In a blast from the past, there are long lines already forming in cities around the world for tomorrow’s iPhone X launch.
After the iPhone 8’s muted rollout in late September, the lines of people willing to wait overnight suggest massive demand for the iPhone X – despite its US$1,000-plus price tag.
In Singapore, there are “hundreds” waiting for the iPhone X outside Apple’s freshly-opened store.
By late afternoon, there were already overwhelming numbers, reports Channel News Asia. “You need breathing space. This will take a while. There is no point in pushing,” Apple store staffers were heard saying.
After nightfall, one onlooker described the crowd size as “insane.”
Man, the queue in front of Apple Store is insane. Does Apple even have this many iPhone X to go around? pic.twitter.com/AaAIRZnxMx
— ( ﾟдﾟ) (@takashiyoshida) 2 November 2017
In Sydney, Australia, there were already around 50 people in line earlier today, said News.com.au.
One Sydney teenager caused outrage by snagging two spots with the aid of an extra chair. Lee Cselko, 16, then advertised the spot – 25th in the queue – on a whiteboard.
He sold it after heated bidding among Apple fanatics for US$500, according to the Daily Mail.
Brisbane has plenty of overnighters too.
Queue for iPhone X in Brisbane pic.twitter.com/jveLhQoCZR
— Freeman (@FreemanSuen) 2 November 2017
Over in Japan, the Tokyo queuers in Shibuya look well prepared.
Pas mal de gens font déjà la queue pour l'iPhone X à l'Apple Store de Shibuya #Apple #iPhoneX pic.twitter.com/4EuFzTugKI
— ethomit (@ethomit) 2 November 2017
Not too far away, the queue is long outside the Ginza store.
There are lot of people already on the queue for #iPhoneX at Apple Store #Ginza #銀座 #アップルストア pic.twitter.com/T9o8jNilm5
— Angel (@masterplucas) 2 November 2017
This is the scene outside Apple’s Osaka store:
Tonight at Osaka Apple Store, many people queue for new IPhone X. #osaka #japan #usa #apple #applestore #iphonex #iphonesia #america
Russians have joined in the action too.
Первые покупатели iPhoneX- ребята из Подмосковья. Покупают не для себя. pic.twitter.com/XlGEXsyZ9G
— корр #говоритмосква (@gmkorr) 2 November 2017
Even punters in more distant timezones have started to assemble – like these outside London’s Regent Street Apple store.
People are already queuing at the Regent Street, London Apple Store for the iPhone X. One guy been here since Tues, an employee tells me. pic.twitter.com/z3WekCkDls
— Rob Price (@robaeprice) 2 November 2017
The lines point to a lot of people being unable to snag the iPhone X when pre-orders opened last week. Apple boss Tim Cook said recently that “we’ll be working as hard as possible to make as many as possible” in response to questions about whether there are enough iPhone X units to go around at launch. “We’ll see what happens,” added Cook.
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