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Apple stores worldwide were packed this morning as the iPhone 5s and 5c went up for sale in a total of 11 countries and territories. Here's a look at some of the lineups spotted around the globe.

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Customers line up outside Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store. Thanks to AppleInsider reader Ryan.


Apple stores across America and the world saw huge crowds this morning as eager customers prepared to pick up their new iPhones. Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store, where customers began to line up earlier this month ? before the iPhone 5s and 5c were even announced ? boasted a snake-like queue on the pavement outside the store's landmark glass cube.

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Even smaller Apple stores, like those in White Plains, New York and Indianapolis, Indiana saw dozens of customers queue up well before the opening countdown. Analysts have predicted that Apple could sell up to 8 million of the new devices on launch weekend.

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The concourse outside Apple Store Keystone in Indianapolis, Indiana was lined with customers. Thanks to AppleInsider reader Brandon.


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Apple Store Westchester in White Plains, New York handed out snacks to those waiting in line


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A pickup ticket for an iPhone 5s at Apple Store Westchester in White Plains, New York


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iPhone 5s and 5c lined up on launch day behind the Genius Bar at Apple Store Westchester in White Plains, New York
post #2 of 40

The stores are beautiful.

People? No. Waiting hours in line. WTF? The Apple brand is much more than that. Just order it online or chose a decent hour to pick it up. Seriously...

 

Maybe it's me that never owned an iPhone. I will study hard, work hard, and save a few bucks from time to time to a nice, 4.5" to 5" iPhone.

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Apple stores worldwide were packed this morning as the iPhone 5s and 5c went up for sale in a total of 11 countries and territories. Here's a look at some of the lineups spotted around the globe.

yesireee. around the globe now constitutes manhattan and white plains (about 30 miles apart) and indianapolis, indiana, 700 miles to the west. but, yeah, around the globe.
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post #4 of 40

@pedromartins

 

Why not getting an iPad mini and a feature phone?

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Samsung could mimic everything to some extent except LOYAL customers, cult following and originality.

Your ads wont  mock the ones who wait for iPhones, Samsung!

 

Get the f*** out of this world.

 

The "Designed by Apple in California" ad says "Does it deserve to exist?"  

I strongly feel Apple referred Samsung products here. 

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Is that a BBRY ad in the 2nd pic, on the window? Anyhoo, props to Apple, yet again. Truly amazing to see this. Don't know of any other product getting this much attention (< double meaning there)
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Definitely the lowest stock I've seen in release day yet at 3rd party stores. Both Best buys only got 10 black for each carrier. One Walmart got none, the other got two black for sprint. Yes- two. And target- for both stores- the dumb 3rd party vendor hasn't even showed up to deliver product. On wait list, we'll see. 1smile.gif

 

This is the first year I've seen that you're basically going to have to go to a carrier or Apple store if you want one on release day.  Side note- there were no lines at ALL at any of the other stores (3rd party- Best buy, target, etc)- less than 10 people showed up.  Unfortunately, there weren't any phones.  lol

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Why were consumers waiting for what is basically last year's model iPhone that still comes with a tiny display. Show me the innovation!

/s
post #9 of 40
People want their iPhones TODAY, right NOW! I wouldn't ever wait in line but I can understand their desire for the latest and greatest iPhone (that happens to have a built-in motion tracking chip for health monitoring, a very functional fingerprint sensor, an awesome camera, and a new processor that is years ahead of its time)
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Whoever got lucky and was able to buy 5s at apple store today, please download geek bench 64 bit app and post the results to their site. It is still showing ipad 4 as a top result with no records of 5s:

http://browser.primatelabs.com/ios-benchmarks
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Why were consumers waiting for what is basically last year's model iPhone that still comes with a tiny display. Show me the innovation!

/s
Define "innovation". It certainly does not include 5" screen - anyone can (& do) slap 5" screens on a phone. I say the A7 chip, M7 chip, Touch ID, and updated camera are all innovative.
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@pedromartins

 

Why not getting an iPad mini and a feature phone?

The iPad mini is too big. The screen is too bad. It is much slower compared to new iPhones. The feature phone is too stupid.

A bigger iPhone would be perfect. Will be perfect.

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Where's Woz?

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Define "innovation". It certainly does not include 5" screen - anyone can (& do) slap 5" screens on a phone. I say the A7 chip, M7 chip, Touch ID, and updated camera are all innovative.

 

He said /s (sarcasm)

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So much for the unnamed sources citing no demand for the new iPhones.
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Where's Woz?

 

I saw him waiting outside a Samsung Store ( there were 0 people waiting in line ), but there was no iPhone available.

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To those of you who laugh at people waiting on line... let me say... don't criticize until you've actually tried it. Apple customers are some of the most awesome, educated, intelligent, kind people on the planet. They are artists, musicians, professionals, all types.

When you wait on one of these lines, you inevitably meet all kinds of wonderful people--young AND old--so if you have the time, the energy, and something to keep you occupied like a book on your iPad.... I dare you.. do it... wait on one of these lines just once... unless the weather is horrible, I can almost guarantee you will not regret it.

And, FYI, Apple is VERY good about traveling down the line to inform people who are toward the very back that they may not have a chance at getting their model due to the amount that are currently in stock.
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I knew the 5S would be a success, it is very impressive. Not looking for a new phone myself at the moment, but will be in line for the A7 iPad.

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You are an idiot!!

 

>> read the /s <<

 

stands for sarcasm. ;-)

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Originally Posted by Constable Odo View Post
Why were consumers waiting for what is basically last year's model iPhone that still comes with a tiny display. Show me the innovation!

/s

 

Can’t catch a break, can you? Even when you clearly mark your posts, people still misread them. :lol:

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Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
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Hi, I'm Rob Enderle, the best analyst there is. Judging from what I am seeing here, I will have to downgrade Apple stock to 'junk' status. This is not what I expected. You see, even though lines are around the block, I expected them to go around the block...twice. Thus, my decision.
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The iPad mini is too big. The screen is too bad. It is much slower compared to new iPhones. The feature phone is too stupid.

A bigger iPhone would be perfect. Will be perfect.

Clearly you are paid by Samsung! Apple knows better what is good for you! /s

post #23 of 40

Didn't wake up in the middle of the night to pre-order like a lunatic. Didn't camp out of the store or line up before they opened like a lunatic. 

 

Went to the kiosk at the mall during my lunch hour. Took 15 minutes. 

 

Why is this so hard for everyone else? 

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Didn't wake up in the middle of the night to pre-order like a lunatic. Didn't camp out of the store or line up before they opened like a lunatic. 

Went to the kiosk at the mall during my lunch hour. Took 15 minutes. 

Why is this so hard for everyone else? 

Glee...or luck, that's the question.

Nah, kidding, but maybe you got a different model that 'everyone else' wanted. Or whatever, there's really no way of telling, even if you told which model you got.
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yesireee. around the globe now constitutes manhattan and white plains (about 30 miles apart) and indianapolis, indiana, 700 miles to the west. but, yeah, around the globe.

Heading a bit west, 1/8 around the globe, there were about 200 people in line in Thousand Oaks, about 50 miles out of L.A.

As of 9:30 AM, they only have space gray left.

The plastic phones are very tasty, by the way. That pink is not pink, but a dense shade of coral, a bit darker than the 55 Chevy and other GM cars of that era. The blue is the same as Mercedes, Volvo and VW had during the 60s and 70s, but a lighter shade. VW called it Gulf Blue, a gorgeous color.

A lot of thought and good taste went into the colors. When you see iOS 7 running within those cases, you begin to appreciate how much these people care about detail. There are visual echoes everywhere. In the store displays, the background color on the iPad screens next to the plastic phones even match the case colors!

The care for detail reaches into the experience of retail.

Edit: I just talked to someone who had been about #140 at 8 AM.
She's about to get in the store at 10 AM, and she has a ticket for a 5s.
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The stores are beautiful.

People? No. Waiting hours in line. WTF? The Apple brand is much more than that. Just order it online or chose a decent hour to pick it up. Seriously...

 

Maybe it's me that never owned an iPhone. I will study hard, work hard, and save a few bucks from time to time to a nice, 4.5" to 5" iPhone.

 

Please.

Put it to rest already.

 

Go buy a junk phone instead ( As apple puts it ). Apple is giving you that chance.

Study hard, so you can do what you really want, not only to buy an iPhone.

 

Now, please, spare us this bigger screen thing, untill Apple actually does it  ( which i doubt ).

 

Why go to a stadium if you can sit at home and watch a concert on youTube?

- Not much fun, sitting on the couch.

 

I´ll never do it, i do not like crowds.

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Clearly you are paid by Samsung! Apple knows better what is good for you! /s

 

Here in Portugal, that is the mentality, the Microsoft way of doing things is the dogma.

Now, Microsoft here is replaced by Samsung.

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Glee...or luck, that's the question.

Nah, kidding, but maybe you got a different model that 'everyone else' wanted. Or whatever, there's really no way of telling, even if you told which model you got.

 

Ha, 32 gb "Space Gray" 5s. It probably was luck. 

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Why is it not reported yet that only the apple stores have the silver or gold 5S? It might just be Dallas- but I've called dozens of best buys, targets, and ATT stores. All only got shipped gray

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The stores are beautiful.

People? No. Waiting hours in line. WTF? The Apple brand is much more than that. Just order it online or chose a decent hour to pick it up. Seriously...

 

Maybe it's me that never owned an iPhone. I will study hard, work hard, and save a few bucks from time to time to a nice, 4.5" to 5" iPhone.

 

Please.

Put it to rest already.

 

Go buy a junk phone instead ( As apple puts it ). Apple is giving you that chance.

Study hard, so you can do what you really want, not only to buy an iPhone.

 

Now, please, spare us this bigger screen thing, untill Apple actually does it  ( which i doubt ).

 

Why go to a stadium if you can sit at home and watch a concert on youTube?

- Not much fun, sitting on the couch.

 

I´ll never do it, i do not like crowds.

Depeche Mode would be worth the thousands of ignorant, stupid and ugly people i would have to see to get there.


Besides, this is a totally different thing. This isn't a keynote presentation.

And I hate Samsung and Microsoft, but I like Google a lot, despite liking Apple much more, as I state a million times.

 

It's just unless you use an iPhone as a Nokia 3310, you can clearly see the benefits of a bigger screen.

I'm just asking for another iPhone line.

 

Don't worry, they will do it. But don't be ignorant or in denial about the subject of discussion.

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Depeche Mode would be worth the thousands of ignorant, stupid and ugly people i would have to see to get there.


Besides, this is a totally different thing. This isn't a keynote presentation.

And I hate Samsung and Microsoft, but I like Google a lot, despite liking Apple much more, as I state a million times.

 

It's just unless you use an iPhone as a Nokia 3310, you can clearly see the benefits of a bigger screen.

I'm just asking for another iPhone line.

 

Don't worry, they will do it. But don't be ignorant or in denial about the subject of discussion.

 

 

You are forgeting this - what is fun for you and me may not be fun for others.

 

I said i doubt it.

And i doubt Apple will listen, unless you write a letter explaining why.

Apple used to shoulder ( get inspired ) itself with most of the now defunct european car makers ( who went kaput, because they betrayed their core ). That is why i cannot see them bowing to the ´new normal´.

post #32 of 40
OTOH, I arrived at my local Verizon Wireless store at 7:30 a.m. and walked out at 8:15 with a new 5s (doors opened at 7:55).

Probably 20 customers in line at opening and nearly that many customer service reps. They were well trained and quick/efficient.

No gold 5s phones at this Verizon store but plenty of white and gray phones, all memory sizes.
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The 5S seemed to draw the massive crowds, not the 5C. Not so sure the latter model is doing very well.
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OTOH, I arrived at my local Verizon Wireless store at 7:30 a.m. and walked out at 8:15 with a new 5s (doors opened at 7:55).

Yup. I live in a city that's big enough to get a decent allocation (and an Apple Store), but small enough that you can just queue up for 5 mins on launch day and get what you want. Middle sized cities are the win for Apple fans.

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People want their iPhones TODAY, right NOW! I wouldn't ever wait in line but I can understand their desire for the latest and greatest iPhone (that happens to have a built-in motion tracking chip for health monitoring, a very functional fingerprint sensor, an awesome camera, and a new processor that is years ahead of its time)

 

Yes, great new features, but there's also no 802.11ac WiFi and LTE-A support in either of the new iPhones, important future-proofing features already available in the flagship models of Apple's competitors. A major oversight on Apple's part I think. And something that's put a bit of a damper on my enthusiasm for the 5S I'm afraid.

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The 5S seemed to draw the massive crowds, not the 5C. Not so sure the latter model is doing very well.

It has now been available for more than a week online, so it's not surprising that the lines would be shorter for the 5C.

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It has now been available for more than a week online, so it's not surprising that the lines would be shorter for the 5C.

 

Yes, you've got a point there.

post #38 of 40

I hate it :( Have to wait a month to get my hands on my 32g 5S gold :(

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I hate it 1frown.gif Have to wait a month to get my hands on my 32g 5S gold 1frown.gif

Does that mean I have to wait two months to get the 64GB model¿
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Does that mean I have to wait two months to get the 64GB model¿

 

Don't know, honestly. I wish they had made more gold iPhones, they truly are gorgeous when you look at them closely.

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