, people would go nuts for it.



    But this is a bit different -- it's more like a tailgate party for iPhone fans. At least with an iPhone, it's something which has a tangible impact on one's daily life.



    Reminds me of a trip to the grocery store a few years back - when Beeny Babies were all the rage - as I got to the section where they have pickles - I saw the mini whole pickles and jokingly said oh look - Teeny Beeny Baby Pickles - the woman in front of me who had just passed the pickles stopped and whipped around and said "WHERE?" - I said, no I was just kidding - and she said "Oh, well, now I have to buy some anyway"
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