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The iPhone 5S Hasn't Been Officially Announced, Already Has Line 181

Posted by samzenpus
from the but-I-want-it-now dept.
Daniel_Stuckey writes "The iPhone 5S line has already begun, despite Apple not even having made its announcement yet. From the looks of the invite to the unveiling in San Francisco on Sept. 10 (and another event the following day in Beijing, where iPhones are all the rage), the company will not only be announcing a next generation iPhone, the 5S, but also the lower-priced 5C model, in a variety of cheaper-looking colors."
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The iPhone 5S Hasn't Been Officially Announced, Already Has Line

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  • by jaymz666 (34050) on Monday September 09, 2013 @01:26PM (#44799643)

    At this point, the only reason to line up for an iDevice is to get on TV. This is not different to survivor or Big Brother.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 09, 2013 @01:33PM (#44799769)

    This is not different to survivor or Big Brother.

    Sure it is. All you can win on line at Apple is an iPhone. And by "win" I mean pay the same amount as anybody else.

  • by onyxruby (118189) <onyxruby@@@comcast...net> on Monday September 09, 2013 @01:36PM (#44799805)

    Apple will release a new version of their phone, and another one about a year after that and will keep doing so for as long as there is money to be made doing so. This is no different from any other manufacturer releasing new versions of their products - it's what they do. Why people ever act surprised when there's a new shiny version of 'X' has got to be one of life's great mysteries.

    Next years surprise, Ford releases the 2015 model of the Focus! Shocking! Who could ever see that coming? What do you mean the entire industry does this every single year?

  • by ackthpt (218170) on Monday September 09, 2013 @01:38PM (#44799843) Homepage Journal

    At this point, the only reason to line up for an iDevice is to get on TV. This is not different to survivor or Big Brother.

    In my line of work we take a dim view of being on the bleeding edge of technology. These people are not simply embracing it, but doing so for their own personal reasons i.e. Be first on the block to have one (which is a damn silly thing to do with a considerable investment, which most iPhones are.)

    I was burned on a new car model years ago so I sit back and wait to see how things turn out before committing my own hard won dollars (and even then, as I'm a pre-paid customer, I buy the handset outright.)

  • by clinko (232501) on Monday September 09, 2013 @01:43PM (#44799925) Homepage Journal

    This is a publicity stunt by a company that sells macs or something. I'm not looking up what they do.

    Summary:
    1) 4 guys get printed shirts with company logos and lines up crazy early.
    2) Vice / Gizmodo / engadget / Slashdot talks about them, with pictures of them in their shirts. Make sure you're still there for the NBC crew shows up!
    3) Profit!

  • Survey says... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by djupedal (584558) on Monday September 09, 2013 @01:53PM (#44800075)
    It's a safe bet everyone is just looking for clicks and eyeballs, /. included.
  • by afidel (530433) on Monday September 09, 2013 @01:59PM (#44800163)

    5C is 5 China, it's their bid to gain major penetration into the worlds largest cellphone market.

  • by Jerslan (1088525) on Monday September 09, 2013 @02:57PM (#44801009)
    Because there was absolutely no press coverage of an impending update and/or new model until just now... They've been speculating wildly about the 6/5S since the 5 came out last year. Even it's release date, which hasn't actually been announced yet, is expected to be later this month. If you bought an iPhone 5 and feel cheated because a new model came out a couple months later? You can really only blame yourself for not doing adequate market research before buying a mobile phone...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 09, 2013 @05:26PM (#44802829)
    As evident by the iCultists lining up for an iPhone 5S before it's been announced and before they know what it is.
  • by vux984 (928602) on Monday September 09, 2013 @06:14PM (#44803267)

    My car, on the other hand, had great styling and the early prototypes were wowing the press with its performance and features.

    Is there a reason you've got 2 posts on it now without actually naming the vehicle/model/year? :)

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