UPDATED: We got some comments from Dave Rahimi in Sydney. Blogger Dave Rahimi figured out a clever way to be the first person in the world to buy an iPhone 6.
Rahimi and his girlfriend, Jasmine Juan, flew thousands of miles from California to Sydney, Australia, to purchase the first two iPhone 6s to go on sale worldwide.
The couple just emerged from the Apple Store in Sydney, which was mobbed by a monster crowd of about 2,500 people. Some had camped outside the store for more than a week.
But Rahimi and Juan avoided the crowds and more or less walked right into the store.
Here’s how they did it.
The couple pre-ordered their phones in their native California as soon as Apple offered them for sale at midnight Friday 12th. Cleverly, they chose “store pickup” as the delivery option — and the store they chose was located on George Street in Sydney!
“I reserved the phones in California and came to pick them up on launch day in Sydney,” Rahimi explained by email from Sydney. “I made sure to get in the reserve line — not the crazy long non-reserve line — by 5:00 A.M Sydney time, and it happened to be that I was the first one there.”
They walked out with their phones before the main line had even moved. Very clever!
“It feels awesome, being one of the first to get a device that so many people, including myself, have been looking forward to,” he said. “I love mobile technology and being able to get probably the most sought after phone first is amazing.”
Rahimi runs a phone blog called PhoneBuff and YouTube channel by the same name. He bought the iPhones to review on his YouTube channel, which has more than 300,000 subscribers. His first video is a drop test, which can be seen here.
“I plan on doing a lot of other coverage on my YouTube channel in the near future,” he said.
The doors at the Sydney store opened at 8 a.m.
Angela Ahrendts, head of Apple’s retail operation, also flew to Australia to witness the iPhone 6 frenzy. “Phenomenal start to a historic day and an honor to be with our incredible team and first customers in Sydney,” she tweeted.
Phenomenal start to a historic day and an honor to be with our incredible team and first customers in Sydney. pic.twitter.com/28aww07wGj
— Angela Ahrendts (@AngelaAhrendts) September 18, 2014
Via: Queensland Times