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Customers camped out for this Friday's iPhone launch in Tokyo were offered refuge inside an Apple retail store just before a typhoon hit the area.

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Customers have been lined up for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in Tokyo's Ginza since last week. But a powerful typhoon hit the city on Monday, prompting evacuations in some parts of the city.

Before the storm struck, and before the Apple Store was open to the public, customers camped out for the next iPhone were invited inside for shelter, according to Kotaku. Those lined up for Apple's next iPhones were allowed to rest in the store, bring in their wet possessions, and were provided with complimentary bottled water.

A YouTube user who uploaded video of the storm and refuge inside the Apple Store said they were "so moved" by how the company treated its customers.



This year's iPhone launch is especially anticipated in Japan, as the country's largest carrier, NTT DoCoMo, will officially offer Apple's smartphone for the first time. That's helped to spur a price war among Japanese carriers, which has made the new iPhone 5s free with a new carrier contract subsidy for some customers.

In the U.S., some customers began lining up outside of Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store early this month, before Apple had even officially announced the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Last Friday, Apple began taking preorders for the iPhone 5c, but the iPhone 5s is not available for reservation, meaning customers will have to queue up outside of an Apple or carrier store this Friday if they want to get their hands on the new handset on launch day.
post #2 of 26

Way to go Nippons!

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This is another global Apple phenomenon that the competition can not copy.

Apple must have a strong patent on this.
Edited by AppleSauce007 - 9/16/13 at 6:24am
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When you think about it, Apple IS a Japanese company. The fanatical attention to detail, the amazing support, their stores even resemble Japanese Buddhist temples . 

post #5 of 26

Nuts. But impressive.

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When companies start lowering the contract price of the 5S, guess which phone is going to sell out first.

 

I think the 64 bit chip is going to be a big draw.

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post #7 of 26
If I was manager of the store I would have let them in too. And probably given them coffee and donuts, not water. They already had enough water 1smile.gif
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Originally Posted by island hermit View Post
 

When companies start lowering the contract price of the 5S, guess which phone is going to sell out first.

 

I think the 64 bit chip is going to be a big draw.

 

Do you actually think the average iPhone buyer is going to care about a 64 bit processor? No, I don't think so.

post #9 of 26
The competition will get a movie prop set to simulate rain around its store, at that very moment show there retail personnel come running out offering shelter within there store.
And have the whole thing recorded and uploaded to YouTube 1smile.gif
post #10 of 26
Those were probably just homeless people. Wall Street has already said that no one would be throwing away their hard-earned money for a plastic iPhone with a tiny display. Who would be interested in an iPhone in such garish colors besides a few children and teen girls. Besides, anyone can get a powerful Samsung Galaxy S4 for half the price of the latest iPhone. Everyone knows the latest iPhones will be a huge sales fail. That's why Apple shares fell and the stock was quickly downgraded to junk status. Analysts really know all about Apple's future.

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I am 100% with applesauce007

 

the competition has to buy these scenario.

 

These is not homeless people. these is Apple Spirit. 

 

hang in there guys!!!! i take my hat on these one.!!!!

 

Apple, send some Starbucks coffee to them.

 

I all ready read somewhere that 1M phones pre-sale in 1 day. Online. And that is a preliminary number.  And remember!!!!!   it is only the 5C. During the week will know that actual numbers "officially" These is not by reservation tickets on the apple stores and partners carriers.


Edited by CarlosDeBernard - 9/16/13 at 6:56am
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There's crazy.. And then there's the Japanese..
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Lol @ Constable Odo. Funny !
Analysts of the entire lot are the ones that can't see Apples future. Like Misik and his downgrading coz none of his predictions came true.

Read up here.. http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/09/16/secrecy-of-apple-inc-new-64-bit-a7-chip-may-have-incited-spurious-aapl-stock-downgrades
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I am 100% with applesauce007



 



the competition has to buy these scenario.



 



These is not homeless people. these is Apple Spirit. 



 



hang in there guys!!!! i take my hat on these one.!!!!



 



Apple, send some Starbucks coffee to them.

 



Apple would never give their customers Starbucks - unless you think they hate them. 1wink.gif
post #15 of 26
...and Samsung will come out with a commercial making fun of these people, when in reality, they're jealous of the loyalty.
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That is just nuts.  I can kinda see waiting overnight to be first in line, but a WEEK??  The manager should have done then a bigger favor and said "no one can start lining up until Thursday night; go home."

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With NTT getting the iPhone (and the recently announced price drops at NTT, KDDI and Softbank and the competition between them) I think Japan is going to be a major success for Apple.

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post #18 of 26

When visiting UC Berkeley once and staying at a hotel near the university, I spent a very, very pleasant day in downtown SF and used the Stockton St. store (theatre) as my base. I asked if that was okay and was told 'of course'. They also replaced my iPod under warranty. A staff member in the 5th Avenue store told me too, that when homeless people come in (at all hours), they let them stay so long as there isn't any disturbance.  All good. :)

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post #19 of 26
I would have thought the lines would have been longer for the fact that the 16g 5s is already free with contract. Free, and its not even out yet.
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Weird Store, narrow and with a theatre in it. Haven't seen that. probably because it's a flagship, 20.000'




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post #21 of 26
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Last Friday, Apple began taking preorders for the iPhone 5c, but the iPhone 5s is not available for reservation, meaning customers will have to queue up outside of an Apple or carrier store this Friday if they want to get their hands on the new handset on launch day.

 

Well, Tim did say that he wanted to increase the proportion of iPhones sold in Apple Stores.

A no-pre-order 5S launch is guaranteed to do that.

 

But there may still a way to avoid standing in line, even in the first few days of 5S availability,

and still get your brand-new iPhone 5S within the first days of its release.

The Apple Store app had nightly availability information for new products after 10 pm.

You could check to see if there would be any stock at your local physical Apple Store the next day,

complete the purchase on your iOS device, then walk into the store, show them your ID,

and walk out with your new Apple device.  All without standing in line.

 

Caveat: this worked last year in the first few days after the iPad mini rollout.  Not sure it will still work.

But it would certainly help bring more customers into the Apple Store.  And it would also

help Apple get back more iPhones and iPads through their in-store trade-in program.

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post #22 of 26
A good gesture from the apple store, yet another breakthrough for lines a week ahead of launch willing to wait through a typhoon.
post #23 of 26
I love Apple but not that much. LOL I'll wait a few days after the initial fuss is over, and the users reviews come in, before I buy the new phone.
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Originally Posted by dnd0ps View Post
 

When you think about it, Apple IS a Japanese company. The fanatical attention to detail, the amazing support, their stores even resemble Japanese Buddhist temples . 

 

Simply put: No.

 

Apple IS an American company. (Formally, in any case. Operationally, Apple is of course a global company, a multinational composed of people all over the world.)

 

Apple's fanatical attention to amazing support originate in Apple's headquarters, with strong shaping by Steve Jobs. These points of origin are, by definition, not "Japanese." (Needless to say, fanatical attention to detail and amazing support can be found in companies and people outside of Apple as well. All over the globe.)

 

Apple's stores do not resemble Japanese Buddhist temples.

 

There's no ethnic / national element here. This is a nice story of people helping people.

post #25 of 26
Is it just me, but I really think the store is very beautiful! Love the glass elevator and the theater 1smile.gif
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"But but but but but Japan HATES the iPhone!”

 

I’m waiting for 2008 to peek in the door again.

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