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New iPhones will be revealed today, but do phone shoppers still have the same lovin’ feeling?

For years, like clockwork, new iPhones have been released in the fall and consumers snapped them up quickly, before inventory inevitably ran out, and slow responders were forced to wait for weeks.

Enthusiasts camped out in tents to snag bragging rights to be first with the new iPhone. Then Apple got better at inventory management, and convinced customers they didn’t have to wait on line, just order it ahead of time, and it would be awaiting you on release day. So we don’t see the masses outside Apple Stores like we used to.

And with a pandemic and many Apple Stores closed to the public, the odds of that happening again this year are remote. But with Apple set to release new editions of the iPhone on Tuesday, what of the enthusiasm for