With the iPhone 5 yet to become available to the public this Friday, customers have already started lining up outside Apple’s flagship store in Fifth Avenue in New York City.
In a move that became an annual tradition, around 10 people lined up outside the Apple Store last Monday. The customers wanted to be among the first people to own the new iPhone 5. Meanwhile, customers will be able to purchase the latest mobile phone at 8 a.m. local time on September 21.
There were also claims that most of the customers who were in line since yesterday were hoping to gain attention for the website that they are promoting. A CBS New York reporter was also present to interview the queue of expecting iPhone 5 owners.
Overwhelming iPhone 5 Demand
The demand for iPhone 5 is overwhelming, with the smartphone right on schedule as the fastest-selling handset. It was announced last Monday that pre-orders of the device reached 2 million in its first 24 hours of availability. This record more than doubles the sales of the iPhone 4S.
Last year, sales of iPhone 4S reached 4 million during its weekend launch, making it the fastest-selling iPhone to date. However, the new Apple device is expected to beat that number, as it already achieved a record number of pre-orders.
Yesterday, AMOG reported that the company’s online store started quoting that its latest smartphone will arrive in two weeks. The estimated shipping time came just an hour after Apple opened its website for iPhone 5 pre-order. According to the company’s spokeswoman Nat Kerris, “Pre-orders for iPhone 5 have been incredible. We’ve been completely blown away by the customer response.”
Availability on Network Carriers and Retail Stores
Apple’s latest smartphone will go on sale to the public this Friday. With the initial batch of pre-orders already sold out, lining up in front of Apple Stores nearby is the only way for customers to get an iPhone 5. It will also debut in nine countries, making it Apple’s largest launch ever.
Network carriers will also be selling the newest smartphone at launch, although AT&T and Verizon already sold out their inventory for Friday. The iPhone 5 will also be come in three variants for Global LTE. This is because various carriers are using different 4G LTE bands. The latest handset will continue to support the global GSM/UMTS services of the iPhone 4S, and it will also be compatible with the “4G” DC-HSDPA.