I relived my good old technocrat, Standing in Line at the Apple Store, identity this morning by awaking at 2:49am to place an online order for the new iPhone 5s at 3:01am Eastern.  I was happy to stand in line in my underwear instead of beneath the naked glare of the 5th Avenue Apple store streetlights.

The online Apple store was still offline at 3:01am, but by 3:04am, I was able to quickly get into the system and order our iPhones!

I initially ordered the iPhone 5s for Janna and me, in a single order, but the Apple store told me I could only order one iPhone at a time!  Ugh!

I had to delete Janna’s iPhone from my order and purchase my iPhone 5s alone and then fire up a second order.  I was relieved I was able to get Janna’s upgraded iPhone, too.  If Apple wasn’t going to let me have her phone, too, I would have tried to use her own Apple account to place the order.

Life would not have been easy in the Boles Blogs home if only one new iPhone 5s were winging its way to our sweaty hands!

I’m delighted I was able to order everything under my account since the Verizon phones are both under my name.

After the delay in ordering each upgraded iPhone 5s separately, the time was 3:12am, and I decided not to go back to bed for two hours just to get up all over again; and I thought to place a third order with the Apple store for some upgraded accessories I knew we’d need — like extra cables and power adapters and the new dock.

I was dead and done with my three Apple store orders by 3:15am, and the website and entire ordering process was surprisingly zippy, seamless and incredibly fast.  There were no delays or hiccoughs.  Oh, if only upgrading my two retina iPads and iPhone 4s-es two days ago to iOS 7 had gone so charmingly and smoothly in 11 minutes instead of over three hours!

Janna and I are crazy about Apple products.  We’ve invested a lot of time and money in that company over the years and we have yet to feel wholly let down.  The time spent to finally order the 5s felt interminable as we had to wait for the technology to catch up to the Verizon upgrade calendar.  That was not an easy syncing!

Neither of us liked the look of the 5c iPhones. Too gaudy. We aren’t wild about plastic phones and we took two 5s iPhones in the Space Grey. I think Apple are tempting a younger generation with those quick-to-age 5c color delights that will look old to any aesthetic eye in six months.

When the iPhone 5s-es arrive, I’ll write a quick review to let you know how the new technology stands up two our 2.5 year-old iPhone 4s experience.


    1. Hello! Um… yeah… lucky me! SMILE!

      I seriously was freaking out I couldn’t order two iPhones in one order. I know I used to be able to do that because — I did!

      Oh, and the “Upgrade to iPhone 5s” email from Apple just arrived in my Inbox six minutes ago!

      1. That Apple email just arrived for me, too. Haha Good job beating them to the order punch!

        Getting the accessories now, too, is a good thing because they might sell out.

        1. Yes, if the shipping times for everything arrive as stated by Apple — and they’re usually pretty accurate about that — then everything will be grand and we will have avoided standing in a line outside the Apple store today! SMILE!

    1. The phone should be here in 1-3 days, but that could change. I’ll have to keep an eye on it.

      “Days” is excellent because yesterday Australia orders for the new phones were starting at 2-3 WEEKS.

      Holding thumbs… SMILE!

  1. I think the point of the 5C is to be a cheap entry point for people new to the iPhone line – if I’m not mistaken its just an iPhone 5 with a cheap shell. Good on you for your upgrade!

      1. That’s because it’s exactly the same as an iPhone 5 (just with the cheaper shell) — it may appeal to teens who aren’t so excited about things like the fingerprint scanner (or people who worry that the NSA will start reading their fingerprints…)

        1. That’s what I don’t understand about the 5C. It’s priced too high as an entry level fun phone for the masses. A non-contract 5C with 16 GB of memory sells for $550.00USD. The 5C needs to sell for $299 and then it would be an even more massive hit. The 5C phone ship immediately from the Apple Store. All versions of the 5S are sold out and will mysteriously ship “sometime in October.”

  2. UPDATE:

    The iPhone 5S is 3.4x more popular than the 5C:

    In less than 3 days, the iPhone 5s and 5c combined now represent about 1.36% of the total numbers of all iPhones activated in the U.S. market across the top 4 carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile. From the data we are seeing, 1.05% of all iPhones in the United States are now iPhone 5s and just 0.31% are iPhone 5c.

    That means that the iPhone 5s outshines the 5c by a factor of 3.4x, a clear indicator that the early adopters are favoring the high-end 5s compared to 5c. This makes sense since those who feel the need to buy a new device the very weekend it launches are most likely the power users who want the highest-end phone experience.


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