Friday, September 21, 2012
The wait was finally over this morning after eager Apple fans in Norwich queued for more than 12 hours to get their hands on the new iPhone 5.
A 400-strong crowd snaked around the first floor of Chapelfield from 6am, to buy the phone which went on sale in the UK from 8am.
People took part in a giant Mexican wave as staff warmed the crowds up by playing music while they waited.
Apple staff formed a guard on honour as customers went into the store to make their purchases.
Geoff Roles, 26, from Wymondham and Mark Spall, 22, from Lowestoft were first in the queue for the SIM-free phone.
The pair started queuing at 6pm on Thursday after work.
“We had been looking forward to getting the phone for about a week. We started queuing at 6pm the night before but we didn’t think we would be first in the queue,” Mr Spall said. “We didn’t sleep last night - we did get cold.
“I queued to get the iPhone 4S when it came out but I was 16th in the queue.
“I will definitely be showing the phone off to everyone.”
Lindsey Cruickshank, Apple store leader, said: “It shows the demand for the brand and the phone. I got into work at about 5am and I love taking part in these launches. I think there will be a good queue all day.
“The number of people who have turned out is amazing - it is brilliant to see their loyalty.”
First in the queue for the contract phone was James Sadler from Thetford.
The 33-year-old plumber arrived at Chapelfield at 3am to start queuing for the phone.
“I’m going to America for three weeks and didn’t really want to wait until I got back.
“I have never owned an iPhone before but I have got every other Apple product.”
Liam Preston and his girlfriend Rosie Betts, both 21, joined the queue for the contract iPhone 5.
The couple who live in Eaton arrived at the Apple store at 7.30am.
“I promised Rosie that I would buy her breakfast,” Mr Preston said. “I am lucky that she agreed to come along. I have been looking forward to the launch since it was announced.
“Some people were queuing last night. I think it’s a bit ridiculous, I wouldn’t go that far.”
Dedicated dad, Greg Sines, who lives in Hellesdon, joined the queue to buy a phone for his son, Dale.
“I work at Aviva and have taken the day off so I can get the phone for him. I have got the 3GS so when Dale has the iPhone 5, I will have his old 4S.
“I don’t mind queuing for him, it’s what you do for your kids I have brought a book with me to pass the time.”
Also queuing to a buy a phone for her son was Marilyn Dewing from Old Catton.
“My son is a big Apple fan.
“I got up early to start queuing at 7.30am but I don’t mind at all.”