Although the expected release of the iPhone 6 is still over two weeks away, iPhone fans are already grabbing spots outside of Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City in hopes of being one of the first to get their hands on Apple’s new handset.
Apple has yet to officially announce the iPhone 6, although that is expected to take place at an event on September 9th. If Apple follows the plan from previous iPhone introductions, the iPhone 6 should be available for pre-orders on Friday, September 12th, with the device going on sale to in stores on Friday, September 19th.
As could be expected, many of the campers are in line early as a publicity stunt. Brian Ceballo and Joseph Cruz, in line for BuyBackWorld, arrived on Sunday, August 31, and hope to beat the previous 18-day record for camping out for an iPhone. They plan to wait for 19 days, nosing out the previous record holders by one day.
In an interview with CNBC, Ceballo and Cruz say they have already profited from their number 1 spot in line, selling the spot for to Jason and Moon Ray, who are promoting a health app.
Ceballo estimates he has made $7,000 waiting for Apple launches, and has also built his social media following.
Robert Samuel, also in line, is the founder of professional line-waiting service S.O.L.D. or Same Ole Line Dudes, and already has orders for seven iPhone 6 handsets, and an inquiry from an iPhone re-seller, despite the fact the device hasn’t been officially announced yet.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 on September 9. The new handsets are expected to include a fast A8 processor, a thinner more rounded body, and improved cameras on both models.
Re/Code reported last week that Apple will also be introducing the much anticipated “iWatch” wearable device at the September 9th event.
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