Apple fans (and a robot) line up around world for iPhone 6s launch

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Apple Store Hamburg line iPhone 6s
Apple fans are turning out in force in Hamburg, Germany for the iPhone 6s launch.
Photo: Thomas Knoop (via Twitter)

We figured tonight’s iPhone 6s launch would draw some crowds, and sure enough, they are. Fans all over the world are lining up to be the first to get their hands on Apple’s latest hardware, and we have the pictures to prove it, starting with that massive batch of Hamburgers above.

Here are crowds outside of Apple Stores from across the globe.

In Japan, one guy is apparently so pumped about the release that he’s forgotten to put on pants. Or that could just be a Japan thing. I’m not judging, but I’m also not ruling it out.


They’re fully clothed in Singapore, however. At least, as far as we can tell. And even if not, at least Instagram user spaceman_sg just limited it to a face shot.


At the Little Rock store in Arkansas, Twitter user swarren08 is passing his time by playing sci-fi shooter Destiny on his Xbox One. He has the console hooked up to a 32-inch TV out on the sidewalk, and it’s all plugged in via an extension cord that runs into the store itself.

“With this being my 4th year camping, I’ve got this covered,” he says.

Apple Store Little Rock Destiny
That’s taking care of your customers, Apple Store.
Photo: swarren08 (via Twitter)

I’m not sure what happened to Numbers 1, 2, and 3 in this line, or where Number 5 is, but we can’t rule out a deadly case of iPhone Fever.


In Miami Beach, they have a weird combination of a classy velvet rope to mark the line and a less-than-classy shirtless man covered in tattoos.

Just please keep your pants on, sir.


The party in Hamburg is continuing into the night.


In Sydney, the lines are also looking pretty robust.

That’s probably why Lucy Kelly was smart to send a robot to stand in line for her. I’ve been in lines that size before, and they smell like someone returning from a three-day fishing trip inside of an old shoe.

The robot is fourth in line. So much for that superior efficiency and performance, you metal bastards.


But if we want to talk about really scary lines, Russia has everyone beat. Its massive mob of iFans looks like the Revolution is happening again. Only much less violent and way geekier.


Back in Sydney, one of the three speedy humans who beat the line-bot is Lindsay Handmer, who snagged his spot two weeks ago before Apple even unveiled the new hardware.

He’s not even a huge Apple fan — he uses a Dell laptop and a phone from HTC, but he’s using his spot to promote his own secondhand tech store and to raise money for Mission Australia, a charity that works to provide career training and affordable housing to those in need. And what better way to do that than by living on the street for two weeks?

But hang in there, everyone. Your waits will all be over soon.