Forget preorders; for traditionalists, standing in line for a new Apple product is the way to go. Unfortunately, demand for the iPhone 5 is so high that many of those customers may not get their hands on Cupertino’s latest masterpiece when it officially goes on sale this Friday, Sept. 21, according to CNET.

Demand, but also the increasing use of seminiprofessional line sitters are the reasons that many might come away empty handed when the iPhone 5 debuts in the U.S., and in eight additional countries this week. Another reason: publicity seekers.

According to the report, while “legitimate” iPhone fans are among those already standing in line for the new handset, most are not. Among those are Hazem Sayed, who told CNET that he’s in line at Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City to generate some publicity for Vibe, a social-network software application.

Jessica Mellow

Jessica Mellow

Also in line is Jessica Mellow, a body-paint artist and model, who is also a “veteran line sitter.”

This doesn’t mean standing in line will be a lost cause for everyone. In fact, it may be the only way to possibly purchase Apple’s sixth generation handset on the first day of its release. After all, preorders are now two or three weeks, depending on the retailer.

Our advice: If you haven’t ordered an iPhone 5 yet and want one on Friday, visit a place like Best Buy, which are taking preorders in stores. Either that or stand in line right now and hope for the best.

The iPhone 5 launches in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom on Friday, Sept. 21.

Source: CNET