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The world's first iPhone 5 was sold just hours ago as the Sydney Apple Store kicked off worldwide sales on Friday, Australian local time.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, "hundreds of Australians" queued up to purchase some of the first iPhone 5s to go on sale worldwide. Because of the country's proximity to the international dateline, Australia was the first to sell the hotly anticipated device.

There are conflicting reports as to who managed to buy the first iPhone 5, with the WSJ saying it was a wireless phone reseller and CNET claiming it was two siblings.

The iPhone 5 launch continues as Apple Stores in Asia are now starting sales, with the U.S. slated to get the device at 8 a.m. on Friday. Among the first to get their hands on the new device will be line-waiters at the flagship Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York.

NY iPhone 5 Line
Line outside of the flagship Fifth Avenue Apple Store. | Source: AppleInsider reader Ryan


The rollout will continue westward to include all nine countries participating in the iPhone 5's launch. Apple's aggressive three to four weeks. The Cupertino-based tech giant announced on Monday that it saw a record-setting 2 million iPhone 5 sales in the device's first 24 hours of availability after pre-orders
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"But… Maps sucks. No one wants an iPhone with iOS 6."

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Certainly more than hundreds!

 

I went to one of the smaller Telstra stores in the Sydney CBD, arrived just on 7am for 8am opening.  I was 14th in line, and when they came and handed out the tickets for the stock allocation, I ended up with the last 2 of the 64Gb black iPhones.  There were probably 30 people who got stock at this store.  The last tickets that they had were for the white 16Gb model, so not sure if they just ended up receiving a lot of these, or whether these are the least popular.

 

The main Apple store and the main Telstra store had significantly greater lines.

 

Some people who had tickets ended up leaving empty handed, and from what I surmise, based on a variety of reasons including having insufficient ID (not having the 100 point ID check for Australia), or having outstanding accounts, etc preventing them signing up for new accounts, etc.  Others just wasted time by not taking copies of the current bills to assist the process.  Be organised!

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But.......



It doesn't have a pen....



Surely they are just saving spots for their parents.


The next big thing was 6 months ago.



P.S. +12 GMT needs to relocate to US CT. K thx.
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"But… Maps sucks. No one wants an iPhone with iOS 6."

 



Well, they might get lost on the way home - but they'll be happy.  :-)

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Tickets, standing in line for more than a minute or so, carrying ID and documentation... To qualify? Being drilled by some drilled Apple storekeepers?

 

I cannot understand this, seriously...

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Tickets, standing in line for more than a minute or so, carrying ID and documentation... To qualify? Being drilled by some drilled Apple storekeepers?

I cannot understand this, seriously...

ID to buy a product. What are they thinking down under?
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Is anyone in Austin, TX? I'm planning to queue up at the Domain early tomorrow.
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ID to buy a product. What are they thinking down under?

It's common enough. If you're an existing customer who wanted to change/cross grade/alter a plan the sales staff will often request you bring your last account in.
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It's common enough. If you're an existing customer who wanted to change/cross grade/alter a plan the sales staff will often request you bring your last account in.

Was being ironical with a US bent. We not require ID to self govern.
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ID for those who what to buy the phone on contract. Copies of other bills to prove their address or their account number. And tickets, what happens is the stores often go down the line with little cards that guarantee a person the phone they want. You want a 32GB Black, you get an official 'ticket' that says that.  Then, once the store has run out of tickets they know they will be out of phones and they send the rest of the line home.


Did I miss anything?

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Is anyone in Austin, TX? I'm planning to queue up at the Domain early tomorrow.

Am Oak Hill area. Wouldn't expect lines at Barton Creek until 7:30. The domain has those condos above and the Starbucks right by the Apple Store. 6:45 will probably beat most of Austin out of the sack even on Nexus-Nemesis day.
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As for length of lines. If you see ANYONE say 'oh the lines were shorter this year it must not be as popular'. Let me say this.  I preordered the last iPhone and iPad. But, Apple had not charged my card or shipped my product by the time I was in the launch line. So, I aquired one instore and instantly cancelled my preorder.

 

This time, Apple took the money and shipped the product on Monday. So I didn't line up. And it was at work at 7:23 AM this morning. :)  Well done Apple.

 

That, I suspect, is why some lines are shorter.

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And, the people at the front of the queue at the Sydney Apple Store had signs and stickers on them that said finder dot com dot au.

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Was being ironical with a US bent. We not require ID to self govern.

damn, missed that /i tag.
lol
post #16 of 46

It's official. Time to move the International Date Line just east of the United States of Kicking Your Ass.

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

John C. Dvorak, 2007
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"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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Is anyone in Austin, TX? I'm planning to queue up at the Domain early tomorrow.

 

Be sure to parade it in front of the lonely employees at the Microsoft Store. lol.gif

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Yep, that's how the tickets work. Better knowing that they have stock for what you're after, then waiting in a line, getting to the front of the queue and finding out that they don't have stock for what you've been waiting for.

Yes, ID because it was under contract - I paid $0 upfront, so quite reasonable for them to know who they are going to get the money from later on. If I went to the Apple store, I could have paid full price (A$999) without ID, but then I'd still be paying virtually the same for the telco plan, so I might as well get the phone for free. For me it works out over $500 cheaper per phone over 2 years to get the phone on contract.
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But.......
It doesn't have a pen....
Surely they are just saving spots for their parents.
The next big thing was 6 months ago.
P.S. +12 GMT needs to relocate to US CT. K thx.

 

Yes.

 

I'd much rather get one of these:

 

 

Check out the size of that screen. Imagine the size of my penis!

Pot is legal in North Korea.
That explains a considerable amount.

"The United States will respond proportionally at a place and time we choose..."
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Pot is legal in North Korea.
That explains a considerable amount.

"The United States will respond proportionally at a place and time we choose..."
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Originally Posted by GTR View Post

 

Check out the size of that screen. Imagine the size of my penis!

 

I'm trying… to… parse that logic. Is it the act of purchasing the device that then determines the size, or is it "the size cannot be determined until you own the device, which will tell you, either via physical comparison or an app"… 

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Went to our local shopping centre at 7:45am.... 50+ people lined up outside telstra shop.. 1 or 2 outside JB Hifi.. which is only literally 10metres around the corner...

JB Handed out tickets and opened at 8am.

10 minutes later.... walk past line @ telstra shop with Iphone5 in hand... while the line is getting bigger & bigger... 

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I'm trying… to… parse that logic. Is it the act of purchasing the device that then determines the size, or is it "the size cannot be determined until you own the device, which will tell you, either via physical comparison or an app"… 

 

It is my understanding that it grows upon purchase.

 

That is also why a stylus isn't included with this particular Samsung product.

Pot is legal in North Korea.
That explains a considerable amount.

"The United States will respond proportionally at a place and time we choose..."
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Pot is legal in North Korea.
That explains a considerable amount.

"The United States will respond proportionally at a place and time we choose..."
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post #23 of 46

I'm just about to hit my 1000th post!

 

Although yet to contribute anything of value to humanity in general, I was wondering if this occasion is usually marked by the presentation of a cake or something?

Pot is legal in North Korea.
That explains a considerable amount.

"The United States will respond proportionally at a place and time we choose..."
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Pot is legal in North Korea.
That explains a considerable amount.

"The United States will respond proportionally at a place and time we choose..."
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post #24 of 46

Because I really like cake.

 

 

Yee-har.

Pot is legal in North Korea.
That explains a considerable amount.

"The United States will respond proportionally at a place and time we choose..."
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Pot is legal in North Korea.
That explains a considerable amount.

"The United States will respond proportionally at a place and time we choose..."
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Originally Posted by GTR View Post
Because I really like cake!!!

Yeehar!

 

That's certainly an Apple-esque cake. 

 

We need an Apple in every industry to push things forward. If we had an Apple in confectionaries, they'd make desserts that had zero calories and twice the taste of the best, highest-caloric stuff available now…

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Because I really like cake.



Yee-har.

May you continue to add value on this board!

(Don't remind us again until you hit 10,000).
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post
May you continue to add value on this board!
(Don't remind us again until you hit 10,000).


What do you want for your 10,000th? It's coming up fairly soon. A bigger cake?

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"But… Maps sucks. No one wants an iPhone with iOS 6."

It does suck for people who are not living in certain countries listed on their web site. Unfortunately Google Maps for me in India, 100% better than Apple Maps, since India Map is underdeveloped. Hopefully Apple will make the improvements rapidly, since India may not be a BIG market for selling iPhones, but it is one of the major holiday destinations in the world.

post #29 of 46

Lots of people lined up at Tokyo's Apple Store.

 

- - - - -

 

Is Osaka, over 115 iPhones were stolen from an AU shop.

 

Your = the possessive of you, as in, "Your name is Tom, right?" or "What is your name?"

 

You're = a contraction of YOU + ARE as in, "You are right" --> "You're right."

 

 

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Your = the possessive of you, as in, "Your name is Tom, right?" or "What is your name?"

 

You're = a contraction of YOU + ARE as in, "You are right" --> "You're right."

 

 

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post #30 of 46
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"But… Maps sucks. No one wants an iPhone with iOS 6."

Got mine... and Maps isn't so bad. In fact I feel that it will be more useful than that other one! Walked into a store after queuing for 1 hr 45 mins and got one of the last (un-preordered) phones in a big store. The white model is apparently very popular too, mine is 64 GB black.  Activations have slowed right down.

 

iOS 6 on my iP4 is drama free too.

 

All the best.


Edited by IQatEdo - 9/20/12 at 10:03pm
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"But… Maps sucks. No one wants an iPhone with iOS 6."

:-)

hilarious, ain't it? Same story every release. Some people just don't get it. "Wake up!"
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:-)
hilarious, ain't it? Same story every release. Some people just don't get it. "Wake up!"

No one will ever be able to take a device seriously with a name like iPad!
post #33 of 46

Still waiting, "Onboard with driver for delivery" since 7:40 am over seven hours ago.

 

Edit:-

 

Just showed up, asked the driver he delivered 50, there were 5,000 at the depot.

 

That's for one phone company in this area.


Edited by hill60 - 9/20/12 at 10:33pm
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No one will ever be able to take a device seriously with a name like iPad!

No kidding! I got my wife a 4 and two weeks later she said: "you know, I don't miss my BlackBerry at all! I just realized I didn't even think about it!"

Well done, Apple, thank you all in Cupertino.
post #35 of 46
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Originally Posted by Douglas Bailey View Post

ID for those who what to buy the phone on contract. Copies of other bills to prove their address or their account number. And tickets, what happens is the stores often go down the line with little cards that guarantee a person the phone they want. You want a 32GB Black, you get an official 'ticket' that says that.  Then, once the store has run out of tickets they know they will be out of phones and they send the rest of the line home.


Did I miss anything?

Walked in with photographic ID (driver's license) and birthdate in memory, which is... er... ah... how did I get this phone?

 

(No one would forge my image, can tell you that!)

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post #36 of 46
My gawd. Just came back from Garden City (Perth, Australia). The iPhone5 is pretty impressive. Apple is on autopilot but man is the ride real sweet. Now within 5km of the CBD getting about 15mbit up/down on LTE.
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Went to our local shopping centre at 7:45am.... 50+ people lined up outside telstra shop.. 1 or 2 outside JB Hifi.. which is only literally 10metres around the corner...
JB Handed out tickets and opened at 8am.
10 minutes later.... walk past line @ telstra shop with Iphone5 in hand... while the line is getting bigger & bigger... 

The Telstra line is the manageable one. Apple Store line... was still going at 11am... But yeah good one with JB HiFi. I can't do the Apple Store lines nowadays. Too hardcore.
post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by kcartesius View Post

Tickets, standing in line for more than a minute or so, carrying ID and documentation... To qualify? Being drilled by some drilled Apple storekeepers?

I cannot understand this, seriously...
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChristophB View Post

ID to buy a product. What are they thinking down under?

Quote:
Originally Posted by RobM View Post

It's common enough. If you're an existing customer who wanted to change/cross grade/alter a plan the sales staff will often request you bring your last account in.

LOL this is why the credit crunch was not that bad in Australia. The banks actually sometimes don't want your business.

In any case no ID required for outright purchases at Apple Store. Money talks, *** walks as they say.
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Was being ironical with a US bent. We not require ID to self govern.

Yeah, how's that going for ya?
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by gregpriestley View Post

Yep, that's how the tickets work. Better knowing that they have stock for what you're after, then waiting in a line, getting to the front of the queue and finding out that they don't have stock for what you've been waiting for.
Yes, ID because it was under contract - I paid $0 upfront, so quite reasonable for them to know who they are going to get the money from later on. If I went to the Apple store, I could have paid full price (A$999) without ID, but then I'd still be paying virtually the same for the telco plan, so I might as well get the phone for free. For me it works out over $500 cheaper per phone over 2 years to get the phone on contract.

Don't waste your breath too much. It takes being in Australia and realising the amazing balance of order and freedom that gives us a quality of life I am willing to now die for.
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