IPhone 8 launch sees dismal turnout

Mazen Kourouche and a friend hoist their iPhones in Sydney.                  Ian Knighton  CNET

Reuters reported the lower than usual turnout, which it described as "bleak", was related to the later release of the iPhone X, with fans said to be holding out for the tenth anniversary iPhone's release in early November.

Crowds formed in front of the Apple Store on Orchard Road on Thursday night (Sept 21) to queue for the anticipated 8am launch of the iPhone 8.

The first person in line, Mazen Kourouche, waited in line at the Sydney Apple Store for 11 days, and had initially hoped to pick up the iPhone X, rather than the iPhone 8.

IPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are a new generation of iPhone featuring a new glass and aluminum design in three lovely finishes - space gray, silver and a new gold - made with the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, Retina HD displays, A11 Bionic chip and is designed for the ultimate augmented experience.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus customers subscribed to "iPhone for life" program will have the opportunity to enjoy a free upgrade to the new generation iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices after the completion of 12 months into the contract.

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The iPhone 8 is equipped with cutting-edge technologies like wireless charging, but "a majority of customers will probably choose the iPhone X", said Takashi Tanaka, president of carrier KDDI. Its photograph function is pretty good.

Apple has launched its latest smartphones, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. This could explain why there are not the same supply shortages of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as there were with previous models.

The iPhone X is a glass and stainless steel device with an edge-to-edge display that Chief Executive Tim Cook has called "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone".

"Many people in Japan haven't seen the X in person yet, so they might be waiting for a chance to look at it before making a decision", he said.

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