iPhone craze goes on despite haze as fans queue up early to get their hands on new versions

Mr Ken Koh, 37, a technician, is the first customer to get an iPhone 6S.
Mr Ken Koh, 37, a technician, is the first customer to get an iPhone 6S.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
The queue for the iPhone 6S outside epiCentre at ION Orchard.
The queue for the iPhone 6S outside epiCentre at ION Orchard.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
The queue for the iPhone 6S outside epiCentre at ION Orchard.
The queue for the iPhone 6S outside epiCentre at ION Orchard.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
The queue for the iPhone 6S outside epiCentre at ION Orchard.
The queue for the iPhone 6S outside epiCentre at ION Orchard.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
The queue for the iPhone 6S outside epiCentre at ION Orchard.
The queue for the iPhone 6S outside epiCentre at ION Orchard.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
The queue for the iPhone 6S outside epiCentre at ION Orchard.
The queue for the iPhone 6S outside epiCentre at ION Orchard.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
The queue for the iPhone 6S outside epiCentre at ION Orchard.
The queue for the iPhone 6S outside epiCentre at ION Orchard.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
A customer who is in the queue decides to wear a mask to protect himself from the haze.
A customer who is in the queue decides to wear a mask to protect himself from the haze.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Mr Wang Youwen, 38, an operations executive, is the first customer to get an iPhone 6S Plus.
Mr Wang Youwen, 38, an operations executive, is the first customer to get an iPhone 6S Plus. PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE -The haze did not stop the iPhone craze when the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were released on Friday morning. Eager iPhone fans queued up for their chance to be among the first to own the smartphones.

Queues at Apple retailers - such as Courts, Challenger and Nubox - started as early as Thursday morning. 

Queues for the phones were shorter at telco launches, such as M1, Singtel and StarHub, as the three telcos had implemented timings for customers to pick up their new pre-ordered devices.

For Singtel customer Daryl Lee, 31, being the first person to get the new iPhone at the Singtel launch was worth reaching the event location at Marina Bay Sands at 4.45am . 

"I decided to do it for fun, just to try my luck to see if I could be the first," said Mr Lee, who works in customer service. He got the 128GB iPhone in rose gold, which is the hottest colour of the iPhone 6s this time round.

"I appreciate the pre-order allocation; it saves me from queuing three days in advance just to get the colour I want," he said. 

Others, who did not want to get the iPhone through a telco because they did not want to sign up or recontract for another mobile line, queued overnight outdoors despite the heavy wall of haze which blanketed Singapore on Thursday and into Friday.

Polytechnic student Jocelyn Tan, 20, started queuing up outside of Courts Orchard, next to the Centrepoint, at 11am on Thursday  morning, almost 20 hours before the new phones were due to launch.

"I already have a line, so I didn't want to get it from a telco. The colour I want is the rose gold, which will sell out very quickly, so I had to start queuing early," she said.

"Anyway it's just one day."

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