Huge iPhone Sales, Short Lines at Stores

Mindy Sparks
September 23, 2017

The iPhone 8 will only cater to those who want a new version but do not want to pay a hefty $999 for the iPhone X, said's technology editor Alex Zaharov-Reutt, who did not line up for the launch.

Australians may have started to line up for the new iPhones before the keynote, but after the announcement that put a massive focus on iPhone X, the country isn't feeling too fuzzy about the already-neglected iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. In Sydney less than 30 people lined up to get their hands on Apple's latest creation.

The launch of iPhone 8 on Friday did not receive such enthusiastic response from Hong Kong consumers as previously, with no long queues in front of Apple outlets.

At the only official store in Shenzhen, for instance, less that a dozen people were queuing outside before the store opened to wait to pick up their new phones, despite the company putting up several rows of queuing railings outside and round the corner, to cope with what was clearly expected to be a potential scrum of buyers.

The store itself was unusually empty.

There's no reason to wait outside an Apple Store to buy a new iPhone the day it's released.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Cupertino's latest iteration of the device that has changed the way we communicate, went on sale at Apple stores on Friday.

Released 10 years after the first iPhone, the iPhone X is being marketed as the future of the product line. The world's most popular camera gets even better and wireless charging brings a powerful new capability to iPhone. iPhone 8 Plus features dual 12-megapixel cameras and introduces Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, bringing dramatic studio lighting effects to iPhone, allowing customers to capture stunning portraits with a shallow depth of field effect in five different lighting styles.

So, the good news is that if you want a new iPhone 8 or an iPhone 8 Plus, it'll probably be surprisingly easy to find this weekend.

Outside the Apple outlet in the Causeway Bay, a scalper told Xinhua that the prices the scalpers offered to purchase the new phones were the same as or even lower than official retail prices.

The X has a 5.8-inch screen, the biggest Apple has ever made for an iPhone.

"It would be impossible to make a profit from trading an iPhone 8 here".

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