Love them, or hate them, one thing can't be denied - Apple has epic legions of fans. You've seen the lines outside of Apple Stores when products first come out. Maybe you've experienced the website crashes when trying to secure a gadget of your own, but today they hit an epic level of fandom.

Here's a little comparison for you - the last major redesign and hardware update, the iPhone 4, sold out their pre-orders in 20 hours, and the "mid-cycle" update 4S sold out their pre-orders in 22 hours.

I was planning to pre-order an iPhone 5.

I wasn't going to go nuts and set an alarm to wake up at 3am when they officially went on sale (Midnight, Pacific Time), but I figured I'd try my luck when I woke up and if I had to wait, I'd wait.

Frankly, I got lucky with both my iPhone 3G (which I was one of those line-waiting idiots for. And I got literally the last one at my local AT&T store on launch day) I got lucky with my iPhone 4 too, eventually breaking through Apple and AT&T's well documented website problems just in time to get in on the first batch of pre-orders.

So I figured I shouldn't get greedy this time. If I got one, I got one. If not, I could wait a few extra days.

And then I had to go to the bathroom (isn't that the way that most great stories start?).

It was 4:30am. I figured what the heck, I'm up, I'll go online and see what's up.

Imagine my surprise when only an hour and a half after the on-sale time, they were already posting "Available to ship: 2 Weeks". The Apple fans were obviously awake early. Really early.

In the end, I can't be upset - I got my order in, I didn't have any ordering hiccups or issues, and I don't have to wake up ridiculously early to stand in line. Will I be watching the shipping status every day between now and delivery time? Probably. But still, at least I can just sit back and watch the coverage, Facebook debates, and frustrated fanboys and girls from the comfort of my keyboard. (I'm knocking on wood as I type this, by the way. With my luck, after saying all of that they'll probably have "manufacturing issues" like last time!).

So where do you stand on issues like this? Vote below and feel free to chime in on the comments section!