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iPhone 5 launch day fever in Germany
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iPhone 5 launch day fever in Germany

Published: 21 Sep 2012 15:33 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Sep 2012 15:33 GMT+02:00

After a long wait, the iPhone 5 hit Germany on Friday, where the country's 10 Apple shops were hit with a wave of mayhem as fans from across the world grappled to own the latest in smartphone technology.

First to get their hands on the phone were a group of men in Hamburg who had pitched their camp on Tuesday, the Bild daily reported. Crowds grew outside all of the country's outlets throughout Thursday night.

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In Munich, each customer leaving the store with their Apple tote-bag was treated to a round of applause from an employee who had been instructed to make them all feel like winners, said news magazine Focus.

“I flew here from Moscow especially,” 25-year-old Alexander Mal told the magazine. “My boss said he would give me the day off if I brought him one back.” Just two hours later he was on a plane back to Russia.

Skipping school to wait in the queue, one 12-year-old boy said he had been saving for the phone for a year and had driven up from Austria with his father to finally buy one.

“We left Innsbruck in the middle of the night to get here; he wanted it that way,” the boy's dad said, adding that it was okay to be missing class for the event.

Up in the north west of the country, Dutch people – who can't yet buy the phone - made up a significant proportion of a group who simply could not wait to get into the Oberhausen shopping centre which housed the Apple shop. Several people are reported to have fainted in the heaving crowd of around 4,000.

Around two million people pre-ordered the iPhone 5, a new record for Apple. It will soon become available in other countries, too.

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16:02 September 21, 2012 by Wrench
All that fuss over outdated technology. Get a life people.
16:11 September 21, 2012 by theladdie
What the Iphone 5 came out? Did not even notice....
18:04 September 21, 2012 by elitebavarian
this is how corporate culture is making fool of 'innocent' people. does it make any difference if I buy it today or in a week?
19:47 September 21, 2012 by Herr Rentz
They all clapped to make them feel like winners? I guess they would have had to do something to make them feel like winners. How pathetic.
21:10 September 21, 2012 by J-Dub
Congratulations, you have earned your right to be called "ueberDORK"!!! In the name of all of the ueberDORKS that have come before you, you bring honor and leadership to our name.

All this hoopla for a phone that is overpriced and outdated? For these guys, they could have a better time waiting in line to get a piece of Cindy Margiolis for free.
21:46 September 21, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Bloody hell. Didn't realise there were so many idiots. How many of them even need one?
00:14 September 22, 2012 by zeddriver
Can't say I disagree with any of the posts. When you push the buttons you will hear a voice on the other end. HMMM!!! My Vodaphone prepay does the same thing. But cost 15 Euro and is not the same size as Dr. Who's Tardis like the iPhone 5 is. When my Vodaphone is in my pocket I can actually sit down. Try that with an iPhone without breaking the glass or wounding yourself.
03:14 September 22, 2012 by Onlythetruth
Great stuff! I can't wait to get my hands on mine - the iphone 5 is a Rolex in a sea of Timexes.
09:59 September 22, 2012 by karldehm
We need more dumb phones and more smart people.

Steve Jobs did a fantastic job, brain washing people into buying something they don't really need at prices they shouldn't pay.
13:47 September 22, 2012 by alex533
@Onlythetruth

Your Rolex (iphone 5) is made in China with outdated technology ;)
14:49 September 22, 2012 by Onlythetruth
Out dated tech, my foot. The new A6 chip is very fast and the Apple system is better by far. The phone itself is immeasurably better than anything else around-you just have to hold one to feel the quality. Other phones are plastic and cheap looking in comparison. There's a reason Apple stock is shooting up past $700 and it isn't because everyone who buys the new iphone is stupid. Could it be they are all smarter than you? Could be. ;-)
21:22 September 22, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
One born every minute. Even if the phone is worth the money. How many of those who buy one actually need one. The same people probably eat rubbish cheap food in order to afford something they don't need. My guess is that most people would do just as well with a 25€ phone.
01:01 September 23, 2012 by jtech7
More like a overpriced, "fake Rolex", in a sea where most others are better tech (if you bother to do the research)
09:18 September 23, 2012 by Onlythetruth
Actually i did bother to do the research which is why I ordered a new iphone. i could make do with a €25 or a cheaper imitation of the iphone but time is money but many folks I'm way more productive with apple designed tech. Elegance and design are expensive however.
09:42 September 23, 2012 by jtech7
@Onlythetruth: As long as you weren't one of the many foolish that just HAD to upgrade their iphone4. This is what separates the iCrowd for the rest of the technology world. We wait for new technology, not new packaging. As far as your new A6 chip comment, What's the matter, was your iphone slow before?

As far as you being more productive on a proprietary ecosystem, I really don't have that problem (as I work on many different platforms).Remember, technology is as only as smart as the user wielding it...
09:55 September 23, 2012 by catjones
I don't know where you work, but nobody is camping out for days waiting for your next product.
10:12 September 23, 2012 by raandy
The guy with the iphone is saying "now I have it all"
11:08 September 23, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
If I had known there were this many idiots in the world I would have bought Apple shares before the release of iPhone5. Now that would have been €600 well spent.
11:34 September 23, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Skipping school to wait in the queue, one 12-year-old boy said he had been saving for the phone for a year and had driven up from Austria with his father to finally buy one.-----

Good to see priorities in order..................

And;

14:49 September 22, 2012 by Onlythetruth

Out dated tech, my foot. The new A6 chip is very fast and the Apple system is better by far. The phone itself is immeasurably better than anything else around-you just have to hold one to feel the quality. Other phones are plastic and cheap looking in comparison.--------------------

Of course it is out of date. Any electrical product is the second it is released. Apple are already working on the iPhone 6 full in the knowledge that the sheep can't wait for the next one. Funny thing is, Apple have created a market for a product to be replaced every year with no other need other than the one of people wanting the next model that is full of deadly chemicals without any regard for recycling at all. Mind you all phone producers are guilty of that to a degree.
19:30 September 23, 2012 by Wrench
Does anyone realize, the new powerful Apple A6 chip is made by Samsung?
19:50 September 23, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Sorry Wrench, I couldn't care less. The CIA, Stasi, KGB and many other secret agencies must be kicking themselves for not coming up with the idea of getting people to pay for the development and production of tracking technology and watch themselves by reporting to centralised databases on a regular basis.
23:53 September 23, 2012 by Onlythetruth
Well if you are going to be tracked via your mobile phone you might as well be tracked using the best. Yes my 3GS was considerably slower than my new iphone 5. What matters most of course is that the iphone 5 is designed so well. To bad Apple bothered to offer the phone in white as well, the company could have taken a cue from Henry Ford who told customers that they could have any color car they wanted as long as it was black.
15:57 September 24, 2012 by BobbyBaxter
I earn a good salary so I will get an iphone 5.

It is good though that the Iphone 4 is now cheaper so that poorer people have the oppurtunity to own a well made product.
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