News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 21, 2012

iPhone buyers arrive early to gobble up new Apple

Howard Greninger
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Equipped with a backpack full of snacks and water, Tom Fischback stood next to his folding chair early this morning as the first in line to buy the new iPhone 5.

“I’ve never had a smartphone. This is my first one,” said Fischback, 49, an electronics technician for the Federal Aviation Administration at Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field.

Josh Dove, a junior at Indiana State University, arrived at a corporate Verizon Wireless store on U.S. 41 South at 3:45 a.m. Friday, much earlier than Fischback who arrived at 5 a.m.

“I got here early, but left to go get food. I saw him get out of his car, so I got in line behind him. It’s OK for him to be first,” Dove said. “I am a iPhone maniac. I have the iPhone 4S, but like all the new features [of the iPhone 5]  with a larger screen and it is slimmer and the A6 chip is a lot faster, plus it is 4G, which makes it better than previous iPhones,” said Dove, who is majoring in sports management and is a member of ISU’s baseball team.

More than 30 people stood in line to get the new iPhone 5 when the store opened its doors at 8 a.m. Today marks the nationwide release of Apple’s latest gadget.