Hundreds of fans queue for iPhone 6 a day before launch

People line up outside an Apple premium reseller store in Hong Kong on Sept 17, 2014, two days ahead of the release of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
People line up outside an Apple premium reseller store in Hong Kong on Sept 17, 2014, two days ahead of the release of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
This Sept 9, 2014, file photo shows a woman on a cell phone as people wait in line outside the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York. -- PHOTO: AFP
This Sept 9, 2014, file photo shows a woman on a cell phone as people wait in line outside the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York. -- PHOTO: AFP
Helge Bruhn (left) and Phil, who did not give his last name, camped ahead of the Sept 19 release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in front of an Apple Store at Kuerfuerstendamm boulevard in Berlin on Sept 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Helge Bruhn (left) and Phil, who did not give his last name, camped ahead of the Sept 19 release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in front of an Apple Store at Kuerfuerstendamm boulevard in Berlin on Sept 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Apple gadget fans queue outside of an Apple store for the iPhone 6's release in Tokyo on Sept 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Apple gadget fans queue outside of an Apple store for the iPhone 6's release in Tokyo on Sept 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Apple gadget fans queue outside of an Apple store for the iPhone 6's release in Tokyo on Sept 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Apple gadget fans queue outside of an Apple store for the iPhone 6's release in Tokyo on Sept 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
People queuing for the iPhone 6 at 313@Somerset's EpiCentre on Sept 18, 2014, a day before the phones went on sale. -- PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
People queuing for the iPhone 6 at 313@Somerset's EpiCentre on Sept 18, 2014, a day before the phones went on sale. -- PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
People queuing for the iPhone 6 at 313@Somerset's EpiCentre on Sept 18, 2014, a day before the phones went on sale. -- PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
People queuing for the iPhone 6 at 313@Somerset's EpiCentre on Sept 18, 2014, a day before the phones went on sale. -- PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Ms Oil Raming, 34 (left), and Ms Nan Nonthasiri, 39, both iPhone fans, flew in from Bangkok to queue for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at 313@Somerset, a day before the phones went on sale.  -- ST PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIM
Ms Oil Raming, 34 (left), and Ms Nan Nonthasiri, 39, both iPhone fans, flew in from Bangkok to queue for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at 313@Somerset, a day before the phones went on sale.  -- ST PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
First in the queue for the new iPhones at EpiCentre was Cuong Nguyin, 22, from Vietnam with his old Nokia phone. -- PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
First in the queue for the new iPhones at EpiCentre was Cuong Nguyin, 22, from Vietnam with his old Nokia phone. -- PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Around 60 people in the queue for the iPhone 6 at Nubox Junction 8 at around 6pm on Sept 18, 2014, with the first person in line at around 10am. From as early as 5am on Thursday, hundreds of people started queuing up at shops selling Apple produ
Around 60 people in the queue for the iPhone 6 at Nubox Junction 8 at around 6pm on Sept 18, 2014, with the first person in line at around 10am. From as early as 5am on Thursday, hundreds of people started queuing up at shops selling Apple products for the new iPhone6, a day before the models were available here. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
People queuing for the iPhone 6 at 313@Somerset's EpiCentre on Sept 18, 2014, a day before the phones went on sale. -- PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
People queuing for the iPhone 6 at 313@Somerset's EpiCentre on Sept 18, 2014, a day before the phones went on sale. -- PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - From as early as 5am on Thursday, hundreds of people started queuing up at shops selling Apple products for the new iPhone 6, a day before the models were available here.

First in the queue at the 313@Somerset shopping complex was Vietnamese student Cuong Nguyin, 22, who was all set to trade in his Nokia C5 feature phone for his first smart device - the 5.5inch (14cm) iPhone 6 Plus.

The 22-year-old from private institute Kaplan said he saved up for a year to be able to afford the gold 64GB model, which costs $1,288 at Apple retail store EpiCentre.

By 5pm, a queue of over 100 people had formed behind him, among them foreigners who had flown in from elsewhere just to get their hands on the phone.

Ms Oil Raming, 34, who manages a gadgets and apps website, for one, arrived from Bangkok with her friend on Wednesday. Both said they are iPhone fans and cannot wait until its November launch in Thailand.

Taiwanese student Jeremy Huang, 20, who was queuing with 10 friends from China, Malaysia and Thailand, said he was buying the phone for a friend, but will sell it "if the price is good".

Queues also formed at EpiCentre outlets at Bugis Junction and Wheelock Place, as well as outside Nubox outlets at Jurong Point, Junction 8, Tampines Mall, Funan DigitaLife Mall and Bedok Mall.