iPhone 12 launch shouldn’t be a COVID-19 superspreader event. Skip the stores

Commentary: Waiting in the usual hyped-up Apple store line isn’t worth the risk of getting the coronavirus.

Every fall, Apple fans dependably line up at marquee stores like Manhattan’s famed Apple Fifth Avenue Cube, spending days in folding chairs for a chance to be one of the first to get their hands on a new iPhone. But with this year’s launch of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on Friday, the situation is radically different thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. That throws into question whether people should show up at Apple stores at all.

If there’s any confusion on this, let me clear it up for you: Stay away.

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