Fans fly to Singapore for new iPhones
Diehards from Vietnam, India among scores in queue outside Apple store a day before launch
Throngs of people gathered outside the Apple store in Orchard Road yesterday, waiting for the launch of the latest iPhone.
Others had been spotted at Courts Orchard since Wednesday morning.
The new iPhone XS and XS Max will be launched today at 8am at the Apple store, where about 400 people were waiting when The New Paper visited yesterday afternoon.
Many of the people were from Vietnam, armed with luggage, umbrellas and water bottles.
The first person in the queue at the Apple store was Vietnamese national Le Thang, who arrived in Singapore on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old started queuing at 7am yesterday with his sister and is planning to buy the iPhone XS Max for himself and his friend.
"I'm going to have my dinner in this spot and sleep here too. This is the first time I'm queuing... I am excited and happy," he said.
He came with a group of 44 from Ho Chi Minh City. Some of them want to resell the phones back home as there are no Apple stores in Vietnam.
Countryman Tran Anh Vu, 23, came to Singapore with his 22-year-old wife. She will go shopping and buy him food while he stays in line to buy two iPhone XS Max for them.
He said: "This is our second time queuing for the iPhone. It is tiring, but my wife will come over with food and supplies."
Indian national Nirav Nanoa flew in from India yesterday.
He has already pre-ordered six phones, but will be buying two more iPhone XS Max today. The phones will be given to his family members.
He said: "I am coming next month for the new iPhone XR. My family is a big fan of Apple."
At the Courts Orchard store, there were eight Vietnamese people queuing. The first in line there, Mr Nguyen Minh Duc, 34, who works in Singapore, intends to buy the iPhone XS for his parents.
Courts will open its Orchard store at 8am today, two hours earlier than usual.
The iPhone XS retails from $1,649, while iPhone XS Max retails from $1,799.
Each person can buy up to two phones each.