The iPhone 6 hasn’t even been unveiled yet, but believe it or not, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAP:) 5th Avenue store already has a line. Journalist Eli Blumenthal tweeted a photo of the four people who apparently don’t care what the iPhone 6 looks like. They just want it.
Currently 4 people and they plan to stay here till the phone is out. pic.twitter.com/gkmPUNV4li
— Eli Blumenthal (@eliblumenthal) September 3, 2014
iPhone 6 campers prepared for the worst
This certainly begs the question: don’t these people have anything better to do? Apple will probably show off the iPhone 6 next Tuesday, and usually it goes on sale about ten days later. In other words, they’re going to spend at least 17 days just camping out in front of the Apple store. And if they have their hearts set on the rumored 5.5-inch model rather than the smaller probably 4.7-inch one, they could be waiting even longer. There have been rumors that the 5.5-inch one will ship later.
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night (to quote the U.S. Postal Service creed)” will keep these iPhone 6 campers from being among the first to get their hands on it. They’re geared up with umbrellas, blankets and apparently everything else to make sure they will keep their spot in line.
Will the iPhone 6 be worth the wait?
So what’s all the hubbub, bub? We’ve had to hear rumors about the iPhone 6 for years, and the whole tech world will be breathing a collective sigh of relief when the infernal thing is finally unveiled. One of the more prevalent rumors has been that it will have a sapphire glass display.
This week analyst Gene Munster added fuel to that fire, suggesting that Apple may test sapphire glass displays on just one model, perhaps the 64 GB version. He suggests that the company might want to get consumer feedback before adding such an expensive display to all of its iPhones. Current iPhone models use Gorilla Glass, which is very strong but not as strong as sapphire glass. However, the material itself, as well as the manufacturing process for cutting and fitting screens made of it to iPhones is an expensive proposition.
Nonetheless, Munster believes about 30% of buyers will opt for the 64 GB model if it has a sapphire glass display. He thinks Apple will then move the entire line to sapphire in the next couple of years.