Last year, lines snaked around three sides of the downtown city block housing Apple's Stockton Street store, including on Powell Street alongside the city's famed cable cars. Friday, the line only stretched along one side of the block. Apple store employees handed out coffee and bagels to people waiting in line, while construction on a new transportation line went on outside the store's front doors. Keegan Cooper, an 18-year-old worker at California State University in Hayward, arrived at 7 a.m. on Thursday to be toward the front of the line. He wanted to upgrade his iPhone 5S to the 16GB iPhone 6S Plus in space gray.
"I've always wanted to do this since the iPhone 4 came out," he said, "You get to meet new people."Next to Cooper the distracted reader iphone case in line was Pouya Halvaei, a 17-year-old student from Iran who was in San Francisco on vacation, He planned to buy the 64GB iPhone 6S in space gray for himself and the rose gold version for his mother, a big step up from his current iPhone 4, "I just happened to be here at the right place at the right time," he said, If Halvaei bought the iPhone from a vendor in Iran, it would cost double the amount as in the US, he said..
"I usually travel here every September," he said. Selling iPhones to Argentinians "can pay for the trip."Editor's note: This story has been updated several times throughout the day. From a robot in line in Sydney to the crowds for the visiting pope in New York, this year's iPhone launch festivities had a few extra wrinkles. No, this isn't the beginning of a joke: The pope, a robot and shorter lines shook up the usual iPhone launch day routine. While some Apple fans showed up at stores around the world early, with queues forming days ahead of time in Sydney and San Francisco, many of the lines were shorter than in years past, possibly a sign that consumers just aren't as excited by new smartphones as they used to be.
Justina Siciunaite, 25, was the first customer to get a new iPhone 6S at Apple'sFifth Avenue store in New York, Justina Siciunaite, a visiting student the distracted reader iphone case from Lithuania, waitedin line since around 2 a.m, at Apple's flagshipstore in New York to pick up her preordered iPhone 6S, The first person into the Apple Store at London's historic Covent Garden was Sam Shaikh, 29, from Stratford, who was also first in line for last year's launch, First customer Sam bought two phones -- one for himself and one for a benefactor he declined to name, who paid for both..
Although there's is no Apple Store in Singapore, Apple premium resellers here also attract quite a queue. First in line is Steve Pee, a 36-year-old IT executive who took a day off from work and started queueing at 6 a.m. today. He's upgrading from 6 Plus and will be getting a 6S Plus in gold as the rose gold isn't available at the store. "I can't wait to try out 4K video and the 3D Touch and having more RAM on the phone," he said. Nguyen Duy Hien, a 26-year-old student who specifically flew into Singapore from Vietnam to get a new iPhone, said he was originally first in line at midnight, but had to requeue the next morning because the mall where the Apple premium reseller store was located had closed for the night.