Customers began queuing outside Apple’s George St store in Sydney and the Regent Street flagship site in London on Friday, one week before the sixth-generation iPhone will hit retail outlets.
While Apple opened online pre-orders on Friday afternoon for its new iPhone 5, the device sold out after just one hour, with a two to three week wait now in place for order deliveries,
George Horne and Richard Wheatcroft are the frontrunners in the line outside the flagship Apple Store in Regent Street, London, keeping vigil outside the store to get their hands on the new iPhone, and also raise awareness for their charity – The Hope Boutique Bakery – an organisation that aids disadvantaged women in finding employment and workplace training.
According to a report from Pocket Lint, Wheatcroft has never owned an Apple device, having been a devoted Android user in the past, but felt the release of the iPhone 5 was as good a time as any to purchase his first:
“This is a one and only experience,” Wheatcroft told the website.
“It’s a time thing. It’s time for a change.”
And it seems people will do anything to get a place in the line, even if they can’t be there in person – we previously reported that a Sydney man is offering money to members of the public to line up outside an Apple Store on his behalf to buy the new handset.
Lines outside Apple Stores around the world are expected to grow in the coming days, as fans clamber for a place in queues in a bid to secure an iPhone for themselves. This, coupled with the overwhelming pre-order response for iPhone 5 is shaping up to be one of Apple’s greatest launch events to date.
The iPhone 5 will be available on Friday September 21 from 8am at Apple Stores in Australia.
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