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Friday, September 25, 2015

Apple's iPhone 6s hits the high street: First customers - including a ROBOT - get their hands on the next-generation device


-Australia was the first of the 12 'launch countries' to start selling the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in stores
-One woman used a robot to queue in her place outside the Sydney store so she didn't have to camp
-Stores in China, Japan and the UK were the next to open their doors, followed by Germany and France
-Queues appeared smaller compared to previous years and many people had reserved their places in advance


After reports initials stocks of the iPhone 6s range sold out completely online, Apple's next-generation phones are now available in stores across the world.

Australia was the first 'launch country' to start selling the handsets, where one woman even used a robot to queue in her place so she didn't have to camp out overnight.

Stores in the UK, Japan and China were the next to open their doors, but the queues were seemingly much smaller compared to previous years with many people reserving their places online.


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After reports initials stocks of the iPhone 6s range sold out completely online, Apple's next-generation phones are now available in stores across the world. Australia was the first 'launch country' to start selling the handsets and an Apple employee is shown taking a selfie with fans as they stood in the queue outside the Sydney store


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One woman even used a robot to queue in her place so she didn't have to camp out overnight. Lucy Kelly purchased her iPhone 6s from Sydney's Apple store on Friday using a robot droid (pictured left), which she controlled remotely from her home. The phone was tied to the machine. One of Ms Kelly's colleagues went to the store to make sure the droid could be placed safely in a car and delivered to her office





Stores in London were among the next to open their doors (Covent Garden pictured), but the queues were seemingly much smaller compared to previous years. Many customers had reserved their place in the queue - the first year this was possible - much to the dismay of people who had camped out

All stores around the world open at 8am in the respective regions.

At 8am in Sydney, Lucy Kelly purchased her iPhone using a robot that had been waiting in line since 5am on Thursday. She had been controlling it remotely from her home and watching via an iPad screen.

Ms Kelly avoided the rain and freezing temperatures overnight and was able to work normally as the droid held her place in line.

One of Ms Kelly's colleagues was at the Apple store on Friday to ensure the droid could be placed safely in a car and delivered back to her office.

'I thought it would be funny to sneak one out and put it in the queue,' Ms Kelly told Daily Mail Australia.




Sam Shaikh, 29, from Stratford (pictured) was the first customer to leave the Apple Store in Covent Garden with the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus this morning after queuing outside the store since Monday night







In Cardiff, Wales, Shahzad Nawaz (left) was the first in line for the new model at St David's Shopping Centre. David Kiss, 19, (pictured right) from Debrecen in Hungary travelled to Munich on Sunday and camped out for six night because Hungary is not one of the launch countries



On Tuesday 8 September tech journalist Lindsay Handmer (pictured) set up his campsite in front of Sydney's Apple Store on George Street. He camped for more than two weeks to be the first to get his hands on the device

'It's so busy at work and I was caught between wanting to the first to buy an iPhone and fulfill work duties,' she said.

'A guy has been there for 17 days, but I'm third in line. I'm obviously in a lot better position because it's raining and cold outside.'

Apple is launching the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in 12 'launch' countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the US.

This is up from nine countries last year.




Belgian Johnatan Pierrard (left) poses after buying his Apple iPhone 6s at the Apple store in Paris, meanwhile in Birmingham in the UK Callum Edwards Williams (right) kisses his new device outside the store in the Bullring shopping centre




Apple is launching the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in 12 'launch' countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan (Tokyo's Omotesando store is pictured), New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the US




Apple fans are pictured earlier this week near the Apple Store off Regent Street in London



A man talks on his iPhone as he queues up for the new Apple iPhone 6s at The Apple Store in Covent Garden, London. Gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble said around 300 people were waiting for the store to open at 8am this morning and 87% were male

In London, the first fans started queuing outside Covent Garden on Monday, while in Cardiff, Wales, Shahzad Nawaz was the first in line for the new model.

Meanwhile, one fan in Germany camped out in Munich for six days to get hold of an iPhone 6s.

David Kiss, 19, from Debrecen in Hungary travelled to Germany on Sunday because Hungary is not one of the launch countries.

In Cardiff, Wales, Shahzad Nawaz was the first in line for the new model at St David's Shopping Centre, Belgian Johnatan Pierrard was among the first to buy his iPhone 6s at the Apple store in Paris, meanwhile in Birmingham, UK Callum Edwards Williams was photographed kissing his new device outside the store in the Bullring shopping centre.



UK comedians Paul (pictured left) and Barry (pictured right) Chuckle, known as the Chuckle Brothers, are pictured entering the O2 Store in London's Westfield City shopping centre



A select group of O2 customers were able to skip the queues for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus at the east London store by having 'stand-ins' wait in line on their behalf. These stand-ins included a Viking, a panto cow, cheerleaders, a gorilla the Chuckle Brothers

As with previous years, people in the queues were given cards with their time slot and a barcode to make sure that they're aren't queuing in vain.

However, this year people were also able to pre-order the device and reserve a time slot during which they could collect their device.

Refeeq Ali, 42, pre-booked a slot between 8am and 8.15am in London this morning. As a result he was the second person to collect the handset - much to the dismay of those who had queued.






Ollie Hooper was the first to leave store with iPhone 6s in Edinburgh (pictured left). Matt Duffy, from Wirral, (right) was first in the queue for the new phone in Liverpool having waited overnight outside the Apple store in Liverpool ONE since 6.30am on Thursday



Despite queues outside stores in many capital cities, smaller stores including this one in Sheffield's Meadowhall were not overrun

Mr Ali told MailOnline: 'I arrived at 5am this morning and was moved to second in the queue because I booked a slot in advance but still had to wait until 8am to pick up the phone.

'I run a concierge service so I've bought two iPhone 6s handsets, both 128GB rose gold. One is for me, the second phone I am buying will go to one of my top 10 clients.

'I will do a lucky draw to see which client gets the phone and they will get this at no extra charge. Four of my top 10 clients are from the royal family in Dubai.'

Gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble surveyed people waiting in line outside Apple's Regent Street store.




Chinese employees display the iPhone 6s (left) and 6s Plus (right) at a branch of China Telecom in Changde city in central China's Hunan province. Last year was the first time Apple sold its handsets in China on the day of launch







Despite the rain, more than 40 people had reserved a place in the queue outside the Apple Store in Tokyos Omotesando neighborhood for the new iPhones (iPhone 6s pictured). This included Makiko Maeda pictured right with the rose gold version

Around 300 people were in line when the doors opened and 87 per cent of the queue were male, with an average age of 27.5.

People had travelled from as far as Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Malaysia to be there and the first in the queue was was Moey Shawash, 31, an advertising manager from T3 Magazine, who had flown over from Cape Town, South Africa.

He had reserved his place in advance online.

Based on the findings of this survey, the 128GB iPhone 6s was the top choice for queuers in London, 45 per cent were waiting for the iPhone 6s, 27 per cent for the iPhone 6s Plus and 29 per cent were there for both phones.

Rose gold was the colour of choice, while 3D Touch technology was voted the most hotly-anticipated feature of the new phone.

When asked why they were queuing today, 41 per cent said it was because they were 'die-hard Apple fans' and each person in the queue owned an average 3.8 Apple gadgets.

Another 37 per cent said they were waiting because they had missed out on pre-orders.

However, some were there to make money - 10 per cent planned to buy the new iPhones and quickly sell them on for a profit and 4 per cent described themselves either as 'professional queuers' paid by others to wait in line, or were there to try and sell their place in the queue to the highest bidder.

Prices start at £539 ($649) for the smallest iPhone 6s up to £699 ($849) for the 128GB model. The iPhone 6s Plus starts at £619 ($749) for 16GB up to £789 ($949) for 128GB.

Apple admitted earlier this week that sales of the two new phones had exceeded expectations and online orders for the day of release had all been filled.

In fact, it said pre-orders have been so strong the firm expects to surpass last year's record when it sold 10 million phones during the first weekend.

Apple began taking preorders for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on Saturday.

Early reviews of the devices, published by reviewers who were given exclusive access, have been universally positive.

Many praise the new handset for being radically faster than previous versions, and they hail the new 3D Touch screen as a big step forward. But some also say the phone's battery hasn't moved on to the same degree.

Both new models have more memory and faster processors, along with a new 12MP camera.

Meanwhile, the 3D touch screen allows users to press harder on the screen to access extra menus and even a special selfie feature.

The phone also has a new, much faster chip Apple's Phil Schiller says is the 'fastest ever in a phone'.

EE will be offering the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with Wi-Fi calling from 25 September in the UK.

It will additionally be offered on Vodafone, O2, Three, and be on sale at Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC world.

The new handsets were unveiled earlier this month as Apple launched a massive revamp of its products including a 'monster' iPad with a 12.9-inch screen and a new $149 TV box that can run apps and games.



[ VICTORIA WOOLLASTON, MAILONLINE]

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