Today is the day. The iPhone five goes on sale on Friday morning and many in Tulsa turned out to wait overnight tfor the chance to take one home. Ashley Fisher's husband wanted to get the new phone and she decided to help. "He wanted one the day it came out and he knew they were lining up already in New Y0rk and Chicago and he wanted to be first" she told KRMG news. Ashley said the Verizon employees at the Tulsa Hills store where she is waiting have been great and the regular customers have been curious. "They kind of cruise through the parking lot to look" she giggled. "You're kind of an eye show for those coming in and out of the store" she finished.
Apple presold Millions of iPhones and they expect more than 10 million to be in the hands of users By the end of September. That's a huge number and a boost to the economy but the Tulsa stores we checked out Friday morning didn't have huge lines. Ten to 15 people seemed to be an average but they sure were enjoying themselves. "I've never done anything like this" one man told us. "But I really wanted the phone and I didn't want to miss any work so I thought, what the heck."
Another man had a more pressing reason for being out. "I have a Blackberry through my work" he began. "But we're all getting laid off in a few weeks so it'll go away and I might as well have the new iPhone" he smiled as he finished.
When you ask those in line what is it about this new device that would make them give up a soft, warm bed to wait in a camp chair, they gave similar answers. The new iOS6 operating system and a sleeker, slimmer look are near the top of the list. So is the updated A6 processor and 3D maps are something everyone is looking forward to.
Ashley was really standing in line for her husband but after putting some skin in the game for two days she told me her attitude had changed a little. "I think I'm going to get one for myself, after all this time I might as well get me a little something as well."