Feeds

LONDON iPHONE 5 MADNESS: 'You must be CRAZY to buy Apple'

High-fiving shoppers spark bewilderment from normal folk

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

"I want it NOW!", fangirl shrieks

At the front of the queue there were the usual scenes of religious fever as customers escaped from their waiting pens and waddled the final metres into the store, some with arms raised to the heavens, along a path lined with Apple staff whooping, high-fiving and ushering them up a staircase to the tables of iPhone 5s.

iPhone 5 queue London, credit The Register

Customers raised their arms above their heads in worship as they entered the store, cheered on by lines of Apple employees

A man in a panda hat was among the first to be let in, along with a guy with crutches, a young family complete with a baby buggy, although the queuers were predominantly young men.

An older woman explained she was queueing for her teenage son. "Can we talk to him?" your humble hack asked.

"Oh no, he's very shy."

We spoke to a husband-and-wife couple, who had been there since 6.15am.

"Why don't you just order online and wait a few weeks?" we asked.

"I want it now!" the woman beamed.

iPhone 5 queue London, credit The Register

Debris left from the hardcore front-end of the queue

Moving up the line, Hassan, 24, said he needed to get the iPhone 5 today - the day it goes on sale - and said that he couldn't possibly wait for it.

"Not even two days," he added. We put it to him that some might consider waiting in a queue to go into a shop crazy.

"Apple is crazy, you have to be crazy for Apple," he said.

Another bloke, Kays, also 24, said he uses all of Apple's products, and was upgrading his 4S to an iPhone 5.

"I like the iPhone," he said. "This is a happy day." When we asked why he was queueing for it, Kays replied: "But it's not work, it's enjoyment."

Just to prove it wasn't just Londoners going bonkers, here's the scene outside Glasgow's Apple Store at 9am today:

Fanbois and fangrrls massing in Buchanan Street outside the Glasgow fruit shop Credit: Joseph Heenan

®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER
Rotund types paid nearly 20% less than people who didn't eat all the pies
Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT
... said an anon coward who we really wish hadn't posted on our website
Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS
'Will put smiles on faces worldwide', predicts corporate PR chief
Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city
Belgian booze pumped from underground
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
Amazon: Wish in one hand, Twit in the other – see which one fills first
#AmazonWishList A year's supply of Arran scotch, ta
Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team
Can you imagine the scene? 'Hey guys, it's your new owner – WTF is that on your desk?'
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.