Launch Lines

4 years ago in Apple, Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

apple-logoMost of the readers that come to this site, do so because they have at least one Apple product. (or are doing research to buy one.) I got to thinking about this last week, so I figured I’d write something up and see what other Apple people thought.
Last week was the launch of the iPhone 5S as well as the iPhone 5C. I woke up and got in line at the Apple store three hours before they opened. (Much to the mocking of my friends and family.) The truth is I miss it. When Apple used to launch a new Operating System or suite, I would go stand in the “Launch Line” with my fellow Apple fans. To me that was the best part of the launch. Getting the new shiny thing was cool, but to stand in line and just talk with other people that are there for the exact same reason you are. You have no need to justify the fact you are there three hours before the store opens.
It’s more about expectations. Whether it’s the new features of iOS 7 or what interests you about the new hardware. (Even to this day Woz still attends launches).
With Apple changing the way that the new Operating Systems are released, I feel a little deprived of the experience. Up until the release of Lion, I attended the launch of Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard. That was the fun part, chatting with the other people in line with you. Asking questions like “What feature are you most looking forward to?”, “What are you going to miss from the old OS?” and so on.
What do you think? Are you satisfied to the the new shiny thing as soon as it is available, or are you content to get it whenever you get a chance? Do you like the big launches, or are you content to download the new OS as soon as it is available without the hassle of having to talk to people?
I want you know your thoughts, sound off in the comments.

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