Hundreds queue outside Highcross Leicester for new iPhone 5
Hundreds of people were queuing outside Highcross Leicester this morning to become some of the first Apple fans to own a new iPhone 5.
Some people had started queuing from as early as 8pm yesterday evening and slept outside to get their hands on the latest iPhone.
Kexin Sun, 34, a masters student who lives in the city centre camped out from 9pm last night to be one of the first to get his hands on the gadget.
“I want to get one before I go back to my home country of China,” he said. “I thought I might as well try and since I am so near the front of the queue I think I have been successful. I am very excited and happy.”
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The latest Apple phone was available from 8am and is already guaranteed to be a best-seller, with the company reporting pre-orders around the world of two million in just 24 hours and adding that demand has been so great many customers will not get them until October.
The phone, which is thinner and lighter than previous models and can use the newly-announced 4G network, costs from £529, with the 32GB model selling for £599 and the 64GB version costing £699.
The launch of new Apple products traditionally attracts impressive queues at the brand’s stores, with first-time campers joining veterans who are willing to sleep rough to be one of the first to own the latest piece of technology.
Reaction on Twitter to the excitement over the iPhone launch in Leicester was mixed. @Just_Newey tweeted: "People have been at @Highcross since last night for this iPhone thing? Whaaat. What's all the hype about?"
@Blakeetaylor on the other hand said: "Woow the net store is open! They want business!!! #iphone5queue @Highcross." @Blakeetaylor reckoned hundreds were queuing: "Wow must be like 600+ plus here now!" #iphone5queue @Highcross. And earlier in the evening
@AndrewSymeou warned "@Nandos_Official in Leicester @Highcross made a drastic mistake leaving furniture outside on iPhone release night. They are all gonna goo!"
The queue this morning via Dipz.P @ChocDipz on Twitter.
On Regent Street in London, two Leicester men made it to the front of the queue to help raise money for a good cause.
Richard Wheatcroft and George Horne, of social enterprise crowdfuelledcauses.com, which has its headquarters in Phoenix Square, said they were going to sell the phones and use the money to raise awareness of Hope Boutique Bakery which supports vulnerable people. The pair were the first in the queue - arriving on Saturday, September 15.
To read more about how they got on and to donate go to: crowdfuelledcauses.com
Pictures via @crowdfuelled on Twitter
• More pictures and reaction in tomorrow's Leicester Mercury.