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Fanbois have once again queued to obtain the new iPhone in Australia, where an accident of time zones means punters willing to do without sleep can be among the very first in the world to play with Apple's latest. The Reg dropped in to Apple Store Broadway, a Cupertinian outpost in a small mall on the fringe of Sydney's central …

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Paris Hilton

Strewth Bruce that iPhone 5C is crap!

Somehow I expected more enthusiasm from the Apple fans for the 5C. Its is made of Holy Plastic after all!

Paris cos even she wouldn't be seen dead with a 5C.

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No more Jobs factor

Let's face it, Jobs was a large part of the whole Apple hype/cult that created fanboi-ism. Jobs could sell a turd in a bun if he wanted to.

The loss of Jobs has severely diminished the fanboi-ism and customers are starting to be vaguely rational in their purchases.

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No no no, the 5C will sell.

It has been aimed at the Girlie market, these young ladies love colour while the tech savvy who formed the queues were pretty much all male. Over the next year just wait and see how many day Glo phones appear........

Lack of first day sales isn't important.

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But but but

Not selling?

The Gold iphone now has undisclosed delivery dates on the iStore as sometime in October.

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"It has been aimed at the Girlie market"

I'm sure you're right, and that it will sell, and that first day sales aren't the real deal.

But I did wonder how many in the queue were shamed by the "show of hands" request, and having arrived hoping to buy a 5C actually ended up walking home with a 5S. After all, Apple, it's all about peer pressure.

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WTF?

" the tech savvy who formed the queues"

Whaaat?

A new spin on the words 'tech' and 'savvy' perhaps?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Jobs could sell a turd in a bun ...

He did, he did.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: No more Jobs factor

How long before an iPhone launch is accompanied by a holographic Steve Jobs (Tupac Style) in order to try and restore some the magic? I am being serious!

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Re: No more Jobs factor

Or has Steve Balmer secretly become the new CEO at Apple, after he now leavs MS?

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Trollface

It's not a phone...

...it's a religious experience.

And they call Scientologists gullible.

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Re: It's not a phone...

"A few minutes before launch they ran out into the mall, whooping ecstatically as they tore past the queue in a two-abreast formation"

"Next, a staffer assembled the staff into a gauntlet and exhorted them to chant something that aounded like a corporate mantra explaining how Apple goes about its business."

Apple Dogma...

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Re: It's not a phone...

Apple Corp, Scientologists..... what a bunch of cults.

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Headmaster

"One chap we met in the queue, 28-year-old software engineer Ajeya, brandished a Nexus 5 he intended to replace with an iPhone 5s."

I suspect Google will want to know about that!

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The iPhone 5s introduces integrated Nike Fuelband. The Nexus 5 introduces integrated time travel.

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@Sorry that handle is already taken

"I suspect Google will want to know about that!"

Google already know ...........

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One guy in the queue brandished a phone that doesn't officially exist yet

"One chap we met in the queue, 28-year-old software engineer Ajeya, brandished a Nexus 5 he intended to replace with an iPhone 5s. He'd moved from an iPhone to Android, found an HTC One unsatisfactory and decided to come back."

Wow! Lucky guy has he sold his doesn't-actually-exist-yet-officially Nexus 5? I can think of quite a number of people who would like to get hold of that.....

Unless of course what you meant to say was Nexus 4 - in which case, I have one of those already.

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Trading in a Nexus 5 already?

"One chap we met in the queue, 28-year-old software engineer Ajeya, brandished a Nexus 5 he intended to replace with an iPhone 5s. "

Wow! Didn't take him long to work out the iPhone 5s is "better"! Already trading in a Nexus 5 - which doesn't even come out until next month, if the rumours are to be believed!

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Re: Trading in a Nexus 5 already?

If the reporting is accurate, we call people like this "hired actors." I

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Giggles

You do what you have to for your job. If I worked at an Apple store I'd be right in there with 'em doing my best not to laugh. That said, the video of them doing that pep-rally thing before opening did make me laugh. I guess I don't take stuff like that to seriously. I just hope the quality stays in Apple products because I may need to buy one of their ipods or ipads or something some day.

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Don't laugh!

Under Jobs, your Cult Conviction wouldn't have been so lackadaisical

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Re: Giggles

I have vague memories of south park poking fun at this

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Re: Giggles

David Brent and Steve Ballmer came to mind watching the staff gee up

:-D

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Re: Giggles

I love it, I get a downvote for referencing an episode of a satirical cartoon that made fun of 'genius' incantations. Interweb is a funny place.

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How embarassment.

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Told ya...

If the 5C is rejected by the Bruce Brigade, then it hasn't got a hope in Hell in The Designer Lable Kingdom.

I'm not sure if World+Dog all insist on buying the more expensive 5Social over the 5Cheap, that Apple would consider this to be a Very Bad Thing.

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to be fair..

..if you're going to buy a 5c you're not likely to be that bothered to camp over night (like the loons outside the Bondi Junction store I walked past last night, glass front adorned in duck-taped black-out curtains in a very cheap looking manner) or those who queued around two blocks for the CBD store and were on my works doorstep when I came in this morning.

You'll probably wait until Sunday, as you can't afford to take the time off work to get the latest shiny shiny and have to wait until your one free day in the week to pay for the lowest entry point your months of scrimping allows you to get..

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Happy Clappy Crappy

My goodness, how on earth can people be so vacuous as to happily chant a company song/slogan?

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Re: Happy Clappy Crappy

IBM used to have a company song book for the staff to sing from at employee assemblies every morning.

I guess it's a tech tradition to some?

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Re: IBM Songbook

That was so long ago that anyone who actually experienced it is now in their grave (or balancing on the lip thereof).

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Re: Happy Clappy Crappy

They don't have to be happy with it, just to chant it. Perhaps they simply want to keep their jobs? People have had to do many worse things in the name of corporate conformity.

A better question might be why people can be so vacuous as to require others to chant a company song.

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Happy

Re: Happy Clappy Crappy

Share and Enjoy!

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Re: Happy Clappy Crappy

"Perhaps they simply want to keep their jobs?"

Ah, the Cthulhu approach - join in with the devotions or else.....

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Re: Happy Clappy Crappy

Sounds about right for Apple...particularly their fanbois.

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Re: IBM Songbook

I heard about the IBM company song - is there a copy? I'd love to play it at our next team meeting to get the guys roused up and ready to kick some HP / Oracle Ass.

As soon as they managed to compose themselves that is.

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Re: IBM Songbook

Look for "Ever Onward" on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9oh3gqOEKU

It sounds like it was recorded about 1925...

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Re: Happy Clappy Crappy

Well, it's not really the company song. It's about motivating sales staff to do their job and it can be successful in that - that's one of the reasons for chants and huddles in some sports matches. The sense of purpose and togetherness - however fleeting - is infectious and good for sales. Be honest, wouldn't you rather buy something from an enthusiastic, helpful and happy sales person than from a surly, truculent, pimply-faced one.

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Re: Happy Clappy Crappy

Chants and huddles would in no way give me a sense of purpose and togetherness. An acute sense of shame and embarrassment, maybe.

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whaddaya mean we haven't got any money!

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AC/DC

Hands up if you never queued for a concert

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Re: AC/DC

There's a huge difference between queuing for tickets for a concert vs queuing for an iPhone:

Once the concert is sold out, it's sold out. If there's one show, and you don't get tickets for it, you don't get to see the show.

If you miss getting an iPhone on release day - just go back the next day - or next week - or next year. (iPhones don't actually change all that much from one year to the next anyway!)

(Paris because I'd queue overnight to see Paris Hilton's next "home movie"!)

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Re: AC/DC

You would queue overnight to see Paris Hilton's next "home movie"?

I hope not. I really hope not.

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Anonymous Coward

One good thing to say about all the fanfare about these Apple new Product Releases...

... is that they provide employment for out-of-work actors

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David

Can the David that was first in line please contact me? @adroxx

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Re: David

I can be David

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Re: David

I am a David, and I've been first in line in many queues, will I do?

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Re: David

I'm David, and so is my wife.

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Re: David

I'm David and so's my wife

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Re: David

Damnit, you beat me to it !!!

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