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(Gawker)   Why do people still wait in line for the new iPhone? Don't they know that new units will keep coming like a infinite explosive diarrhea of metal, glass, and plastic?   (gawker.com) divider line 41
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2278 clicks; posted to Business » on 22 Sep 2013 at 8:16 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-09-22 08:24:13 AM  
5 votes:

sammyk: I have no idea subby but I loathe Apple product releases. At least they are solid proof that making fun of Apple fanboys is completely justified. It's a phone FFS, it's not going to change your life.


You can say the same thing about movies, video games, sporting events, amusement parks, and a whole mess of other things that won't change people's lives but they still line up for hours to get/see.
2013-09-22 08:58:56 AM  
3 votes:
I waited for the first time ever this year.

I got to the local AT&T store about 15 minutes before it was scheduled to open. I was around the 20th person or so there. It took an hour and a half from when I arrived to when I left, new 5S in hand.

Why did I do it? A combination of the following:
1) Too much caffeine the night before, so I just slept like hell... when you're up at 5am, making the 8am open is easy.
2) Friday is my day off and I just didn't have a bunch to do; I'd mowed the yard the day before, so really, what did it matter if I spent an hour and a half doing that?
3) My previous phone was really getting annoying- as new apps came out, it kept feeling slower. I'd been waiting to upgrade to the new one.
4) The pricing structure is such that you don't get a price break on the phone if you wait... it is the same price when they first go up for sale as it will be six months down the road... the same price it will be right up until the next one comes out in a year. So you save NOTHING by waiting, but instead end up paying more for a phone that has less time as the top of the heap... and therefore the date at which it will feel slower due to new apps being written for newer hardware is that much closer.
5) I'd have ordered online, but the shipping times being quoted were far enough out that it would likely show up when we were out of town... leading to a shipping/receiving snafu I didn't want to deal with.

So, in other words, it was because I wanted to and it was only a minor inconvenience to me and meant absolutely not one damn thing to anybody else. I didn't get it to show off, you wouldn't know I have the new one unless you held it in your hand and knew exactly what to look for. So there was no point in getting it for the acclaim of others. Nobody else cares. I did it because I wanted to, and I don't need another reason.

If you don't care if somebody got a new phone, why the fark would you care if they waited in line for it? That's some piss-poor apathy if somebody else waiting in line pisses you off.
2013-09-22 08:24:01 AM  
3 votes:
It's a social event. It's the one time they get to talk to other humans instead of looking at their phones.
2013-09-22 03:20:44 PM  
2 votes:
DarkSoulNoHope:
Hipsters everywhere will queue to anything for a excessive period of time as long as it's "new and unique." (no matter if it's actually new and unique or just a small, incremental improvement [iPhone 5] over the previous version)

I'm willing to bet not everyone in those lines had an iPhone 5 (or whatever the previous version was) and were just wanting an incremental upgrades. Some may have had a 3 or 4 series iPhone.  Maybe they were in the market for a new phone for a while now and just decided to wait it out until the newest iPhone came out so they could get the newest phone for the same amount of money.

Some of you need to get off your technological high horses and let ordinary consumers just buy what they want, even if it's not what you would buy for yourself.  For most folks, an iPhone meets or exceeds their requirements.  If it doesn't do that for you, feel free to buy something else.
2013-09-22 02:55:10 PM  
2 votes:

timswar: sammyk: I have no idea subby but I loathe Apple product releases. At least they are solid proof that making fun of Apple fanboys is completely justified. It's a phone FFS, it's not going to change your life.

You can say the same thing about movies, video games, sporting events, amusement parks, and a whole mess of other things that won't change people's lives but they still line up for hours to get/see.


This right here.

If you've ever attended the midnight release of a movie or video game, you have no room to make fun of Apple FanBoys.
2013-09-22 12:47:51 PM  
2 votes:
The only people douchier than those waiting days in line to buy something are the ones that go online to whine and complain about people that choose to spend a portion of their free time waiting in line to buy something.
2013-09-22 09:15:29 AM  
2 votes:
I bet nobody in this thread ever lined up for Batman, Star Wars, or the midnight release of a video game. NOBODY.
2013-09-22 08:45:54 AM  
2 votes:
The lines are a marketing tool, and a damn good one at that.
2013-09-23 08:32:15 AM  
1 votes:

Bacontastesgood: relaxitsjustme: It's not a f*ckin' phone anymore.  It's damn near the equivalent of a laptop

If you bought a "laptop" aka notebook computer and it had a screen the size of an iphone with the same processing power, you'd be farking outraged at being so ripped off.

Even a shiat-ass-chromebook kicks an iphone's ass for many, many things.  As it should, because it's bigger.  Different tools for different jobs.  Don't hand me a swiss army knife and say it's great for hacking through the undergrowth.


I have an iPad and a laptop and still read on my iPhone more than anything else. I can read it in bed in any position, I can read it during commercials without fighting the cat off a laptop because its warm, etc. I loved my laptop when I first got one. Now it's a last resort. It just isn't as good for reading, which is at leaat 75% of what I do on gadgets.

Laptops are for MMOs, photoshop, and websites with broken mobile versions now.
2013-09-23 03:27:37 AM  
1 votes:
BUT BUT, I HAVE TO BE THE FIRST ONE TO GET IT OR ALL MY FRIENDS AT THE DANCE CLUB WILL LAUGH AT ME FOR NOT BEING COOL ENOUGH!
2013-09-23 12:43:41 AM  
1 votes:
Is this where android users try to show how smart they are by talking crap about iPhone users?

Look at me, droid has 4 versions of the same damn phone with 4 different operating systems all of which can't be updated unless my carrier wants to release it. But they never do because they force me to buy another phone. But hey droid rules!!!!
2013-09-23 12:05:30 AM  
1 votes:

AngryDragon:


Good Guy Greg STRONGLY disapproves.
2013-09-22 07:36:54 PM  
1 votes:

Linux_Yes: Why do people  [with lots of disposable income]  still wait in line for the new iPhone?


because they've never used an Android device.


i dont believe thats necessarily true.  When, i went from my 3gs to something new, i tried an Android platform for a couple of weeks, but just didnt like the phone or OS.  i returned it and got a 4 (around the same time the 5 came out).

amazing that different people have different personal tastes huh?
2013-09-22 04:45:05 PM  
1 votes:
Cattle going to the slaughterhouse wait in lines too.


be smart.  go Android.
2013-09-22 03:10:58 PM  
1 votes:

Saul T. Balzac: cameroncrazy1984: I bet nobody in this thread ever lined up for Batman, Star Wars, or the midnight release of a video game. NOBODY.

I guess I should read the entire thread before posting.   Lesson learned.


I lined up for a half hour for The Phantom Menace and I'm not nearly as defensive about that as the people in this thread. And yes, I was with a girl at the time, ASSHOLE!
2013-09-22 03:09:45 PM  
1 votes:

Whiskey Dickens: ajgeek: I think someone in these comments mentioned that iPhones (as opposed to other cell phones, I'm guessing) have become fungible assets, and drug dealers buy up as many as they can to launder their money and send them overseas where they can be resold.

Did you hear that from the same guy who explained that shoes on wires in bad neighborhoods means "drugs are sold here?"


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2013-09-22 02:57:33 PM  
1 votes:

cameroncrazy1984: I bet nobody in this thread ever lined up for Batman, Star Wars, or the midnight release of a video game. NOBODY.


I guess I should read the entire thread before posting.   Lesson learned.
2013-09-22 02:50:01 PM  
1 votes:

relaxitsjustme: It's not a f*ckin' phone anymore.  It's damn near the equivalent of a laptop


If you bought a "laptop" aka notebook computer and it had a screen the size of an iphone with the same processing power, you'd be farking outraged at being so ripped off.

Even a shiat-ass-chromebook kicks an iphone's ass for many, many things.  As it should, because it's bigger.  Different tools for different jobs.  Don't hand me a swiss army knife and say it's great for hacking through the undergrowth.
2013-09-22 02:46:22 PM  
1 votes:

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Who are trumped by the people who go online to whine and complain about the people who choose to spend a portion of their free time going online to whine and complain about people who choose to spend a portion of their free time waiting in line to buy something.


You can't fool me - it's douchebags all the way down!
2013-09-22 02:43:40 PM  
1 votes:

relaxitsjustme: offmymeds: Seriously, a finger print scanner? It's a f*ckin' phone for chrissake! How much tech do you really need for a f*uckin' phone?

Yeah, no.  It's not a f*ckin' phone anymore.  It's damn near the equivalent of a laptop and, get this gramps, people do banking with them, trade stocks, send e-mail and all kinds of stuff.  The future is an amazing place.

My laptop has a fingerprint scanner and I find it fast and easier than typing my password everything the screen goes to sleep.


And of course "The internet of things" is going to be such a bright, utopian future where all the megacorps will have your best interests at heart, as they always have, for decades. No way they could possibly screw up having everything connected and everyone sharing everything about everyone, how could that possibly go wrong?
2013-09-22 02:30:40 PM  
1 votes:

offmymeds: Seriously, a finger print scanner? It's a f*ckin' phone for chrissake! How much tech do you really need for a f*uckin' phone?


Yeah, no.  It's not a f*ckin' phone anymore.  It's damn near the equivalent of a laptop and, get this gramps, people do banking with them, trade stocks, send e-mail and all kinds of stuff.  The future is an amazing place.

My laptop has a fingerprint scanner and I find it fast and easier than typing my password everything the screen goes to sleep.
2013-09-22 02:11:18 PM  
1 votes:
I walked into AT&T yesterday to get my mom a feature phone (she did NOT want to get a smartphone, too much tech, old lady, etc.) and there was a nine person wait. Mom impatient so we left.

I walked into T-Mobile to get my sister a iPhone 5S. Store empty. Walked right up and went through purchase ($700 fricking dollars...) and walked out in 10-15 minutes.

Sister loves her phone. Going to try again for my mom or just go to WalMart. She has a GoPhone and she wants this cheapo phone for like $30 bucks.
2013-09-22 01:36:31 PM  
1 votes:

Mugato: Carth: Mugato: LouDobbsAwaaaay: I assumed it was an attempt to cut down on theft of the device.

Are stolen phones even worth anything? Aren't they easily traceable from the ID#, even track-able if the battery and simcard are in ?

They are easy to ship overseas where they won't be traced and can be reactivated.

Ok. Seems like a lot of trouble though. The only way that would seem cost effective would be to hold up entire warehouses of them rather than stealing them one by one from users. And if they can do all that they should be able to find a way to defeat the fingerprint thing. But I dunno.


Not really. The places that buy stolen iphones from the thief for $100 know a guy who will pay them $150. That guy ends up with a few dozen that he smuggles into china/africa and sells them to retailers for $300 who sell them for $400. It has been going on for years.
2013-09-22 01:29:05 PM  
1 votes:

Carth: Mugato: LouDobbsAwaaaay: I assumed it was an attempt to cut down on theft of the device.

Are stolen phones even worth anything? Aren't they easily traceable from the ID#, even track-able if the battery and simcard are in ?

They are easy to ship overseas where they won't be traced and can be reactivated.


Ok. Seems like a lot of trouble though. The only way that would seem cost effective would be to hold up entire warehouses of them rather than stealing them one by one from users. And if they can do all that they should be able to find a way to defeat the fingerprint thing. But I dunno.
2013-09-22 01:26:09 PM  
1 votes:

valkore: Hey, that's great!  You guys aren't part of the group that the author is talking about.  He's talking about people who have been standing in line for multiple hours, or perhaps days, to be one of the first to pick up a product that will be readily available to everyone in a couple/few weeks.


my point was, i didn't have to stand in a silly line, and i still got one on the day it was released. i agree that camping out for an iPhone is silly and, at least in my case, unnecessary.
2013-09-22 01:25:37 PM  
1 votes:

Mugato: LouDobbsAwaaaay: I assumed it was an attempt to cut down on theft of the device.

Are stolen phones even worth anything? Aren't they easily traceable from the ID#, even track-able if the battery and simcard are in ?


They are easy to ship overseas where they won't be traced and can be reactivated.
2013-09-22 01:10:55 PM  
1 votes:

LouDobbsAwaaaay: I assumed it was an attempt to cut down on theft of the device.


Are stolen phones even worth anything? Aren't they easily traceable from the ID#, even track-able if the battery and simcard are in ?
2013-09-22 12:50:34 PM  
1 votes:
Can it also scan someone else's fingerprint off of a surface and then project it onto a fingerprint scanner to open a door because James Bond's phone did that in Tomorrow Never Dies and that like 16 years ago.
2013-09-22 12:42:00 PM  
1 votes:
People need to be first to get something that more likely than not has some manufacturing/software bug that will render the device nearly useless.
2013-09-22 12:35:52 PM  
1 votes:

Githerax: Headline reminds me of a joke I recently read, has nothing to do with subject of the article:

"Did you realize that when you say the word "poop" your mouth is making the same motion as your anus does when you actually poop?  Interesting, isn't it?"
"Yes, and the same is true of the phrase "explosive diarrhea."


Now I am going to have nightmares of anus tongue and anus teeth.

/it's like that Oglaf what with the tentacles that came out of her hoo-ha
2013-09-22 12:16:25 PM  
1 votes:
We had to go to one of the Apple stores in ATL yesterday because the wife's iPad had no video. There was a line up of people and the place was packed.  I had already made an appointment but who ever set me up put it for last week. They got us in anyway, and on time.
I'm not a fan of the product, own the S3 myself, but the folks in the store are decent enough and try to get everything handled quickly and properly, so Apple does have that going for them.
2013-09-22 11:58:43 AM  
1 votes:

sammyk: I have no idea subby but I loathe Apple product releases. At least they are solid proof that making fun of Apple fanboys is completely justified. It's a phone FFS, it's not going to change your life.


...except that, for them, it does. You're looking at a subculture within which social status is determined by the length of time that owned hardware & software has existed. It's a combination of entitlement, engineered scarcity, manufactured need, and poor impulse control, and it's what drives everything from cash shops in MMOs to smartphone "subscription plans" by cellular carriers.

Be grateful they exist - they're driving the market for the rest of us. Be cautious, though - some of those idiots are making actual business decisions using the same friggin' decision trees.
2013-09-22 11:13:01 AM  
1 votes:

FlashHarry: cameroncrazy1984: It took me a few 30-exposure shots to remember that the thing takes pictures for as long as you hold your finger on the button.

i had no idea


Yep, and then in the roll it picks out the best one for you. It's not earth-shattering by any means, but it's very cool.
2013-09-22 10:35:57 AM  
1 votes:

cameroncrazy1984: It took me a few 30-exposure shots to remember that the thing takes pictures for as long as you hold your finger on the button.


i had no idea
2013-09-22 10:29:05 AM  
1 votes:

FlashHarry: i didn't line up for anything. i walked into an AT&T store on a whim and upgraded to a 5S. the whole thing took about 20 minutes.

so far, awesome phone. love the fingerprint thing. and the camera is very nice.


It took me a few 30-exposure shots to remember that the thing takes pictures for as long as you hold your finger on the button. The slo-mo mode is fun too.
2013-09-22 09:36:24 AM  
1 votes:
i didn't line up for anything. i walked into an AT&T store on a whim and upgraded to a 5S. the whole thing took about 20 minutes.

so far, awesome phone. love the fingerprint thing. and the camera is very nice.
2013-09-22 09:17:30 AM  
1 votes:
Acting like Apple is the only company that A) Updates their flagship product on a yearly basis and B) people line up for at launch is maybe one of the most ridiculous assertions I have read today. But there's an NFL thread coming later on so there's still hope.
2013-09-22 09:14:48 AM  
1 votes:

akula: I waited for the first time ever this year.

I got to the local AT&T store about 15 minutes before it was scheduled to open. I was around the 20th person or so there. It took an hour and a half from when I arrived to when I left, new 5S in hand.

Why did I do it? A combination of the following:
1) Too much caffeine the night before, so I just slept like hell... when you're up at 5am, making the 8am open is easy.
2) Friday is my day off and I just didn't have a bunch to do; I'd mowed the yard the day before, so really, what did it matter if I spent an hour and a half doing that?
3) My previous phone was really getting annoying- as new apps came out, it kept feeling slower. I'd been waiting to upgrade to the new one.
4) The pricing structure is such that you don't get a price break on the phone if you wait... it is the same price when they first go up for sale as it will be six months down the road... the same price it will be right up until the next one comes out in a year. So you save NOTHING by waiting, but instead end up paying more for a phone that has less time as the top of the heap... and therefore the date at which it will feel slower due to new apps being written for newer hardware is that much closer.
5) I'd have ordered online, but the shipping times being quoted were far enough out that it would likely show up when we were out of town... leading to a shipping/receiving snafu I didn't want to deal with.

So, in other words, it was because I wanted to and it was only a minor inconvenience to me and meant absolutely not one damn thing to anybody else. I didn't get it to show off, you wouldn't know I have the new one unless you held it in your hand and knew exactly what to look for. So there was no point in getting it for the acclaim of others. Nobody else cares. I did it because I wanted to, and I don't need another reason.

If you don't care if somebody got a new phone, why the fark would you care if they waited in line for it? That's some piss-poor apathy ...


1. I feel your pain.
2. What's a lawn? Other than a thing old people want me to off of, I mean.
3. My previous phone was a Galaxy S2.  It was still faster than an iPhone.  If only the battery hadn't been dying...
4. My new phone is a Galaxy S4.  I got in on the buy one get one free deal this summer.  Seems like I actually did benefit from waiting... (and oh ya, I still have a better phone than you so neener neener!)
5. I didn't have to wait in a line because Samsung is more interested in selling as many phones as they can rather than having these pointless media event customer lines.  (so Neener Neener 2: Electric Boogaloo)
2013-09-22 08:59:02 AM  
1 votes:
For the same reason people line up for new console releases. There are some people who think they have to get their new toy as soon as possible.
2013-09-22 08:24:57 AM  
1 votes:

sammyk: I have no idea subby but I loathe Apple product releases. At least they are solid proof that making fun of Apple fanboys is completely justified. It's a phone FFS, it's not going to change your life.


But it comes in different colors! And it has a fingerprint scanner to secure all your important top secret pictures of your cat!
2013-09-22 08:21:19 AM  
1 votes:
The time to buy is November 1-27th for Holiday release consumer electronics.
 
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