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Japanese Man Already Lined Up To Buy iPhone 6 114

Posted by samzenpus
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zacharye writes "Last year ahead of Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launch, lines began forming outside Apple stores weeks in advance. At the time, we thought it was pretty crazy that anyone would line up that far in advance to buy a cell phone — but now we know what crazy really looks like. A Japanese man named 'Yoppy' says he has already lined up to buy Apple's unannounced iPhone 6, which isn't expected to launch for another seven months."
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Japanese Man Already Lined Up To Buy iPhone 6

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  • Wow (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 14, 2014 @07:22AM (#46244151)
    Talk about being first...
    • Yea I still have an iPhone 4 and don't see any real reason to upgrade, the only new feature I like is the fingerprint reader to login, my work has me with max security settings meaning I need to use a full password to get into my phone.

  • by raburton (1281780) on Friday February 14, 2014 @07:29AM (#46244169)

    I've never bought an Apple product (and never will), but for pretty much anything else I might want that has a future release date I can pre-order it and get it on day of release. Do Apple not do this?

    • by rvw (755107)

      I've never bought an Apple product (and never will), but for pretty much anything else I might want that has a future release date I can pre-order it and get it on day of release. Do Apple not do this?

      Reading your comment you must have been first in line for your portion of seriousness. This is Slashdot, don't mess with this man's believe in God's creatures. If you want your share, get a life or get in line!

    • by ledow (319597)

      If you get an answer, can you ask the same people why you'd WANT a 0-day product with complete lack of public testing? That makes me more curious than anything else.

      Hey, I have this great new game/car/house for you. Give me the full cost price of it and you can have it on the first day. Testing? Oh, no, sorry, not until you've paid for it. Other reviews? No, we bought them all and/or embargoed them to prevent the wrong kind of review getting out. Other users? There are none, you'll be our guinea pig

      • Apple has a 30-day return window for the iPhone. Presumably those crazy customers can determine whether or not the device actually works within that timeframe.
    • by Andrewkov (140579)

      I've never bought an Apple product (and never will), but for pretty much anything else I might want that has a future release date I can pre-order it and get it on day of release. Do Apple not do this?

      They do, but pre-ordering doesn't get you an article on Slashdot or make you a hero amongst your friends.

      • They do, but pre-ordering doesn't get you an article on Slashdot

        Give it a month or two.

        or make you a hero amongst your friends.

        Camping out in line months in advance does?

    • by jo_ham (604554)

      Yes, of course you can - and that's how most people order their iPhones, which are then shipped to them to arrive on release day. Quick and easy and takes about 5 minutes.

      Of course, if you are doing a piece of performance art (which this guy is), by dressing up as an iPhone 6 and lining up to buy one, then going the normal pre-order route is less effective for your ultimate goal, which is to generate exposure - and success! He made it to the pages of several blogs and slashdot.

    • I've never bought an Apple product (and never will)

      Never say never ...

      pretty much anything else (...) I can pre-order it and get it on day of release

      When the product is as popular as an iphone - would you like it or no - many people want it the first day and, unless queuing early, you'll have to wait.

    • I've never bought an Apple product (and never will), but for pretty much anything else I might want that has a future release date I can pre-order it and get it on day of release. Do Apple not do this?

      No, and that's why Apple gets a shitload of press when people line up for their products and while every other company hardly gets a mention when their new flagship product becomes available for pre-order on Amazon along with (***yawn***) a dozen others. Even if one passionately dislikes Apple, one must also grudgingly admit that it's a pretty clever marketing strategy that has worked wonders for Apple.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 14, 2014 @07:34AM (#46244183)

    He isn't physically waiting in line. Japan ques up by using a place holder mat with a persons name on it. When the day comes they just go to the mat and take tier spot. You can Google this to verify

  • by jones_supa (887896) on Friday February 14, 2014 @07:38AM (#46244199)

    At the time, we thought it was pretty crazy that anyone would line up that far in advance to buy a cell phone — but now we know what crazy really looks like.

    He's not crazy. It's just some cracked performance art. His Twitter account features pictures of him, amongst other things, tied up in rope bondage aboard a train, wearing an alarmingly tight superhero costume, running in underwear on snowy streets, and a penis crafted of chocolate. He's clearly a prankster and humorist.

    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      by jandersen (462034)

      He's not crazy. It's just some cracked performance art. His Twitter account features pictures of him, amongst other things, tied up in rope bondage aboard a train, wearing an alarmingly tight superhero costume, running in underwear on snowy streets, and a penis crafted of chocolate. He's clearly a prankster and humorist.

      Not an iDiot, then?

    • by timeOday (582209)
      Even so, he is late to the party. Smartphone mania has crested. I would say with the iPhone 4.
    • His Twitter account features pictures of him, amongst other things, tied up in rope bondage aboard a train, wearing an alarmingly tight superhero costume, running in underwear on snowy streets, and a penis crafted of chocolate. He's clearly a prankster and humorist.

      Nah. Those are all perfectly normal behaviors in Japan.

  • When I logged into /. just now, this story was at the top of the page.

    I had to look twice at the masthead to make sure I wasn't on the Onion page.

    Good work, usually humorless /.ers!

  • It's snowing in Tokyo right now so I'm curious if he's camped out. I'd like a picture of "sad iPhone in snow"

  • by whisper_jeff (680366) on Friday February 14, 2014 @08:14AM (#46244315)

    A minor level performer is attempting to get his name out there with the lamest publicity stunt ever.

    So Slashdot posted it to the front page.

    Yay Slashdot...

  • A mentally disturbed person does something stupid and it matters?

    (no I dont mean it as a comment on Apple users, but judging from the link, it seems he's not all there).

  • by DrXym (126579) on Friday February 14, 2014 @09:01AM (#46244459)
    Step 1: Announce you are queuing up for an iPhone 6, offering no more evidence than a few photos of yourself dressed up in some pathetic attention grabbing costume. Step 2: Watch as the story is used as filler for lazy news outlets who can't be bothered to find real news to report on.
    • by cusco (717999)

      Always has been. Every year they announce the Darwin Awards, for example. And look at how much attention Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison have gotten over the years. Then more recently there's the McAffee foolishness.

  • Iphone is no longer being introduced and announced by the famous spokesman. The changes in the device are minor, incremental and predictable. People are still using their iPhone 4 and some even earlier -- they are just about done with the hype and hysteria.

    Does iPhone even matter any longer?

    • by jo_ham (604554)

      Given that it's still the top selling handset by a country mile, and that each successive iPhone sells more than the previous one, I'd have to say "yes".

      The two major players in the smartphone market right now are Apple and Samsung. Whatever the two of them do right now "matters". The Galaxy line and the iPhone line make up the vast majority of smartphones in current use and currently being sold.

      Sorry, but your hate for Apple doesn't change reality.

  • by fiziko (97143)

    When I first saw this headline in my Facebook feed, I assumed the source was The Onion. Wow.

    • When I first saw this headline in my Facebook feed, I assumed the source was The Onion. Wow.

      The Register has become the next best thing.

  • Some time ago, there was a satirical story about a homeless guy* falling asleep in the Apple store entry and a line forming behind him to buy whatever it was that he was waiting for. Now there are stories about homeless people actually waiting in Apple store lines.

    *Indistinguishable from hipsters.

    Oblig. image [imgur.com].

  • Everybody needs a hobby.

  • might as well go for some urban camping.

  • He wasn't seriously lining up for the iPhone 6. He was doing a piece of performance art that he could post on Twitter to get some attention. Looks like he got it.
  • Does one person a line make? I think not.

  • Slashdot has devolved to news about moronic fan boys sitting around in a non-line waiting for a product that doesn't exist. Maybe you guys could start a separate stupiddot.org and put this kind of useless info there.
  • He said. It sure beats the heck out of farming.

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