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iPhone 7 out today
Many Apple iPhone buyers can expect to collect their iPhone 7 handsets from today (Sept 16). This will be for customers who had placed orders with the three telcos. Those who had asked that the phones be delivered can also expect to receive them. Walk-in customers will only be entertained from Saturday. But some customers who are expecting their handsets will be disappointed as there is a global shortage, especially the jet black model. Already, there have been angry messages on social media with some customers questioning the value of pre-ordering if they cannot be guaranteed a set.
EU leaders to meet in Bratislava to discuss post-Brexit future
European Union leaders will meet without Britain in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava on Friday (Sept 16) to draw up a road map for the post-Brexit future. In addition, the meeting is expected to deliberate on a "roadmap" to deal with secessionist movements within the bloc, as well as steps to reform the union in order to strengthen it. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for the meeting to come up with a “realistic” plan for Europe that reflects the bloc’s “concerns, hopes and desires”, with security and prosperity at centre stage. French President Francois Hollande said the “roadmap” should include improved defence capabilities, greater investment in renewable energy and a new push on training and jobs for the continent’s legions of jobless youth.
Singapore export figures out today
Data on Singapore’s export performance last month will be out today (Sept 16). Economists expect a 3.3 per cent decline in Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports for August, compared with the same month a year ago, as lacklustre global demand continues to weigh on the Republic’s open economy.