Temecula Apple Store to Reopen Friday for Launch of iPhone 5

Closed for two weeks because of a drive-in smash and grab burglary, the Apple Store at The Promenade in Temecula is set to reopen at 8 a.m. Friday for the launch of the iPhone 5.

This article was updated at 7:25 p.m. to include quotes from those waiting in line to get the coveted new device.


Jennifer and Jeremy Young were first in line at 4 p.m. Thursday, to await both the reopening of the Apple Store in Temecula and the sale of the highly touted iPhone 5.

Jeremy Young was due to leave at 4:30 a.m. for work in San Bernardino but his wife was set to pick up two phones, the limit allowed per person, according to employees.

"Everything is upgraded," Jeremy Young said of the new phone he expects to have in his hand Friday.

"It really is a big jump."

The screen will be larger, said Young, with better resolution.

But the couple was not just the first in line to be able to say they have the product; the last time they failed to wait in line, it took months to get their new phones.

That was for the iPhone 4, the last time the Youngs had an upgrade and sitting in their camping chairs, iPad, iPhone and battery at hand, the Youngs were excited.

"She's going to go get the burgers," Young said of his wife.

The storefront at the Promenade Temecula mall has been closed for repair for two weeks after a Sept. 6 burlgary in which the suspects drove through the front windows and security screen.

One of the suspects is in custody and is due for a hearing next week.

In ramping up for what is hoped to be a busy day Friday, an email was sent to store employees.

While Apple media relations could not immediately be reached to confirm the email that was forwarded to Patch, an unnamed employee was excited for the reopening.

"Team, After a truly amazing effort on the part of our in-store and corporate support teams, we are proud to announce that we will officially be open for the launch of the iPhone 5 at 8:00a on Friday 9/21/12," the email stated.

"This means that our community will have excellent visibility of the fact that we will be open and ready to greet the masses of our Temecula customers who have been curious and even anxious about the status of the store."

According to a news release put out by Apple, iPhone 5 pre-orders have "shattered" the previous record held by iPhone 4S.

"...The customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we’ve ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do."

The device is thinner, lighter, has more battery life and comes with 200 new features, according to Apple.

The iPhone 5 will be available at 249 Apple retail stores in the U.S., including Temecula, beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, according to the news release.

Some pre-orders were available beginning Sept. 17, while others may be delivered into October, the company stated.

Troy September 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I'm really surprised they didn't install any kind of bollards in front of the store.
Italo Domani September 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM
That's special, Christopher. Another conspiracy theory with no science to back it up. I actually think there are people that ENJOY living in fear all their lives.
Christopher September 21, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Hello Italo, Yes I was going for the response but I don't think anything I said is invalid and not happening currently. You don't think this device has taken control of peoples lives?
Zygo September 21, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Christopher... If you are afraid of everyone tracking you...turn off those features. Don't download Find my Friends, don't use Find my Phone, turn off 911 locator, don't inable any social or business apps... er...actually, you just need to put on your aluminum hat and don't buy any cell phone from any company. Yes, they are becoming a part of our lifestyle. Many parts are for the better - I'm hoping to eventually be able to ditch all my credit and membership cards from my wallet. And, yes, some parts are not so good - some people are becoming unaware of their surroundings as they concentrate all their mental energies into interacting with their portable devices. All advances cause change. Most make things for the better. Of course, with every gain their is also a loss. Most people today couldn't survive in the wilderness to the likes of Daniel Boone and other wilderness explorers that opened up new territories into today's concrete forests... but then again, we don't need to.
Zygo September 21, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I agree, and with the solid glass front, I was surprised they didn't do that in the first place.


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