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

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 ackthpt ( 218170 ) on Monday September 09, 2013 @02:18PM (#44800413) Homepage Journal

    I'm familiar with the First Year Collector thing, but I doubt there are any collectors items among iPhones, which tend to sell quite a lot of the exact same model on the first day, before the hue and cry over defects or such result in an adjustment in production.

    Cars may or may not sell a lot on first issue and generally going out and buying will result in some unhappy experiences, though your experience may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, some being much better at rolling out a truly finished product and others rushing out a model which will have a laundry list of recalls.

    My car was such a dud it wasn't made for many years and resulted in one of the greatest financial setbacks for the manufacturer. The engineers did a fine job designing it, the assembly line did a terrific job of putting it together, but the bean-counters who sourced the parts and figured ways to shave costs doomed it. If they had gone with the original engineers plans it would have been a hit and my car would have been worth a small fortune for being very early off the production line.

    It's a much better position to be in to watch how a new car rolls out and is met by the market. A successful launch of a quality car may mean you have to pay a little of a premium to get one of the early batch, but you avoid getting burned.

    Regarding antenna issues, battery heating up issues, other shortcomings of Apples rather trendsetting iPhones should by now curb some enthusiasm for the wary. Fool me once, shame on you - fool me twice, shame on me sorta fing.

  • by SydShamino ( 547793 ) on Monday September 09, 2013 @03:08PM (#44801171)

    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.

    Actually, per TFA the first two people in line have been "bought out" by a third-party Apple reseller, and now sport the company's logo on their shirts, and, in exchange, will now have their phones (plural, two each) paid for by the company.

    So... yeah, they won the advertising game and now get their phones for free.

  • Re:Apple stagnation (Score:5, Informative)

    by _xeno_ ( 155264 ) on Monday September 09, 2013 @05:16PM (#44802733) Homepage Journal

    Funny, how their were no mic issues before, when it was a third party app.

    Not to mention that some jail-breakers were able to figure out exactly how Siri was disabled on the iPhone 4 and re-enable it and - surprise surprise, Siri works just fine on the 3GS and 4 [igeeksblog.com].

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"