Apple’s iPhone 8 Launch in city store of Sydney
Apple’s iPhone 8 Launch: Apple Inc’s launching of iPhone 8 kicked off in a less lively mood in Asia, versus previous debuts, as fans held out for the premium iPhone X due out in early November.
Hundreds of people usually gather at Apple’s Sydney city store with queues winding down the town’s main street, George Street, even when there is a new product launch. But there were fewer than 30 individuals lining up until the store opened on Friday, according to a Reuters witness.
While the number of people queuing up outside Apple stores has dropped over the years with many opting for internet purchases, the weak turnout for the latest iPhone has partially been because of bad reviews.
Mazen Kourouche, that had been first in the queue after lining up 11 times beyond the shop so he can buy and review the product on YouTube, stated there were modest refinements.
“There aren’t a lot of brand new features to this one.”
In China, a loyal Apple customer said the improved camera was one of the reasons that she bought the new apparatus.
“I waited until midnight to see the launch affair along with my boyfriend to learn what is new with this iPhone. Its photograph function is really good. So I believe I have to change with no hesitation,” said 29-year-old customer Ta Na in Shanghai.
Mentions of iPhone 8 and iPhone X on popular Chinese social media platform Weibo, an indicator of consumer interest, were significantly less than levels seen prior to the previous two launches.
Poor reviews of the iPhone 8, which includes 10 years after Apple released the first version of the revolutionary phone, drove down stocks of the company to close two-month lows of $152.75 (roughly Rs. 9,930) on Thursday, as investors worried pre-orders for the apparatus had come in well below previous launches.
The iPhone 8 will only cater to people who want a new version but do not want to pay a hefty $999 for the iPhone X, ” stated iTWire.com’s tech editor Alex Zaharov-Reutt, that didn’t line up for the launch.
The iPhone X is a glass and stainless steel apparatus with an edge-to-edge screen that Chief Executive Tim Cook has called “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone”.
“I think it’ll be more lively with more people with the iPhone X,” explained Ray Yokoyama, after purchasing an iPhone 8 in Tokyo.