Eager customers line up for iPhone XS, Apple Watch Series 4 as first shipments arrive
The scene at Apple Orchard Road in Singapore on Thursday. | Source: Twitter
Apple fans currently waiting patiently outside of Apple stores in Berlin, Dubai, Singapore and other countries just west of the international date line are sharing photos of their experience online.
Regional media outlets are also covering the yearly event. In Singapore, Channel NewsAsia correspondent Matthew Mohan has been on the scene since outside of Apple Orchard Road Thursday night local time. Around 400 people were in line at around 4 p.m. Thursday, a figure that grew overnight as both locals and visitors filled up the barricades.
Security personnel on the scene issued wristbands to customers to indicate their place in line. The provided bands are scanned when a line waiter leaves for an allowed one-hour food break or 15-minute toilet break.
5pm here at Orchard Road and there's been a smattering of rain. Hasn't dampened the mood yet for those queuing for the new #Apple #iPhonexs though. Most still in good spirits and excited for the launch tomorrow morning pic.twitter.com/myiiKehPT3— Matthew Mohan (@MatthewMohanCNA)
According to Mohan, passing showers drenched the area more than once.
The Khaleej Times reports a similar scenario in Dubai, where customers are awaiting entry to Apple's store in Dubai Mall. While not as packed as Singapore, the Dubai queue is sizable enough to warrant barricades and security.
— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes)
Berlin, too, saw customers show up on Thursday, with a motley crew waiting outside Apple Kurfrstendamm.
Berlin Apple Store line for tomorrow release pic.twitter.com/BxJavgxCgT— Fernando Montoya (@montogeek)
In Australia, where Apple Sydney is about to open its doors, the line wraps around the building's corner. Local reports say the queue started to fill up this morning, as not many fans were inclined to brave the weather last night.
At 9:30 last night, the number of people taking photos of the line outside the Sydney Apple store outnumbered the people in the line. This morning, it's modestly going around the corner. #iphonexs pic.twitter.com/KfHnzxLX6X— Alice Clarke (@Alicedkc)
Customers who ordered online are already receiving their iPhone XS, XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4 shipments. Specifically, people living in New Zealand saw their orders delivered early Friday morning.
— Virgil (@varvanitas)