The madness begins! Apple fans begin queuing outside flagship London store in makeshift tents ahead of Friday’s official launch of the iPhone 5S

  • Apple’s eagerly-anticipated new iPhone 5S will be launched on Friday
  • It is available in three colours and has an in-built fingerprint scanner
  • The first diehard fan Gad Harari, 17, has been spotting camping outside the gadget giant’s flagship London store in a makeshift tent
  • He says he would only consider selling his spot for £1,000

Fans of the iPhone 5S have began queuing outside Apple’s flagship store ahead of its official launch on Friday.

The first diehard customer has been spotted camping outside the gadget giant’s London store in Regent Street – and says he would only consider selling his spot for a four-figure sum.

Gad Harari, 17, is spending his second night in a makeshift tent as part of a four-day wait for the latest iPhone model, which comes with an in-built fingerprint scanner.

Dedicated: Gad Harari, 17, has set up camp outside Apple's flagship store in Regent Street, London, in a makeshift tent as part of a four-day wait for the iPhone 5S

Dedicated: Diehard fan Gad Harari, 17, has set up camp outside the Apple’s flagship store in Regent Street, London, in a makeshift tent as part of a four-day wait for the iPhone 5S, which will be released on Friday

 

Mr Harari
Mr Harari

Fans: Mr Harari and friend Noah Green, also 17, have said they plan to buy the 5S, which was unveiled for the first time last week

He said he has already refused an offer of £200 for his place in the queue – predicting that people would offer up to £1,000 later on.

The teen, who set up camp yesterday with friend Noah Green, also 17, has been sheltering from the wet weather under a green tent kitted out with all the latest technology, including one of Apple’s MacBook laptops.

First iPhone fan queues up outside London flagship store

 

‘We are always among the first to get a new iPhone,’ said Mr Harari, who is a familiar face outside the firm’s store. ‘I came down last night to be the first – this time we really wanted to be first.

‘It’s how you really show your dedication to Apple products. As well as that, you do have the opportunity to sell your space.’

The student, who lives in Hendon, London, added: ‘I would probably sell my place in the queue for about £1,000. There are crazy people who are willing to do that.’

Worth the wait? Apple's new iPhone 5S (front) and iPhone 5C (back) have been eagerly awaited by fans. Only details for the 5C have been released, with prices and features for the 5S expected to be announced on FridayWorth the wait? Apple’s new iPhone 5S (front) and iPhone 5C (back) have been eagerly awaited by fans. The 5S smartphone is available in three colours – silver, gold and ‘space’ grey

Both Mr Harari and Mr Green said they plan to buy the 5S, which was unveiled for the first time last week along with Apple’s first mid-range phone the 5C. They both go on sale on Friday at 8am.

The 5S device, said to be twice as fast as its predecessor, sets itself apart from its competitors with its Touch ID feature. This allows users to unlock their phone and purchase apps with the touch of a finger.

THE iPHONE 5S FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Built-in fingerprint scanner – called ‘Touch ID’ – unlocks the phone and can be used to purchase apps
  • A7 chip which is twice as fast as the iPhone 5
  • Dual-flash LED camera with 28-megapixel panaromic photos
  • 10 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby
  • The 16GB handset will cost £549, 32GB – £629 and 64GB – £709
  • It comes in three colours – gold, silver and ‘space’ grey

Mr Green, from Stanmore, London, admitted he was supposed to be at college this week, but said: ‘I don’t think they’ll mind because (joining the queue) is an ingenious idea.

‘I’m really excited. It’s going to be incredible, this launch. It’s going to be the biggest yet.’

The student, who runs his own web business, said he has queued for Apple gadgets for the past four years.

‘I collect Apple products,’ he said. ‘I pretty much have everything that Apple makes.’

The 5S – which comes in gold, silver or ‘space’ grey – is made of high-grade aluminium.

It will be available through EE, O2, Three, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u, priced at £549 (16GB), £629 (32GB) and £709 (64GB).

The cheaper 5C – introduced at a time when the tech giant arguably faces stiffer competition than ever before – represents Apple’s first move away from the high-end market.

It has been available for pre-order and comes in a range of vivid colours, priced at £469 (16GB) and £549 (32GB).

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