Never mind the haze, fans line up for new iPhones

The queue outside the M1 outlet at Paragon Orchard at 7.57am yesterday. The telcos had pick-up timings.
The queue outside the M1 outlet at Paragon Orchard at 7.57am yesterday. The telcos had pick-up timings.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Rising haze levels did not stop iPhone fans from being the first to get their hands on the latest devices when the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were released yesterday morning.

Queues at Apple retailers - such as Courts, Epicentre and Nubox - started as early as Thursday morning, despite the haze hitting the unhealthy range that day.

Polytechnic student Jocelyn Tan, 20, started queueing outside Courts Orchard next to the Centrepoint at 11am on Thursday, almost 20 hours before the new phones were due to be launched.

"The colour I want is the rose gold, which will sell out very quickly, so I had to start queueing early," said Ms Tan, who was first in line.

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

All three telcos said the rose gold iPhones were the most popular. It is the first time the colour has been offered and it has fast become the hottest choice.

Walk-in purchases for the new iPhones start today for M1 and StarHub, while Singtel customers who have registered their interest for their phone can purchase the phones at any Singtel shop on a first-come-first-served basis.

Lester Hio

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2015, with the headline 'Never mind the haze, fans line up for new iPhones'. Print Edition | Subscribe