A consumer who successfully bought an iPhone 8 on Friday morning told Xinhua that customers did not even need to pre-order online before getting the new phones at the store.
Apple staff opened the doors at 8am on Friday with scores of people cued up in anticipation of the launch of the Apple iPhone 8 series and the Apple Watch Series 3.
Apple’s estimates for the September quarter (which include the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus but exclude the iPhone X) are between $49 and $52 billion (£36-38 billion), and the company rarely misses them.
“We have cheaper phones available than Apple; no one wants to buy an iPhone 8 or a plus”, said Wang Xiao, a saleswoman in one of the area’s main malls.
Australians may have started to line up for the new iPhones before the keynote, but after the announcement that put a massive focus on iPhone X, the country isn’t feeling too fuzzy about the already-neglected iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Accordingly, even when taking into account the exchange rate, Singaporeans are paying around $150 to $180 extra for the two iPhone 8 models, $170 to $200 extra for the two iPhone 8 Plus models, and $220 to $250 extra for the two iPhone X handsets. “I appreciate this new glass finish” more than the finish on the recent line, he said.
With preorders going live on October 27th and the iPhone X release scheduled for November 3rd, that’s bad news.
But Varis Sinthopruangchai, 20, an exchange student from Thailand, scored Singapore’s first iPhone 8. If you want a new iPhone 8 or an iPhone 8 Plus today, it’s going to be easier than it’s ever been before on an iPhone launch day. Instead of queuing, Sinthopruangchai pre-ordered both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in black for his parents.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the first smartphones from Apple to support wireless battery charging, as well as improved camera and screen specifications.
M1 has yet to reveal its iPhone X pricing. Hundreds of people jammed Stockton Street in San Francisco to get their hands on the revolutionary device at the inaugural launch.
Back in Sydney, Marcus Barsoum, a 17-year-old high school student whom CNET spotted last year and the year before, said he was grabbing an 8 Plus so that he could sell it to someone else. Right? Wait a minute… where are all the people!?