From CNET: Sure, you could order your iPhone online and have it delivered to you, or reserve it for an in-store pickup at a time of your choosing. But for devoted Apple fans, tradition is tradition. September means iPhone launch, and iPhone launch means lining up outside an Apple Store to get a device just as soon as possible. This year Friday, Sept. 20, is the day, and Apple's global launch of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro has kicked off in Sydney, Australia.
Muhannad Al Nadaf, 21, was the first in Sydney to get an iPhone. It was a big day for Al Nadaf: For the past five years he's tried -- and failed -- to be the very first person in Sydney to get an iPhone on launch day. It turns out 2019 is his year, but it wasn't easy. The Apple Store opens at 8 a.m., and Al Nadaf got his spot in line at 3 a.m.
It was a surprisingly tumultuous wait, too. "There are a lot of clubs on this road, all the drunk people were coming out and they kept abusing me," he said. "Then the council came and washed the floor, so I couldn't even sit down and look at my laptop." He brought a blanket, rather than a chair, and the floor cleaning meant he couldn't use it.
"I've been standing up since literally 3 a.m."
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