Apple’s new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max handsets, announced last Wednesday, don’t officially drop until Friday, Sept. 21. But that hasn’t stopped one Houston, Texas man from camping out in front of his local Apple Store around a full five days ahead of time.
Isaiah Stofferahn is technically the first person in line at the Highland Village Apple Store. In an Instagram post on Monday, Stofferahn said he was already 24 hours into his 5-night stay in front of the Apple retail location.
He also told local media outlet ABC 13 that he doesn’t want a new phone, he needs it — since his old device broke.
“Brought a lawn chair, you need to have it. Brought an umbrella because of the heat and that sun. I also have a jetboil with me, got some water. But the people here at the Apple Store are pretty cool. They provided some water for me when I needed it, too. I have some Mac and Cheese,” he said.
While he could have preordered a new iPhone XS or XS Max, he said that all of those slots are full. (To be clear, you can still preorder one of the new Apple handsets, but you’ll probably have to wait until after launch day to actually receive it.)
So Stofferahn decided that the next best thing was to camp out in front of the brick-and-mortar Apple Store location to nab one of the available in-store models when Friday rolls around.
He isn’t planning on sleeping in his lawn chair all night, either. According to ABC 13, the Houston man brought a mattress pad and blanket as well. In other words, he’s in it for the long haul.
As you might expect from a tech early adopter, Stofferahn brought his MacBook Pro and camera setup along with him. A photographer by trade, Stofferahn is also documenting his experience on social media — including photos on Instagram and daily blogs on YouTube.