Apple’s new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have gone on sale in 12 countries. As is the tradition every year, people have been queuing up in front of the stores for days (sometimes weeks) to be among the first to get their hands on Apple’s newest smartphones. When Apple fanboys leave their homes to camp outside stores to get their hands on the new iPhones, crazy things are bound to happen. Here are some of the craziest things that happened this year. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
Samsung trolling: Trust Samsung to butt in on Apple’s biggest day and try stealing its thunder. On September 9 just before the unveiling of the new iPhones, Samsung came up with a way to troll Apple fanboys on Google, searching for either the iPhone 6s or the iPhone 6s Plus. Also Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
Samsung similarly made its presence felt at the Apple Store on London’s Regents Street, The Inquirer reports. A team of Samsung reps paraded outside the store with banners reading, “The itch to switch just got better.” If that wasn’t enough, the team also handed out pillows, blankets and water bottles with the branding – #NextisNew. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
Why queue when you can hire someone: If you want to be among to first to buy an iPhone 6s, but can’t be bothered to lineup in front of the Stores for days, there is an alternative. TaskRabbit, an odd-job marketplace, was offering a service where you could hire someone to stand in line for you, Gizmodo reports.
The future of Apple Store queues: Taking the hiring someone to an all-new level is Lucy Kelly from Australia. Kelly used a telepresence robot (an iPad attached to a stick on wheels) to lineup at the Apple Store in Sydney, Australia, Mashable reports. This is the first time a robot is queuing in front of a store and is also one of the most talked-about incidents at this year’s iPhone launch.
Weather is no problem: Apple fanboys are a crazy bunch, and each year an iPhone launch is celebrated with festival-like frenzy. Such is the frenzy that even the rain Gods couldn’t deter those standing in the line to get their hands on the new iPhones. Fanboys standing outside Apple’s Covent Garden store in London braved freezing cold and rains to be among the first to buy the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.
The air pollution this morning that people have been camping out under. You have to wonder if it was worth it. pic.twitter.com/gHNRfuOUTN
— Victoria Ho (@vickiho) September 24, 2015
Neither is air pollution: Close on the heels are the crazy iPhone fans in Singapore. Despite the overnight haze and air pollution levels over 300 the fans camped outside the retail outlets to buy a new iPhone, Mashable reports. Despite the hazardous pollution levels, people lined up on the pavement wearing masks and playing cards to pass their time.