New in OS X: Get MacRumors Push Notifications on your Mac

Resubscribe Now Close

U.S. Apple Stores Opening at 8 a.m. for iPhone 4S Launch

U.S. Apple Stores are pulling overnight shifts to put up new displays and promo materials for the iPhone 4S launch. @ifostore is standing in line and shot the above photo where the staff is exchanging old iPhone 4 models with the new iPhone 4S.

Meanwhile, other parts of the world have already seen the iPhone 4S launch, and to massive crowds. has a running update of the launch in Australia. Even 4 hours after the launch, the line to the Sydney store was described as "appalling" going half way down King Street.

The Japanese launch was hampered by registration slowdowns from Softbank, according to the Wall Street Journal:
The launch of the iPhone 4S in Japan was interrupted when Softbank – the main service provider for Apple products in the country—suffered a server glitch that temporarily suspended sales nationwide. A company spokesman said the servers were unable to process registration information.
Analysts are predicting weekend sales to top that of the iPhone 4 which sold 1.7 million units its opening weekend. Estimates range from 2 million to as high as 4 million.

@NikkorNoct at Covent Garden, UK

In the U.S., Apple Stores will be opening at 8 a.m. local time to launch the iPhone 4S. Additionally, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint stores will also be stocking the new device, but those retailers tend to get fewer units per store than Apple's stores. Gizmodo also notes that Radio Shack, Best Buy, Target and Sam's Club may have units, but your mileage may vary.

MacRumors forum members have been organizing meetups for the iPhone 4S launch in our dedicated forum.

Top Rated Comments

(View all)

105 months ago

All those people who don't own credit cards or have access to the internet!? What sad times we live in. ;)

No, some of us are just young and like the experience. We don't all have to put on a tie and be at work at 9am. You only live once, so why no just live it up?
Rating: 18 Votes
105 months ago
I'd love to go and be first in line one day for a launch, not to be the first to buy the new device, but just to go in and look around the store. Confuse everyone!
Rating: 13 Votes
105 months ago

I'd love to go and be first in line one day for a launch, not to be the first to buy the new device, but just to go in and look around the store. Confuse everyone!

"What a lovely day to window shop at The Apple Store. Geez, it's crowded. I wonder why..."

Rating: 10 Votes
105 months ago

Damn it looks crazy. Anybody waiting in line?

I'm waiting in line at the Irvine Spectrum in California. I have about 8 people in front of me and I got here at 7pm. It is now 12:15am and there are many many people waiting behind me with tents, tv's and xBox 360's, yes I said an xBox!

I am having a great time doing Philosophy homework and talking to fellow Apple fans!
Rating: 8 Votes
105 months ago

Week 1: Oh man, what a letdown. Apple totally failed. I'm getting Android.

Week 2: It's still a good phone, but totally not worth it to upgrade.

Week 3: Hmmm, I'm thinking about it, but man that 64GB is expensive!

Week 4: Been waiting in line in front of store for 3 weeks! CAN'T WAIT! :D
Rating: 8 Votes
105 months ago
So glad I ordered online.
Rating: 7 Votes
105 months ago
Wow the lines are sounding crazy. Good luck, fellow campers!
Rating: 6 Votes
105 months ago
Considering the external hardware is the same, I'm thinking they were and have been able to pump these out of the factory like hot cakes, and thus they'll meet demand quite better than previous models, I didn't pre-order, but with targets, at&t's, radioshacks, even a Sam's clubs in my area, and it's a smaller town, I think I might have a chance at getting one today.
Rating: 4 Votes
105 months ago
Wow it looks like theres LOOADS of people at Covent Store in London :eek:

I hope everyone who lines up gets one! :)

Getting mines delivered :cool:
Rating: 4 Votes
105 months ago
Loved this snippet from the SMH coverage:

Blogger Ruby Jacenko claims she was the first Australian to get her hands on an iPhone 4S, publishing photos of herself with the device on her blog yesterday. She did not explain how she got the early access.

accompanied by the photo: (if only there had been some kind of clue.....)
Rating: 4 Votes

[ Read All Comments ]