The iPhone 5s was finally released to the masses towards the back end of September. It sold out within the first couple of days, with Apple selling 9 million iPhones in the first weekend alone. Demand has been incredible for the latest iOS-loaded smartphone. And it’s been well documented that the supply isn’t quite catching up, as Apple web order shipping times have slipped to 2-3 weeks for the gold model.
Sascha Segan of PC Mag took a trip to the Apple Store on 59th street in Manhattan, and there’s still a line forming each morning by 8:30. Even this morning there was a huge line outside, with Apple store staff handing out the little reservation cards you normally only get on launch day. Staff are attempting to get all the queuers seen to, and sold to before the regular customers come in. Want to get a gold iPhone 5s from that store? Not a chance.
While I was standing there, a woman came up asking for a gold 5s, and the Apple rep just said “no.” He didn’t give a wait time – that one was just out of bounds.
Although it’s not surprising to hear that an Apple store is incredibly busy in one of the most densely populated parts of the States, it’s a little shocking to hear that people are still lining up every day. Enough to form a large queue by opening time. Every day must feel like a launch day to the staff their. Presumable minus the free coffee and donuts.
Thankfully, I don’t live in such a busy area.
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Via: PC Mag