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The Evening Standard made me chuckle yesterday 'and 12 people are queuing outside the Apple store for new iPads.'
but I don't think that's exactly the point here; sales in fine art and other hugely expensive stuff have continued to rise quite significantly over the last three years and if people want expensive gadgets they WILL find the money for them. I just don't think the new model justifies chucking in your iPad 2 if you have one - maybe the iPad 4 will have wings.
Just picked up my secondhand iPad 1 today, and I'm a bit in love with it already!
it's quite good but i'm finding that it's so much more of a consumption device, rather than a creation device (or at least, typing)
lotsa slightly annoying things it can't do (like the publish buttons on the DiS staff area don't work, so i can't set stuff live on the go, but that's probably DiS being crap) and copy-pasting is a bit annoying but I like playing Words with Friends on it, and reading Sunday Times and and Instapaper and that.
I just don't really see what the big difference is between it and the new one which costs £399 - which is obviously a fair whack of anyone's salary. And most of the people buying the newie seem to be the same people who bragged about getting the last one they day it came out...
No, I don't get it either, especially for a 16gb model. And they've force-bundled that poxy Newstand app on me again, not best pleased about that!
I'll mostly be using mine for study and reading so I haven't got much of an idea about its limitations yet. You'd think they'd work hard on the creative capabilities given how much effort is put into their computers for that purpose!
so that you don't have to wait for ages to upgrade whent the new version comes out
when I drunkenly joined a queue to buy a signed copy of the new Manics album on the night of release. Didn't really like the manics
pretty grim stuff
It was kind of wierd seeing them, just a few miles away from the recently evicted tents at St Paul's. JUXTAPOSED
i'd preordered. my reasoning was thus:
- i wanted it
- i'd borken my 3g the week before
- i was going on a 10 day ireland / scotland camping trip and wanted the camera
- my boss let me take a long lunch to go and get it as long as i brought back some nandos for everyone. man i miss that place.
If you've got the money and you want the product...
Doesn't just apply to Apple products.
by having the latest thing?
is it all so they can brag they have it first (by moaning about the bugs of a not mass tested product?)
Sometimes they represent a fairly significant upgrade on the previous model and/or there's a reason for needing a new phone/laptop/media player/iToilet at that point in time. I'm not convinced (from what I've seen) the new iPad offers a significant upgrade on the iPad2 unless you get the 4G model in a country with decent LTE mobile networks though.
don't really want to get all preachy, but how much do these material goods mean to people if they're willing to put themselves through that inconvenience and discomfort for them?
There's surely nothing that's worth that save medicine and food if it's in short supply.
do it for style of substance anyway, so I guess they want to be seen with the latest release as it proves that they're super cool.
though not to the extent of lining up for days usually (although there was a guy staking a place out for his Vita a few days prior)
I just don't really get it for anything - Apple stuff, video game, consoles, etc..
Of course most of the people doing the long wiat aren't really lining up to buy, there's a rising industry in selling your queue space or making the most of the inevitable interviews to plug whatever website/business you're involved with.
Each to his own, I just don't get how people can be so excited about some of these things.
Seems like every new computer game now tries to hype itself up these days by having midnight openings etc. It is all done for hype and to get suckers in to buy the products, and feel they have to panic in order to get one as soon as possible, as if it will run out somehow.
refresh over and over and over to try and get Belle & Sebastian/Glastonbury/V Festival/ATP tickets as soon as they go on sale.
Most of the nerds on here (if they're old enough to remember life without the internet) have probably spent hours queueing outside venues waiting for tickets to go on sale to popular gigs.
The Apple thing isn't really any different.
You're talking about a finite number of tickets. When Glastonbury sells out, Michael Eavis doesn't go *That went well, let's print 90,000 more*
* people who buy albums the moment they are released...
*people who go to movies the night that they open...
*people who watch every football match of their local team...
it's called "having an interest".
gig tickets and football matches are limited time events, you can't really just say I'll wait a week or two for it when it's more convenient
but far more importantly (in the cases where people queue) they're usually capacity limited as well.
like... there's no problem with queuing for something you like, time limited or not, no?
a lot of people have gone to Austin to queue all week to see bands that no-one will care about next year or remember in three years time (hi Tapes 'n' Tapes!), so it's much the same thing, I spose.
I like how half of your tweets this week have been snide digs at all those people watching cool bands in the sun, eating tex-mex food and getting drunk.
just jealous. trying to off-set people's bragging.
although most of it is people moaning or trying to get people to see their band/party, above all the noise of the event.
there is a big distinction between having to queue up or stake out the net at 9am to avoid missing out entirely and choosing to queue out in the street for ages just to be one of the first
I think why someone would want to do the latter is the question here
i bought the first ipad at launch, but i just ordered it online and it came on the morning of release, why the fuck would you go queue somewhere?
I queued and cut school for Kid A.
the big fucking nerds - bless 'em
..it's totally obvious why they do. They're people who have been completely caught up in pre-release hype, and want to be the ones who get it home first and talk about it on the internet and do unboxing videos. That stuff makes them very happy. They don't want to see it in other people's hands before it has been in their hands.
Guntrip probably had it put best up there: victims of rampant capitalism. Victims, sure, but very happy about it. They feel like they're taking part in something a little more significant than paying a large amount of money for an electronic device. i think most of can understand it a bit: it's, as a kid, itching to open a christmas present that you really wanted, and wanting to recapture that feeling, at least a little.
kind of like going to a festival or summat.
in an unassuming portacabin in Sheffield city centre. I hadn't planned it, but if I see the FA cup hanging around town, then sure I'll wait in line for ten minutes to give it a little rub.
Then someone in the queue announced that Gary Speed had killed himself and it ruined it a bit (a lot).
To find the Norwich HMV open and people queuing up to get the 4th Oasis record. I popped in and bought the new Six by seven EP.
YEAH... sticking it to the man...
queued up and all. Queued for probably 4 hours and got the very last 16GB black.
People had to wait well over a month before new stock arrived, so it was totally worth it.
I was suggesting that it would out of character if you weren't
what changed, man? when did you sell out and join the man?
all little glimpses of a misshapen, clawed hand, rife with coarse black fur, pawing at the crisp apple packaging
the screams and laments of women clearly audible in the background
no narration, just ragged breathing
iPhone = June 2007
iPhone 3G = July 2008
iPhone 3GS = June 2009
iPhone 4 = June 2010
iPhone 4S = October 2011