Apple fan starts month-long queue for iPhone 5
Meet the man who makes Apple’s Steve Jobs smile and rub his hands with glee. His name is Rob Shoesmith and, as we speak, he’s camping in a tent that he’s pitched in front of the iStore in Covent Garden in London, despite the unusual state of affairs some of the UK Apple stores are currently in. As for the reason Rob’s living on the street – well, no surprises here, he wants to first in line to get his hands on an iPhone 5 when it arrives next month. Actually, if it arrives next month. At this point, the world is operating in a mode of mass speculation and collective hope. No one but the secret worker bees at Apple knows for sure.
But before you write Rob off as another Apple loon (sheep/fanboy/insert-popular-putdown-here) with nothing better to do with his time, you’ll be suprised to learn that Rob’s got method to this iPhone camping madness. He works for an iOS development company called Medl Mobile and is using the stunt as a marketing experiment, tweeting and blogging throughout the entire hygiene-deficient endeavour. Though cleanliness is probably the last thing on his mind, as he continues to attract press and media attention from around the world. He’s even scored himself free food and drinks from sponsors with a taste for the unusual.
As anyone remotely interested in Apple knows by now, new iPhones, iPads and iAnythings spawn queues numbering in the hundreds and even thousands on launch days. So Rob is undoubtedly going to be the first into the Covent Garden store but exactly when the iPhone 5 launch day is going to roll around is something Rob (and his sponsors) will want an answer to sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, feel free to stop by Rob’s tent to stick your head in and say hi (or, more correctly, “What the hell were you thinking?!”). Or keep in touch with the happy camper via his blog or Twitter.
P.S. If you’re the type that doesn’t want to wait for Jobs to trot out on stage and present the world with the official iPhone 5, or if you simply want to taunt poor old Rob for a bit of a laugh, have a look at the HiPhone 5. It’s like the iPhone 5, just without the iPhone part. Yes, this is a very, very strange world we live in.