First in line are taking advantage of free publicity.
Apple has some of the devoted fans around. It's not unusual to see people camping out the night before a big launch in an effort to be among the first to get their hands on Cupertino's latest product. However, it seems the people queuing up for the iPhone 5 in New York City have an agenda.
Fortune reports that the first in line have been there since Thursday morning. That's eight days ahead of the iPhone 5's launch. Aware that those that line up first often receive a considerable amount of attention from the tech blogosphere, there are many there for reasons other than obtaining the newest iPhone. According to Fortune, one and two inline, Hazem Sayed and Sage are there to promote a social media startup called Vibe. The people occupying spots three through seven are being sponsored by a company that buys old iPhones. Gazelle has provided them with food, sleeping bags, tshirts, a tent, hats, and camp chairs for their troubles. They'll also get a free iPhone 5 when all of this is over.
As of Sunday night, there were only seven people in line and no one was there just because they really wanted to be the first to get the iPhone 5. We expect that will change and the true Apple fans will surface in the next few days. The iPhone 5 was announced last week and packs a 1GHz dual-core Apple A6 SoC, 1GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, a 4.0-inch Retina display, an 8-megapixel camera in the back with a 1.2-megapixel lens up front, WiFi, and support for 4G LTE. It's due out on Friday.