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

samzenpus posted about 7 months ago | from the but-I-want-it-now dept.

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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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reality show rejects (5, Insightful)

jaymz666 (34050) | about 7 months ago | (#44799643)

At this point, the only reason to line up for an iDevice is to get on TV. This is not different to survivor or Big Brother.

Re:reality show rejects (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44799769)

This is not different to survivor or Big Brother.

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.

Re:reality show rejects (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800051)

You can win an iPhone online? Sounds like a scam.

Re:reality show rejects (3, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 7 months ago | (#44800161)

Those QuBids ads I keep getting in my spam folder tell me I can get an iPad or iPhone for only $8! It's so crazy it has to be true!

Re:reality show rejects (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800273)

Curiously, that's what the S stands for iPhone 4S(cam), iPhone 5S(cam); Or Sucker,

"You've just bought an iPhone 5, now, only months later, buy an iPhone 5S...ucker"

Re:reality show rejects (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800399)

Except that's not remotely the upgrade path most people follow, dicktard.

Re:reality show rejects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800743)

Butthurt appledrone detected

Re:reality show rejects (3, Insightful)

Jerslan (1088525) | about 7 months ago | (#44801009)

Because there was absolutely no press coverage of an impending update and/or new model until just now... They've been speculating wildly about the 6/5S since the 5 came out last year. Even it's release date, which hasn't actually been announced yet, is expected to be later this month. If you bought an iPhone 5 and feel cheated because a new model came out a couple months later? You can really only blame yourself for not doing adequate market research before buying a mobile phone...

Re:reality show rejects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44799787)

I think is stupider to do something stupid to spend money than to do something stupid to make money!

CAPTCHA: 'despise'... Slashcode's getting smart

Re:reality show rejects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800087)

I think is stupider to do something stupid to spend money than to do something stupid to make money!

CAPTCHA: 'despise'... Slashcode's getting smart

Had to re-read this three times to understand it. Apparently I had no idea I needed to be stupider to get it the first time.

Re:reality show rejects (1)

i.r.id10t (595143) | about 7 months ago | (#44799833)

At least with survivor and big brother there is a small chance that you can win some $

And, depending on how adventureous you are, they are a "free" vacation at the least...

Re:reality show rejects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800945)

And at least survivor and big brother have copy/paste AND real multi-tasking.

Re:reality show rejects (3, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | about 7 months ago | (#44799843)

At this point, the only reason to line up for an iDevice is to get on TV. This is not different to survivor or Big Brother.

In my line of work we take a dim view of being on the bleeding edge of technology. These people are not simply embracing it, but doing so for their own personal reasons i.e. Be first on the block to have one (which is a damn silly thing to do with a considerable investment, which most iPhones are.)

I was burned on a new car model years ago so I sit back and wait to see how things turn out before committing my own hard won dollars (and even then, as I'm a pre-paid customer, I buy the handset outright.)

Re:reality show rejects (1)

afidel (530433) | about 7 months ago | (#44800129)

On cars you never buy the first year of a redesign or new model unless you're a glutton for punishment or you're doing an expensive lease that includes free loaner coverage for maintenance and recalls. It doesn't really depend on the manufacturer either since almost all of them outsource a large percentage of their subassemblies to outside manufacturers.

Re:reality show rejects (4, Interesting)

tipo159 (1151047) | about 7 months ago | (#44800147)

Well, your one bad experience buying a new model car years ago should certainly keep us all away from buying new items at launch ...

I have had a lot of first model year cars and I have found them to be no more likely to have issues than subsequent model years. Actually, of the cars that I collect, I usually prefer first model year cars because they usually have quirky or interesting features that are dropped because they were judged not popular enough or cost-reduced out.

I have a first generation iPad and iPod touch from the initial launches of both products. Other than Apple abandoning iOS support for the products (and recently the battery on the iPod touch), I have had no issues with them.

But, if the rumors hold true, the products that Apple will launch tomorrow are going to evolutions (or devolutions) of products that have been out for years, not truly new products, so I don't understand how your point applies.

Re:reality show rejects (3, Informative)

ackthpt (218170) | about 7 months ago | (#44800413)

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.

Re:reality show rejects (5, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | about 7 months ago | (#44800519)

How long do you have that Edsel?

Re:reality show rejects (0)

ackthpt (218170) | about 7 months ago | (#44801157)

How long do you have that Edsel?

The Edsel was a pretty good running car, which was just plain ugly and completely oversold to the press - while innovative in many areas it wasn't what the public wanted.

My car, on the other hand, had great styling and the early prototypes were wowing the press with its performance and features. When production began, though the love affair ended with a lot of unhappy customers, particularly those who had expected something much better (which had initially been promised.)

Re:reality show rejects (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 7 months ago | (#44800197)

In my line of work we take a dim view of being on the bleeding edge of technology. These people are not simply embracing it, but doing so for their own personal reasons i.e. Be first on the block to have one (which is a damn silly thing to do with a considerable investment, which most iPhones are.)

Well, you see this behavior for other things too.

I mean, I've never understood people siting and waiting in line to see a movie (Harry Potter, SW, LOTR, Hobbit, etc). I mean, frankly, I would rather wait to see it later without all the fscking crowd and hassle, that is...if I even bother to see it in a movie theater at all.

I generally wait till out on BluRay and watch it on my large plasma tv, with a great soundsystem and fully stocked bar nearby.

Re:reality show rejects (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 7 months ago | (#44800289)

In my line of work we take a dim view of being on the bleeding edge of technology. These people are not simply embracing it, but doing so for their own personal reasons i.e. Be first on the block to have one (which is a damn silly thing to do with a considerable investment, which most iPhones are.)

Well, you see this behavior for other things too.

I mean, I've never understood people siting and waiting in line to see a movie (Harry Potter, SW, LOTR, Hobbit, etc). I mean, frankly, I would rather wait to see it later without all the fscking crowd and hassle, that is...if I even bother to see it in a movie theater at all.

I generally wait till out on BluRay and watch it on my large plasma tv, with a great soundsystem and fully stocked bar nearby.

Well film is a considerably different matter, and other than impatience and a high degree of tolerance to standing in line (to get ticket), standing in line (to get popcorn) and standing in line (to be seated) followed by trying to get a seat which doesn't suck or isn't close to some noisy or obnoxious clod there seems little argument for being there on opening night. Unless it's a real stinker it will play for at least a week and there's going to be times without the great density of hoi polloi which offer a better experience.

Although, like with the fanboi sort of experience, there are people who love to be part of the herd. After opening night or the first day of sale you can rush home and share your experience on YouToob or fazebook with your initial impressions, unboxing, and so on. That has some value to people.

Re:reality show rejects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800447)

Except BluRay and plasma tv's did not exist when SW came out.

I managed to get a copy of SW on laserdisc, it was mindblowing quality for the day.

Re:reality show rejects (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 7 months ago | (#44800541)

Except BluRay and plasma tv's did not exist when SW came out.

I managed to get a copy of SW on laserdisc, it was mindblowing quality for the day.

Not only that, but George Lucas held off on DVD issue of Star Wars for a very long time. In the case of your Laserdisc you did have something with value others could buy, but not easily after Laserdiscs waned from the market.

Re:reality show rejects (1)

swillden (191260) | about 7 months ago | (#44800359)

While these guys (or whoever is paying them) is silly, I hardly think you can characterize a minor update to the sixth-generation of a widely used device as "bleeding edge".

Re:reality show rejects (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 7 months ago | (#44800673)

Hardware wise we don't know how much of a change it will be yet. But software wise, it's by far the biggest change to iOS yet.

Of course defects in the software matter less as they can be fixed later.

Re:reality show rejects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800369)

If they wanted cutting edge they wouldn't be waiting on line for an iPhone. Apple at this stage is playing catch up.

Re:reality show rejects (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | about 7 months ago | (#44800511)

I wouldn't qualify the iPhone, or most smart phones, as being on the bleeding edge of technology.

Now, the USB 3 cable on the other hand....

Re:reality show rejects (1)

plover (150551) | about 7 months ago | (#44800709)

First, an iPhone is unlikely to be on the bleeding edge of anything. The OS is version 7 (nothing more than a UI refinement of OS version 6, and it's already appearing on today's iPhones.) The hardware won't represent any great leaps in processor or battery technology. As a matter of fact, the only new aspect will be the slightly larger screen. It won't be anything unexpected for its new users.

Next, a phone is hardly what many people would classify as either "considerable" or even an "investment". It's only a few hundred dollars - less in America, where cellular companies subsidize the bulk of the cost of the phone. Being the first on your block to own one isn't exactly placing most owners at financial risk. And cell phones don't even qualify as an "investment", as they never deliver value in the form of money growth over time. In the best case you can get a small fraction of their purchase price from a reseller after a year or so.

The risks you experienced with your car purchase are substantially higher than these new customers will realize. Engineering changes to cars are a lot more complex than laying out a new circuit board for a phone.

But I think we'd both agree the completely silly thing is squandering a fraction of your life standing in line for one.

Re:reality show rejects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800959)

There are two reasons I'd bother with a 5S. One is additional storage which always is a plus. The second is a fingerprint scanner which is also nice to have as another means of authentication. It can be argued how secure/insecure it is, but an additional security mechanism cannot hurt.

Re:reality show rejects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800007)

At this point, the only reason to line up for an iDevice is to get on TV.

Sure there is: Darwin. Get all the morons in one place and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Re:reality show rejects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800063)

Nuking anything from orbit is not an option. There are no nuclear weapons in Earth orbit... moron.

Re:reality show rejects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800187)

Thats what they want you to belive. What do you think is actually inside the Hubble "Telescope", lenses? Oh you poor thing...

Re:reality show rejects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800895)

And the NSA dont do domestic spying on Americans

Re:reality show rejects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800071)

At this point, the only reason to line up for an iDevice is to get on TV. This is not different to survivor or Big Brother.

Do not ever underestimate the lucrative market of idiots. You see how well this has worked for Survivor and Big Brother.

Re:reality show rejects (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 7 months ago | (#44800535)

Well other than the obvious reason that they want to get the new iPhone before anybody else.

Re:reality show rejects (1)

jaymz666 (34050) | about 7 months ago | (#44800881)

You mean like have it shipped to your door and delivered on release day?

Re:reality show rejects (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 7 months ago | (#44801015)

There's no guarantee pre-orders will be received on release day. The iPhone 5 came out Sept 21st, but pre-orders were still being fulfilled in October.

So people who missed out on getting a first day slot for their pre-order may well cancel and choose to line up for it at a store.

So? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44799669)

I masterbate to my s4 thrice a day, ery day.

Re:So? (4, Funny)

geminidomino (614729) | about 7 months ago | (#44799879)

thrice a day, ery day

You should probably back away from the computer when you do. Your keys are starting to stick.

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800111)

But ... that's where they keep the porn.

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800137)

Very funny comment!
Would have been funnier, though, had you sent:

Yu shuld prbably back away frm the cmputer when you d. Yur keys are starting t stick.

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44799893)

If you don't hurry, you may not be the first in the line for s5.

First War for Israel (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44799679)

...and a first strike against Syria for America's best ally. Celebrate 9/11 by supporting Al-Qaeda!

Cheaper looking... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44799721)

That's been my opinion when looking at the leaked colors, up to and including champagne (which is supposedly an addition to the flagship, rather than the 5C). They look cheap, and the champagne/gold looks like dirty white instead of what I assume was supposed to be evoking jewelry.

Jobs would never stand for this.

Re: Cheaper looking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44799973)

"Jobs would never stand for this"

Nope. Would never happen
http://archive.techtree.com/techtree/jsp/article.jsp?article_id=55782&cat_id=571

Re:Cheaper looking... (-1, Flamebait)

hjf (703092) | about 7 months ago | (#44800017)

Jobs came up with the colorful iMac.

Learn your history, fucktard fanboi.

Re:Cheaper looking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800139)

You mean the colors that were ripped straight off an old line of clothes irons?

Ohhh thanks for the reminder! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800251)

Those old black'n'decker irons that completely bombed out, and then the run of iMacs colored like them.

Probably got a discount on the plastics when they ended up with a glut of them over the cancelled line.

Re:Cheaper looking... (0)

BitZtream (692029) | about 7 months ago | (#44800841)

Yea, the colorful Mac ... which sold like crazy compared to other Macs and clones ...

Learn your history, ignorant fucktard.

Flower Power and Dalmatian iMacs ... (1)

perpenso (1613749) | about 7 months ago | (#44800109)

Jobs would never stand for this.

Oh yes he would, he actually did something similar. Flower Power and Dalmatian iMacs.

Re:Cheaper looking... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800227)

It's not so much that the colors are cheaper-looking, it's more in the image. For instance, the lineup of "cheaper looking" colors for the 5C are:

Sewage Runoff Brown
Poor Person Pink
Perpetual Water Damage Tan
Urine Stain Yellow
Infected Purple
Dull, Rusty Blue That Low-Income People Can Afford To Paint Their Cars And Which Trendy Rich People Laugh At
Unimaginative Beige, Like How Poor People Like You Are Unimaginative
Stupid Dumb Robot That Competes With Us And Cuts Into Our Absurd Profit Margins Green
What, You're Not Cool Enough To Carry A Rich Person Phone Like All The Cool Kids Do Teal
Fine, Be That Way And Ruin Steve's Beautiful Dream Of A Star Trek Future Of Cool Design And Pretty Technology, All Because You Stupid Poor People Can't Afford It Black
Why Do You Hate Steve? Steve Was Your Friend And Only Wanted The Best For The World White

Apple stagnation (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44799747)

Not innovative enough for a new model number huh?

Re:Apple stagnation (2)

the computer guy nex (916959) | about 7 months ago | (#44799865)

Not innovative enough for a new model number huh?

Not sure why Innovation is tied to model numbers? But anyways the Apple 'S' releases have traditionally focused more on software (Siri, bio metrics) than major hardware redesigns. Not sure why Apple would want to do major 4S->5 redesigns every year.

Re:Apple stagnation (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about 7 months ago | (#44800057)

That the 5C seem to be for 5-Cheaper, then 5S could for 5-special (or stupid, or shiny, or whatever), not have to be for software.

Re:Apple stagnation (3, Insightful)

afidel (530433) | about 7 months ago | (#44800163)

5C is 5 China, it's their bid to gain major penetration into the worlds largest cellphone market.

Re:Apple stagnation (5, Funny)

mrsquid0 (1335303) | about 7 months ago | (#44800183)

The letters refer to the demographic they are being sold to.
S - suckers
C - chumps

Re:Apple stagnation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800861)

I for one pity the Apple fans at this time. They HAVE to buy this new iPhone, for several reasons:
- if they don't upgrade soon enough (ie low sales figures) the company will get into a bad news spiral and the stock will collapse
- the users who skipped last year's upgrade will miss out on new accessories because they have an old connector
- the phones usually don't survive over 3 years
so please, for your beloved company. Go buy the new iphone!

Re:Apple stagnation (1)

_xeno_ (155264) | about 7 months ago | (#44800821)

Not sure why Innovation is tied to model numbers?

Well, why else would Firefox start increasing the version number every three months other than to increase innovation? Clearly bumping the version number is very important, otherwise we'd still be using Firefox 5 now instead of Firefox 23!

Of course, the "S" versions of phones generally mean "minor spec improvements, no new features" with Apple, so since we already know what iOS 7 is bringing, this means the new iPhone will have nothing interesting.

How about a 'duh' tag (4, Insightful)

onyxruby (118189) | about 7 months ago | (#44799805)

Apple will release a new version of their phone, and another one about a year after that and will keep doing so for as long as there is money to be made doing so. This is no different from any other manufacturer releasing new versions of their products - it's what they do. Why people ever act surprised when there's a new shiny version of 'X' has got to be one of life's great mysteries.

Next years surprise, Ford releases the 2015 model of the Focus! Shocking! Who could ever see that coming? What do you mean the entire industry does this every single year?

Re:How about a 'duh' tag (1)

firex726 (1188453) | about 7 months ago | (#44800339)

On the plus side, at least you can sort of estimate when the new model will be out and if it's worth it to buy or wait.
Other manufacturers will keep touting their current model up till the day the new one is released, sof if you bought the now outdated one, OH WELL.

Hmmmm .... (4, Interesting)

gstoddart (321705) | about 7 months ago | (#44799841)

but also the lower-priced 5C model, in a variety of cheaper-looking colors

WTF does that even mean?

Purple used to be reserved for Royalty I think, but I'm not sure I follow what 'cheaper-looking colors' is supposed to even mean.

Do we have some sort of chart which shows which color looks more expensive than another? Because I've never heard of this.

Re:Hmmmm .... (2)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about 7 months ago | (#44800789)

WTF does that even mean?

You have to translate while looking down your nose. It basically means if you don't have the 5S they won't let you in the tree house.

Re:Hmmmm .... (1)

WeatherServo9 (1393327) | about 7 months ago | (#44800847)

Colors have a lot to do with how people perceive things, so it doesn't sound too far fetched to say that some colors could be perceived as "cheap". I doubt there's really a chart per se, but here's one example showing some perceptions of some colors: http://daddu.net/the-power-of-colors [daddu.net] . The overall design of something can certainly add a lot to perception as well, and even if a color is perceived as "cheap" the exact shade used, it's context, or quantity used can greatly override that. And just because purple used to be reserved for royalty doesn't mean that is still so; usage and perceptions can change over time.

Re:Hmmmm .... (2)

Radish03 (248960) | about 7 months ago | (#44800885)

I think Apple's iphone color chart looks something like this (albeit with rounded corners and a faux-beveled overlay)

Expensive:
Clear, Metal, Black, White, Gold

Reserved for dirt poor plebs:
Every other color

Re:Hmmmm .... (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about 7 months ago | (#44800897)

Purple used to be reserved for Royalty

Yes, and peacock feathers used to be valuable.

Times change, as do tastes. Shiny or brushed metal is now days considered to be more valuable than cheap colored plastic.

I don't know which one is ACTUALLY more expensive, but thats irrelevant, what matters is trendiness and perception.

Because I've never heard of this.

Stop being an obtuse douche and life will get a lot easier.

Breaking news! (1)

Lucas123 (935744) | about 7 months ago | (#44799883)

They're going to offer more colors and... wait for it, put the earphone jack on the side.

Re:Breaking news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800213)

More colors this late in the game is pathetic, there should have been at least 3 physical sizes of the iPhone already up to 5inch. The current management is a calamity and the sinking stock price agrees. On the other end you have such a gamut and a wide variety of Android phones and even on the PC front, this new amazing Android PC from HP is a prime example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcU_ZVZY7nA . The young people with Android phones will buy this Android PCs, stagnating Apple and MS are on the way out..

Re:Breaking news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800231)

Yes, but, will the earphone jack have rounded corners?

Publicity Stunt, Please ignore. (5, Insightful)

clinko (232501) | about 7 months ago | (#44799925)

This is a publicity stunt by a company that sells macs or something. I'm not looking up what they do.

Summary:
1) 4 guys get printed shirts with company logos and lines up crazy early.
2) Vice / Gizmodo / engadget / Slashdot talks about them, with pictures of them in their shirts. Make sure you're still there for the NBC crew shows up!
3) Profit!

Re:Publicity Stunt, Please ignore. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800235)

Jokes on them, no one clicks the link to see the picture from Slashdot!

Re:Publicity Stunt, Please ignore. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800325)

This is a publicity stunt by a company that sells macs or something. I'm not looking up what they do.

Summary:
1) 4 guys get printed shirts with company logos and lines up crazy early.
2) Vice / Gizmodo / engadget / Slashdot talks about them, with pictures of them in their shirts. Make sure you're still there for the NBC crew shows up!
3) Profit!

When people claim their divine toaster burned an image of Jesus into their toast with the end result of "Profit!", it tends to shine a light on what people would define as a business these days.

The fact that people keep doing it because far too often fucking stupid ideas end up being profitable tends to shine a light on what we define as intelligence these days too.

Please tell me it is even taller/longer (4, Interesting)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 7 months ago | (#44799995)

Please tell me this thing is even taller, I want the iPhone to end up looking like one of those satellite tv remotes.

Re:Please tell me it is even taller/longer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800097)

Nah, next time they'll put the black bars on the sizes rather than on the top and bottom. Gotta catch up with Android without needing to actually write a decent UI library.

Re:Please tell me it is even taller/longer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800501)

Doubtful.

Yer mum said it was a good size already.

Survey says... (4, Insightful)

djupedal (584558) | about 7 months ago | (#44800075)

It's a safe bet everyone is just looking for clicks and eyeballs, /. included.

Re:Survey says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800245)

Slashdot does that? WTF??!! I thought this was a commercial, while we wait for another fucking NSA story. Am I wrong??

I think you mean queue (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800107)

The headline makes sense if you replace the word 'line' (which has many meanings) with the word "queue' (a group of people lined up waiting to buy something, or get into an event)

In the English language anyway.

Re:I think you mean queue (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800599)

The headline makes sense if you replace the word 'line' (which has many meanings) with the word "queue' (a group of people lined up waiting to buy something, or get into an event)

In the English language anyway.

Oh, the irony.

Whenever somebody criticizes your lifestyle... (1)

istartedi (132515) | about 7 months ago | (#44800249)

Whenever somebody criticizes your lifestyle, just point out that vast sums of money are being spent, traded, and speculated based on the color of a consumer product. Building a life-sized T-rex in your backyard? Hitch-hiking to Guatemala? Chucking it all to become a surf-bum and live in a driftwood shack by the beach? Not the least bit absurd by comparison.

scalpers too (1)

ruir (2709173) | about 7 months ago | (#44800387)

I wonder how many of them are hired, or resell them at a net profit in ebay as a novelty.

HaHa! Only the Poor Will Buy a C phone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800429)

It's like saying, hey world, I'm poor! I want to be like everybody else. See I have an Iphone just like you. And then the kid gets hit by a runaway bus full of other C buyers. You killed Kenny!

can't wait! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800475)

i think we've all had enough of the low quality korean bullshit flooding the market

5C will be [C]hina only (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44800549)

mark my words.

There will only be the 5S and the 5 in the US.
They will all come in different colors though, which is not what C stands for. The 5C will have the integrated Chinese radio bands and have the custom firmware that lets the Chinese government spy on you. ( as opposed to the preloaded NSA monitoring in the US ;) )

Re:5C will be [C]hina only (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44801023)

Hey Thatcher and Regan et al. were all ways telling us opening the market up to privatization and competition meant market forces would rive the price down for the consumer. Why can I not have a 5C I want my right to chose who spies on me!

Which is dumber? (1)

stevez67 (2374822) | about 7 months ago | (#44800701)

People who line up way in advance to get a new tech device to satisfy a personal desire relatively cheaply ($200-$700 is a lot cheaper than a new car), or the people who waste their time online ranting about and insulting people who do? I wonder how many of the "haters" in this thread are first in line to pre-order a new game or bang their head on their keyboard when the new (insert favorite open source program here) becomes available.

Business model (1)

Carnivore24 (467239) | about 7 months ago | (#44800777)

Great to see them coming out with more devices. Hopefully they will start migrating back to their pre-Jobs era and we can have a ton of devices to choose from.

But also the lower-priced 5C model (2)

Jeff Flanagan (2981883) | about 7 months ago | (#44801081)

"in a variety of cheaper-looking colors."

So now even the people writing /. summaries fall into the trap of thinking their preferences apply to everyone.

There must be something wrong with me to keep me coming to a site that's been this far gone for this long, just because it used to make me better informed years ago before it crashed and burned.
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