Apple is not expected to officially announce its next-generation smartphone until early next week. But some people eager to get their hands on the so-called “iPhone 6″ have begun lining up for the highly anticipated device.
As reported by CNBC (via MacRumors), several prospective iPhone 6 buyers have set up camp outside Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City.
Leading the pack are Jason and Moon Ray, who bought the first couple of spots from the two people who were actually first to line up to beat the current 18-day record, Brian Ceballo and Joseph Cruz.
Unsurprisingly, they are all involved in publicity stunts for the companies they represent, which seek to capitalize on the attention afforded by the media to early queuers. Ceballo and Cruz are promoting BuyBackWorld, a reseller of consumer electronics, while the Rays are publicizing Video Medicine, an upcoming app for video chat between patients and doctors.
Check out CNBC’s interview with the advance queuers in this video:
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The yet to be announced product has also attracted more than 33,000 online preorders in China via China Mobile, the largest mobile carrier in the world.
The iPhone 6 is widely rumored to come in two models with larger screens than the current 4-inch iPhone: a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version. It’s also said to feature a thinner profile and a faster processor, among other improvements.