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iPhone 5 lines 83% longer than 4S, 8 million sales expected this weekend

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A survey of lines at Apple stores in New York, Boston and Minneapolis found that crowds for the iPhone 5 are 83 percent larger than they were for the iPhone 4S, which has led one analyst to predict sales of 8 million iPhones this launch weekend.

Gene Munster and his team at Piper Jaffray surveyed lines at Apple stores in the three major U.S. cities. Based on the large crowds, he thinks Apple is capable of selling 8 million of the iPhone 5 this weekend, which is the mid-point of his expectation of between 6 million and 10 million sales.

Apple traditionally announces sales figures for the first three days of an iPhone launch the following Monday. If that pattern stays true, Apple is likely to tout record breaking opening weekend sales of the iPhone 5 with a press release on Sept. 24.

Fanfare surrounding the iPhone 5 launch along with positive reviews of the device from technology press has given Munster confidence that Apple can sell 49 million iPhones in the December quarter. The only caveat, he said, is whether Apple can make the phones fast enough to meet demand.

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Piper Jaffray's team counted 775 customers in line for the iPhone 5 on Friday at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store, a 70 percent increase from last year for the iPhone 4S debut. AppleInsider was also on location when the device went on sale at 8 a.m.

Preorders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million the first 24 hours of availability a week ago, getting the device off to a record breaking start and doubling last year's preorders. Munster believes that demand for online preorders grew at a faster rate than the line outside Apple's Fifth Avenue location because more customers are turning to online preorders.
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Looks like Maps aint such a big deal. I'm a bit softer on the issue the day after, too.    ;)

 

Yeah. The iPhone is *that* good. 

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In the Toronto suburb the lines are as big as last year. People hooting for customers leaving with their new 5's, what a riot! The only thing I just couldn't see were those Sammy boys and girls with their S III's, ridiculing all these iSheep in the lineup ... ;-) /s
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LOL at the very precise stats.
 

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Just walked through the Eaton Centre in Toronto 30 min ago, looks like the line was only about 100 long. When I went by for the iPad about the same time, the line was a few times longer. Hoping it's just because of pre-orders, or they're turning people through faster. Let's see 10M phones sold this weekend!
 

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I just played with one at a VZW store and I gotta say it's an amazing device. Kudos to Apple.
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post #7 of 43

Just as I said several weeks ago, the iPhone5 is going to be a doorbuster. Kudos to Apple.

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I went to the Dallas North Park Apple store this morning to check it out at about 7:45 AM and the line was about 150 people long just eyeballing it.

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A friend went to his little local strip mall AT
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A friend went to his little local strip mall AT

Really AppleInsider??  You dont handle the Ampersand properly in AT "and" T so it cut off my comment?!?!?!

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Really AppleInsider??  You dont handle the Ampersand properly in AT "and" T so it cut off my comment?!?!?!

 

Edit it HERE. Don't post from the front page ever, is my take on it.

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Really AppleInsider??  You dont handle the Ampersand properly in AT "and" T so it cut off my comment?!?!?!

 

I thought you just wanted to share that your friend went to his little local strip mall. T'was kinda cute ;-)

 

But yeah, this new forum software sucks the big time.

post #13 of 43
Minneapolis? Great. Just heading to the Mall of America now. Hopefully it's not a zoo.
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Any ideas on the average turnaround time per customer ? e.g. how long does the 100th person in line have to wait?

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he thinks Apple is capable of selling 8 million of the iPhone 5 this weekend, which is the mid-point of his expectation of between 6 million and 8 million sales.

 

8 is midway between 6 and 8?

 

Appleinsider understand basic comparative math?

 

Given the press I think the 2nd 8 is a '10'

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Well we'll for sure get "scuff gate" now as MacRumors decided to put it on the front page I'd their site. Obviously going for page hits.
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8M !!!!!!

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post #18 of 43

The lines are ... 83% longer. Even lineup lengths are a metric with two significant digits. Sigh ...
 

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I just walked into an AT&T store at 10am, no line no wait, and walked out with a brand new phone!!!!

 

This thing is beautiful and "lightning" fast!!!!

 

Even after I had a pre-order with Apple with an Oct 5th delivery date. I cancelled that when I knew they had the phone, called AT&T and they restored my upgrade eligibility right there!!! Happy iPhone 5 day!

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I just walked into an AT&T store at 10am, no line no wait, and walked out with a brand new phone!!!!

 

This thing is beautiful and "lightning" fast!!!!

 

Even after I had a pre-order with Apple with an Oct 5th delivery date. I cancelled that when I knew they had the phone, called AT&T and they restored my upgrade eligibility right there!!! Happy iPhone 5 day!

What was your secret?  I tried that this AM as well and no luck.  ATT rep said we need to call Apple, he can't do it on his end.   Apple customer care had high call volumes, so no luck there.  And couldn't do it online, cause AppleCare+ was already charged to my CC. 

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They just upgraded my preorder from Oct 5 to Sept 27

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They just upgraded my preorder from Oct 5 to Sept 27

Cool.  What time (on 9/14) did you originally pre-order?

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What was your secret?  I tried that this AM as well and no luck.  ATT rep said we need to call Apple, he can't do it on his end.   Apple customer care had high call volumes, so no luck there.  And couldn't do it online, cause AppleCare+ was already charged to my CC. 

 

Well my Apple order wasn't processed or billed yet so that might have helped. And persistency. It took about 20 minutes but the AT&T operator went to his supervisor and told him my situation and they pushed it through somehow. I wasn't leaving the store parking lot until they changed my status! Once I gave them my cancellation # from Apple and that seemed to do it. The store associates couldn't help, but the AT&T phone customer service was awesome. 

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Edit it HERE. Don't post from the front page ever, is my take on it.


IMO, every change they make to the forums makes AI worse.  I used to be able to read the forums very well on my iPhone without scrolling horizontally (or putting up with an incredibly small font to see the name of the poster and the content).  Now the new front page introduces extra clicks as from an article I have to "Jump to comments" then click "View All".

 

The other thing that is annoying is that some articles are published before they are finished.  Sometimes the last paragraph doesn't make sense, or large amounts of content or graphics are added later.  I have to go back to articles which I have already read to check if there is additional content.

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They just upgraded my preorder from Oct 5 to Sept 27

Cool.  What time (on 9/14) did you originally pre-order?

4:00 am Pacific

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post #26 of 43

and samsung will be a doorstopper..

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Eighty....../three/ percent?

What I want to know, did they round up or down? And were the Apple stores chosen at random representing typical average stores? And nothing about the standard deviation! Clearly we're missing a LOT of information here!

Hurrumph!
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Samsung must be seething with envy right now. 

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and samsung will be a doorstopper..

I would use it as a door stopper except that it would ruin the look of my doors at home. Maybe I'd use it at work? Don't care how bad it looks there....

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Montreal store update:  At 12:30 there was still a 100 person line outside.  The store as been selling iphones non stop since 8:00am and people keep adding up to the line so its still there.  I dont know how much inventory they have but it must be huge.

post #31 of 43

But i thought lines were only long last year because of Steve Job's death? That's what all the trolls and myopic assholes told us anyway. 

post #32 of 43
Interesting. Anyone care to report what the lines look like at some of the other stores in the NYC area? In particular, I'm curious about Grand Central. At some point before my contract rescission period runs out I do want to try to get the no-commitment phone.
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But i thought lines were only long last year because of Steve Job's death?  

Then you were wrong weren't you? ;)

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4:00 am Pacific

What model? I didn't manage to get mine in until 2:15'ish a.m. PT and I still show 10/5. Ordered a 64GB in Black.
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4:00 am Pacific

What model? I didn't manage to get mine in until 2:15'ish a.m. PT and I still show 10/5. Ordered a 64GB in Black.

64 white at&t

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64 white at&t

Swung by an AT&T store in South Austin over lunch and they had no line and only 64 GB White left.

Edit: store.apple.com status also says it's not eligible to cancel because "Since your items are ready for shipment we are unable to cancel or change your order." Ready for shipment but won't ship for another week....

Now I'm not complaining, just confused. My fault for dragging ass placing my order.
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Samsung must be seething with envy right now. 

I believe they are formulating a plan to slavishly copy the iPhone 5, or maybe they will move on and copy somebody else. haha.

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Samsung must be seething with envy right now. 
Doubtful. Why would they be envious? They sell more phones. And why would anyone be envious of an outdated phone with an old, stale OS that now letterboxes all 3rd party apps since it can't scale properly, a phone that dents and scratches easily, has pathetic battery life, is severely lacking in hardware, and looks like a stretched turd? I'm not even gonna mention maps, since that is a joke all by itself. And if you live outside the US, well, according to Apple's maps your city may not even exist. Not that Apple really gives a shit about anyon3 or anything outside the US anyway.

If anything I think Samsung execs are laughing their heads off at Apple's incompetence.
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Originally Posted by Mac.World View Post
If anything I think Samsung execs are laughing their heads off at Apple's incompetence.

 

Someone's laughing at someone else's incompetence. You got THAT part right, at least.

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post #40 of 43

My order just changed from "processing" to "preparing for shipment".

Still shows oct 5 delivery

ordered 9/14 at 5:15 am, ny time

16 gb black

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