iPhone super-fans queue outside London’s Apple Store ahead of £1,449 phone launch


APPLE fans had formed a 20-strong queue outside London’s Apple Store by 7am ahead of Friday’s new iPhone launch.

Would-be customers waited outside the Regent Street store in hopes of bagging themselves a brand new model.

Apple fans waited out eagerly outside London’s Regent Street store
Customers were queuing in hopes of getting an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max – or perhaps an Apple Watch Series 4
The Regent Street store is one of Apple’s most popular locations worldwide

This year, Apple is flogging handsets that cost right up to £1,449 – making it the most expensive roster of iPhones ever.

But that didn’t put off fans, who braced chilly 12-degree weather to stand outside on Friday morning.

iPhone fans were seen wearing hoods and coats near the front of the queue to stay warm.

Apple Store staff were helping customers pre-register their devices before they even entered the store

Apple Store staff helped customers pre-register for their devices before they even entered the store
Staff inside the store prepared for the big launch
Everyone was wrapped up warm in chilly 12-degree London weather

The man at the front of the queue declined to give his name, but had been waiting since 7am.

He told The Sun: “I’m actually a Samsung owner, I’m queueing for my wife.”

He said he had pre-ordered an iPhone XS Max – the most expensive iPhone ever – for his partner as an anniversary present.

Security appeared heightened ahead of the event
The man at the front of the queue said he was buying an iPhone XS Max for his wife as two-year anniversary present
The man at the front of the queue also told The Sun he was a Samsung phone owner, and wasn’t buying an iPhone for himself

Apple September event – all the biggest announcements revealed

Here's everything we saw unveiled on September 21…

  • Apple revealed the pricey new iPhone XS, which starts from £999
  • We also saw the iPhone XS Max, the most expensive Apple smartphone ever – at £1,449
  • These new phones have a brand new feature called dual SIM support, which lets you have two phone numbers at once
  • There’s also the “cheap” £749 iPhone XR, which comes in six colour options
  • Here’s the UK iPhone price list for the new models
  • Apple also confirmed the iOS 12 release date…finally!
  • Meanwhile, Apple secretly killed three iPhones off completely
  • And there’s now an Apple Watch 4, which can detect when you’ve fallen over – and call 999 for you
  • Most mysteriously, what happened to these missing Apple gadgets…?

Three new iPhones were revealed, with prices ranging from £749 to £1,449

Apple announced the new iPhone models last Wednesday.

All three borrow the all-screen design of last year’s iPhone X – and come touting Face ID facial recognition unlocking, too.

First up is the iPhone XS, which is a direct sequel to the iPhone X, rocking a 5.8-inch display and a hefty £999 price tag.

Then there’s the iPhone XS Max, which has the largest display on an iPhone ever, at 6.5 inches. It’ll cost you anywhere from £1,099 to £1,499.

That makes it the most expensive iPhone ever, too.

Both of these phones became available to pre-order on Friday, September 14, and went on sale on Friday, September 21.


New iPhone UK prices revealed

Here's how much the new 2018 models will cost you in the UK…

  • iPhone XR (64GB) – £749
  • iPhone XR (128GB) – £799
  • iPhone XR (256GB) – £899
  • iPhone XS (64GB) – £999
  • iPhone XS (256GB) – £1,149
  • iPhone XS (512GB) – £1,349
  • iPhone XS Max (64GB) – £1,099
  • iPhone XS Max (256GB) – £1,249
  • iPhone XS Max (512GB) – £1,449

There’s also a third model called the iPhone XR, which has a cheaper screen and aluminium (rather than stainless steel edging) and will cost just £749.

However, that model won’t actually go on sale until October, which means some Apple fans will be holding out for that phone.

What’s particularly exciting about the iPhone XR is that it comes in six different colours: white, black, blue, yellow, coral and red.

Are you planning to get the new iPhone? Or have you already got one? Let us know in the comments!

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