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While Apple prepares for its Sept. 9 media event, enthusiastic fans are already lining up at the company's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York, hoping to be one of the first in the world to nab an expected next-generation iPhone.




In what has become tradition for major Apple product launches, customers armed with foldable chairs and supplies are camping out near the Fifth Avenue Apple Store's iconic glass cube, waiting for the company to launch its next big thing.

Judging by photos sent in by reader Ryan, there appears to be around four or five line-waiters, two of whom can be seen staking their claim at the head of the pack. As in years past, the crowd is expected to grow in the days leading up to Apple's announcement. Since the event draws media attention, some companies pay employees -- or hire temporary workers -- to squat in line with branded T-shirts and prepped scripts.

This year's Fifth Avenue Apple Store line formed six days prior to the scheduled announcement, whereas customers lined up three days in advance last year for what turned out to be the iPhone 5s. Apple usually schedules product releases for second Friday following an announcement, meaning people in line could be there for well over two weeks.




At the Sept. 9 gathering, Apple is widely expected to announce next-generation iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, faster "A8" processors, boosted on-board RAM and possibly near-field communications (NFC) for a mobile payments platform. Also rumored to debut is a wearable "iWatch" device, though the latest rumblings say the final product may not launch until early 2015.

Update: The four people currently lined up in front of the Fifth Avenue Apple Store are not waiting with the sole intent of buying an unannounced Apple device, but instead to promote websites, AppleInsider has learned.
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It's a tradition
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Crazy
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Good god people. I'll just walk into the store the day it's released and buy one thanks.
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They might be in the wrong time zone to be the first in the world.
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Insane, at least wait until the announcement. Amazing how people can happily waste 2 weeks of their lives waiting outside a shop.... Muppets 

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I must be uniformed.  But are we not 6 days away from a rumored announcement, to announce  a date of when the rumored iphone 6 is going to be available?  What are they waiting in line for, the first to hear it?

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Ah, performance art.

Gotta love the Big Apple!
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I must be uniformed.  But are we not 6 days away from a rumored announcement, to announce  a date of when the rumored iphone 6 is going to be available?  What are they waiting in line for, the first to hear it?

Some them are undoubtedly paid promoters of whatever their t-shirts are advertising.

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Insane, at least wait until the announcement. Amazing how people can happily waste 2 weeks of their lives waiting outside a shop.... Muppets 

Some are undoubtedly getting paid by others. There's a service called taskrabbit provides people for things, sort of an extension of personal shoppers that have been around forever.

 

NYC in particuylar is a city with a lot of people who value their time and have a LOT of disposable income. So: they "have a guy"...

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Samesung is going to have to pay big to copy this.
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Samesung is going to have to pay big to copy this.

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perhaps they are homeless and needs a place to stay )
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Apple Cult. 
How happy it is to see, when a culture's tradition continues like this.
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So were 6 days away from announcement and most likely another 10 days after that from being released right ? Maybe they'll get lucky and it will be released on the 12th .
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Instead, they will make a video and call it "Wall [Street] Huggers"

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Samesung is going to have to pay big to copy this.
I'm sure they'll see samsung ads targeting them very soon like they said they were going to put samsung ads around airport electrical sockets to target "apple people "
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Shouldn't they be waiting in line at the Flint Center instead to get the news from the horses mouth?
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This so stopped being cute years ago and not something to be admired and gives everyone a reason to mock Apple fans. This only made sense when you couldn't buy online.
 
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I mentioned this like two days ago in another thread.

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Sales start Friday, Sept 12, so I have to admire their stamina.

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Um...whoever said the phone will ship the day of the keynote...or even if orders are available. This seems kinda stupid and a waste of time if you ask me.

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These people are likely getting paid more than their normal salary for the next 16 days until the phone goes on sale.  On top of that they get to be "popular" for the next two weeks with thousands of tourists taking their pictures and as the time gets closer they'll be interviewed by newspapers, magazines and TV stations.  I can't imagine waiting in line that long, but for the super lazy it seems like an ideal job.

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These people are likely getting paid more than their normal salary for the next 16 days until the phone goes on sale.  On top of that they get to be "popular" for the next two weeks with thousands of tourists taking their pictures and as the time gets closer they'll be interviewed by newspapers, magazines and TV stations.  I can't imagine waiting in line that long, but for the super lazy it seems like an ideal job.

Well said. I can pitch a tent for Apple's products in the privacy of my bedroom thank you.

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Someone needs to tell them the difference between announcement and release...

They're queuing up for a device that hasn't even been announced and that they won't even get for at least another 10 days.

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This so stopped being cute years ago and not something to be admired and gives everyone a reason to mock Apple fans.

Passion is not something to be admired?

They ain't doing you no harm. Let them live their life however they want to.
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Ah come on, it's just fun.  I don't have that kind of time anymore, and preorders and all, but a few years ago it was fun seeing people in line at 3AM.

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Good god people. I'll just walk into the store the day it's released and buy one thanks.

 

Get into the spirit of things! It's like getting dressed up and going to Comic-Con!

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This so stopped being cute years ago and not something to be admired and gives everyone a reason to mock Apple fans. This only made sense when you couldn't buy online.

 

So you’re saying Samsung or LG would be embarrassed to have customers like this? After all, you are one of the asshat, scum sucking trolls who slime their way around AI. It would appear you are also obsessed by Apple, just in a different way. 

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Or they could wait till annocement then be on the but online list
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Hope they're not waiting on an iWatch
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It's a tradition...for losers who have no life.  I'm planning on getting one to replace my 4S, but I'm fine getting mine a few days or weeks after the rollout.  Rumor has it the ones purchased in week two will be pretty much just like those purchased by those who have a week to kill sitting outside an Apple store.

 

Passion is great, when it's directed at something meaningful.  This isn't passion; it's silliness.

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This so stopped being cute years ago and not something to be admired and gives everyone a reason to mock Apple fans. This only made sense when you couldn't buy online.

They're not lining up to impress you.

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I'd say they'll be waiting a couple of weeks past the announcement, my guess based on a Friday launch is the 19th.
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Meanwhile across town, the line at the Samsung store has formed as customers return their Galaxy handset in advance of Sept 9.
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I am so going to line up ... um .... somewhere, for the next OSX iteration release. Software is where it's at.
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This so stopped being cute years ago and not something to be admired and gives everyone a reason to mock Apple fans. This only made sense when you couldn't buy online.

So go line up for a Note 4, which was just announced...

...oh, hang on Samsung didn't give a release date.
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It's a tradition...for losers who have no life. 

 

Who the hell are you to call people waiting in line to buy an iPhone for losers?

 

I personally wouldn't wait in line again, but I have done it once before, when I was waiting in line to get an iPad 2 a few years ago, when the demand for it was ridiculous. It took me a few attempts, but I eventually got what I wanted, so I was happy, and I didn't regret doing it.

 

It's not like you're standing around for hours and hours doing nothing. You're waiting in line with like minded people and Apple fans, and you're just chilling and having a good time. You get to talking with the people who are standing near you, and you get to know a whole bunch of people after a while.

 

Losers who have no life, are the Fandroid losers. Nobody in their right mind would ever bother to line up for such crap, because there is no need to!

 

Apple makes the best and hottest tech devices on the planet and they also have many devoted followers who are willing to be first to get their paws on these devices when they're released. Any other company on the planet can only dream about having such customers.

 

I think that many people who mock these people are just jealous. How do you know that they have no life? They obviously have money since they're waiting to buy Apple devices, and maybe some are self employed or maybe others just got time off from work. It's their time and that's how they choose to spend it.

 

I'd rather be standing in line outside an Apple store just chillin', waiting to buy the hottest new Apple gadget instead of working at some crappy 9-5 job.

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#FWP Gotta love them First World Problems.
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Good god people. I'll just walk into the store the day it's released and buy one thanks.
Good luck with that 😂
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