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Long queues outside Apple stores ahead of iPhone X launch

People in Japan were seen seated in chairs while they were waiting for the product

Steven Millward | Tech in Asia 

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People sitting in chairs in Japan while they wait for Apples' iPhone X to be launched. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@ethomit)

In a blast from the past, there are long lines already forming in cities around the world for tomorrow’s X launch. After the 8’s muted rollout in late September, the lines of people willing to wait overnight suggest massive demand for the X – despite its US $1,000-plus price tag. In Singapore, there are “hundreds” waiting for the 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,” store staffers were heard saying. After nightfall, one onlooker described the crowd size as “insane.”

In Sydney, Australia, there were already around 50 people in line earlier on Thursday, said 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 fanatics for US$500, according to the Daily Mail. has plenty of overnighters too. Over in Japan, the Tokyo queuers in Shibuya were also well prepared as they were seen sitting in chairs while waiting for the launch. Not too far away, the queue is long outside the Ginza store. Russians have joined in the action too. Even punters in more distant timezones have started to assemble – like these outside London’s Regent Street store. The lines point to a lot of people being unable to snag the X when pre-orders opened last week. 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 X units to go around at launch. “We’ll see what happens,” added Cook.
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First Published: Thu, November 02 2017. 22:51 IST