The Quest for iPhone 5s

9/16 4:36 PM PT: Working in Santa Barbara this week and no preordering for iPhone 5s means that I'll be lining up at the Apple Store State Street in the wee hours of the morning. I'll update this post along the way.

 


9/16 3:39 PM PT: Wearing an official Apple shirt, I'm counting down the time!

Counting down to iPhone 5s Launch

Counting down to iPhone 5s Launch


9/16 5:45 PM PT: Heading to dinner; quick drive by at the Apple Store - 7 people in line. 


9/16 9:30 PM PT: At the Apple Store. Was 11th in line, got a promotion to number 10. The store is shrouded in secrecy. The wait begins! 

Apple Store State Street, iPhone 5s

Apple Store State Street, iPhone 5s


9/16 11:55 PM PT: They're jamming to Ylvis' The Fox  inside the Apple Store. Rock on!


9/20 12:03 AM PT: Apple.com is up! Good luck to all those placing orders. Don't forget about the Apple Store iOS app too! 


9/20 1:45 AM PT: That's right - it's almost time for the bars to close! State Street is coming alive.

Drunks on State Street

Drunks on State Street


9/20 2:00 AM PT: Surviving the night with The Big Bang Theory and 5 Hour Energy

Surviving the Night

Surviving the Night


9/20 4:22 AM PT: Some are sleeping, the rest of us are having a great time chatting about everything under the sun. Even a little iPhone Group Therapy!

iPhone Group

iPhone Group


9/20 4:40 AM PT: "Outlook owes me a Hotmail." --Homeless Bum trying to add to the conversation


9/20 5:00 AM PT: Approaching the 3 hour mark, there's approximately 30 people in line and Apple employees have completed the reset inside the store

5aiPhone5sLine.jpg

9/20 6:05 AM PT: A local news crew has arrived to cover the launch. 

News Crew Covering Launch of iPhone 5s

News Crew Covering Launch of iPhone 5s


9/20 6:45 AM PT: Apple reps have handed out cards reserving an iPhone for each. Whitney and I are anxiously awaiting 8a!

My iPhone Reservation Card

My iPhone Reservation Card

Landon & Whitney

Landon & Whitney


9/20 7:52 AM PT: The store is being prepared for opening... the curtains are coming down! 

iPhone 5s Launch

iPhone 5s Launch

iPhone 5s Launch

iPhone 5s Launch

iPhone 5s Launch

iPhone 5s Launch


9/20 8:01 AM PT: We're in the store! Whitney and I have our reps and we're getting our phones! 

Whitney & Her Apple Genius

Whitney & Her Apple Genius

Lauren, My Apple Genius, and I

Lauren, My Apple Genius, and I


9/20 8:07 AM PT: Just some random shots of the store while Lauren is getting my phones ready.

Apple Store State Street During iPhone 5s Launch

Apple Store State Street During iPhone 5s Launch

Apple Store State Street During iPhone 5s Launch

Apple Store State Street During iPhone 5s Launch

Apple Store State Street During iPhone 5s Launch

Apple Store State Street During iPhone 5s Launch


9/20 8:19 AM PT: Just 19 short minutes after opening, and being number 10 in line, I'm heading out of the store with two devices. Apple is efficient! It was a GREAT experience getting to hangout with everyone overnight in Santa Barbara!

My iPhone 5s!

My iPhone 5s!