A baffling viral video shows Apple employees in a standing ovation after man buys iPhone 11
- A man bought the first iPhone 11 in Sydney, Australia on Sept. 20.
- The employees at the city’s Apple Store stood in a standing ovation for him and his purchase.
- CNET news editor Daniel Van Boom captured the moment on video and shared it in a tweet that’s now gone viral with Twitter users apparently baffled by the excitement in the video.
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A video of Apple employees gathered in a standing ovation for a man who bought the first iPhone 11 in Sydney, Australia baffled the internet.
On Sept. 20, Apple released its iPhone 11 to the world. Folks waited in lines for hours for the device, which starts at $700. The iPhone 11 Pro’s base price is $1,000 and the larger iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,100.
One Australian man was lucky enough to be the first Sydney resident to buy an iPhone 11, and he even got a standing ovation from the Apple Store employees.
CNET news editor Daniel Van Boom captured the moment on video and shared it in a tweet that has since gone viral.
Apple Store employees with a standing ovation for Sydney’s first iPhone 11 owner pic.twitter.com/11jvHobGsw
— Daniel Van Boom (@dvanboom) September 19, 2019
In the video, the man walks out of the store in front of dozens of cheering employees who filled the store. The gleeful iPhone 11 owner then takes his place right in front of the entrance to flash his iPhone 11 box in one hand and a peace sign with his other.
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In several replies to the video, the internet appeared incredibly disturbed by the entire process.
this is embarrassing for the entire human race
— basic white dude (@mediumcooI) September 21, 2019
Y’all still wait in lines for this shit? It’s not 2008 anymore 😂😂🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️
— Somebody Lied To Her Several Times… (@richyrich909) September 20, 2019
Gawd are we still doing this? It’s a phone.
— Claire Connelly (@_ClaireConnelly) September 20, 2019
Clapping for purchases of new devices is a timeworn tradition at Apple Stores — though not one that employees say they particularly enjoy. A 2018 article in The Guardian delved into the concept of the Apple Store and its “carefully managed drama”:
Products are clapped, customers waiting overnight to buy them are clapped, their purchases are clapped, claps are clapped. Clap, clap, clap. “My hands would sting from all the clapping,” said one manager. Claps, cheers, performances of rapturous engagement provided, by design, a ready-mixed social glue to bind teams together, reaffirming both the character of the brand and employees’ cultish devotion to it.
And while standing ovations at Apple aren’t new, one Twitter user slammed the applause for consumerism as it happened on the same day as the Global Climate Strike, in which as many as 250,000 young people took to Lower Manhattan alone to protest climate change.
Does anyone else find it thoroughly depressing that this is happening on the same day as the climate strike?
— Olivia Rosenman (@olivesophierose) September 19, 2019