Wait worth it: iPhone fanatics strike gold at Modesto’s Apple Store

09/20/2013 10:24 AM

09/20/2013 9:23 PM

James Cahill was a happy camper Friday morning as he carried his newly purchased white and silver iPhone 5s out of the Apple Store at Modesto’s Vintage Faire Mall. He waited all night outside the store for his new phone, and he had some tips for others who want to do the same.

“Get here early and bring a chair,” Cahill said. “And be prepared to be bored.”

But he said it was all worth it. He and his friend, Tyler Tresenrider, purchased the only two available versions of the iPhone 5s with 16GB of memory space. Well, the only two available with an AT&T cell-phone plan.

Apple on Friday released both its iPhone 5s and 5c at stores across the country. The line Friday at the Modesto mall wrapped around the building but moved fairly efficiently after doors were opened at 8 a.m.

The iPhone 5s comes with a speedy all new 64-bit A7 chip, an improved camera that can film in slow-motion, and Touch ID, a fingerprint scanner that can be used to unlock a user’s device. The iPhone 5c is basically the 2013 model of the iPhone 5, but the 5c comes in five colors and uses a plastic shell; not metal.

Most of those waiting overnight in Modesto were purchasing the 5s, many of them making the long wait because they heard their choice of iPhone would sell out.

Tresenrider, 25, of Modesto was excited about using the camera’s slow-motion feature.

“I have a 2-year-old (child), so I’m supposed to capture him on camera when he’s running around,” Tresenrider said.

Outside the store, he demonstrated the fingerprint scanner on his new phone. “You don’t have to put in your passcode anymore,” he said.

Cahill, 20, of Modesto also was interested in the new iPhone camera. He said the camera sensor is supposed to capture more light.

Joseph Dennison, 18, of Merced waited in line for more than 24 hours; he showed up at the Apple Store about 7 a.m. Thursday. It paid off. He and his friend, Victor Oregel, were the first two customers in line Friday morning.

“I didn’t sleep at all; coffee and energy drinks,” Dennison said about his night outside the Apple Store.

They did get some treats while waiting. He said an employee from the nearby Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar brought over some free samples of the restaurant’s mozzarella sticks.

And Dennison got what he was hoping to buy, the gold iPhone 5s. The gold and silver options of the device would be in limited supply, according to news reports leading up to Friday’s release.

Oregel, 25, of Turlock said the new iPhones are by far the best in their class.

“I like it, it’s thinner, lighter, faster,” Oregel said about his new iPhone 5s.

Jeff Porovich, 19, of Angels Camp waited in line for about 14 hours, spending most of the time sitting on a lawn chair and listening to music.

“I heard there was going to be very low stock of the phone I wanted, the 5s,” Porovich said after walking out with his new phone. “The thumbprint scanner is just cool and the screen is bigger. I had an iPhone 4 before this, so this is a big upgrade for me.”

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