The iPhone 5 was released at 8 a.m. Friday, but some people started camping out in front of the Apple Store on Boylston Street on Wednesday night to be the first to get the phone.
At 7 a.m. Friday, the line from the front of the four-story Apple Store snaked up the sidewalk, was single-file down Fairfield Street (bottom right), and continued to wrap around the block to Newbury Street (bottom right). It took t wo hours for the line to move enough for everyone to fit onto Boylston Street.
Here are some Apple diehards who were in line awaiting the release.
— Alli Knothe, Boston.com correspondent Next
"I'm going to set it up and go to sleep," said John Morrissey, 22, of Belmont. Morrissey was first in line with his mother, Cheryl, and the graduate student previously owned the iPhone 3, 4, and 4s. The Morrisseys arrived at the store at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday so they could to be among the first five in line to receive free iPhones in a promotional campaign by a local electronics trade-in website.
"The bigger screen, it's faster, the A6 chip," are the highlights, Morrissey said. "They said they improved Siri, which is a good thing because before it didn't do anything you told it to." Next
Ky Jensen-Stewart, 25, took the train from New York City on Wednesday. Jensen-Stewart said he arrived at the Apple Store at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and was getting coffee when the next group of people arrived. Nonetheless, he still was one of the first five in line and scored the free phone.
"I'm most excited for the 4G and the longer battery life," he said. Jensen-Stewart works repairing iPhones and previously owned the 4 and the 4s. "It has a good feel," he said when he left the store with his phone. Next
Ben Quach, 21, a student at Temple University in Philadelphia, arrived at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, and was fifth in line. When the iPhone 5 release date was announced last week, Quach had already bought tickets to Boston to visit friends. "I need to get it now," he said. "It's the newest, fastest, slimmest."
Boston is a lot different than Pennsylvania, he said, where customers only need to arrived a few hours before the release and are still among the first in line. Next
Pito Ortiz, 21, and his cousin, Jose Fuentez, made a deal: Ortiz waited in line, and Fuentez rewarded him with his now-outdated iPhone 4s.
Ortiz arrived at 3:30 a.m. Thursday. "It's an experience for me," he said. Fuentez joined him later on, but it was Ortiz who carried the phone out of the store as if it was the Olympic torch. "It's thin, it's slick, it's fire," he said. Said Fuentez: "He'll probably break it." They held the sixth spot in line. Next
Veteran iPhone customer Ryan Feinberg of Somerville is at the front of the line almost every year for his new gadget. "This year it's all about the bigger screen," he said. Feinberg buys the new phone the first day it comes out for full price, and then sells the older version on Craigslist to make it more affordable.
He arrived at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and was eighth in line; he arrived at 7:30 p.m. the night before the iPhone 4S release and was one of the first. "The demand for the preorders probably made more people come," he said. Next
Another Apple addict who has spent plenty of time on the storefront's sidewalk is Anatoliy Shumskiy, 29. He arrived at 11 a.m. Thursday. Shumskiy said he was most excited to see the size and resolution of the iPhone 5's screen, as well as the LTE Internet speeds.
He downloaded iOS6 Thursday but was not as impressed. "I already don't like the map app," Shumskiy said. "But I'm sure they'll improve it." Next
Seventh in line, Jason Burrell of the South End arrived at 10 a.m. Thursday and recorded the experience of walking into the store at 7:59 a.m. Friday with his soon-outdated iPhone. He said when he is available for the upgrade every other year, he goes for the newest phone and camps out on Boylston Street for the release.
“See you in two years," he told the Apple Store staff as he left the store with his new iPhone 5 to "shower and head to work." Burrell said he is looking forward to having faster Internet connection with LTE speeds, and can't wait to start checking out the panoramic capabilities that come with the new camera. Next
"They said they're dog-friendly," said Nicole Yoshinkane of the Back Bay. She arrived at the Apple store at 4:45 a.m. today, and her dog, Dino, joined her at about 6:30 a.m. "He's getting a lot of attention from everyone," she said.
Although Yoshinkane said she didn't know much about the new features of the phone, "I just want to get it as soon as possible. I didn't want to wait for it to come in the mail.” Next
Charlie Romero, 23, of Mansfield, originally planned to get in line Thursday night, but changed his mind after seeing the line, which he said had about 200 people in it. "They all looked miserable," he said.
Because he had no plans today, Romero got in line at about 9 a.m. and had an estimated wait time of an hour and a half. Romero said he thinks the best upgrade for the iPhone 5 is the bigger screen. Next
David Rusheen was the first customer to get out of the store with the new iPhone 5. "It's a great experience," he said. He hadn’t unwrapped his new phone by the time he left Boylston Street.
Rusheen said it was his first time camping out in front of the store; he arrived Thursday night. Back to the beginning
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