I am not a New Yorker; standing in lines make me want to start stabbing people. The last time I actually went to a for-real brick and mortar Apple Store to purchase a for-real Apple product, rather than ordering online like a sane person, was back in 2007, when I spent a whole day camped out, waiting for a first-generation iPhone. That was a miserable experience and so was this morning's wait for an iPhone 5S. But it wasn't all bad, because I got to get up close and personal with the kind of people who want gold iPhones.
Apple didn't provide Ars with advanced review hardware for either of the new iPhone models, and so both Ars Senior Product Specialist Andrew Cunningham and I found ourselves in line at our respective Apple Stores on the morning of the iPhone 5S launch, waiting along with everyone else. Rather than kicking back and enjoying the new features, we'll be digging in over the weekend in order to bring you some solid, Ars-style reviews at the beginning of next week.
Andrew had his own tribulation to endure to get his iPhone, but the process here in Houston was relatively straightforward. I arrived at Baybrook Mall a bit after 7:30am; early reports were that lines at Apple Stores across the country were pretty light, and I was hopeful that I wouldn't be too far back, but alas, it was not to be. There were at least 100 people already queued up around the fountain in front of the Baybrook Apple Store.