Upwardly mobile queue to get their latest gadget
TECHNOLOGY lovers queued in Bristol city centre from before dawn to get their hands on the latest version of Apple's iPhone.
Fans of the US company's smart phones woke up early to wait in line for the iPhone 5 at the Apple shop in Quakers Friars.
The much sought-after gadget went on sale at 8am on Friday and by that time, a queue was snaking its way around the square.
One of the first people in Bristol to bag the phone was Walter Dirks, 57, a photographer from Redland who was upgrading his iPhone 4.
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He had arrived in the queue at 6.30am and paid £159 for the phone as part of his £31-a-month contract.
Mr Dirks said: "I like the iPhone for its ease of use – it really functions well and does everything I want it to do in an uncomplicated way."
When asked about its price – up to £699 without a contract – he said: "If it was only for personal use it would be hard to justify but I use it for work as well."
The phone is already guaranteed to be a best-seller, with Apple reporting orders around the world of two million in the first day and many customers not expected to receive theirs until October.
Also in the queue in Quakers Friars was Kevin Ten, 21, a Bristol University aerospace engineering student living in the city centre.
He said: "I wasn't expecting this much of a queue – I was surprised. I want the new iPhone because it has much more powerful processors in it. It's a lot of money for a phone – I expected it to be about £400. I'll probably only use it for a year and a half."
Fellow Apple fan Nathan In, 31, a chef from Highridge, said: "It's the first time I've ever queued for a phone. I've always had an iPhone – these days it's more than just a phone and I use it for the internet, shopping and social networks."