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.
"Singapore's the nearest city with the iPhone and it's the first time I'm doing this, even though I travel here often," said Nguyen.
For Nguyen, who will be heading off to the airport straight after his purchase, a new 64GB rose gold iPhone 6S is what he'll be getting.
"I'm looking forward to try out 3D Touch and Live Photos."
Manuel Cimarosti, a 38-year-old Parisian who has owned every iPhone since the first, enjoys the spectacle of iPhone launches. He's happy to reserve a place in line on the Internet though, which meant he had to wait only a half hour in line instead of the 6 hours he queued for his iPhone 5S. "This is so much better," he said.
In Paris, a dozen employees from food delivery startup Take Eat Easy took advantage of Apple's iPhone publicity. The company uses bicycle couriers to deliver food from 300 restaurants in Paris, but has operations in Berlin, London, Madrid and Bordeaux, France, said Juliette Pochart, from the company's marketing department.
Salman Alotaibi, center, waited in line for three days at Apple's
Fifth Avenue store in New York. The 18-year-old from Kuwait said he plans to
replace his iPhone 6 Plus, which has a badly cracked screen, with a new rose
gold iPhone 6S Plus.
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In Singapore, instead of queueing overnight for days, Apple fans can preorder their phones online from the carriers, before heading down early in the morning to pick up their phones before the work day begins. Apple does not currently have its own retail stores in the island-state.
SingTel, one of Singapore's three carriers, held a launch event at Marina Bay Sands. For customers of the two other carriers, purchases can be made at individual stores instead.
While you generally don't have to queue overnight, getting to a store early puts you in a top-10 spot and gets you a confetti shower as well a pair of free headphones as a reward.
Daryl Lee (middle, holding a red T-shirt), who works in customer service, was the first in line this morning at 4.45 a.m. He'll be upgrading from his iPhone 6 and getting the 128GB rose gold version. Lee, also an Apple Watch owner, says while the Watch is not a "must have," he found it quite handy to use. He looks forward to trying out the iPhone 6S' 3DTouch.
"While the better camera of the 6S is great and all, I don't take that many photos. I'm just upgrading because I want the latest phone," Lee said.
Barriers and security staff ringed historic Covent Garden market in London, but in the crisp morning air they weren't necessary as maybe a couple of hundred people joined the queue ahead of the 8 a.m. opening.
Not pictured: the chap on his way to work who stopped to ask our
photographer what the queue was for, and rolled his eyes that people
would make such a fuss about a phone. What a killjoy.
International businessman Wolfy -- just one name, like Madonna -- was one of the characters in the queue in London. Originally from India and now living in High Wycombe, he'd brought his retinue to buy a 128GB iPhone 6S Plus. To describe his personal philosophy, he serenaded us with a few lines from Steve Miller Band classic "The Joker".
Pouya Halvaei, a 17-year-old student from Iran, was near the front of the line in San Francisco. He planned to buy the 64GB iPhone 6S in space gray for himself and the rose gold version for his mother.
About two dozen members of the French news media recorded the arrival of the iPhone 6S. Even though lining up for the newest iPhone is hardly a new phenomenon eight years after Apple launched the first, it still is enough of an event to draw hundreds of people to stores year after year.