Thousands of Customers Waiting in Line at Apple Retail Stores for iPhone XS, XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4 as Global Launch Continues

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iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4 have started rolling out in Australia and New Zealand where it is after 8:00 a.m. on Friday, September 21, and in other countries, as the launch date approaches, customers are queueing up with the hopes of purchasing one of Apple's new devices.

At the Orchard Road store in Singapore, where the new smartphones and watches will be available in a few hours, hundreds of people are waiting and have been camped out since much earlier in the day.

Image via Channel News Asia

It's hot in Singapore, so potential customers have been provided with numbered wristbands to mark their place in line and are allowed to leave for up to one hour for meal breaks.


There's a similar scene at Apple's Berlin store, where customers have been lining up overnight. Berlin customers still have several hours to wait before the new devices are available in the country.

Berlin Apple Store line for tomorrow release pic.twitter.com/BxJavgxCgT - Fernando Montoya (@montogeek) September 20, 2018

Customers in Austria are also lining up to get an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, but with hours to go, the line is still small.

Most U.S. stores don't appear to have significant lines, but people will likely start lining up late at night as the launch date approaches.

Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max were not particularly constrained when pre-orders launched, but some iPhone XS Max models began selling out for launch day shipments within about a half hour of when pre-orders went live. Apple Watch Series 4 models were harder to come by and sold out quickly.

Orders placed for iPhone XS, XS Max, and Apple Watch orders from Apple today will not ship out until October, which is likely why many customers are trying their luck waiting in line for a walk-in purchase.

Customers in the United States who did not pre-order and who are hoping for a launch day device should get to an Apple retail store or carrier store as early as possible.

Are you planning to wait in line for an Apple device this year? Let us know in the comments.

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Cyberpower678

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No need for me. Getting mine tomorrow at noon. I can wait 4 hours after 8 am. But those standing in line will be waiting a lot longer than that. What's more I can sit at home while waiting? :D:cool:
 

KPandian1

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My very good opinion of Singapore as seen on "Crazy Rich Asians" just sank into the Indian Ocean! Nuts to stand in a queue in such heat.
 
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yaxomoxay

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Waiting in line for a phone or watch, it's just sad.
No it’s not. I wouldn’t do it, but it’s not sad. It’s what they want to do, with their free time, and they will use their money for it. Some people stay in line for hours to watch a football game (which may be even on TV) or a concert, and some people will even pay otrageous amounts for it.
 

dojoman

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No it’s not. I wouldn’t do it, but it’s not sad. It’s what they want to do, with their free time, and they will use their money for it. Some people stay in line for hours to watch a football game (which may be even on TV) or a concert, and some people will even pay otrageous amounts for it.
Well said. It's none our business what people do with their time. It's no different than people waiting in line for sneakers.
 

CLS727

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It is if you have an iPhone 8 or earlier.
My point is, they are waiting in line for a product that won't be revolutionary to anyone they bump into on the street.

Like the FIRST iPhone was in 2007.... or the FIRST iPad.... they were incredible to see/hold for the first time.... nobody had experienced anything like it before.

Not true for this year's models.
 

yaxomoxay

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Well said. It's none our business what people do with their time. It's no different than people waiting in line for sneakers.
Yeah they’re doing nothing bad. Actually, they are among people so they might make a new friend, or they might just engage in interesting conversations.
It’s certainly less wasted time than being in front of a TV watching general entertainment (or worse... TMZ!), something we kinda all do.
 

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I'm sure we are all guilty of frittering and wasting the hours in an off-hand way; the value of our own time is ours to determine...
It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.

-Seneca
 
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