Judging from Apple's 2 million-plus iPhone 5 pre-orders, the frenzy surrounding Friday's release of the coveted device will mean long lines and frustration for some consumers.
General Manager Brian Hanson at The Florida Mall said officials are opening the mall's doors at 5 a.m. and letting people line up near the Apple Store.
Mall at Millenia Marketing Director Brenda Lounsberry said security officers will start letting customers inside the mall at 7 a.m. Customers can wait in line outside the temporary Apple Store, which is now next to Macy's on the upper level, until 8 a.m.
The mall's original store is undergoing renovations.
Lounsberry said customers can park in the H lot near Macy's for easier access to the Apple Store.
Officials at Altamonte Mall in Seminole County said customers will be allowed inside the mall at 6 a.m. through the northwest entrance near Elephant Bar.
AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint stores are an alternative to the long lines at the malls. The wireless carriers' retail stores across Central Florida will open at 8 a.m.
Target, Walmart, and Radio Shack will also sell the iPhone 5.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times