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Apple Implementing 'Reservation Pass' System at Retail Stores for iPhone 6 Launch

iphone6_6plus_newApple may be implementing a new reservation system for customers who opt to wait in line outside of a retail store to purchase a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, reports 9to5Mac. The company is said to be handing out training materials to employees on a new "virtual queue" system called Reservation Pass.

Reservation Pass will reportedly keep track of the line position of each customer, syncing with the store's inventory information to ensure customers waiting in line will be able to receive a device.
This new system is called Reservation Pass. It will sync with Back Of House inventory information in realtime so Apple doesn't handout too many product reservations. Customers will receive their digital reservation card via SMS or Email. A reservation allows the customer to come back at any point during the day to make their purchase. Customers could also leave line in the past but it was not encouraged since the physical card reservation system was not as accurate as the new Reservation Pass system.
Currently, Apple hands out paper cards to those standing in line, allowing them to reserve an available device, but the company often waits until just before purchase time to provide the cards. It is likely the Reservation Pass system will work similarly, with customers being registered shortly before the opening of the store, which actually provides little end benefit to those who wait in line overnight or longer.

Customers will, however, be able to reserve an iPhone after waiting in line and then purchase it later in the day should any issues arise, such as problems with carrier authorization or upgrade eligibility. This will also prevent people from selling the physical cards on release day.

Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will be available for purchase beginning on Friday, September 19. Apple is accepting preorders this year, and will take orders starting on Friday, September 12, likely at 12:01 AM Pacific Time.

The iPhone 6 is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities starting at $199 with a two year contract, while the iPhone 6 Plus is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities starting at $299 with a two-year contract.

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27 months ago
This still doesn't make me want to get in line.

Pre-ordering is much easier for me.
Rating: 13 Votes
27 months ago
Thank you :apple:, the worst part of launches is when foreign people come and scalp all the tickets.
Rating: 5 Votes
27 months ago

Thank you :apple:, the worst part of launches is when foreign people come and scalp all the tickets.


I'm sure you will get burn for this comment but its 100% true. Last year first 60 people in my backwater mall were of certain nationality. And you know these people didn't buy for themselves.
Rating: 5 Votes
27 months ago
Now THIS is forward thinking and what I find makes Apple different than the rest of them all. Jealous Scamsung is running around as we speak to come up with a lame ad campaign against it hah!
Rating: 3 Votes
27 months ago
AT&T won't bump my upgrade eligibility for 2 days :/

I have to wait 'til the 21st.

The horror.
Rating: 3 Votes
27 months ago
Yep, I'm getting in line really early to get rid of my perfectly good iPhone 5S.
Rating: 3 Votes
27 months ago

Now THIS is forward thinking and what I find makes Apple different than the rest of them all. Jealous Scamsung is running around as we speak to come up with a lame ad campaign against it hah!


Your ridiculously childish fanboyism is pouring out of my laptop speakers.
Rating: 2 Votes
27 months ago

I work overnight and since I am east coast like clock work3:01 the gates open. But you have to come loaded with different devices. I never can connect to att.net and apple only seems to work via the app. The the browser at my work station freezes, so I am using Iphone, desktop, laptop an ipad, on wifi, off wifi. when I do that there is one device that gets thru. But since I am up, its not a big thing. But yes, the last model 5s, I saw gray, white, and the million dollar (yeah) gold. I was able to upgrade 3 phones that night. But only at apples sight. ATT did not more.


I'd like to see a graph of the spike in web traffic when the phone goes live for preorder.
Rating: 2 Votes
27 months ago
(Sorry for the side note... But has anyone seen a picture of the phone with 6 rows of icons on the homescreen yet? All the ones I have seen so far have got 5 rows and a big blank space where another one could easily go.)
Rating: 2 Votes
27 months ago

Your ridiculously childish fanboyism is pouring out of my laptop speakers.


Like I give a rat's hairy butt :rolleyes: Truth hurts, doesn't it?
Rating: 2 Votes

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