The iPhone 5 release date is getting closer and closer, which means it is time for the brave Apple diehards to head out and wait in line.
Launch day lines are the earliest indicator of iPhone 5 demand, well other than surveys which show there is already incredible pent up demand for the next iPhone.
As last week drew to a close, we asked 1,875 readers if they would be joining the fanboys and fangirls in line for the iPhone in October. However you buy the next iPhone, you should be able to do it with apple’s latest iOS software. We expect an iOS 5 release date of October 10th.
We found out that a majority of our readers won’t be camping out for the iPhone 5, but will be ordering online for an early iPhone 5 delivery. This number isn’t shocking, considering that nearly two-thirds of our readers would buy the iPhone 5 without seeing it.
Of note though is that 44% of our readers said that they will line up for the next iPhone on release day. Of these day one buyers, 28% are planning to camp out at their closest cell phone store, such as Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. This is one major factor that will speed up the iPhone 5 buying process. With more retail locations offering the iPhone 5 on day one, there are more places to line up.
Only 16% of our readers plan to make the pilgrimage to their closest Apple Store for the new iPhone on launch day. This is especially good news for this group, as Apple typically has more stock than the other retailers, and knows how to take care of those waiting in line with food and blankets in regions that will be experiencing cold fall weather.
If you do plan to camp out for the iPhone 5, I suggest you bring layers of clothing, plenty of entertainment, beef jerky and a big bottle of water. If you can, bring a friend who can watch your place in line, or make friends quickly since you may have to wait more than 5 hours if you are at the front of the line.
If you haven’t voted yet, you can weigh in on how you plan to purchase the iPhone 5.[poll id=”26″]