10:08 iPhone 8, 8 Plus Apple's smartphones go on sale in Australia, Singapore, other parts of the world
The Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have gone on sale all over the world, today September 22, 2017 with the first touch points being in Australia given their time zone peculiarity.
Apple loyalists numbering roughly 50 were seen queueing all the way in Sydney, waiting to get their hands on the device. A customer named Mazen Kourouche was said to have been waited 10 days in front of the Apple store just to be crowned the ‘’honorary’’ first buyer of the iPhone 8 Plus. Kourouche noted he will be giving the phone to a family member while he awaits the iPhone X.
Some of the buyers were YouTubers who were planning creating an unboxing video for their subscribers and amass good traffic.
“I love the glass finish on the 8,” Kourouche, a 20-year-old Sydney student, said while comparing the new device to the earlier 4 model that had a similar exterior. “I appreciate this new glass finish” more than the finish on the recent line, he said.
Another regular iPhone subscriber, a Sydney high school 17 year old student named Marcus Barsoum just wanted to buy the iPhone 8 Plus so he could resell it
The turnout of waiting buyers are however not quite as many as it used to be in previous years, and this is due to some preferring to wait it out for the proposed Nov 3 release date of the more sophisticated iPhone X.
In Singapore, an exchange student is seen taking a selfie with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus at the Apple store. A 30-year old old civil servant was switching back to an Apple iPhone because he felt some lag in his Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
“It’s the second time I’m getting the iPhone,” Eng said. “I’ve been using Samsung Note 5 and I feel that it gets laggy after a while, so I decided to go back to iPhone.”
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus bring features likewireless charging, and upgrades to the camera and screen. And are retailing for $699 and $799 respectively.