TOKYO – Before the Apple store in Tokyo’s Omotesando shopping district opened its doors Friday morning, dozens of people were already lining up, eager to buy the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and Apple Watch 3 released across Asia on Friday.
Apple staff told epa that some 60 people had been waiting Friday morning, with one woman who was wearing a Microsoft t-shirt having camped out overnight.
After the store opened and customers made their way towards the new gadgets, Ray Yokoyama emerged as the first buyer of both the new iPhone 8 and the Apple Watch 3, and posed with his purchases for the media.
The customer numbers and lineups were reportedly smaller than those present at Tokyo shops to buy the iPhone 6 when it was released three years ago.
The iPhone 8 costs 78,800 yen ($705) and the Apple Watch 3 goes for 36,800 yen ($329), according to Japan’s Apple website.
Thousands of kilometers southwest of Japan, at the Apple shop on Singapore’s bustling shopping street of Orchard Road, between 100-200 people had been lining up before the store opened Friday morning.
Many of the customers at the shop were reportedly from neighboring Southeast Asian countries who had flown in to buy the new Apple devices, and dozens had camped out overnight outside the Knightsbridge building.
Apple buyers in Singapore can expect to pay S$1,148 ($851) for the iPhone 8, and S$498 ($369) for the latest Apple Watch, as seen on Singapore’s Apple website.