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Today at 1pm ET, Apple will introduce its new iteration of the iPhone. Leading up to this momentous event, many experts have made educated guesses as to the phone's design and what new innovations Apple might have up its sleeve. There's talk of a gold iPhone, that the phones will have fingerprint-scanning technology and that the phones will be able to read your mind (note: non-fact). Of course, until Apple confirms the new versions today, this all amounts to rumormongering. Everyone is calling this imagined model the iPhone 5S, but not even that minute detail has been made fact.
That hasn't stopped a few excited fanboys from queuing up DAYS in advance in Manhattan. What's even crazier is that, in addition to not knowing exactly what they're waiting for, they also don't know how long they'll be there. Apple might not release the new phone until September 20th, or even later. Vice spoke to these diehards, who work for a resale site called Sell Your Mac. When asked about how they're sleeping, the guys said, "It's very similar to being at home. Once you get used to the traffic noise, it's actually pretty easy." They are traveling to a friend's apartment nearby to shower and change, and to occupy their time, are seeking out romantic interests on Tinder.
· The People Waiting in Line for a New iPhone Don't Know What They're Waiting For, or How Long [Motherboard]
· These idiots are already lining up at Apple's NYC store for the new iPhone launch [VentureBeat]