Apple fans are dedicated. Every single year, they brave the elements for sometimes weeks at a time, camping out in front of Apple Stores so that they can be first getting their hands on Cupertino’s latest iDevice.
Even by the standards of most Apple launches, though, the guys hanging out in front of Tokyo’s Ginza Apple Store are dedicated. They are braving a frickin’ typhoon to be first in line for the iPhone 5s.
Today, Japan was hit by a powerful typhoon that dumped gallons of water upon the country. Flood warnings are in effect nationwide, and in certain parts of the country, people have been asked to evacuate.
These make for very tough conditions for iPhone 5s/5c line-sitters, but luckily, Apple took pity on them and moved them inside when the worst of the typhoon hit at a little after 7:30am. They were allowed to bring in their sopping stuff, rest in the Apple Theater until the store officially opened, and even given bottles of water… probably the last thing they wanted to see, given the circumstances, but a nice gesture none the less.
Because Apple did not offer iPhone 5s pre-orders this year, the line-waiting ahead of Friday’s iPhone 5s launch is likely to get crazy. If you’re going to go brave the elements for a new phone, remember to check for potential typhoons first.