GADGET DESIGNER Apple launched its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones in the UK on Friday, and the handsets were met with long queues.
The INQUIRER went down to Apple's flagship store on London's Regent Street on Friday morning, where we were greeted with a surprisingly long queue.
Yesterday afternoon, the queue comprised just a handful of die-hard Apple fans, but on Friday there were around 200-300 people camped outside the glass-fronted shop, many of whom had stayed there overnight.
A 17 year-old student had first place in the queue, having camped outside for the store for five days under a make-shift gazebo.
He told The INQUIRER on Friday morning that he planned to buy two gold iPhone 5S handsets, one 32GB model and the other 64GB, adding that he plans to keep them both unless somebody offers him a stupid amount of money for them. To be honest, we're still not sure how a 17 year old has so much spare cash however, with the 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5S models fetching £629 and £709 respectively.
When we asked whether he'd be back next year, he said, "Definitely." We will also be back next year.
Despite speculation that Apple was low on iPhone 5S stock, it didn't seem like its flagship store was running short on Friday. Most of those at the front of the queue picked up at least two iPhone 5S handsets, and most of those went for the new gold model - which reports have claimed is the model in shortest supply.
However, it seems that Apple's online store has been hit, with the firm now promising to ship iPhone 5S handsets within seven to 10 days. In comparison, the iPhone 5C will ship within one to three days.
We didn't see anyone leave the Apple store with an iPhone 5C, which is not surprising given that pre-orders for the handset opened a week ago today. This could also explain the reason why today's queue was so long, with buyers having no other way to get their mitts on the latest Apple flagship.
Check out our iPhone 5S price, release date and where to buy roundup. µ
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