So, you say you’ve stood in line for the iPhone, braving the hot sun, the cold winds, and the occasional downpour. Do you know what that makes you? A wuss! Customers camped out in Tokyo awaiting this Friday’s iPhone launch braved a freaking typhoon for the privilege! A typhoon! Now then, aren’t you just a little ashamed of yourself?
Customers have been lined up for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in Tokyo’s Ginza since last week. But a powerful typhoon hit the city on Monday, prompting evacuations in some parts of the city.
Customers that were camped out for the next iPhone were invited inside the store for shelter. They were allowed to rest inside the store, bringing in their soaked belongings, and were provided with complimentary bottled water.
This year’s iPhone launch in Japan is especially notable, as the country’s largest wireless provider, NTT DoCoMo, will be officially offering the handset to its subscribers for the first time. The news has prompted a price war among carriers in Japan, leading to the iPhone 5s being offered free with a new contract to some subscribers.