Apple fanatics get in line weeks before sale of new iPhones

EARLY BIRDS: Mr Jon Murphy (left) and his friend are among the iDevice devotees lining up outside Apple's flagship store in Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.


    Sep 11, 2013

    Apple fanatics get in line weeks before sale of new iPhones

    APPLE'S next iPhones will not be hitting the shelves until Sept 20, but that has not stopped some fans from queuing up outside the tech giant's flagship store in Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

    iDevice devotees started forming lines on Friday, before the new iPhones were scheduled to be unveiled yesterday.

    Among those in line is Mr Jon Murphy. He and his pal have wet-weather gear, sleeping bags, camping chairs, a solar panel for power and Apple AirPort for wireless Internet, so they can tell the world of their adventure via Twitter, according to technology-news website YourGadgetGuide.

    Apple is expected to unveil not one, but two, iPhones at a special event at its company headquarters - a flagship device called the iPhone 5S with a biometric scanner, and a mid-range handset, the iPhone 5C, with a brightly coloured polycarbonate rather than aluminium shell, AFP Relaxnews reported.

    A survey by found that, even though industry analysts believe that the top end of the smartphone market has already hit saturation point, 46 per cent of United States iPhone owners plan to buy the next-generation models as soon as they are released.

    On the most important feature they would like to see on the new iPhones, 40 per cent of the 4,000 people polled said better battery life. Some 34 per cent said they would be excited about a fingerprint scanner, reported to be embedded in the home key for biometric authentication, said AFP Relaxnews.